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$ = a guy thing. Message from the UIC College of Nursing: "The 'social stigma' of male nurses is disappearing as quickly as nurses' salary levels have risen in recent years."

"It's obscene that we are considering spending $40,000 a year to house a person in a [supermaximum-security state prison], and we spend less than $4,000 a year per student in the Chicago Public School system," says Steven Pick of the Committee to End the Marion Lockdown. (Thirty-two downstate towns and counties have entered the sweepstakes for such a prison.) "Public demonstrations, lawsuits and prison uprisings are sure to follow the building of a Supermax in Illinois, just as they have in other states," including Indiana.

Health care costs too much? That's "the result not of the failures of medicine but of its successes," according to Dr. Willard Gaylin in Harper's (October). "Controlling waste will save money only in the short haul." In the meantime we need to confront "our unbridled appetite for health care and our continuing expansion of the definition of what constitutes health.... By focusing exclusively on cost efficiency, the Clinton plan will do little to disturb the self-deceptive and self-destructive belief that we can meet every American's every 'health' need: artificial organs, genetic screening, transplants, unproven AIDS drugs, psychotherapy for unhappiness, surgery for the tennis elbow, intensive care for the infirm elderly as well as for the two-pound fetus."

We're number five! We're number five! Biggest advertising centers in the world, in order: New York, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Chicago (Chicago Enterprise, September/October).

"Demanding that teenaged welfare mothers get a job ignores the fact that, for the very young, the untrained, ill-educated, socially isolated, working a little harder is not enough," writes James Krohe Jr. in Illinois Times (September 9-15). "Today jobs are too far away to get to from where most poor people live--assuming that unskilled jobs paying enough to support a family exist at all. Welfare moms know all this but legislators don't, which suggests that being socially useless while living on state money is not a vice restricted to the underclass."

"It's hard to find stocks of firms that don't thrive off of government privileges," complains frustrated "economically correct" investor Eric-Charles Banfield of suburban Westmont in a press release. "Ranchers, lumber companies, and oil companies get special deals to drill or cut on federal land at artificially-low lease prices, because they aren't willing to pay full price for the resource or buy the land. Defense contractors get exclusive monopolies in rigged bidding games. Cable companies and utilities get exclusive monopolies over their regions. Banks enjoy the ability to create money out of thin air. Some large insurance companies support regulations to destroy their smaller competitors. Many domestic firms get government to force consumers to pay artificially-high prices for imports. Airlines and savings-and-loans get bailouts. Small firms get subsidized small-business loans. Agricultural corporations get every kind of corporate welfare imaginable, including price supports, export-enhancement programs, and payments for not growing. All of those privileges are perfectly legal, but they violate my sense of economic morality."

Why is the Latino Institute dubious about free trade with Mexico? According to Robert Paral in Latino (August), "Chicago's Latinos are twice as likely as Latinos nationwide and twice as likely as all Chicago residents to hold manufacturing jobs."

"Marxism's fall from grace has left the black movement without a compelling alternative to separatism," writes Salim Muwakkil in In These Times (September 20). "This ideological imbalance has crippled the movement and has led many activists toward the comforting illusion of tribe and myth--attracting a new generation of black youth weaned on the hip-hop nostrums of rap radicals. Much of the impetus for the gang truce movement, for instance, comes out of hip-hop culture. But the nationalists' emphasis on biological identity also has fertilized the growth of a crude kind of ethnic chauvinism. The genetic theology of Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam--in which whites are portrayed as inherently satanic--occupies a dear place in hip-hop's heart."

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.

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