Letters: Chicago’s property tax hike is driving my family out the door – Chicago Tribune | Vette Leader

Earlier this year, the Cook County appraisal office decided that the Lakeview home I’ve owned for 30 years should be valued at a value more than 100% higher than it was a year ago and significantly higher than I could reasonably do could expect to sell it for. And recently Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a proposed property tax hike, and she had the audacity to compare it to the price of Italian beef sandwiches for a family of four.

So what does my family get instead of beef sandwiches? Taxpayers’ money props up an unstable school system that continues to prove unable to meet even the basic needs of its dwindling enrollment. Fear that when my nearly grown children visit friends with the CTA, they won’t make it home safely. A seemingly contradictory commitment to simultaneously promote NASCAR street racing and at the same time oppose street racing in our city.

As the benefits of living in Chicago become harder to enumerate and property taxes skyrocket making it unaffordable, my family’s only option is to leave. I will miss the city as it once was, but certainly not what it has become.

– Erica Salem, Chicago

Regarding “Time to put safety first” (11 August), every time I read about the proposals to extend the Red Line at great expense, I ask why this is being considered when cheaper alternatives are available.

For example, there is the “CTA Gray Line” concept that proposes to include the Metra Electric line in the CTA, with CTA tariffs and CTA service frequency. This would no doubt require the purchase of additional equipment, but would certainly be a lot less expensive than the current proposal.

— Dorron Katzen, Chicago

It seems that our current mayor’s legal acumen matches her interpersonal skills. As the Tribune reported (“Lightfoot Calls Department’s Fire of Police Reform Director ‘Palace Intrigue,'” Aug. 11), Lightfoot seeks to downplay and distance itself from the firing of Robert Boik, a key player in the Chicago Police Department court distance. ordered reforms. It is inconceivable that the mayor was not directly involved in such a lofty move.

By jailing the guy responsible for complying with Chicago policy changes required by law, the city risks contempt of court. How much will taxpayers pay in legal fees for the inevitable litigation over this absurd, unforced error?

— Andrew S. Mine, Chicago

Mayor Lori Lightfoot struggles to keep her head above water as the tide rises in an attempt to bring her down. And top cop David Brown just showed he’s in step with the mayor.

Now Brown has dropped Robert Boik, who as executive director for constitutional policing and reform was tasked with implementing the federal consent decree issued after Laquan McDonald was gunned down by a Chicago police officer.

Lightfoot defended Brown’s firing of Boik, and it seems our mayor and commissioner of police don’t give a damn about police reform. I think Paddy Bauler was right when he said, “Chicago is not ready for reform, Mayor!”

– Michael Oakes, Chicago

A competent manager seeks input from all sources at his disposal. Employees must feel free to share information with their manager without fear of negative consequences.

If the facts regarding Robert Boik’s dismissal are as reported, then the Superintendent has identified a serious lack of leadership.

– Elliott Fredland, Chicago

A letter writer suggested that the term of office of Supreme Court justices should be changed from a lifetime appointment to a fixed term (“Judge Term Limitations,” August 11). This appears to be in response to the court’s decision to hold Roe v. pick up calf. The author also explained that other rights are now in jeopardy “because a small group of people held an inordinate amount of power”.

First we need to review why the Supreme Court was established and what its responsibilities are. The Court is the ultimate protector of our beloved Constitution and is meant to interpret and determine what the Constitution allows regarding the laws of our country.

The court was Not established to conform to whatever values ​​the American people may hold. That is the role of the legislature, which controls the American people through elections.

Life sentences for Supreme Court justices are of tremendous value to us. They offer a measure of assurance that those chosen for the court are the best legal minds and that they will give up other opportunities of service. Lifetime tenures also provide a degree of confidence that the judges will not make self-interested decisions.

Finally, the Supreme Court has not abolished abortion rights. It ruled that the Constitution does not provide for a right to abortion, which is instead a state decision. This is no different than many other government needs and controls.

Our system enables the correction of previous wrong decisions. Today’s court reviewed an earlier decision, found it to be a misinterpretation of the Constitution, and made a correction, similar to overturning the Dred Scott judgment.

The Supreme Court, while not perfect, has proven to be a useful system for Americans and the envy of the world. We have to stick to a system that has worked for 233 years.

– Dave Roberts, Frankfurt

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