To the Editor:
I was very disappointed in the headlining of the front page article on the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) Jackson Park project. I consider that it lifted out one aspect of the work and treated it in a sensationalist manner, inaccurately, and out of context. This is not the only instance in which the paper has used headlining to editorialize, with little indication of what the object or policy outcome is being served. I believe this harms community discussion on matters that affect our community and its assets.
Your reporter, like many others, had plenty of opportunity to learn the facts and details from numerous meetings, (I understand had an extensive interview with the chief USACE ecological planner and manager on the project) and to communicate the sense of his article to the person(s) preparing the headline and paper. The headline made all involved — ACE, the Park District, the Olmsted park expert and Jackson Park Advisory Council and other stakeholders including fishing groups — look irresponsible and insensitive. The exaggerations made and details left out in the article contributed to this sense, negating the limits of what will be done and the extent of public inconvenience, the care being taken for public safety, the benefits, and any understanding of how nature works with natural winter fish kills.
I do want to thank you for the important services, crucial information, and challenges to the status quo and powers that be that the Herald provides for the community and its many organizations and institutions. The Herald’s importance makes it all the more important to get it right or carefully set forth choices and consequences.
Gary M. Ossewaarde