Letters To The Editor

Where’s Toni? — still “staying out of it”

To the Editor: Toni Preckwinkle has declined to publicly endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for mayor of Chicago. In a public statement, she said, “I’m staying out of it for now.” Preckwinkle is the most respected African American elected official in town. Her endorsement of Garcia for Chicago’s mayor would be honored by many voters, especially(…)

When giving, don’t forget the local

To the Editor: More than ever, individual philanthropic giving is essential to the success of non-profit organizations. Because headlines often refer to large, high-profile organizations, it is easy to overlook the substantial impact that private donors can make in the lives of local children and families. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club is an apt example.(…)

A vote for Dyett plan from a familiar name

To the Editor: My name is Dr. Timuel Black and I have lived in Bronzeville for 95 years. Captain Walter Dyett was a very important person within the community who I knew personally for most of those years. The proposal that has been developed by the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School and presented to(…)

Shovel your sidewalks, MAC

To the Editor: For Hyde Park pedestrians, especially those of us who are older and have balance problems and walk with canes, accumulated snow and ice makes walking more difficult and more dangerous. I’ve been noticing again this winter that MAC Property Management has been deficient in arranging for snow removal in front of some(…)

Parkland library deal a shameful thing

To the Editor: I am ashamed of the Chicago Park District Board for not fulfilling their roles as stewards of the parkland, and protecting it from development. Mr. Tim Black and others have only shown how clueless they are, regarding the value of the park land as open space. They are, and I have a(…)

Where’s Toni Preckwinkle?

To the Editor: Toni Preckwinkle has given us honest, progressive government in Cook County for the first time in living memory. If she’d stepped up she could have also given us honest, progressive government in the city of Chicago for the first time since Harold Washington died. If she’d run for mayor she would have(…)

Hairston comes through for the little guy

To the Editor: Readers might benefit from this information when making their choice for alderman. We live in a co-op apartment building across from Regents Park. Unfortunately, we have been dealing with excessive noise from the new garage doors put in by the rental giant, in a move to eliminate their garage staff. Not only were(…)

Transit not part of local pols visions

To the Editor: In the upcoming aldermanic elections, Hyde Park candidates are branding themselves as “independent” and “progressive.” This conveys the idea that these candidates are standing up for the interests of their constituents above those of outside influences. However, the most important economic development issue in our ward is being ignored or actively undermined(…)

U. of C. police must divulge information

U. of C. police must divulge information

To the Editor: The University of Chicago is now operating with significantly expanded police powers and policing an area of the city far larger than its immediate campus. Because of this expansion, the Citizens Action Committee for Fair University of Chicago Policing is focusing attention on the public safety needs and interests of the larger(…)

Bolden for alderman

To the Editor: We enthusiastically support Norman Bolden for 4th Ward alderman. Every neighborhood in the city deserves an independent, progressive, effective, accountable alderman, but Hyde Park has a particularly long, proud tradition in this regard. This progressive tradition, unfortunately, has not continued with Ald. Will Burns. Mr. Burns has consistently supported powerful and moneyed(…)

Be a good neighbor and shovel your snow

To the Editor: Some neighbors have been very good about adopting a street/sidewalk crossing and clearing out for pedestrians.  However, the problem remains severe in our neighborhoods. Furthermore,  businesses who are along our business streets should not only clear the entire sidewalk in front of their shop, but also the streets around the parking areas(…)

An opponent sets Burns’ record straight

To the Editor: I would like to thank the Coalition for Equitable Community Development and the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference for hosting the recent aldermanic forums. These forums provide a vital service in ensuring that Hyde Parkers are engaged and informed. However, I do feel I must correct two misperceptions that have repeatedly arisen. Ald.(…)

Road rules don’t apply in Hyde Park

To the Editor: The trucks just keep on rolling down Kimbark Avenue and 52nd Street. This continues even though there is a sign clearly marked at the corner of 51st Street and Kimbark Avenue stating a no truck weight limit. I have reached out to the rising star Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) office, and his(…)

U. of C. reveals selfish side

To the Editor: Thank you Stephanie Franklin for your careful documentation of the deceitful behavior of the University of Chicago in attempting to force the use of precious public parkland instead of privately held acreage in its bid for the Obama Presidential Library. (“Case never made for need for park land for Obama Library,” Jan.(…)

Burns, don’t neglect voters already here

To the Editor: I attended the aldermanic forum sponsored by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference last Saturday. Ald. Will Burns (4th) touted his successes on 53rd Street, bragging that people might now come to the South Side “and maybe want to live here.” Huh? So the people who already live here (and vote here) don’t matter? Because(…)

Good news for Hyde Park’s renters

To the Editor: Residential rental tenants in the city of Chicago work hard for the money they spend every month on a place to live. For those hard-earned dollars, they should also receive the assurance that the buildings they call home meet the basic safety standards required by the city. I was very proud to(…)

Case never made for need for park land for Obama Library

To the Editor: I have just finished a chronological rereading of newspaper coverage of the Obama Presidential Library proposals, beginning with a Chicago Tribune article in December, 2012. Reading chronologically, at least two examples of the insidious effect of repetitious advertising jump out. First is the University of Chicago’s audacity, duplicity and arrogance in preparing(…)

Setting the record straight at Dyett

To the Editor: In a recent news Gazette article “Newsbrief: Dyett High to reconfigure, remain open” dated January 1, 2015 Alderman Will Burns’ description of his leadership with regards to Dyett High School is inaccurate. We are writing this letter because it is dishonest for an elected official or agency to position themselves as leaders on(…)

We’re still fighting Vue53

To the Editor: In your Jan. 7 article about Norman Bolden’s candidacy, there was a statement (not by Mr. Bolden) that the lawsuit brought by neighborhood residents challenging the re-zoning for the university’s Vue53 project — a proposed 13-story high-rise to be built across from Nichols Park — “was later dismissed.” No mention was made(…)

Chicago needs to work harder for Obama Library

Editor’s note: The following letter was e-mailed to Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). Dear Alderman Hairston, Much of the South Side of Chicago looks like Hamburg, or whatever major German city you prefer, circa 1946, after the worst of the rubble was cleared. These areas are in dire need of development and reconstruction, yet the University of(…)