Dear editor,

Quotes from 49th Ward alderman Joe Moore in your September 26 article on the TIF district proposed for Rogers Park [“Why Here? Why Now?”] were surprising. He stated that members of the Rogers Park Community Action Network (RPCAN) were “disruptive” at a community meeting on June 18 and that the meeting was “marred by RPCAN’s sudden appearance on the scene.”

I attended the June 18 meeting, and I don’t recall any disruptive behavior. Certainly a few people seemed irritated, angered, or disappointed by the proceedings. And there were people at the meeting who expressed opposition to the TIF proposal and questioned the process of creating the TIF plan. But this was not limited to RPCAN members, and it was done calmly and reasonably. Nobody unfurled banners, blocked doorways, interrupted speakers, or shouted slogans. RPCAN members didn’t even sit together, unless we were assigned to the same table as we arrived.

If public meetings are “marred” by the presence of dissenters, and simply showing up, asking questions, and raising objections is considered “disruptive,” how can we have any meaningful discourse on public policy?

Joyce M. Fitzgerald

Rogers Park resident and RPCAN member