THE TRIBUNE THINKS I AM FAT
A few weeks ago, the Chicago Tribune teased a story on the front page of the paper and on the Sunday magazine section with the phrase, “Your friend is fat. What do you do?” I thought the Tribune was my friend, so they must think I am fat.
The Tribune came out with their expanded new look on Wednesday. The paper was so big; I thought it was a Sunday edition. Thursday’s edition had lots of sections also that I did not care about or have the time to read on a work day. Plus they are charging more money for the paper now.
I just want to tell the Tribune that now I think they are too fat.
DOES CPS BOARD KNOW HOW TO DO MATH?
The Chicago Public School (CPS) Board voted not to give teachers a 4% raise and they said that would save $100 million. That number does not make sense.
There are 23,695 teachers and the average salary is $69,000. So that would make the payroll $1,634,955,000. Four percent of that payroll equals $65,398,200, not $100 million. So by not giving a 4% raise the Board saves $65 million.
Let’s look at the math another way. If the average salary is $69,000, then a 4% raise would amount to an average of $2760 per teacher. Multiply that times 23,695 teachers and one gets $65,398,200.
No matter how you add, multiply or divide, the savings by not giving a raise is $65 million. It is still a lot of money, but why is everyone accepting the figure $100 million?
THE BIKERS KEEP COMING!
Starting at 1 a.m. Saturday night/Sunday morning July 9/10, 9,000 bicyclists will be riding on a 25 mile expedition through the city as a benefit for Friends of The Parks. The web site for this debacle describes the route as, “Route highlights will include the South Loop, Chinatown, Greek Town, Chicago’s historic "Emerald Necklace" and much more!”
Friends of the Parks is a wonderful organization but there has to be a better way to raise money then tying up city streets for hours ( even though it is late night early morning) and inconveniencing everybody else.
Inconvenience aside, how much is it costing the city for security and closing the streets for this event? We know we won’t get a correct figure because nobody at City Hall knows how to do math!