Letters To The Editor

Concerns about the McMobil high-rise

To the Editor: I am very concerned about the plan to build a high-rise where the Mobil station is now located on 53rd Street. Some of my reasons are as follows: 1. When open, and especially during the construction period, traffic on 53rd Street will have a serious effect on the children who attend Murray(…)

New 53rd Street needs Artisans 21

To the Editor: The planning for the McMobil plot is an important consideration for the future of our pedestrian shopping thoroughfare: 53rd Street. The new glassy Harper Court development looms as a complement to this project. We have not forgotten that Haper Court was created to compensate for the destruction of the 57th Street “art(…)

Thanks to supporters of oral history project

To the Editor: On behalf of the Hyde Park Historical Society and the Oral History Committee, I wish to thank the Hyde Park Herald for highlighting the partnership that has been developed between the HPHS and the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference in the article that appeared in the Dec. 19 issue of the paper.(…)

The truth behind the lagging latkes

To the Editor: It is no wonder that faculty members did not want to participate in the Latke-Hamantash Debate as long as it continued to be sponsored by Hillel. The shabby way in which the Chicago Jewish Federation (Hillel’s corporate owner, as they made very clear last spring) summarily fired Hillel’s board — made up(…)

Point letter misguided

To the Editor: A recent letter to the editor calls for the replacement of the Point’s unique limestone buttresses with ugly poured cement revetments, “beautiful for a stroll” “look(s) quite nice”…yech! The already installed cement is unnatural, already crumbling, cracking & breaking in several places. Meanwhile, our Promontory retains its rustic charm. If there is(…)

It’s time to use concrete at the Point

To the Editor: Hyde Park is a remarkable mix of liberal and conservative. Liberal in most things political but remarkably conservative when it comes time for any local changes. Consider the Point. In 2001 a vocal group protested the lakefront renovation and successfully blocked the Point’s renewal. Ten years later we have a Point that(…)

Purrington piece on Harold very moving

To the Editor: I was really touched by Sue Purrington’s reminiscent piece, “Memories from a Friend of Harold,” in the Nov. 4, 2012, Hyde Park Herald. It brought tears to my eyes because she captured a time and place and particularly a vivid picture of Harold as she described her own interaction with him. I(…)

The story behind the Latke debate delay

To the Editor: I read with interest your piece about the Latke Hamantash debate being postponed. I was surprised that your reporters didn’t get any information as to why this had been postponed, a little poking around would have revealed some startling facts. The Latke-Hamantash debate has been held each year for the past 60(…)