July, 2012


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Jul 12

Editorial Cartoon: Sensata Plea To Save Jobs

The folks over at Freeport based Sensata are asking Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney to step in on behalf of workers to keep their jobs in America.

You can’t have it both ways. We can’t complain about a loss of freedom at the hand of government and then go to government and implore them to step in against “evil” business. I don’t like having jobs go to China just because of labor costs, but making profit is not intrinsically a philanthropic enterprise.

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15
Jul 12

Editorial Cartoon: Hazard Pay for Police

It’s too easy to make this about race and money. It’s really about providing the infrastructure we need.

At first glance, the police union’s request to have hazard pay seems like an endictment of a lawless and uncontrollable West-side. When I first read the reports, I imagined a cop saying “I’d rather be back in Afghanistan than patrolling West State Street”, but it sounds more like “this is where the crime is and I could use some help out here”.

For me, the real question is: Do police catch criminals or keep the peace? They are two different things. If police catch criminals, then it matters less where those police are stationed or how many there are since catching criminals is an ex post facto proposition. On the other hand, keeping the peace requires that police engage their community and act as part of the social infrastructure. Catching criminals allows a smaller bottom line on the city budget, but a higher cost to everyone. Keeping the peace is expensive and labor-intensive, but makes all the difference.

 

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4
Jul 12

Editorial Cartoon: Booze Ban on the Kishwaukee River

You can’t go a weekend during the summer without witnessing a modern wagon-train of inner tubes and various flotation devices floating lazily down the beautiful Kishwaukee river–a wagon train fueled by beer and abandon. Apparently, good-natured fun is bad for us and our overlords have stepped in to protect us from all the negative side-effects of pleasure.

I suppose this isn’t the worst thing in the world if they said that alcohol in the parks was a bad influence and so on, but booze is only outlawed at the put-in and take-out access points in the parks. Here are two things I’ve learned about human beings: Never underestimate the lengths people will go to for a good time, and you can always rely on Illinois government (at any level) to provide unending fodder for easy material.

By the way, I’m not actually advocating putting a friend in a catapult. There’s got to be a better alternative to buddy-chunkin’.

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2
Jul 12

Editorial Cartoon: Of Course YOU Don’t Need a Safety Net…

After listening to the right wing talk about self-reliance and hard work, I wonder how these guys and gals would feel if they ever had to choose between baby formula and a flu shot. There’s a fine line between a welfare state that encourages people to be less productive and providing the basic building blocks that allow people to go out and do the things they need to get a bigger piece of the pie. I suppose that I (and fellow voters) would feel much more secure if the far-right actually came out and admitted what the policies they espouse are designed to do: old people dying in the street, higher infant mortality, debtors prisons, resurgence of long-dormant plagues — you get the point. Then, we’d never have to worry about one of these types ever getting elected.

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2
Jul 12

Editorial Cartoon: Landfill Expansion

Expand the Winnebago County Landfill? Why Bother?

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