Letters To The Editor

Let’s keep I-House international

To the Editor: As a 1953-55 alumnus of International House, I am shocked and grieved at the recent peremptory announcement of the University of Chicago administration that it will soon be shutting down its residential facilities for graduate and international students, as well as visitors, which have raced and enhanced the University and our community(…)

More questions about Jackson Park’s “Project 120”

To the Editor: I wish to add my support to the Jan. 20, 2016 letter from Brenda Nelms and Margaret Schmid, raising serious questions regarding “Project 120,” which I now understand from the JPAC meeting I attended on Jan. 11, 2016, is only in its “concept” stage. I have been privileged to enjoy the peace(…)

Franklin makes a good point about parks

To the Editor:  Thanks again, Stephanie Franklin, for your insightful analysis (January 13) of the University of Chicago’s efforts to commandeer precious open park acreage to make way for a presidential library.  It is a sad irony that the very institution boasting the name of free market economist Milton Friedman among its luminaries actively promotes(…)

The responsible alternative to the Rauner/Emanuel agenda

To the Editor:  Billions of public dollars run through our school systems nationally, and venture capitalists and big finance have made it a priority to get their hands on those dollars. In Illinois, the enablers of this scheme are our governor, our mayor and their allies among both Republicans and corporate Democrats. Rauner’s proposed takeover(…)

HPHS seeks preservation for historic Woodlawn church

Dear Mr. Marzalik: I am writing on behalf of the Hyde Park Historical Society regarding the proposed demolition of The Shrine of Christ the King, formerly St. Gelasius Church. The Hyde Park Historical Society strongly supports the request of the Shrine’s constituents to be allowed more time to gather the resources to save this historic(…)

Community invited to celebrate noteworthy preservation efforts

Dear Friend of Historic Preservation: The 2016 Despres Preservation Award, given for outstanding achievement in preserving Hyde Park Township’s architectural heritage, will be given to Theaster Gates and the Rebuild Foundation for the pioneering restoration of various buildings in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. The Despres Award will be presented at the Hyde Park Historical Society’s annual dinner on February 27,(…)

To the Editor

To the Editor: Though the Hyde Park Herald covers interests and concerns of the Hyde Park community, Hyde Park residents are also Illinois residents. I’ve recently discovered that auto registration renewals will no longer be mailed to Illinois residents due to budget constraints. It is up to all Illinois residents to know when to renew(…)

To the Editor

To the Editor: There was an odd sentence in the Jan. 6 Herald report on the “Memorandum of Understanding” signed by the U. of C. and the city on Dec. 16, which caught my attention and so I obtained a copy of the press release distributed by the U. of C. Among other things, the(…)

To the Editor

To the Editor: This letter is prompted by the Dec. 16 article “Project 120 Update” as well as by your comments about Jackson Park in your end-of-year coverage. We and many others in the community have many concerns about Project 120, as was made very clear by the large number of participants raising questions at(…)

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: The article on the presidential library in the Dec. 30 Herald is an unfortunate example of the power of misleading advertising. No, it is not “inevitable” that the proposed library will be located in either one of our landmark parks. Yes, the U. of C. “had its work cut out for it”(…)

To the Editor

To the Editor: The tribute to Jane Averill in the Dec. 16 Herald was certainly well deserved, but there is much more to her story. Jane was indeed a passionately and dedicated teacher; and she was also a passionate and dedicated community volunteer. During our long fight to secure the expansion of Nichols Park, Jane(…)

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(…)