Dear Mr. President,
I am writing you today with a heavy heart. I am a Democrat and a Chicagoan. I spent my youth playing stoop ball and buying hot dogs not far from where the Cubs toss around a small white ball to the cheers and tears of longing fans. I have lived my 34 years as an observer of Chicago and its people. I find the humanity of this bustling, rusty city inspirational and realistic. In many ways Chicago is a microcosm of the rest of this grand nation. The struggles of Chicago are the struggles of Pittsburgh, Grand Rapids, Austin, Compton, and New Orleans.