Joravsky got it just right [“A Promise Made to Be Broken,” October 4]! We don’t need the Olympics here! It won’t put money in the pockets of those who need it most and it will only tear up more park land forever.

My question: Since the mayor has shown himself impervious to public objection (witness, inter alia, the ongoing efforts of the city to destroy Promontory Point in Hyde Park, and hizzoner’s dazzling display of “self help” in connection with Meigs Field), how do we best voice our objections to the IOC? How can we make it known to the decision-makers that there are plenty of people who do not want the Olympic Games in Chicago? Whom do we write, fax, or e-mail? Where is our leverage here?

Joan Levin


Ben Joravsky replies:

You can send your opinions directly to the International Olympic Committee via its Web site, (look under Education and then FAQ). And you can write to Jacques Rogge, the IOC president, at International Olympic Committee, Chateau de Vidy, 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland.

If you want to join up with the local south-side opposition, contact Pat Hill at Perhaps the most outspoken opposition is up in Lake County, site of the proposed equestrian center. Their Web site,, offers a pretty thorough archive of articles about the Games. You can e-mail Tom Eccles or Jay Glenn, a couple of Lake County residents who are active with the Voters for Preservation, at