Everyone has a right to a living wage. But just what that wage should be–or who should have to pay it–is a debate that has been raging through Chicago’s city council this summer, possibly with disastrous consequences. On July 26, the council will vote on a bill to require big-box retailers doing business within the City of Chicago to pay their employees $10 an hour. Can a law like that be put into practice without workers losing their jobs?
Since 2001, many of the security tactics we’ve ended up with on our nation’s transit systems in response to Homeland Security hype have been less than efficient. Now New York has implemented random bag searches at subway entrances. And how that stops terrorists from simply getting on at another station is anybody’s guess.
‘A Day Without an Immigrant’ in Chicago: 400,000 people in one place;no arrests. The tenor of the marchers? A small Mexican child throws his pop can onto the ground. His father runs over to pick it up. The police and the sanitation department both had little to do today. This is a community with pride, and one that works its collective ass off.
The Chicago City Council has finally passed a long-needed set of revisions to the city’s noise regulations concerning street performers. After months of contentious debate, I guess as it turns out downtown residents really do have the right to be able to hear themselves think in their own homes.
Yesterday, the Sun-Times published my response to a December 6th Commentary piece on the debate over the right of downtown Chicago residents to demand noise controls on street musicians. They said downtowners should wear earplugs. I said, are you kidding me?
Chicagoist tells downtown residents to deal with illegal drummers as the price of living downtown. Um, excuse me?
Today at work I received a link to an astounding photo essay of the day-by-day effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans. It was created by Alvaro Villa, a trapped resident of the French Quarter, and includes an ongoing narrative of the situation, as it grew worse and worse.
It has been four years since I felt moved by both the pain and the passion of a city. Then it was due to the terrorist disaster that befell my hometown, New York. This time, though, there’s the federal government to blame–for the atrocious response to the the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans.
Being a New Yorker who was living in Gotham during 9/11, I know all too well the feelings of despair and helplessness that the hundreds of thousands of refugee New Orleanians must feel as they flee their beloved city, now in ruins. Blame President Bush.
It may not air in Utah, but Cindy Sheehan’s TV commercial will certainly play on a TV within earshot of President Bush.