Letters To The Editor

My record of FOIA defense stands

To the Editor: Contrary to your Dec. 10 headline, I do not support secrecy in government. In fact, I was the sponsor of the original Illinois Freedom of Information Act and I have advanced additional improvements to the act over the years. I would never turn my back on our commitment to government transparency and(…)

The ins and outs of nature restoration

To the Editor: Larry Wethington’s letter of Nov. 26 raises an important question. What is a native, he asks? Basically it is a plant or animal that was here at the time of settlement in the 17th and 18th centuries when the ecosystem was in balance.  Plants had evolved over thousands of years to survive(…)

Why is Currie advancing secrecy?

To the Editor: Citizens of the 25th District probably disagree about state income taxes, the Illiana expressway, or ways to solve the state’s pension problems. However, most would oppose more secrecy in any branch of government. Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie has a bill that would do just that as discussed in a Tribune editorial on(…)

Obama library should avoid park land fuss

To the Editor: I have said in the past that ”the Obama library committee would never attempt to usurp park land. Their intention is to focus on the general area of Woodlawn, where there is vacant land.” I’m sure that they are aware of the battle brewing against the Lucas Museum effort to locate on(…)

Obama library at cultural center?

To the Editor: The recommended Chicago site for the Obama Presidential Library must be the best that this city can offer — not just on the South Side. Chicago is a world class city. The site for the Obama Presidential Library and Museum must be the most aesthetically beautiful and the most historically and culturally significant. The site(…)

Work misguided at Jackson Park

To the Editor: I don’t get it. Not long ago, workers and bulldozers destroyed dozens (hundreds?) of trees between the railroad tracks and LSD, leaving behind a sparsely wooded wasteland, ostensibly because the trees were not native. Now we’re beginning a project to kill dozens more trees and poison all of the fish in Jackson(…)

We must defend against paternalism

To the Editor: In his Nov. 5 letter about the University of Chicago Police Department, Michael Scott puts the emphasis where it needs to be: changing the laws. Nothing much will happen without that. Of course police engaged in community policing should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. And we as citizens should(…)

Progress on the policing front

To the Editor: On Oct. 29, a broad cross section of the South Side gathered at the Experimental Station to share their concerns about the policies and practices of the University of Chicago Police. In light of issues raised at this public forum, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), proposed that a committee be formed, under her(…)

Voting process needs revisiting

To the Editor: It’s the morning after Election Day, and my NPR station is dutifully telling me about the results — who won, who lost, in the “major” races — and what it will mean to have both houses of Congress under the control of the Republicans. There are also infrequent stories about the trouble(…)

Is there a plan to protect Hyde Park’s shoreline?

To the Editor: Today I walked the lakefront from 46th Street to 51st Street and found the damage from last Friday’s storm disturbing. The retaining wall at 48th Street is completely missing and the damage to the retaining wall at 51st Street by the overpass is very serious. Ten years past, the Chicago Park District(…)

Thanks to all who supported Dyett

To the Editor: Three years ago the Chicago Board of Education voted to phase out Dyett High School by 2015. I, along with many other Bronzeville residents and stakeholders, opposed that decision. We engaged in advocacy efforts at the time to stop the Dyett closure. We were not successful in 2011. But I remained undaunted.(…)

UCPD behavior is no mistake

To the Editor: I have followed with interest recent conversations in the Herald and in online forums about the University of Chicago Police Department. I also attended the Oct. 29 forum at the Experimental Station, where I counted nearly 200 people in attendance. In my opinion, the main result of the forum was to make(…)

UCPD policing powers, pro and con

To the Editor: In the past several months, much has been said regarding the policing of the community by the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). Passions are inflamed both pro and con regarding their policing powers and how they are used. The reasons on both sides are understandable. There is a reasonable argument as(…)

Taking a closer look at the University of Chicago Police

To the Editor: I read with great interest the Hyde Park Herald article on Oct 2, “Violent Crime in Hyde Park is Steady Decline.” The reporter lists several statistics gathered from the Chicago Police Department. She also noted that while the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) was granted full policing powers, statistics regarding their(…)

Mixed messages on 53rd from U. of C.

To the Editor: Herald readers who do not also follow Crain’s may have missed last week’s profile of the University of Chicago’s Jim Hennessy (Oct. 2, “Hyde Park’s real estate catalyst”). According to the article, Mr. Hennessy “believes the market still is too soft to support a lot (of residential housing)” and he admits that the(…)

Look to the past to understand events

To the Editor: This is in response to Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul’s article, “Jackson Park bid winner picked” (Hyde Park Herald, October 8 2014, p. 6), which I believe is presenting important information and deserves the attention of Hyde Park residents. The article indicates that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has just awarded a contract for(…)

Is there some folly in that trolley?

To The Editor: Well the final results are in regarding Hyde Park’s support for a trolley on 53rd Street, and now I have to remind myself of the purpose of the trolley in the first place.  Exactly what problem is this nifty trolley supposed to solve? If I think back over many, many months, I(…)

Hard to get a street cleaned in Hyde Park

To the Editor: My name is Robert Wernis and I live on Ridgewood Court. For years I have been complaining about the lack of street sweeping in November in the 4th Ward. We are now in the 5th Ward but are still listed in the 4th Ward for street sweeping. I called Ald. Will Burns’(…)

Rights impinged of Dyett students

To the Editor: A people that does not know its history is destined to repeat it. Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. Compulsory school attendance laws and the great expenditures for education both demonstrate our recognition of the importance of education to our democratic society. It is required in(…)

Darrow Bridge deserves restoration

To the Editor: The Jackson Park Advisory Council salutes the federal government for providing tens of millions of dollars to construct three pedestrian bridges over South Lake Shore Drive between 35th and 43rd streets (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 14, 2014). Convenient access to Lake Michigan for residents of South Kenwood, Oakwood and the slightly more distant(…)