Forum: No pity for rooftop clubs
March 29, 2013 10:28PM
Updated: May 1, 2013 3:54PM
The Cubs have to be the only team in Major League Baseball that’s held hostage by its neighborhood.
Ald. Tom Tunney’s idea is to take away one of the most unique features, the old scoreboard, of arguably the most beautiful park in baseball so that those who get him elected, the rooftop club owners, are happy.
Why in the world are the Ricketts family and the mayor trying to work with these freeloaders? Put up whatever signs the Cubs want! If it blocks the rooftop views, too bad.
It’s time to stop worrying about the rooftops and start worrying about the product on the field.
Science vs. the Bible
In his recent letter (Forum, March 18), Dale Sink wrote that it was sad that I do not believe in the biblical account of creation, which includes a talking snake tempting Eve to disobey God by eating from “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
He said it was even sadder that I believe it to be a scientific fact that humans evolved from lower life forms because that is merely a theory.
Mr. Sink confuses the common use of the word “theory” with the scientific definition, which is a “well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment.”
This is extremely different from the everyday usage of the word “theory,” which means something that is unsubstantiated or speculative.
Mr. Sink says nothing in the Bible “has been proved as false.” Does that include the talking snake?
No fan of NAFTA
When free trade proponents sold the American people on the idea of the North American Free Trade Agreement, they promised that it would be a boon economically. Evidence, however, suggests that it has been anything but.
Since its implementation, Americans have dealt with stagnating wages, outsourced jobs, increased illegal immigration, an influx of contaminated products and rapid environmental degradation.
By 2008, according to EconomyInCrisis.org, NAFTA had cost America nearly 3 million well-paying manufacturing jobs, 3,000 family farms and countless businesses — and with them tax revenue and billions of dollars through trade deficits.
Illinois has certainly not been immune. Increased trade deficits after NAFTA was enacted displaced about 47,700 jobs between 1993 and 2004 alone.
The bottom line is that NAFTA was a bad deal for America and a bad deal for our state and should be renegotiated as President Obama vowed to do during the campaign.