Letters To The Editor

To the Editor

To the Editor:  I was born and raised in Hyde Park.  I went to Lab school.  I get angry when Cutler throws interceptions. But with the passage of HR 158, because of my Iranian heritage, I stand to lose the right to travel as freely as other Americans… all of a sudden I’m “less American”(…)

The truth versus the incumbent’s spin

Jay Travis response to 12/9/15 letter from Rep. Mitchell letter, Hyde Park Herald. Good governance is built on the truth. Facts empower people — and the families of the 26th district deserve elected representation that is honest. So I’d like to provide the facts, along with sources, for Herald readers about Rep Mitchell’s record, a record(…)

Thurow’s letter missing key facts

To the Editor: The Letter to the Editor from Chuck Thurow published on Nov. 25 was interesting and provocative. Unfortunately, it also was missing a key fact, contained errors and reflected an apparent lack of familiarity with property assessment in Cook County. Please allow some information and clarification from the Cook County Assessor’s Office (CCAO).(…)

CPD accountability task force major step toward systemic change

To the Editor: State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) issued the following statement on the dismissal of police superintendent Garry McCarthy and the City of Chicago’s appointment of a task force on police accountability: The Dec. 1 announcements represent a positive step out of a dark time in our city. While no individual is solely responsible(…)

Metra underutilized on South Side

To the Editor: The Metra Electric, which serves Chicago’s Southside and South Suburban communities, is a hugely underutilized asset. If run like CTA lines, with trains every 10 or 15 minutes, full Ventra integration, and a transfer discount, the Metra Electric could unlock the enormous development potential of the Southside and South Suburbs. The Metra(…)

Jay Travis’ “facts” are all wrong

To the Editor:  Jay Travis is entitled to her own opinions, but she isn’t entitled to her own facts. And plain and simple, her latest letter to the editor was an utter misrepresentation of the truth. Her implication that I worked as a lobbyist is patently false. In 2012, after I won my first primary(…)

Murray meeting not just about principal

To the Editor: Your article on the Murray LSC (“Murray teachers question LSC”, Nov. 25, 2015) contains two gross inaccuracies. First, the annual state of the school address was not a “hearing about whether to retain” the principal. Local School Councils do follow a process to decide on renewal of the principal’s contract every four(…)

MTS responds to Laquan McDonald shooting

To the Editor:  We the community of McCormick Theological Seminary, along with the rest of the city of Chicago and our nation, are saddened and dismayed by video footage documenting the fatal police shooting of 17-year old Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. In January of this year, African American Presidents and Deans(…)

Jay Travis to Christian Mitchell: Time for you to walk the walk

To the Editor:  I’m not surprised that State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) can’t get his facts straight about my support for fair tax initiatives in Illinois. He is, after all, a politician who claims to be progressive — but who’s abandoned progressive positions when it really matters. He must have missed my call for a(…)

Thank you from Indie City Writers

To the Editor: We’d like to thank the Hyde Park Herald for a wonderful article about the Indie City Writers. You really captured the spirit of our unique writers’ group. Indie City Writers is growing steadily and it’s nice to get the word out to the Hyde Park community about our readings, critiquing, prompt writing,(…)

It’s time for a tax revolt

To the Editor: I wrote earlier how dumbfounded I am with the reassessment of Hyde Park and Kenwood (a median increase of 25.22 percent with my own being over 36 percent). How did Joseph Berrios and his crew come up with those numbers? I say that this is the right moment for our neighborhoods to(…)

Jay needs to do the real work for change

To the Editor: I was happy to read in last week’s paper that Jay Travis strongly supports my bill to amend the constitution and institute a progressive income tax for the State of Illinois. In that letter she called for real leadership on the issue. I find that perplexing, though, given that neither I nor(…)

Mesa Construction is breaking a pledge

To the Editor: At one of the TIF meetings held at Kenwood HS last year to present the plans for the new 53rd St. development opposite Nichols Park, audience members raised concerns about the impact of parking by construction workers on residential streets adjacent to the site. A pledge was then tendered to the community(…)

Illinois needs fair, progressive revenue

To the Editor: Illinois’ ongoing – and indefensible — ‘budget impasse’ has one principle architect: Governor Bruce Rauner, and his attempt to link anti-union reforms to the passage of a balanced state budget. This manufactured crisis highlights the need for a critical – and fundamental — remedy: the need for Illinois legislators to create stable,(…)

Lights at La Quinta dash its promise

To the Editor: I am an owner/neighbor resident of an East Hyde Park/Kenwood condominium area along the lake shore otherwise known as the “Indian Village” (48th-51st Streets….The Powhatan, The Narragansett, The Barclay, 5000 East End and 5000 Cornell, to name a few). These historic and landmarked architectural jewels that we call home have seen their(…)

Comey’s YouTube effect is a fiction

To the Editor: At a recent event at the University of Chicago Law School (FBI head visits U. of C. campus, Oct. 28, 2015), UC Alum and FBI Director James Comey spoke to the audience regarding the “Ferguson” effect, in which police officers pull back from confronting some situations because they fear that they will(…)

University of Chicago threatens natural space

To the Editor: Just as the U of C is riding roughshod over our city parks by insisting that the proposed Obama Library be built in a public park instead of by acquiring and improving private land for this worthy project, it now proposes to destroy its own beautiful natural space. As a young child(…)

Burns not supposed to decide for us all

To the Editor: Ald. Will Burns stated in your Oct. 14 article “Burns Argues Against Charter School Moratorium” that he refused to put the resolution on the agenda because it “was not the best way of addressing the city’s current fiscal challenges.” Once again, the alderman misses the point: as chairman of the City Council(…)

U. of C. has a duty to Scammon Gardens

To the Editor: On October 21, in this publication, the University made its first public statement regarding the Scammon Garden issue. The community should not allow itself to be lulled by what they read. Until I saw Ms. Calmetta Coleman’s convenient language, I believed the University to be guilty only of 112 years of neglect.(…)

Bennett fall from grace no surprise

To the Editor: As a CPS parent and long-time community organizer, I am appalled by the actions of Barbara Byrd Bennett in stealing from Chicago’s children to feather her already robust nest. What is more appalling however, is Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s effort to isolate her actions as the corruption of an individual; and our acceptance(…)