Forum: Talk is cheap
March 21, 2013 9:50PM
Updated: April 23, 2013 2:42PM
Could the suburbanites who keep commenting on the violence in Chicago please stop?
It’s easy to express an opinion from your leafy, cul-de-sac enclaves, but another thing altogether to move back and attempt to make a real difference through home purchasing, mentoring and personal intervention.
If all you can contribute to our peace efforts is lip service, keep it.
Misleading view of Homewood
The latest issue of Homewood’s magazine, the Village Key, has an article about what a great place Homewood is to raise your children. There are six families spotlighted, none of them families of color.
I wrote Rachel Jones, the village’s public relations person, expressing my disappointment with the choice of families. She denied that there was any significance to the racial composition of the families, saying the article originally appeared in the Feb. 13 edition of Chicago Parent magazine and the village simply reprinted the article.
Homewood should not have printed the article as it was originally published. Perception is truth to most people, and that article’s message is, “Contrary to what you may have heard, it’s OK to move to Homewood if you are white. We are not all or majority black.”
Homewood is known for its racial and ethnic diversity, but the article does not convey that. While it is true that the families referred in the article to the village’s diversity, how many people simply looked at the pictures and never read the article?
Many to blame for pension mess
I hope many people read Dave McKinney’s March 17 article, which does a good job of explaining the major causes of Illinois’ pension crisis. It also fairly points the finger at those guilty for creating this crisis.
Remember, it took a lawsuit to force the Legislature and governor to enact the 1994 pension funding law. But it was doomed from the start because it didn’t require the state to pay enough into its pensions systems each year, and then the politicians for years failed to even finance them as the law required.
The state has for too long abrogated its obligations to its five pension funds. The best it ever did was in the early 1980s. While all this underfunding and robbery was going on, state employees paid their obligated contributions on a regular basis.
The article also blames various public employee unions for not opposing the 1994 law and the diversion of pension contributions over the years. Fair enough, but both Democratic and Republican legislators and governors supported such shorting of the funds. What were the unions to do?
All this only increases the urgency for pension reform and a graduated state income tax in Illinois to help get us out of our financial crisis.