Dear Editor: Mayor Emanuel does not have a budget crisis in the Chicago Public Schools — he has a priority crisis. Chicago’s public school students deserve a world-class education regardless of their ZIP code. Following the closure of nearly 50 schools last spring, the remaining neighborhood schools all over our city now see deep cuts to their budgets.
Letters to the Editor Archive
Dear Editor: This is to notify you that Busy Bees Child Development Center plans to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
Dear Editor: As a resident of the Ashland corridor, I am writing to express my support and excitement for the planned Bus Rapid Transit Route (BRT). I recently rode a similar system when I visited Baranquilla, Colombia, and I was impressed with how efficient and reliable BRT is, and I have seen how businesses and commuters benefit from BRT.
Dear Editor: On behalf of the STEM Magnet Academy Community, I want to extend many thanks to you and the Gazette for publishing the success of our recent school wide Walkathon in the July addition. We really appreciate the mission of the Gazette as a community supporter and excellent news source!
The Raise Your Hand Coalition (RYH) is disgusted to learn that Chicago Public Schools has laid off another 2,000 teachers and staff, bringing the total number of layoffs for the year to 3,500.
Dear Editor: At the last meeting, the City Council took a vote to approve a big change to the terrible parking meter privatization deal of 2008. I voted against the deal, along with ten of my colleagues. Unfortunately, the proposal passed, but I am encouraged by the fact that it received stronger resistance in the Council than the first time around.
Dear Editor: Ashland Avenue is many things: a major thoroughfare for drivers; the city’s busiest bus route, by daily ridership; a thriving business corridor; and a street lined with homes, schools, hospitals and other destinations. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a smart investment that will improve all of these uses.
Dear Editor: In your editorial, “Traffic congestion, reduction of parking likely legacies of Bus Rapid Transit” (June 7, 2013), you reference the Illinois Medical District as a reason to oppose this project. However, the IMD is and has been a strong supporter of Bus Rapid Transit along Ashland Avenue. The IMD has 75,000 daily visitors and 20,000 employees; fast and reliable transit is critical to our current and future success.
Dear Editor: The Ashland-Western Coalition — residents, schools, churches, social service agencies, businesses, and neighborhood groups united for better buses on Ashland and Western Avenues — applauds the Gazette for raising serious concerns about CTA’s proposed Ashland Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and supporting exploration of our Modern Express Bus (MEB) alternative.
Dear Editor: As a resident near the Ashland corridor, I support CTA and CDOT’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. I’m excited about this project because Chicago is long overdue in investing in our public transportation infrastructure. I know BRT will improve the quality of life in our community, from providing better access to jobs and services, to reducing traffic congestion and making our streets safer.