Letters to the editor, June 6
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Updated: July 7, 2012 8:27AM
Can’t wait until November
to see Obama lose it all
November cannot get here soon enough. It’s going to be fun to watch the election results come in. I plan on flipping to
MSNBC occasionally and watching Chris Matthews hold back tears as he announces, “Well folks, it’s over … and it’s a landslide.” Hopefully someone in the MSNBC control room has a sense of humor and plays “The Thrill is Gone” by B.B. King to coincide with Matthews’ breakdown on live TV.
Later, I will visit MoveOn.org, if the site has not been shut down for lack of funds and declining interest in recycled slogans from the ’60s. I will take a gander at the feigned outrage and rallying cry of the nonproducers. I won’t smile or laugh at what I see, typed by thirtysomethings living in their parents’ basements. I will examine that graveyard of Internet Marxism for just one person who has the courage to admit capitalism is pretty cool and the Obama experiment went terribly awry.
Business not following the rules, city does nothing
I’m the owner of the Lake Station Dairy Queen on Ripley Street. A couple of years ago the chainsaw guy appeared across the street from my restaurant, carving statues out of tree trunks. Last May the operation moved to the property south of the DQ and when I realized what was happening, I spoke with the mayor citing zoning violations and was told there was nothing he could do. I’ve made my case to the City Council on three occasions with no results.
Highway Business District C-3 Zoning Regulations state “all business ... shall be conducted primarily in an enclosed building.” This structure is not by even the wildest stretch of the imagination an enclosed building. The regulations also state that “processes and equipment shall be limited to those which are not objectionable by reason of ... odor, dust, smoke, cinders, gas, noise.” (The guy wears ear protection.)
This is costing me money. The drive-thru microphone picks up the chainsaw noise to the point it’s hard to hear customers’ orders, slows up service, and can cause mistakes. No business license has been issued for this business, and it continues to operate without the required permits.
Aside from not fulfilling the responsibilities of their office, these people have demonstrated no consideration or respect for my customers, my employees, my business or myself, and are violating my right to the peaceful enjoyment of my property.
Marquette Park should have left ginkgo trees standing
Cutting down the ginkgo trees that line Marquette Park is an atrocity. These beautiful trees are slow and hard to grow and were around during the age of the dinosaurs, before humans appeared. They were safer with the dinosaurs. Why don’t we just pave over the park with concrete? Then there would be no maintenance — and no beauty either.