Jackson Park is a sanctuary for nature, not golf courses – Chicago Tribune

Jackson Park is loved by countless individuals and families in Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore and many other areas of the city. It is the backyard of many who have no green space at home. The nature reserve is an invaluable resource for neighbours, friends and migratory birds.

The tiny “natural spaces” proposed in the golf course plan will NOT compensate for the loss of this space. Bringing golf courses treated with toxic chemicals to the edge of the lake will not benefit lake water quality.

At a time when climate change is causing more unstable weather and the city has recognized a climate emergency and announced a climate action plan, I’m sure I’m not alone in finding it ironic that some members of the city ​​government backing a plan that would cut down 2,106 trees to accommodate a golf course that would be unaffordable for most nearby residents.

This is a public park that is owned by all Chicago residents, not a much smaller number of golfers who will play there. Local residents have the right to be informed of park plans and to participate in public comment.

Nature’s sanctuary is a treasure that should not be destroyed. We should be improving existing golf courses and keeping them affordable, not destroying beloved public spaces and thousands of trees.

–Anne Alt, Chicago

Showtime has a series called “The First Lady”. In the first episode, there’s a scene in which George and Laura Bush gracefully show Barack and Michelle Obama around the White House in some sort of orientation. The scene is fictional, but I remember reading in Michelle’s book how well her family was treated by the outgoing first family. Obama and Bush even worked together during the transition to come up with a bipartisan plan to attack the 2008 recession. Can anyone imagine these things happening in 2020?

Every losing president conceded. No losing president has ever failed to recognize the results. This time, the losing president failed to protect members of Congress and encouraged the deadliest assault on the Capitol since the War of 1812.

Worse still, the Republicans who gathered recently to praise Kevin McCarthy for backing down from his initial disparaging remarks to the president for “going too far.” People have died. The property has been damaged. Members of Congress feared for their lives and hundreds were arrested. Yet Republican congressmen call it “old news” and rally around the theme that nothing bad happened. They want the committee to stop investigating.

It used to be the party of “law and order”. This party calls itself Patriots. They took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. I wonder if those congressmen even read it.

—Jan Goldberg, Riverside

Re: “Olmsted’s Chicago parks” (April 28), Olmsted, who was a visionary in setting aside green spaces for everyone’s enjoyment, would be appalled at the process of donating public parks to the Obama Foundation. Basically, it was, unfortunately, a deal made by those who felt they needed to indulge former President Barack Obama, who, in the eyes of some, is Chicago’s favorite son. However, the reality of the Obama Center is that the brick-and-mortar colossus is Barack Obama’s personal vanity project. If one traces the arc of his career, it’s “all about me” and not the public good.

—Ronald Kallen, Highland Park

A new poll that has just been released contains “stunning” figures. These numbers, perhaps, in the context of a “misleading” Republican Party may not be surprising, but they are still shocking. Less than half of Republicans polled consider anti-Semitism a “major problem” for a candidate; just over a third see racist comments as a problem and even fewer, only a quarter see homophobic comments as a problem for a candidate.

These statistics are troubling and appalling. Moreover, what is troubling is that in the supposedly much more progressive Democratic Party, there is a significant minority that would not reject political candidates who embrace anti-Semitic, homophobic, and even racist comments. If this number of people are willing to publicly admit these biases, how many others feel this privately?

If we ever want to live in a society where all are accepted and treated with dignity and without prejudice, we must recognize that such predispositions are embedded in our psyche in an evolutionary way. This is what makes them so difficult to defeat and eradicate. Awareness is not the last step in ridding ourselves of these heinous prejudices, but it is a necessary first step.

—Ken Derow, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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Michael C. Ford