Updated: June 4, 2013 6:24AM
Make privatization transparent
If Mayor Rahm Emanuel really wants to protect the city from bad privatization deals, he should support Ald. Roderick Sawyer’s Privatization Transparency and Accountability Ordinance. The ordinance would require a public hearing before any privatization contract is voted on and a cost-benefit analysis, two things that could have prevented the bad parking meter deal. The fact is, until there’s a law on the books preventing backroom deals from being pushed through City Council, another bad privatization deal is only a cash-strapped City Council vote away.
Hailey Golds, Loop
General Asseumbly takes care of its own
Note that the state pensions you refer to in Thursday’s Sun-Times involve most employees — but not members of the Illinois General Assembly or judges.
That would be the General Assembly that created this underfunded pension mess and the judges who decide who’s responsible.
The same General Assembly whose members make more than $100,000 per year for what is supposed to be a part-time job. The same General Assembly that passed legislation allowing their own to profit at the expense of taxpayers by allowing them to have jobs outside of their legislative positions from which they and their contributors benefit and enhancing their own pensions by allowing them to work one day for a department or agency to qualify for a second pension or to boost their first.
Telander misses the point
Rick Telander and others continually miss the boat when placing blame for the controversy regarding the plans for Wrigley Field. The blame should not be directed at the Ricketts, the rooftop owners, the surrounding neighbors, the mayor or the alderman. Human nature is such that it is normal (and to be expected) for each faction to push its own agenda. The culprit here is Major League Baseball, which approved the purchase of the Cubs by the Rickett’s family trust, in effect transforming the most profitable baseball franchise into one with an almost unmanageable debt. The whole situation is ludicrous, but no one talks about why Major League baseball would approve a debt-ridden purchase and force the situation that now confronts all of the parties and interests involved.
Hugh Brauer, Streeterville
Replace Wrigley’s scoreboard
Whether Mr. Ricketts likes it or not, he is saddled with a legal contract with the rooftop owners. I know what I’m about to propose will make the Wrigley Field faithful cringe, but do we really need that antique scoreboard in center field? Why not put it in the Smithsonian, where it belongs, and put the proposed jumbotron in its place in center field? Mr. Ricketts gets more advertising revenue and the rooftop owners get their views.
Sam Wright, Belmont Gardens
Rooftop viewers unreasonable
I shake my head in disbelief whenever the rooftop owners around Wrigley Field come up in conversation. I think of them as the neighbors who want to sue me for putting up 20-foot hedges in my own backyard because they won’t be able to sell seats to people who want to watch what my family is doing in the backyard. I have been to several rooftop parties and no one really watches the game. It’s more of a social gathering; once the food and drinks run out — game over!
Charles C. Palia Jr., Lisle