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Updated: April 29, 2013 12:03PM



It’s sad that my parents tell me every time I leave my house that it’s not safe, even when I’m just going for a run or walking my dog. Why must they constantly remind me that I will never be safe in my neighborhood, one that was built for families to raise their children in a safe environment?

Being that I am in Chicago, I am not too far from all the gangs and violence that occurs in the city. Times have surely changed, and none of our neighborhoods is safe anymore.

Violent people break into homes and steal cars. Children at a park get robbed at gunpoint, and children are attacked to steal their bikes. These types of incidents have occurred in my neighborhood.

It would be nice to walk out our doors without having to worry. There will always be violence in our world, but it’s time to start thinking of ways to keep the violence out, to gain back our trust of the outdoors.

Kylen Schmitz

Chicago’s Beverly community

Ricketts must play hard ball

Let’s see if I have this right. The Ricketts family wants to spend $500 million to upgrade their ballpark and build a hotel and shops across the street. No taxpayer funds to be used.

Rooftop owners (who are stealing the Cubs’ product) want more, in the form of less signage in the park and more signs on their property to leach more profit from the Cubs games and other ballpark events.

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) won’t budge on his demand for whatever he and the rooftop owners want because he can’t be without the owners’ contributions to his campaign fund. Mayor Rahm Emanuel tends to side with Tunney and the rooftop owners, leaving the dispute at an impasse with a supposed deadline nearing.

Now the mayor of Rosemont has offered to donate 25 acres for a stadium and parking. What happens to Wrigleyville if the Cubs move and how fast would Tunney be run out of town?

Timothy D. O’Reilly

Chicago

Victory for Tinley Park residents

It makes my heart glad that the Will County Board on March 21 voted down a developer’s request for special-use zoning permits to build a gas station/car wash at 194th Street and Harlem Avenue, near the Tinley Trails subdivision.

This business would have been a hazard to the residents’ safety because of more traffic through their neighborhood, excessive air pollution from diesel fumes, increased alcohol consumption and drawing a criminal element. This victory has restored my faith in the democratic process. Why should a developer greedily get what he wants when it would be a detriment to nearby residents’ quality of life?

The community opposition placed its faith in presenting facts and statistics in a calm and reasonable manner at several meetings, and the county board agreed by upholding their interests.

Thank you to every board member who saw the humanity and logic in voting against this development.

Marie E. Roman

Tinley Park



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