The [Wednesday] Papers
Fourteen-year-old Roberto Duran, of Little Village, became the the 32nd Chicago Public Schools student killed in the last school year on Monday evening- the 24th to die by gunfire.
Father Michael Pfleger led a march last night, joined by the mayor and other dignitaries.
It's a familiar sequence of events, one we have been watching for years. It always leaves the public with the uncomfortable question: What can be done? How can this madness be stopped?
Some people want to blame the Chicago Public School system. It's not the fault of CPS. The schools can't be full-time sanctuaries for our children.
Others, including the mayor, speak passionately about tougher gun control. They are right, but that alone won't solve the problem.
As I said on WTTW's Week in Review last Friday, nobody wants to talk about poverty. Or about the mayor's social services budget. Or about the way our most distraught neighborhoods and desperate citizens always come last.
The city announced on Tuesday that it is considering a plan to spend more than $120 million - funded through park district bonds - on three new harbors that would add 2,230 new boat slips. One of the proposed harbor locations is a potential Olympic site.
Meanwhile, Channel 7 reported this last night: "As Chicago looks to host the 2016 Olympic Games, a new study finds that over the last 20 years more than 2 million people have been displaced as a direct result of the Olympics. Many were low-income renters who were forced out when rents soared soon after a city was awarded the Olympics."
What are our true priorities? How much of a commitment to our children has really been made?
It's not just the city or civic leaders, either. The emoting media also don't exactly staff the city neighborhoods that would cut into the demographic profile they like to sell to advertisers.
What can be done? Action. Commitment. Priorities. Lamentations aren't enough.
Corporate Media Lament
Social Service Budget
Where do I go to draw up a Beachwood TIF?
Why is that so hard to understand? What is the deep, defensive, bitter, reflexive psychology that drives this kind of response?
The Obama Letters
Speak No Evil
A) Yes, the kind called democracy.
Ready To Be President
"The seminars also reflected Obama's newness to the Senate and to national policy debates. Though he had offered some policy planks during his Senate campaign - such as raising fuel emissions standards and pressing for universal health care - he was not entirely familiar with decades of congressional close combat on key issues.
"However, his aides were quick to brush aside any notion that Obama was, as some Democrats like to portray President Bush, in need of a basic education on matters of national policy."
Remember when environmentalists were considered crazy tree-huggers? Remember when Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich were thought to be a little nuts about the war? Think about who you think is crazy today who will turn out to be right in the future. Open your mind. Maybe this guy - or this guy - is onto something.
For a Lousy Buck
"All have operations in buildings at 300-308 W. Randolph that City Hall wants to see torn down.
"The Daley administration wants to replace the three low-rises with a small park that would enhance a 46-story office building the John Buck Co. will put up next door," the Sun-Times reports.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Action-oriented.
Posted on June 13, 2007
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