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Grant Park concert marred by frequent helicopter noise

Sunday was last day Chicago Air Water.  |  Alex Wroblewski/Sun-Times

Sunday was the last day of the Chicago Air and Water. | Alex Wroblewski/Sun-Times

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Updated: September 21, 2013 6:15AM

For the past two years, my girlfriend and I have enjoyed the free concerts by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. Saturday night’s season finale performance was no exception. The Black Gondola, Harmonium and The Rite of Spring were excellent. In the recent past we would occasionally see a helicopter flying around the performances. But Saturday night’s performance was repeatedly smothered by the sound of a helicopter buzzing over the patrons at the Pritzker Pavilion every 10 minutes. It was annoying. Next year will be the 80th season for the orchestra. Let’s hope the City of Chicago will impose a “no fly zone” during these wonderful performances.

Tim Schedler, Berkeley

1.7 million? Not likely

I continue to be amazed at how local media, including the Sun-Times, buys into the bogus attendance figures released by the City of Chicago for major events. The Air and Water Show was attended by 1.7 million people? I doubt it. From my 43rd floor apartment overlooking Lake Shore Drive, north and south, there might have been 100,000 total for both days. If there had been 1.7 million, there would have been gridlock in the city. You would have to fill Soldier Field 29 times to get 1.7 million people.

Jerry Clark, Near North Side

Wrong on drug testing

Your Sunday editorial [“Drug testing for the good of the CHA”] is sadly mistaken, because, fundamentally, the opinion is supportive of the war on drugs. Drug testing is just another drug-war implement, a cancerous metastasizing tentacle that operates to protect intolerance, guarantee the defeat of personal freedom, strip poor and minority people of their privacy and dignity (and opportunity for low-cost housing for some), ignore differentiation between addict, patient and recreational user, and attempt the exclusion of drugs from public housing and a free society that can’t keep illicit drugs out of a single U.S. prison. The entity with the CHA drug-testing contract should be happy with the editorial and policy but not another living soul. Curse the drug war and all its “paraphernalia.”

James E. Gierach

Law Enforcement
Against Prohibition (LEAP),

Palos Park

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