Posts Tagged: rockford


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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2
Jul 12

Editorial Cartoon: Landfill Expansion

Expand the Winnebago County Landfill? Why Bother?

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6
May 11

Editorial cartoon: An unarmed Bin Laden?

Osama Bin Laden killed was armed with words and followers who would do his bidding even if it meant certain death. Imagine what he could do with the wink of any eye or a single word. Kudos to good decision making by the Commander in Chief.

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30
Jan 11

Editorial cartoon: Do we really need teachers in the modern age?

When 40% of an entire high school fails one or more classes in a given semester, and there is a never-ending lack of funds, perhaps we should re-evaluate the public education process: Make school optional and menial labor mandatory. Imaging that you could either go to school and succeed for eight hours a day, or go to a job stuffing envelopes or shoveling excrement at Lockwood Park. When they turn eighteen, those who wanted to learn will be more educated and those who didn’t will have some type of skill. All without burdening the system.

In the meantime, lets cut the budget until we have nothing more than a babysitting program where everyone loses.

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30
Sep 10

Editorial cartoon: Embry-riddle and the curse of the NIMBY’s

I’d like to hope that there are other places in the United States where people stand up and say that being a better community is a bad thing. Otherwise, have all the other communities colluded to secretly send all the NIMBY’s to Rockford? If so, that would explain a lot. Of course, it looks like we are collectively willing to part the Red Sea to bring a Portillo’s to Rockford.

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12
Sep 10

Editorial cartoon: Distracted driving.

There’s an old-school diversion out there that still puts people at risk — maybe we could pass a law for this problem as well.

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23
Jul 10

Editorial cartoon: Downtown revitalization

Q: How many downtown revitalization plans does it take to be successful?

A: One. Of course you’ll need to subsidize all the businesses in the area until people actually realize that downtown is a good place to be.

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20
Jul 10

Editorial cartoon: How far have we really come?

Whether police brutality, a justified action or a symptom of endemic racism; reaction to the Barmore shooting shows there are two truths about justice in America.

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25
Mar 10

Editorial cartoon: The Sheffield Shuffle

Ain’t nothin’ like having to apply for your own job.

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17
Dec 09

Editorial cartoon: Reducing our carbon footprint

Would you believe that there are leading climate advocates (some of whom speak for the United Nations) who say that the best way to stop climate change is to simply reduce the population – quickly.

 

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