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Berny Stone Bites Back

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To the editor:

In the letter to the editor of June 2, "Devon Development," Greg Brewer distorts not only my record, but also what he has deluded himself into believing are the feelings of the 50th Ward community, all the while showing absolutely no concern for the economic well-being of the Devon Avenue business community.

Mr. Brewer chooses to attack me on a false issue, the multipurpose building project at Devon and Rockwell. This project not only goes a long way to relieve parking problems on Devon and its neighboring side streets, but will also reduce traffic on these very side streets--the parking garage has 231 parking spaces.

Over the years that I have been privileged to represent the people of the 50th Ward, I have met with and will continue to meet on a regular basis with community-based groups, civic organizations, neighborhood groups, block clubs, chambers of commerce, business associations, and all individuals who desire to meet with me. My staff and I make every effort to solve all problems which are brought to me. I actively solicit the input of the community. In concert with it, we act for the betterment of the 50th Ward and the city of Chicago.

What Mr. Brewer does in his letter is claim community support in his opposition to this particular project, a project which has passed without opposition through public hearings, the Plan Commission, the Economic Development Commission, the City Council committee on zoning, and finally the full City Council. This project will not only help our community but will also strengthen our economic base. He cynically says an issue such as this is no basis for a political campaign, but he distorts his own statement by, in fact, doing just that, using the letter to the Reader to announce his candidacy. Rather than support progressive change which will advance the community, he resorts to negativism and misleading facts and misstatements. Come on in--the water is fine.

Alderman Bernard L. Stone

50th Ward

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