Lake Shore Drive isn’t a big deal outside of Chicago | Letters


We rename things all the time. Outside of the Chicago area, Lake Shore Drive is not widely known. It’s not like it’s Broadway, Wall Street, Sunset Boulevard, Madison Avenue or Fifth Avenue. If we want to honor Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, then let’s do it right. No second class or Jim Crow honor.

A statue you could put in someone’s basement? Programming on the Riverwalk? Please, who’s gonna pay attention to this? And if we’re going to rename a highway after DuSable, it should be the Kennedy. He’s the one from O’Hare Airport, with its horde of international travellers.

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No one is saying we should rename the city of Chicago or Michigan Avenue or State Street after DuSable. But a prominent roadway like Lake Shore Drive would pay true homage to DuSable, our city’s first non-native settler. Every mile of DuSable Lake Shore Drive would be a proud thoroughfare of pure exultation, from north side to south side.

Just put the name DuSable in front of LSD – call it DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

Michael Riley, Downtown

No financial reward for the vaccine

Illinois has the dubious distinction of leading the nation in retirement debt. And fiscal mismanagement over the years has hurt the state’s economy and caused residents to move to other states. Yet Governor JB Pritzker intends to financially incentivize citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19. This will further add to an already crumbling Illinois economy.

Whether or not to get vaccinated is a matter of personal choice. If the governor’s goal is to increase the vaccination rate in Illinois, why not develop an effective education campaign rather than go into more debt?

John Livaich, Oak Lawn

Democrats must deliver or lose

If Democrats want black, Hispanic, young, and disenfranchised people to run for the polls next year to expand the party’s majority, they need to give us a reason to do so.

President Joe Biden inherited a country plagued by a pandemic, an economic recession, distrust of government and a stark racial divide. In response, Democrats must now make big structural changes to the American people. That means student debt relief, statehood for DC, universal health care, better climate policy, consumer protection, immigration reform, and criminal justice transformation — all of them. popular questions among voters.

Ultimately, Democrats have two options: abolish the Jim Crow-era filibuster and deliver or lose in 2022.

Dylan Toth, Schaumburg

Ending the Filibuster and Helping Americans

I don’t want to name names, but there are a few Democrats in the U.S. Senate who clearly care more about filibuster protection, an outdated procedural standard that allows a minority of senators to shut down any bill. of law, than to make progress for the American people.

It’s hard to understand why, especially when our nation has a unique opportunity to pass bold and sweeping legislation that could dramatically change American life for the better. Without the filibuster, legislation that would raise the minimum wage, promote global climate action and protect the right to vote actually has a chance of passing the Senate. I hope Democrats see this moment for what it is — a rare opportunity to make government work for the American people — and act before it’s too late.

What good is power if not to help people? I call on the Senate to step in and get rid of the filibuster.

Tanya Clark, Lincoln Square

Obstruction Blocks Progress

Filibuster is not mentioned in the US Constitution. Not even once. Despite what some senators might suggest, the filibuster is just a procedural measure that can be changed at any time, like when Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

It’s so ridiculous that the filibuster still gets in the way of nearly every progressive priority of the Democrats’ role. We cannot let a minority of senators block progress that a majority of Americans voted for.

Carol Joswiak, Palatine

What happened to market risk?

Texas lawmakers are considering legislation that would add charges to everyone’s electric bill due to the massive blackout the state experienced last February. Classic American capitalism: privatize the profits, but socialize the losses. The system works as expected.

Bob Chimis, Elmwood Park


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