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Ouch! That's my cornea, you fool! From DJ Times (March 1989): "It has that same...sound that skyrocketed Cynthia into the public's eye."

"There isn't prejudice against mommies today, not really," admonishes Barbara Ehrenreich in Mother Jones (July/August 1989). "They're no longer subject to the extreme residential segregation imposed in the fifties, when mommies were required to live in special suburban compounds, far from the great centers of commerce. Today, you'll find them living just about everywhere, even in jaunty little cardboard structures within walking distance of Wall Street."

"The Family Preservation Act is, for the most part, ignored when cases are filed in the Juvenile Court of Cook County," reports a special committee of the Chicago Bar Association. "Although there may be forms filled out by DCFS [the state Department of Children and Family Services] investigators that imply services were offered,...the fact is that little inquiry is made regarding reasonable efforts [to keep the family together] before cases are filed and children are removed from their parents....The judges are placed in a 'catch-22' when they are told that a child is in danger and DCFS does not have the services needed to leave the child at home safely....children are [sometimes] taken from their parents' custody without any meaningful testimony of reasonable services having been offered to avoid placement of the child in substitute care."

Dept. of alarming notices, this from Commonwealth Edison's Credit Bureau of North West Illinois: "You have not responded to our previous request for settlement of your debt with Commonwealth Edison. We must receive payment within 72 hours or contact this office for arrangements to clear up this account. Further action or added expense could result in your failure to respond." Yeah, probably.

What's in a name. Northwestern University's Celia Berdes, in the newsletter of the Illinois Gerontology Consortium (Summer 1989): "We ought to stop and think before we provide catchy names for new wrinkles in how we think about services. We ought to name things for what they are....The aging network that is not a network, the continuum of care that is not a continuum, and the safety net that is not a net allow us to believe that these things exist and that on our behalf they protect our elderly."

When love of a building goes too far. Sears director Norma Pace, quoted on the Sears Tower sale in Bus-iness Week (July 10): "We all felt like we were selling our mother."

Dept. of strange new ideas, from Lynda Gorov, writing in the Community Renewal Society's Occasional Papers (July 1989). "[Bertha] Gilkey suggests a common sense approach to helping poor people. Try asking them what they need, she says. It's a simple first step that too often is overlooked. 'People just write us off....They plan for us, and then when the plan don't work and we can't fit into the plan, instead of saying there's something wrong with the plan, they say there's something wrong with us.'"

"Entrepreneurs come from within, not from outside," conclude Ivan Bull and Frederick Winter in Illinois Business Review (June 1989). They found that cities with relatively few new businesses tend to have above-average numbers of white people, senior citizens (over 65), and health-care facilities, as well as heavier advertising by the business-development director. On the other hand, cities where lots of new businesses are born tend to have more Hispanics as well as higher percentages of college-educated and out-of-state people than average, quicker response to inquiries by the business-development director, and above-average rates of employment and crime. Perhaps revealing more about themselves than they meant to, the authors conclude that "the apparent desirability of a city is not an inducement for entrepreneurial activity."

All the news that fits. "US journalists will bluntly call a dictator a dictator and a thug a thug--as long as he's not our thug," says Jeff Cohen in Extra! (May/June 1989). "For example, a report by Nightline's Judd Rose (5-8-89) featured unusually gruesome footage from Panama's election showing a journalist gasping for air, after having been wounded in the chest. In his voice over, Rose sarcastically referred several times to 'democracy, Panamanian style.' By contrast, when the Salvadoran military marked that country's last election by killing three journalists, there was no endless footage or sarcastic references to 'democracy, Salvadoran-style.'"

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.

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