It's hard to muster a lot of sympathy for Chicago Park District golfers slammed with a 5 percent fee increase -- when the fee only went up to $25 for nine holes of golf.
Compared to a private golf course, that's still a steal.
But the Chicagoans who sounded off about park district fee increases in a Sun-Times article by Lisa Donovan on Tuesday are on to something.
Faced with a $23 million deficit, the park district this year raised fees by an average of 3 to 5 percent on all programs, including fitness centers, pools and summer camp, one of the few summer choices meant to be affordable to even the poorest among us.
This on top of a decision last year to begin charging for lakefront parking for the first time.
The Park District had no good options -- it's either raise fees or cut programs wholesale.
But we worry about cutting out Chicago's poorest.
The lake front, summer camps, a dip in the pool should be open to every Chicagoan.
An extra dollar here and there may be all it takes to keep them away.
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