Dr. MM Sullivan | Chicago Reader

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Re: “How to survive Mayor Rahm—learn from ACT UP

I don't see why every citizen in Chicago doesn't "act up" against Emanuel. Public physical and mental health clinics; help for homeless people; schools, teachers, counselors, & nurses--everything this wretch has destroyed so far disproportionately affects people of color and the poor (i.e., almost all the rest of us). And he's a sneaky liar along with it. There should be a national recall before Short Mayor does even more damage.

Yes, I'm hurling personal abuse at the little man with the big wallet. But if anyone ever deserved a good argument ad hominem, it's E-man.

Hey--how about "City of Big Wallets and the Poor People" for our new motto? You know Ed Burke says we no longer have the shoulders.

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Posted by Dr. MM Sullivan on 11/30/2012 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Here comes another city privatization deal forged behind closed doors

Did Moreno really say "these assets have never been leveraged before"? Jeez Louise--he's hanging out with too many MBAs.

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Posted by Dr. MM Sullivan on 11/30/2012 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Doing right by Studs Terkel

There you have it. If you expect clarity--and that's what punctuation's for--you're a codger. If you make snotty anonymous remarks, using "insider" abbreviations (like, what does SQL mean?), you're . . . hmm, how about cowardly and ill-educated? Go, Miner !

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Posted by Dr. MM Sullivan on 10/22/2012 at 8:35 PM

Re: “The shot that brought the projects down, part five of five

I congratulate Mr. Dumke for writing about the CHA and Cabrini Green now, when Emanuel's "Transformation Recalibration" has co-opted the original, ten-year "Transformation" project. Experience with the mayor's "consolidation" of Chicago's public Mental Health Clinics teaches us that his abstract nouns bode ill for the poor.

I wrote CEO Woodyard, an Emanuel appointee, as soon as the plan was announced. Asking specific questions. What were the old calibrations? Why did they need replacement? What improvements would recalibrating produce? Did any elected officials oversee the "Transformation Recalibration," or was it to be implemented by Emanuel appointees alone? Would CHA funds be reallocated to build new housing?

Mr. Woodyard emailed me a link to the "Recalibration" web site--a site designed to restrict users to comments about the plan. So I attended one of Woodyard's "Recalibration" speaking engagements. It had been announced as if CHA tenants would be able to ask direct questions, and get specific answers, about how "Recalibration" would affect them.

The event limited the audience to comments on an already-existing plan. Hand-outs described permissable questions, and an abundance of room monitors enforced the restrictions.

One tenant asked Woodyard to describe the new plan. He sent her to the "Recalibration" web site. She said she had no computer. Most of the audience said the same. A flustered Woodyard said to go to their libraries for help. The libraries whose hours Emanuel had already cut.

Thus ended the grand opening of "Transformation Recalibration."

What does a long-winded description of "Recalibration" have to do with Dumke's article? Federal money for public housing is safe from Emanuline machinations, isn't it? I don't know. Everything seems vulnerable since the Wilmette boy took over the city.

I hope Dumke continues investigating the CHA. I bet he'd find out if its plan responds to the shameful, geographically-specific murder-boom in our city.

Dumke is one of the best investigative reporters we've got. He doesn't take bribes and he's not a quitter. If anyone can find out what "Transformation Recalibration" is, he can.

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Posted by Dr. MM Sullivan on 10/20/2012 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Barry Commoner: 1917-2012

What would Chicago be like without the Reader? Pottersville--I mean, Emanuville, which makes Ben Jarovsky, George Bailey. I wish George would explain why downtown folks insist that gangs "kill their own"--not OUR own--over "turf." Well, most gangs; Emanuel did name a neighborhood where they fight over "honor." If that guy knows anything about anywhere beyond the Loop, I'm a Wilmette cheer leader.

They-kill-each-otherism obscures the economics of violence. Many people who lived through the last Depression cheered for killers like Bonnie and Clyde. They robbed banks where the rich kept money, while everyone else went without food, shelter, and other life supports. Because there were no jobs.

You know what? There are no jobs today. Plenty of murders, though--where "they" live. How far North would a pair of West Side bandits get driving in Chicago, before getting pulled over by a squad car? Would a duo from one of Emanuel's other turfs get any farther? Within a locale where the economy is based on drugs, the ambitious will fight over distribution. People do what it takes to survive. In any neighborhood.

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Posted by Dr. MM Sullivan on 10/03/2012 at 6:40 PM

Re: “CTA provides extensive FAQ for Red Line closure

Jeesh--I don't have a link. You could check the University of California, Los Angeles Doctoral degrees for the class of 1993. I only use my title when I write some thing here, where I know a lot of smart people who don't live on the Southside will put me in my place. With statistics and talk about hysteria. (What's this "firecracker of hysteria" stuff? Someone's figure of speech for the month?)

All these people conducting comparative speed studies to prove how great the Redline plan is are so smart that they intimidate me. The only way I can work up the nerve to write at all is to use my title. It reminds me of the days when I wasn't quite so obviously incompetent.

I also want to thank all you firecracker commenters for the helpful and educational comments on my comment. I knew there was a reason that I usually write letters. On paper. To people with names and addresses.

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Posted by Dr. MM Sullivan on 06/05/2012 at 10:13 PM

Re: “CTA provides extensive FAQ for Red Line closure

Let's see, what are the most logical results of cutting the Southside off from downtown? The few Southsiders who have jobs there will spend six hours commuting, leaving just enough time to shower and sleep. Southsiders won't be able to get to free downtown fests and concerts, or clean, safe beaches. The independent businesses between Cermak and 95th will lose customers and fold. Best of all, the Southside will be isolated from Spring through October 2013. Can't you just hear Emanuel gloating? Southside neighborhoods, full of us poor, angry people, will be shooting galleries. Lots more men, women, and children will die. Boarded and burned-out buildings will increase. In October, when the Southside is all but empty, a rich, greedy "businessman" will "revitalize" the Southside, increasing housing costs, and filling OUR side of town with the wealthy. A handful of working poor will live between 95th, the Lake, Oaklawn, and Blue Island. And Emanuel will have his "world class," predominantly white city.

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Posted by Dr. MM Sullivan on 06/05/2012 at 5:22 PM

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