To the editor: This year another World Series banner will not to be hoisted over Wrigley Field. Rather than dwell on disappointment, perhaps the Cubs should should embrace the dramatic possibilities.
As the Bronx Bombers have been immortalized on stage and screen by the Faustian parallel of “Damn Yankees,” maybe a similar theatrical metaphor awaits the Cubs. I’m envisioning a baseball-based remake of “Brigadoon,” the town (or, rather, the championship) that appears only once every hundred years, set in modern, musical Chicago.
If Cubs fans are doomed to suffering for another century while awaiting their next pennant, at least they could take advantage of the opportunity to highlight their noble, if frustrating, quest in an appropriate lyrical fashion. After all, as the constantly cursed Washington Senators sang, “You gotta have heart!”
— Dennis B. Appleton, Madison, Wis.
A blank slate
To the editor: On Tuesday night, Oct. 2, Theo Epstein apparently couldn’t sleep very well when his Cubs were done for the season. He got up the next morning and went into the office early, vowing that his team would get better no matter what.
On the South Side it seems management there is content to just collect their checks. A sixth losing season in a row with 100 losses this past season and the lowest attendance since 1999. Is 2019 another year of “rebuilding”?
Commitment to winning starts at the top so Kenny Williams, Rick Hahn and the caretaker manager should all go; the slate should be wiped clean. Otherwise ownership should sell and let someone else put this together. Stop the embarrassment already.
— Carl Leiter, Buffalo Grove
The toilet trick
To the editor: OK, I just figured it out. As an over-70 senior, how can I continue to live in my Cook County home, which we built 37 years ago? I have two and a half bathrooms (so three toilets). I only need one. If I have the other two toilets removed, the home is at least two-thirds uninhabitable, right? That should save me approximately $7,000 per year in Cook County taxes. If I saved what J.B. Pritzker has, I could live here for the next, say, 30 years. He got that savings in what, a few years? His idea of taxing the rich, like himself and Gov. Bruce Rauner, I guess doesn’t apply to us middle-class folks. We have and are already paying the most. Hope we all get rich, quick.
— Linda Dorminey, Burr Ridge
Poor rich kid
To the editor: J.B. Pritzker, in one of his commercials, states that his widow mother raised him through tough times even though she was an alcoholic. Pritzker forgets that he is a member of one of the richest families in the country and was educated at private institutions, not the public system. He has been the source of campaign contributions to worthy and unworthy Democratic office holders while seeking office himself. He even gained famed when soliciting a position from a governor who is now in prison.
— John Culloton, West Chicago
Before the storm
To the editor: Lurking in plain sight is the weakness of our economy. Despite politicians and pundits telling us that happy days are here again, underlying economic data are grim.
Pay no attention to the “unemployment rate.” It does not count millions of Americans who do not have jobs. A more accurate indicator of actual conditions is the labor force participation rate, the percentage of adult Americans able to work who are in fact employed. It decreased from 62.9 percent in June and July to 62.7 percent in September.
In the Alice-in-Wonderland of officialdom, however, we are expected to believe nonetheless that “unemployment” has decreased. Yes, and Chicago has a tropical climate if one omits the months of December, January, February and March from the calculations.
Further, although nobody is talking about it, the federal deficit is exploding. It increased 20 percent from fiscal year 2017 ($666 billion) to fiscal year 2018 ($833 billion) and is projected to increase an additional 16 percent in fiscal year 2019 ($985 billion). To this menacing mix must be added the fact that the Federal Reserve is increasing interest rates; interest payments on the out-of-control deficit will skyrocket. We are in the calm before the storm, and like October 1929 and September 2008, it will be a monster.
— Joe English, Chicago