Ralph J. | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Governor Rauner vetoes a tax break for Englewood while offering billions to Amazon

Based on some of the above comments, I can't help but add:

I've heard "Listening is a skill." Obviously, so is reading.

". . . it would encourage municipalities to set aside undeveloped land in low-income communities to be farmed."

Encourage municipalities, undeveloped land, low-income communities. Got that?

'"The bill gives local control so each municipality can write its own regulations."

Local control, each municipality, own regulations. Understood?

"On April 25, it passed the house. And on May 23 it unanimously passed the senate."

Passed in both houses, unanimously, in the senate. Any trouble with that concept?

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Posted by Ralph J. on 09/08/2018 at 1:43 PM

Re: “What ever happened to the King Memorial Mural at 43rd and Langley?

I'm not a total Richie hater, but does anyone remember a Viet Vet dedication made during the Jane Byrne administration that disappeared and was forgotten until Richie dedicated another one, sponsored by the 11th ward alderman? (Was his name James Balcer?)

Might this be the result of another rat political maneuver of Richie's, aimed at any favorable civic accomplishment of Jane's?

We're seeing the same now, nationally, with Captain Chaos trying to undo any of Barak's efforts. It won't be complete, though, until he gives us the economy Barak inheirited from W.

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Posted by Ralph J. on 04/24/2018 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Chicago’s Amazon HQ2 bid offers money for nothing, TIFs for free

Many may think and agree with Mikey Wright's comment about government's relationship with commerce, and while government regulation of commerce is a stated duty in Article 1 Section 8 of the constitution, is it government's job to choose which few the many must subsidize?

Is it government's duty to let commerce do things that adversely affect the public?

Price-gouging and pollution are an easy 'no'.

Inconveniencing the current residents for new neighbors (as in urban sprawl, and what goes with that) is, it seems, open for debate.

'Jobs' is the mantra of today, along with, 'whatever it takes to bring the employer here', regardless the public cost and debt considerations, seemingly without study, analysis, or debate.

Skyway. Olympic bid. Parking meter deal.

Most states are desperate for favorable employment numbers, but we've seen in the past how badly our representatives have erred, trying to deal with the sharks & lobbyists out there.

Have they ever gotten a deal right, where the public profited?

Why should we expect they'll get it right this time, where we the public benefit?

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Posted by Ralph J. on 11/05/2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “How Bruce Rauner is trying to cripple the Democratic Party

I just love it when abortion foes believe it is their right to tell others how to live, or see what goes on behind others' closed doors, whether it is housing doors or a doctor's examination doors. Isn't that a conflict with doctor-patient privilege?

(Peeping Toms much? Is it the government's job to scrutinize personally intimate interactions believed to be private, if not outside the law? I know, there probably are sodomy laws still on the books in some states, but that's backwards, too.)

Do you really want to know what John & Mary, Joan & Mary, or John & Marty are doing in the privacy of their own home? Don't you really have something else you can do?

Don't we all have enough to deal with on our own, without spying on someone else? Or are those people that perfect that they have that kind of spare time?

One has as much right to tell someone else how to live, as that someone else has a right to tell one how to live.

Coexist.

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Posted by Ralph J. on 10/19/2017 at 9:45 PM

Re: “The soda tax was repealed, but Cook County still has to find a way to fund the government

Yo chicago60614,

AMEN to that!

I thought it was twice the size, but wasn't willing to find out the word count, no matter how easy.

Thanks for pointing that out.

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Posted by Ralph J. on 10/12/2017 at 8:00 PM

Re: “The Amazon HQ2 deal could sell Chicagoans down the river

Yeah, I'm late to the party, but I'm not drinking the pro or con kool-aid.

How many of you have read "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston? Although somewhat dated (2007), it's hard to believe any transgressions or mistakes by governments have been corrected. And do you really trust these guys will get it right for us this time?

About Amazon HQ2, I have some questions all of us should ask those in charge and any others in the know. There are more questions others with different perspectives may have.

50,000 new employees? Any chance of over-estimation? What's the tax revenue projections if the new employees total is far less than estimated? All Illinoisans, or how many commuting from Wisconsin and Indiana?

50,000 new employees? What's the next gentrification area? Roads, CTA, Metra not crowded enough? What's the limit?

If the average pay is $100,000/yr., what might the average tax rate be for those 50,000? We know those with the means do all they can to pay the least in taxes, be it tax credits, deductions, stock options, investments, retirement plans, etc.

Free land, with no property taxes? Will the EDGE program tax credits for Amazon mean the state loses tax money? How long will it take to break even on the outlay?

Could this be as costly or worse than the Foxconn deal in Wisconsin, or the parking meter deal?

Some comments talk about a 'wash' regarding tax revenues. That's not a good approach. What's desired is a 'gain' from all directions. If not, the only ones who will pay more will be us little people, subsidizing the wealthier, as described in "Free Lunch".

Like the Iranian nuclear deal, the best deal may be the one where both sides are not happy.

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Posted by Ralph J. on 10/07/2017 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Pat Hill’s legacy

Hey Jay,

One person against a neighborhood of reprobates? Seriously?

I'm reminded of the story of NYPD's Frank Serpico, who tried too hard, while his fellow officers watched, or looked the other way. Some of Joseph Wambaugh's books come to mind about the job and its dangers.

Unless things have changed here, it's the cops who have to transport the deceased to the morgue. Why is that their job, as are other chores that should/could be handled by others?

So she was a dissenter who earned a spot on the force. At least when stuff didn't seem fair or right, she was willing to say so. What percent of all us working stiffs does that?

Solutions? Sometimes the best solution any of us plain folk can make is shining a spotlight on the problem.

'nuff said.

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Posted by Ralph J. on 09/14/2017 at 10:46 PM

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