Letters To The Editor

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(…)

Burns responds to Jay Travis

To the Editor Jay Travis asserts in her letter to the editor September 4, 2015 that public pressure lead me to fight to reverse the decision to close Dyett High School. Everyone, including Ms. Travis, is entitled to their opinion, but the facts are the facts. In 2012, I stood shoulder to shoulder with the(…)

Why hunger strikers will continue to starve for Dyett

To the Editor The parents, grandparents and community members from the Committee to Revitalize Dyett, that have engaged in a 19 day hunger strike, were rightfully outraged when CPS CEO Forest Claypool announced a last minute, somewhat clandestine plan for Dyett High School. Flanked by a group of “leaders,” the majority of whom have either(…)

I continue to support positive Dyett future

By Ald. Will Burns (4th) Since 2011 serving as Alderman of the Fourth Ward in the City of Chicago, it has always been my passion, priority and commitment to advocate for quality, accessible, world-class education for all of our children. The record is clear – I fought to keep Dyett High School as a quality(…)

Looking for long-term budget fixes

By state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) Whither the budget? What is the long-term solution for the state’s budget challenges? Clearly the first priority is adequate and responsible funding for the state’s current fiscal year. While courts have, so far, mandated ongoing payments to some programs, not every critically important program is protected. These forced(…)

Items in DuSable exhibit provoke painful memories

To the Editor: In reference to [the] recent article “New Display at The DuSable Museum”(August 19), I am concerned about an item that will be displayed, for “Freedom, Resistance, and the Journey Toward Equality.” To get an idea of where one is headed, in my opinion, one must first know where he/she has been. Moving(…)

Hunger strikers want to hear from officials

By JAY TRAVIS As the Hunger Strike for Dyett enters its 9th day, the silence of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Will Burns (the Education Chair of the City Council), and State Representative Christian Mitchell is deafening. This strike is not only about ensuring that African American students in the heart of the 26th District do(…)

No reponse from Fourth Ward office

To the Editor: My name is Larry A. Green a resident of the 4th Ward and I have been trying for months to get a drain cleaned at the corner of 52nd street and Kimbark. I have called the 4th ward office as well as reported it by 311 and no seems to care about(…)

Burns needs to deal with real problems

To the Editor: I feel disgusted that my alderman, Will Burns, is putting forth resolutions about a movie tax credit in response to what accounts say is the working title of a Spike Lee film based in a neighborhood that isn’t even part of his ward. If that’s not enough, all of this is going(…)

Hyde Park is not bashing Metra

To the Editor: We would like to clarify for the community that “bash[ing the] Metra app” was not the purpose of action at the July 22 Metra board meeting, reported on in the August 5 Hyde Park Herald. We acknowledge that Metra’s “Ventra Mobile App” will offer many benefits, but those benefits will only be(…)