When City Council raised the local income tax by 0.35 percent last year, officials said it would provide an additional $4.7 million per year for public safety needs. And that appears to be true, technically.
Information is supposed to produce enlightenment. And yet, for those who still bother to pay attention, the hypocrisy that too often passes for news seems to generate mostly an amusing sort of puzzlement.
In February 2009, CNBC reporter Rick Santelli stood on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and ranted for five minutes about the need for a tea party-style revolt against government bailouts and other forms of taxpayer exploitation.
If the purpose of Black History Month was to get people talking about an often-uncomfortable topic they'd rather ignore, it worked – even though two vastly different stories last week seemed to question the wisdom of that conversation.