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Signs of Stupidity 

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To the editors:

Admittedly, I am writing this without knowing all the facts, however, as an active member of the East Rogers Park community and "a progressive in action" I felt compelled to respond immediately to your Neighborhood News article of May 11th.

I think it's unfortunate that if the Rogers Park Tenants Committee did indeed act as presented in your column, that Sam and the community took a bath in the haggling over who is "supposed to" pay for the safe-school zone signs.

The situation reminds me of an anecdote I read many years ago about a situation many of us are familiar with--the mother who is chronically nagging her teenage son to clean up his room to no avail. If the mother is expecting company the question may be posed as to whose need it is to get this done. It obviously isn't the teenage son's!! Ultimately, one has to decide if one's own need to get something done doesn't periodically supercede the battle to get the one who is supposed to do it to do it.

It is apparent that "Sam" understands this dilemma and there are many of us in the neighborhood adjacent to the Juneway Jungle who applaud his efforts and would have gladly helped put up the signs.

Three weeks ago I attended a public safety meeting at Alderman Orr's office to discuss crime problems in the Howard Street area. The attendees included Jim Hobson, who while he may have taken an unfortunate position in this affair, is one of the most respected members of the community, Harry Armstrong and Sister Cecilia. The issue of the lack of safe-school zone signs around Gale Academy (Kiwanis Park is across the street) was raised. None of the three mentioned that there had been an opportunity to put up the signs and that it couldn't be done "in principle."

Karen N. Hoover

N. Paulina

PS: I understand that the bill to have the City pay for these signs has been moved out of committee since the Sam affair.

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