Legler Library and Knowledge and Power: Preserve the Library Painting in Chicago by Selling it to a Local Institution: Letters to the Editor


After reading “The city’s plan to sell a $ 15 million painting has been criticized as a questionable way to upgrade the library,”It occurred to me that there was another way to handle this situation: sell the painting to another institution in Chicago. Disposals of collections are often controversial, but sometimes they are necessary.

I understand the Chicago Public Library’s position regarding the proper securing of Kerry James Marshall’s “Knowledge and Wonder”. I also see where a regional library at the Legler location would be of great benefit to the region.

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But does this painting have to leave Chicago? No. Museums in the Chicago area should have the opportunity to raise the $ 15 million to purchase the work from the Chicago Public Library, with the guarantee that the funds will be used to develop Legler. It was done before to keep a work in a city. The Arts Club of Chicago held a private sale of his precious Brancusi sculpture to the Art Institute to fund his new building. In 2008, a city-wide fundraising campaign organized “The Gross Clinic” by Thomas Eakins in Philadelphia. In both cases, not only did the Arts Club and Thomas Jefferson University secure their funds for their buildings, but also “The Kiss” by Brancusi and “The Gross Clinic” by Eakins were able to reach a wider audience in their respective cities.

Wouldn’t “knowledge and wonder” look great on the walls of DuSable?

Sophia C. du Brul, Wilmette

All the hypocrites

Brett Kavanaugh’s hearings laid bare the racism of “conservatives” who have long advocated trying minors (including accused sex offenders) as adults when these minors were predominantly young people of color. But the hearings also exposed the hypocrisy of the “progressives” who “lobbied [until now, apparently] eliminate registries of juvenile sex offenders and the conviction of adolescents as adults.

In fact, what these hearings really revealed is hypocrisy on both sides. Principles? Integrity? Honor? What does it mean ? It’s just a matter of who the beef is gored to.

David G. Whiteis, Humboldt Park

Proven liars

If being a true liar is not disqualifying for nomination to the Supreme Court or election to the presidency of the United States, have we all been relieved of the requirement of truthfulness? Will Senator Susan Collins apologize when Brett Kavanaugh votes to quash Roe v. Wade, or will she continue the cowardice she exhibited this afternoon?

John Powers, Rolling Meadows

Change of vote

I was an independent voter, voting for who I thought was best for office, regardless of political affiliation. However, following the Brett Kavanaugh debacle, I vowed never to vote for a Republican again. A direct Democratic ticket for me from now on. It was an affront to all citizens who believe in gender equality.

Regina Gomory Crystal Lake

Good news

The recent storms along the East Coast and the fires in the American West make it clear that climate change is the reality today. The good news is that forward-looking businesses, cities and utilities are leading the way in renewable energy and climate action.

At the end of 2017, more than half of the renewable energy purchase contracts held by corporate customers around the world were in the United States. These US agreements amounted to nearly 2.5 gigawatts, mostly wind power. In 2018, we saw no signs of slowing down. In fact, the attraction of renewable energies is spreading. In a sector previously dominated by tech companies, we are now seeing large industrialists, pharmaceuticals, hospitals, universities and cities driven by sustainability goals, looking for wind and solar power.

As energy storage becomes more widely available, offering benefits such as avoiding spikes in energy costs, the attractiveness of renewable energy purchase agreements will increase. As demand remains strong, new partnerships will emerge and alliances will be created to meet the challenge of global climate change.

Rafael Esteban. CEO, ACCIONA Energy USA Global, Loop


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