Letters To The Editor

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(…)