Thursday, August 28, 2014

American Millstone (Chicago Tribune, 1985)



Lost Society Infects Cities.   Permanent Underclass May Be Developing.  (9/15/1985)
  • Great setbacks occurred in progress on rights
  • Old industrial jobs in cities disappear
  • 5 million dependent on aid from the state

Roots of underclass found in racism, failed policies.  (9/16/1985)
  • Female-headed families big factor
  • Today's bias rooted in slavery
  • Urban decline -- racial succession
  • Neo-conservative black perspective

Everyone pays the price for crime in ghetto.  (9/17/1985)
  • Even 'safe' suburbs don't escape crime
  • Criminal behavior is reinforced

High school has crime as teacher.  (9/17/1985)

Youth came to society's attention once -- in big way.  (9/17/1985)

For poverty, not even money has been a cure.  (9/18/1985)
  • Special aid plans deal with underclass
  • No success could match expectations
  • Aid to tobacco, dairy farmers unquestioned
  • Family breakdown a huge problem
  • Mood is for more local solutions

Lost jobs leave legacy of despair.  (9/19/1985)
  • Where some may never know work
  • Migrants still come, but jobs dissolve
  • Pay, pride undercut status of steady job
  • Career hopes vanish -- why go to school?
  • Incentives fail to lure investment

Schools outclasses in fight with failure.  (9/30/1985)
  • Middle class cares little about schools
  • Inner-city pupils called hard to teach
  • Task force urges preschool programs

Inner-city teaching usually a textbook case of frustration.  (6/16/1985)


Fortress of poverty marks grave of a dream.  (10/1/1985)
  • 'Rent's going up, buildings do down'
  • 'It's like a prison' for a mother of five
  • Whites rejected black neighbors

The road to hell.  For Cabrini-Green, it was paved with good intentions.  (Chicago Tribune Magazine, 3/31/1985)

The family is No. 1 casualty of welfare warfare.  (10/2/1985)
  • AFDC payments fail to keep pace
  • Blacks also seeking place in the Sunbelt
  • Welfare cheating:  myth vs. reality

One family's ordeal -- 28 years of poverty in urban America.  (10/6/1985)

Cycle of poverty, despair born again in delivery room.  (10/7/1985)

North Lawndale blues -- day with the down and out.  (10/8/1985)

Fighting a losing battle to help hopeless.  (10/16/1985)

Sean:  A West Side child.

Futures of 3 men junked in vacant lot.  (10/17/1985)

Another infant without a fighting chance.  (10/18/1985)

School under siege of poverty.  (10/27/1985)

Spinning their wheels at the corner of nowhere.  (10/30/1985)

Parole puts crime back on streets.  (11/11/1985)

Addicts slip out back door of reality.  (11/13/1985)

Lawndale's lots eerily empty, haunted by economy that died.  (11/17/1985)

North Lawndale can't afford a dream.  (11/18/1985)

Community's housing in a state of collapse.  (11/19/1985)

In a nation of riches, a permanent underclass.  (12/1/1985)

Too proud to trade welfare for minimum wage.  (12/1/1985)

Escape is a struggle but some will pay the price.  (12/1/1985)

Churches offer hope, but only for the hopeful.  (12/1/1985)

A system unwilling or unable to respond.  (12/1/1985)

Checks bring basics and a dead-end emptiness.  (12/1/1985)

Courage and brains can grind a millstone into dust.  (12/6/1985)

Related posts:
A New York City (primarily Manhattan) bibliography.  (8/15/2013)
The outer boroughs.  (8/22/2013)
Clearing out the paper files again: The Milwaukee area edition.  (8/1/2014)
A Chicago bibliography of newspaper articles (1985-1988).  (8/9/2014)
A Chicago bibliography (1989).  (8/10/2014)
The 1980s suburban Chicago population boom: A very selective bibliography with line graphs.  (8/20/2014) 

Madison Public Library Green Roof: From Afar and Up Close


New Central Library Design Meeting Includes Green Roof Feasibility Study Discussion. (City of Madison news release, 2/10/2011)

Photos by Retiring Guy

Madison Public Library’s Central Library Achieves LEED Gold Certification. (City of Madison news release, 7/25/2014)

Seen in the Vicinity of the Middleton Senior Center


Buick lowers average age of buyer, but it’s higher than norm. (The Columbus Dispatch, 3/30/2013)

Those were the days.   Buick, once coveted for its understated elegance, used to be a dominant brand. In 1984, GM sold 942,000 Buicks in the U.S., according to Ward’s AutoInfoBank. But younger people opted for SUVs and cooler European cars, and never aged into Buicks. Sales tumbled, bottoming out at barely more than 102,000 in 2009. GM kept the brand alive only because it became a huge seller in China.

