The [Thursday] Papers
"The Minnesota Twins have been chasing the Chicago White Sox most of the season in a tight AL Central race," AP reports.
"Well, it's come down to the final week, and the young Twins are busy showing the White Sox how to thrive in the clutch."
"While the argument that it's important the two presidential nominees should show voters what they would do through action, instead of telling them, there would be nothing to show at 9 p.m. on a Friday night . . .
"Furthermore, there's a grave necessity now for voters to evaluate the candidates on the economy . . . A moderator like Jim Lehrer should help cut through vapid campaign rhetoric and educate voters on how both the flaws and advantages will play out in a dangerously unstable and intertwined global economy."
I actually saw Newt Gingrich float this idea first.
"Police Supt. Jody Weis, facing criticism over rising homicide rates, promised aldermen to expand the department by 75 officers as part of an effort to put more officers on the street. But City Hall has not approved department requests to hire enough officers to keep up with retirements and other attrition.
"Mayor Richard Daley has said the city must reduce personnel costs in the face of a dismal economy and a gaping budget hole but has not specified where the cuts could be made at this point."
Okay, shouldn't public safety be the last place to make cuts to solve a budget crisis?
I know times are tough, but couldn't we all do with, say, a decrease in street-cleaning and garbage pick-up before putting fewer police officers on the street?
Chicago doesn't have enough cops as it is. This seems to me to be last resort territory.
"Gerald Roper, president of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, said he hopes to bring civic groups together for meetings with the Daley administration about what 'son of TIF' will look like."
It will look like Father TIF, only grow to be even bigger and richer!
How about a TIF district drawn around police headquarters so more cops can be hired?
Suggests holding protest where nobody will notice.
"People are getting tired of it. Everybody knows the inequity. We've been talking about it for a long time."
Isn't that good enough for you, Meeks? What more do you want?
"This is nothing new. I don't know why you're finally writing about it now."
I mean, up to now I can't think of a single article the newspapers have published about school funding inequities! Why do you have such a bug up your ass all of a sudden?
""Daley said he's not worried that the Meeks protest would damage Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics by embarrassing the city on national television.
"'People are [more] interested in baseball,' he said."
Wow. I'd like to hear him tell the parents of Chicago public schoolchildren that.
Memo to CPD: Maybe officers should ring Wrigley Field in protest of shortchanged ranks.
No Tickets For You!
"Both teams made fewer tickets available to the public this year than they did the previous times they were in the playoffs (last year for the Cubs, 2005 for the Sox), yet even as your odds of gaining access to the postseason are lower than ever, you can look online and find thousands of tickets for sale - albeit often for prices that seem more appropriate for an around-the-world luxury cruise than a baseball game."
Okay, I see a coalition forming . . . schoolkids, cops, baseball fans . . . all shut out of Wrigley Field. And suddenly, a reform party is born!
I have a hard time believing the Obama campaign was unaware of the "little-known" governor of Alaska. As I've noted before, a study by Columbia Journalism Review found Palin was the seventh-most mentioned potential pick among pre-convention media speculation, and she had been the subject over the years of stories in such little-known publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today.
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Posted on September 25, 2008
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