Letters To The Editor

Local pols need to talk straight about budget

To the Editor: While the state budget impasse continues, state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) still support the spending plan passed by the legislature promising to cover essential services but with a deficit of more than $3 billion (See their articles in the June 17 Herald). Gov. Bruce Rauner(…)

Dowell is shifting blame for missing units

To the Editor: In response to the column (“Planning requires everyone’s support” Hyde Park Herald, July 1, 2015), I find it very interesting that Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) would speak out about the guest column that reminds the public that the City of Chicago and the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) refused to honor their commitment(…)

Kenwood coverage doesn’t ring true

To the Editor: Last week’s headline article “Kenwood center ready to move” has a version of history puzzlingly different from the Herald’s previous coverage. According to the article, “In wake of the school’s closing, Ald. Will Burns (4th) held a series of open meetings that explored how CPS should repurpose the Canter building. Behind a(…)

Be sure to join in the 4th on 53rd Parade this Saturday

To the Editor: Thanks for your wonderful article about our 4th on 53rd Parade Grand Marshal Joan Steggemann. We are honored to have her as grand marshal for this year’s Hyde Park July Fourth festivities and it means a lot to us that you took the time to write about her. We’d also like to(…)

A Wailing Wall for Chicago

To the Editor: Chicago needs its own Wailing Wall to mourn the loss of so many to gun violence. If a climbing wall can’t be erected safely in Grant Park, how about a memorial boxwood hedge maze. Kids could roam through it; those who have lost loved ones already feel like they’re lost in a(…)

Thanks and luck to a local shopkeeper

To the Editor: Thank you to Bader ElShareif, owner of Harper Foods, for 17 years of excellent service to the community. You opened the store in the best and worst of weather and we always could count on your stocking just what we needed with a friendly smile and comment on the day. I know many(…)

Support school choice for our neighbors to the north

To the Editor: I am writing to ask folks to stand with the Bronzeville community and support the Walter H. Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School proposal from the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett. I believe you should support the proposal from the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett because it is for a CPS-run, neighborhood, open-enrollment high(…)

Thanks to all who helped out Bret Harte

To the Editor: We would like to publicly thank all of the community members who supported the Bret Harte 8th graders as we traveled to Washington, D.C., this spring. This is the first year that Bret Harte has had an 8th grade due to the school actions in the last few years and the administration(…)

Crash drives home need for trauma center

To the Editor: Today a terrible automobile accident took place right in front of our building in Hyde Park. A car driving at high speed veered off the inner drive, jumped the curb, narrowly missed a light pole and then crashed directly into a large tree. Part of the front of the car wrapped itself(…)

Why we put brakes on police info law

To the Editor: We heard from the community at town hall meetings. We heard from people who phoned and visited our offices. We were button-holed by friends and neighbors as we walked down the street. The concern? The breadth and extent of University of Chicago Police Department authority: how big is the UCPD area? And(…)

Thanks to all our volunteers of Hyde Park Garden Fair

To the Editor: On behalf of all the members of the Hyde Park Garden Fair Committee, and the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, I’m writing to express our thanks to our loyal volunteers and shoppers at the 56th annual Hyde Park Garden Fair on May 15 and 16. Thanks also, to the Herald for the recent photo(…)

Runners need to be mindful of walkers

To the Editor: Does the Hyde Park community realize that the proliferation of joggers on sidewalks has become a safety hazard? Yes. Ask a local resident about leaving a store and almost being run down by a guy or gal in short  shorts. It has become a very common occurrence. When stepping out of a business or(…)

The 4th on 53rd parade needs you!

To the Editor: As we embark on the 24th year of the 4th on 53rd Community Parade and Picnic, we wish to express our sincere appreciation for all the community support the 4th receives. To SECC, the Chamber of Commerce and the Hyde Park Herald especially, who are unfailingly generous with both time and money;(…)

No blank check for Obama Library site

To the Editor: Of what value is a public trust doctrine? We park preservationists have long believed that the public park system belongs to all of us — no one person or another has the right to parcel out pieces of open park land. The presidential museum is a private enterprise. You would think that(…)

Library in park not Obama-like

To the Editor: Though I want the Obama Library to be on the South Side, I definitely do not accept placing it on park property. Park property is sacrosanct. Park property is for the people of Chicago to use unimpeded by any person who is to be honored. I do not care if it is(…)

Christian Mitchell is the real thing

To the Editor: Earlier this month, I and many other seniors at Mary Jane Richardson apartments had the great pleasure of spending an afternoon with state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26). I’m writing because I was so struck by what Christian did for us that day. He came to us. He brought services that seniors need(…)

DuSable museum applauds foundation’s site choice

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Barack Obama Foundation. Dear Sirs: Since it is “now official,” the Board of Trustees and staff of the DuSable Museum of African American History are writing this letter to express our delight, support and enthusiasm for having the Obama Presidential Library take its rightful place on(…)

Muddled messages on UCPD issues

To the Editor: As someone who has been very much involved in the debate over community policing, I welcome the attention given to this issue, in particular, on these pages, from journalist Jamie Kalven, and my alderman, Will Burns (4th). I’m not quite sure I understand the points they are attempting to make in regards(…)

Police deserve our respect

To the Editor: For 25 years, my father served as a police officer. His dedication to public service is one of the reasons why I chose public service as well. My father didn’t talk much about his work, except to point out how difficult it was, and potentially dangerous. I suspect that his reticence was(…)

Another cost from oil addiction

To the Editor: I often awaken at between 3 and 4 in the morning to hear rumbling in the distance. It turns out that rumbling is the wheels of railroad cars on the tracks. It goes on for hours. The Chicago Tribune disclosed what is behind this foreboding noise. These BNSF Railway trains with 103(…)