Reader to Reader | Letters | Chicago Reader

News & Politics » Letters

Reader to Reader

by and

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


Walking down East Superior last week, I was taken aback at the sight of a grounds crew hanging pine wreathes and holiday lights on bushes and trees. One man was even whistling carols. Talk about your nightmares before Christmas. It was still two weeks until Halloween! The next day, when I passed camera crews, wardrobe people, and lights on the same spot, it became apparent that the trimmings were movie props. That was little comfort, however, when I realized that these "landscapers" had redecorated nature, stripping every last leaf from the bushes and trees, giving a whole new meaning to the words "take" and "cut." I only hope they remind the viewing audience that "many living things were harmed during the making of this movie."

--Anne M. Peternel

The rollerblader careened along the sidewalk, strafing baby carriages and hot dog vendors, then swerved down the curb-cut and into the street. An oncoming van screamed into a skid, avoiding the man on wheels, who never bothered to break stride. Back on the sidewalk, pedestrians shook their heads at the near accident they had witnessed. "If he'd killed him," one man observed, "we'd have lost a whole 50 IQ points."

--Leah Eskin

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Give $35/month →  
  Give $10/month →  
  Give  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment