Chicago fireworks whining

Thumbnail image for fireworks.jpgThe gnashing of teeth has been heard throughout the land as Mayor Richard M. Daley announced that he was revamping the city's fireworks display to save money.
Replacing the traditional downtown fireworks display that has drawn millions with three smaller ones has drawn condemnations and even suggestions that it is racially motivated. (The latter because a South Side fireworks is supposedly an attempt to keep black Chicagoans in their place. Yeah, sure.)
The whining is a symptom of something larger: the widespread belief that we are owed this by government and if government can't afford it, well.... Seems that no one has a better idea about how to pay for the show. I see some folks are suggesting that it is a sly attempt by Daley to get corporations to cough up a bigger share of the expense through sponsorships (never mind that corporations also have been stung during the recession). 
Sometimes things just don't work out. The world won't end if you don't get one night of fireworks downtown. If you think it does, what do you suggest? Raise property taxes? Shut down more library hours? Plow side streets less often?  
I'm hardly ever a defender of Daley, but this sometimes the bellyaching gets to be too much.

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  • Right cut costs, people from the suburbs (non taxpayers) will be mad and not sure what to do that day, lol.

  • What we don't know is that the different department heads still make over $100K a year. There are more now than in 2000.If you were to check and see the ratio to actually workers plus whom they are connected to.....they are also still outsourcing vehicle repairs to outside contractors at a higher price than inhouse repairs.Oh yea,it's not even in the city.Check on Fleet Management

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