Hairston’s claim on South Shore Nature Sanctuary is political self-interest

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Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) proclaims in the Sun-Times that the cherished South Shore Nature Sanctuary is “actually all dead…it’s been dead for some years.”

How sickening this statement is — for its outright truthlessness and blatant disregard for the South Shore community, and its obvious prioritization of self-interest.

I commend the Sun-Times Editorial Board for calling out the alderman (“Bold Proposal for South Side Golf Course Still Hooking and Slicing,” Aug. 16), but the reprimand should have been more stern. Chicagoans cannot continue to accept a City Hall that acts capriciously, in darkness, often without honesty.

Having just visited the sanctuary one week prior, I can attest that I admired no less than 38 native plant species in the span of one hour, some of them on the state’s threatened and endangered list, and none anywhere near death.

Quite to the contrary, this is one of Chicago’s few thriving examples of a native lakeshore habitat, and surely one of its most beautiful. I’m certain the alderman is well aware of that.

Perhaps we should give her the benefit of the doubt and assume a misunderstanding of the reporter’s question. Could “it’s actually all dead” have been a response pertaining to her flagging political career?

Grahm Mathew Balkany, Grand Boulevard

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