Don't dismiss concerns about Calumet City

2013-12-02T00:00:00Z Don't dismiss concerns about Calumet City
December 02, 2013 12:00 am

I take issue with George Grenchik's column, "Join Cal City Pride Facebook Group," in which the retired teacher said those who express discontent with the town were making "nasty and brainless comments" about it.

I lived there from 1981 to 2001 and saw it change from a relatively peaceful community with decent schools and a thriving tax base to a place where crime is rampant and businesses have fled in droves.

Yes, the memories are still there. My family was one of the founding members of Calumet City. So for me, it's incredibly painful and frustrating to see the place my ancestors helped build turn into what it is today.

Watch what you say about people who express their concerns about Calumet City.

When my mother's lifelong friends who have called Calumet City their home for nearly 70 years are scared to walk outside anymore, their concerns should not be diminished with thoughtless diatribe.

- Steve Howard, Schaumburg, Ill.

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