"I feel almost like I'm living in the last movement of Gustav Mahler's Sixth Symphony," writes the indispensable Lynn Becker on the impending euthanasia of Carson's and the slow death of State Street. The usual crop of analysts "are little more than a cross between Pangloss and Polonius. No matter what happens, they, of course, saw it coming, it was inevitable, and it will ultimately prove a very positive thing." His blog.
At Millard Fillmore's Bathtub, Ed Darrell picks up 10 familiar laments from a teacher--but commenter R. Becker steals the show: "About 20 years ago, I was doing a summer teacher institute [American History] in Baton Rouge, Louisiana . . . three-hour sessions twice a week. Had about a dozen techers, mostly high school, all veterans of at least a decade. . . . Chatting one morning, I asked them this: What one change, ONE change, that would not cost your school or district money, would make your jobs easier and more satisfying? . . . Instantly, and I mean NO time elapsed from the end of my question to the reply, one nearly shouted 'Rip out the God damned PA system.' The rest applauded her."
At Illinois Review, Fran Eaton writes that Republican Judy Baar Topinka has basically bet her campaign for governor on a land-based Chicago casino (as a substitute for tax hikes to pay for schools). Eaton observes in passing, "Topinka doesn't like conservatives and wants nothing to do with them." Well, duh. It wasn't moderates who brought wacko blowhard Alan Keyes to Illinois in 2004 for a Senatorial flameout.
Larry Griffin at Four Red Stars thinks Topinka made the wrong bet anyway: "With plenty of casinos scattered around the Midwest as is, who, exactly, is going to come here to visit one casino in Chicago? Even if it does draw more tourists to the city, the folks who are losing all their money to the casinos aren’t going to be filling up the coffers on the Magnificent Mile later that day. . . . I’m with the social conservatives on this one. As a society, we should not allow the exploitation of our citizens to save property owners a couple dollars on taxes."