Letters To The Editor

To the Editor

To the Editor: There was an odd sentence in the Jan. 6 Herald report on the “Memorandum of Understanding” signed by the U. of C. and the city on Dec. 16, which caught my attention and so I obtained a copy of the press release distributed by the U. of C. Among other things, the(…)

To the Editor

To the Editor: This letter is prompted by the Dec. 16 article “Project 120 Update” as well as by your comments about Jackson Park in your end-of-year coverage. We and many others in the community have many concerns about Project 120, as was made very clear by the large number of participants raising questions at(…)

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: The article on the presidential library in the Dec. 30 Herald is an unfortunate example of the power of misleading advertising. No, it is not “inevitable” that the proposed library will be located in either one of our landmark parks. Yes, the U. of C. “had its work cut out for it”(…)

To the Editor

To the Editor: The tribute to Jane Averill in the Dec. 16 Herald was certainly well deserved, but there is much more to her story. Jane was indeed a passionately and dedicated teacher; and she was also a passionate and dedicated community volunteer. During our long fight to secure the expansion of Nichols Park, Jane(…)

To the Editor

To the Editor:  I was born and raised in Hyde Park.  I went to Lab school.  I get angry when Cutler throws interceptions. But with the passage of HR 158, because of my Iranian heritage, I stand to lose the right to travel as freely as other Americans… all of a sudden I’m “less American”(…)

The truth versus the incumbent’s spin

Jay Travis response to 12/9/15 letter from Rep. Mitchell letter, Hyde Park Herald. Good governance is built on the truth. Facts empower people — and the families of the 26th district deserve elected representation that is honest. So I’d like to provide the facts, along with sources, for Herald readers about Rep Mitchell’s record, a record(…)

Thurow’s letter missing key facts

To the Editor: The Letter to the Editor from Chuck Thurow published on Nov. 25 was interesting and provocative. Unfortunately, it also was missing a key fact, contained errors and reflected an apparent lack of familiarity with property assessment in Cook County. Please allow some information and clarification from the Cook County Assessor’s Office (CCAO).(…)

CPD accountability task force major step toward systemic change

To the Editor: State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) issued the following statement on the dismissal of police superintendent Garry McCarthy and the City of Chicago’s appointment of a task force on police accountability: The Dec. 1 announcements represent a positive step out of a dark time in our city. While no individual is solely responsible(…)

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(…)