We had a Buick once.

Photo by Retiring Guy's Dad

Dallas News Editorial Board: Restore Full Funding to Dallas Public Libraries!


Restore full funding to Dallas public libraries. (Dallas News, 8/26/2014)

Dallas official haven't loved and valued library services lately.  According to a recent Dallas Morning News study, Dallas also has the lowest percentage of adults who have a high school diploma among 22 peer cities nationally.

Yet despite the compelling need for a robust public library system, the operating hours of the public libraries in Dallas are the lowest in the D-FW area and the lowest among our peer cities in Texas.

While most other public libraries in the region are open at least 50 or 60 hours per week, almost all of the public library branches in Dallas are open a mere 40 hours per week and are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Most of the libraries in Dallas don’t even have copiers.

Related posts:
Open libraries, unlock potential: Friends of the Dallas Public Library's grassroots advocacy campaign.  (8/9/2014) 
Another successful summer reading program, another round of budget cuts.  (8/15/2010)
City Manager's recommended budget includes lotsa library and park employee cuts.  (8/9/2010)
Attention library budget cutters:  These words still ring true.  (5/29/2010)
From 'sacred cow' to 'sacrificial lamb'.  (5/29/2010)
Axe is poised over library.  (5/24/2010)
Friends of Library board chairman speaks out.  (9/1/2009)
Dallas Public Library budget hacked (old-style).  (7/23/2009)

Scott Walker Wonders Why Iowa Republicans Aren't Playing His Song



Walker finds himself in next-to-last place in latest Iowa poll.


Perhaps those Hawkeye GOPers have another tune in mind.



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Tight gubernatorial race outs Scott Walker's Presidential ambitions on Hold.  (8/15/2014) 
Scott Walker joins the 2016 Republican Presidential candidate wooing game of Hispanic voters.  (8/9/2014) 
Fox News poll has got the love for Rick Perry.  (7/28/2014) 
CNN/ORC poll: 2016 Republican primary preferences.  (7/28/2014) 
Scott Walker looks to Iowa and wonders.  (7/18/2014)
Scott Walker:  "Try not to talk about 2016 right now."  7/13/2014)
New Hampshire Republicans to Chris Christie: "C'mon, baby, (re)light our fire"!  (7/13/2014)
Quinnipiac polls: Chris Christie's favorables take a tumble after George Washington Bridge scandal hits the news .  (7/10/2014)
Quinnipiac polls: Since May 2013, Jeb Bush's unfavorables outpace his favorables .  (7/9/2014)
Do Republicans have a problem with women voters?  (7/9/2014)
Based on 15 months of Quinnipiac polling, Scott Walker is the only Republican candidate with any momentum.  (7/9/2014)
Republican 2016 Presidential primary preferences are flattening.  (7/9/2014) 
Scott Walker edges out Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal in New Hampshire Republican Presidential primary poll.  (6/20/2014)
Another Presidential poll, another 5% for Walker.  (6/16/2014)
Hello, Wisconsin independent voters, Scott Walker is polling at 6% in Iowa.  (5/23/2014)
If that's the case, Walker should immediately announce that he's not a candidate for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.  (5/23/2014
The Marquette University Law School poll asks the question, Do Wisconsin voters want to see Walker run for president in 2016? (5/22/2014)
"Scott Walker" tied with "None" for 1st choice in CNN/ORC Republican Presidential preference poll.  (5/8/2014)
Another Presidential primary poll, another 5% showing for Scott Walker.  (5/1/2014)
I hope Scott Walker had a good Easter cuz Donald Trump is outpolling him in New Hampshire. (4/20/2014)
Fox News: Scott Walker polling neck-and-neck with Rick Santorum.  (4/17/2014)
Iowa Republican caucus voters not singing Scott Walker's song.  (4/10/2014)
Scott Walker still "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again".    (4/4/2014)
While Mary Burke campaigns for Governor, Scott Walker continues to run for President.  (3/28/2014)
The Washington Examiner offers a boost to Scott Walker Presidential campaign without a hint of irony.  (3/26/2014)
Let's do an ID update on this Townhall straw poll.  (3/25/2014)
Scott Walker for President 2016: Pundits like the idea but the public sez "meh".  (3/16/2014)
Scott Walker is in a bind.  (3/15/2014)
Christie/Walker meme, part 3.  (3/8/2014)
Christie/Walker meme, part 2.  (3/7/2014)
Christie/Walker meme, part 1.  (3/7/2014)
The chattering class falls hard for Scott Walker, but the voters are still scratching their heads.  (3/6/2014)
So he, too, can embarrass himself.  (12/30/2013)