Letters To The Editor

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(…)

State should make budget top priority

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25). Dear Representative Currie: I am writing to express my disgust at the current state of the state, primarily the lack of a budget. While I lay the blame for this squarely on Governor Rauner’s shoulders, the remainder of the legislature should also(…)

Ald. Burns does not like democracy

To the Editor: Speaking plainly, we should not be surprised that Alderman Burns blocked the discussion of a resolution sponsored by Alderman Rod Sawyer and signed by 42 of his colleagues, calling for a moratorium on charter expansion. He defends this lunacy by saying that he has always been for school choice. Regardless of his(…)

Little parking left on 53rd, 55th streets

To the Editor: Why are there so few 15 minute parking locations on 53rd and 55th streets? They are only in certain locations. The parking in Hyde Park for residents are not protected like in other areas of Chicago. Permit parking in other areas of the city balance resident interest with commercial interest. The few(…)

Hyde Park rapidly gentrifying

To the Editor:  I did not know that I lived in one of the hottest, hippest, most quickly gentrifying neighborhoods of the city.  I thought that I lived in a solid, pleasant (if a bit stodgy) middle-class part of town.But Joseph Berrios, the Assessor,  corrected my misperceptions by upping  the market value of my house by over 36%(…)

Representative Mitchell is no union champion

To the Editor: Union workers are our neighbors, family members and our community stakeholders that contribute to the economic viability of our neighborhoods, which is why I was deeply honored that a strong coalition of union members and community organizations supported my initial run for public office. After taking two unconstitutional votes to slash the(…)

Burns doesn’t get his facts straight

To the Editor: While Alderman Burns and I don’t agree on much, I do concur with one phrase in his recent letter to the editor; that phrase is “the facts are the facts.” The decision to close a school is both highly politicized and racialized, as school closings have had a disparate impact on African(…)

Canter reference is inaccurate

To the Editor, I’m writing to correct an unfortunate error in reporting on the reason for Canter Middle School’s closure, reported in the Herald’s article titled “Kenwood Academic Center Has First Day in New Building” (9/16/15 issue).  Let’s keep the public record accurate:  Canter was NOT closed due to underperformance, as the article erroneously reports,(…)

Representative Mitchell is no union champion

To the Editor Union workers are our neighbors, family members and are community stakeholders that contribute to the economic viability of our neighborhoods, which is why I was deeply honored that a strong coalition of union members and community organizations supported my initial run for public office. After taking two unconstitutional votes to slash the(…)

Would Hyde Park Obama like President Obama?

To the Editor: As a Hyde park resident having worked the 2008 presidential election cycle as a field organizer in Ohio for President Obama, I take a somewhat nuanced view of Obama’s last term.  I recently wondered just how content Organizer Obama would be with President Obama. As a young student, Barack Obama was filled(…)

We were promised arts films at Harper Theater

To the Editor: I was so looking forward to seeing good movies in Hyde Park, and for the first six months after you opened, I did find movies I liked and I did come to the Hyde Park Theater. Now I look and look and there is nothing there for me to see. Just now, “Rosenwald”(…)

Jay responds to Ald. Burns

To the Editor While Alderman Burns and I don’t agree on much, I do concur with one phrase in his recent letter to the editor; that phrase is “the facts are the facts.” The decision to close a school is both highly politicized and racialized, as school closings have had a disparate impact on African(…)