Beautiful Thoughts Beautifully Expressed
"You're not from here!" has been and always will be with us as a rhetorical tool to deflect criticism. It does not make sense and it has no logical end. It can be used to imply north siders have no business commenting on what happens on the south side, for example.
If that is the case then, should journalists who do not live in the Loop be allowed to comment on city plans for it?
“But as a 43-year city resident, I sharply disagree. Suburbanites, even those in the exurbs that stretch up to Wisconsin and into northwestern Indiana, have every right and reason to be interested in and have opinions about Chicago.”
Is this who Johnson was talking about though? I assumed he meant those from, for example, New York, or from Florida, not those who will answer “Chicago” when asked by New Yorkers or Floridians where they are from, even if they actually live in Lake County or something.
As long as I live in "Chicagoland" I'll say whatever I damn well please about the city.
It's a good think Apple is correcting that autocorrect issue. Because without that news, I never would have understood that visual tweet. I guess I don't swear enough in my texts. (Actually, I've turned off autocorrect everywhere possible.)
Not only should the federal government "not* subsidize AM radio, but is should *stop* subsidizing farms.
I had the opportunity to attend the CPD Police Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon on 5-31. I spoke with members of command staff and rank and file. There was not a bad word said regarding Mayor Johnson. The general theme was that he (Johnson) seemed genuinely interested in having a good relationship with the department, and conversely, they wanted a good relationship with him. They have a common goal and both sides realize that cooperation is the starting point. At this time, I would say, despite the bluster that sometimes comes out of the FOP, the situation is hopeful and they realize that the great challenge they face will necessitate them working togehter.
Does Mayor Johnson really believe he can control what others say about the city? Oh, how precious.
2 comments in 1. I agree that people outside of Chicago that frequent the city can voice opinions, yet they are not the ones paying for city and property taxes to support the roads, lights, beautiful parks and police.
I attended an Ireland match during the 1994 World Cup in the US and rode a train with Irish fans. 2 out of every 3 words was an F bomb. Nothing new here.
“If you don’t live in Chicago, you don’t have a right to talk about the city of Chicago.” Okay - but let's make it all inclusive. Have nothing good to say about the city - keep it to yourself. Enjoy the wonders and adventures the city has to offer - keep it to yourself. Don't want to go downtown because you have fear - stay home. Enjoy visiting downtown, beaches, concerts, museums, summer festivals - stay home. If the mayor wants to live in a bubble - let him.
Charter Schools - they've really never concerned me. But we are in a weird world now - where it seems like no one can identify what curriculum should be taught - because there is a conspiracy to indoctrinate our children. Cute children's stories - which in the past were considered stories of succeeding, overcoming challenges, friendships, etc are suddenly tools used to talk about stomping people's rights, getting ahead/greed, and alternative lifestyles. Let's go back to old Dick , Jane and Spot.
Kate Wolf is much missed. Such a talented singer/songwriter.
Neil Steinberg published a nice piece about Chicago and radio and the first car radio that was made in Chicago by Motorola. I didn't realize that the engines in electric cars interfered with AM signals. I often listen to John Williams during the day on WGN as our NPR plays classical all morning. I do care about what goes on in Chicago; it's my hometown and a world class city. I do get a few daily Chicago news posts (WGN, Politico, Capitol Fax) and most days there's something about gun violence etc. And, if the hair brained "New Illinois" movement gains traction, Cook County will be the 24th largest state!
A nice batch of Tweets today as well..I so enjoy the PS that I'm always tardy on my yard duty on Tues and Th. Have a great weekend in beautiful Chicago!
Any person can have an opinion about the City of Chicago, good, bad, or indifferent, But, as was the case with the phony Fox News Naperville man-in-the-diner report, it has no real impact. And ultimately those opinions do not matter as much mine, a life-long tax-paying resident of Chicago. Hate/Love the Mayor, City Council, our Sanctuary City status, the CPS/CTU, FOP, whatever and so what,. I have to live with all of these, for better or worse, and MY voice through a vote, will make a difference. So (surprisingly) I agree with Mayor Johnson - keep our name out of your mouth.
Loved Anna Devlantes on the Rascals. I wasn’t that familiar with her. I hope she becomes a regular.
1980 was my Freshman year in college, and it, too, was the year I discovered George Winston (the Autumn album). Mary's words took me back to autumn, 1980). The dorm I resided in had its own library with its own budget. It was common for the residents (like me) to submit library collection requests for the purchase of the latest albums that we wanted to add to the collection - which we then borrowed from the library and pirated onto cassette tapes. (Something I am not proud of today.) It was also when/where I discovered Mannheim Steamroller. (Chip Davis, their "front man", was an alum of my university.)
The PGA/Saudi Tweet is clearly the best of this week's crop.
The mayor should consider the opinions and commentary of those that do not live in the city if he is concerned about attracting new residents, tourism, convention business, attracting suburbanites to entertainment venues, attracting/retaining business offices, attracting developers/investors, ridership on regional transit, and asking the state and federal government for funding. It might also be important if he decides to proceed with one of his ideas to tax suburbanites for the privilege of working in the city, increase corporate taxes, return the head tax, increase hotel taxes, or introduce a city income tax. Maybe 'F*** em all" is not the best message for the mayor to send to the unworthy outsiders.