Public grocery stores a bad fix for food deserts

A Could 10 “Other Views” column indicates obtaining publicly owned (translation: taxpayer funded, government run) grocery merchants in food deserts, this sort of as the 63rd and Halsted location where by Total Meals is soon to finish operations.

That is a constructive assumed, but a superior one particular would be to seek out a prospect from among existing grocers who now know the small business (which is well-known for its slender financial gain margins, even when effectively-run and patronized, and serving a affluent client foundation) and would hit the floor functioning.

Govt-operate entities almost usually transform out to be sluggish, inefficient, bureaucratic, high-cost operations. Not to point out which include a fraught and distressing learning curve.

Not all food items chains can thrive in a low-income area. But two that appear in a position are Food items 4 Significantly less and Aldi.

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A Food 4 Considerably less has been in business for a long time at 71st and Ashland in Englewood, prolonged enough to show they can be successful under this sort of situation. Aldi may well also make a good fit. (There is an Aldi’s around 63rd and Wallace now.) Is any person at City Hall pursuing these opportunities?

Underwriting the offer with tax pounds may well not be vital apart from perhaps as a sweetener, this kind of as a tax getaway for a established time period.

That would be a lot less of a negotiating concession than the taxpayer giveaways that Rahm Emanuel negotiated in the case of Whole Food items.

Ted Z. Manuel, Hyde Park

Maintain supervisors accountable for undesirable cops

The Solar-Moments editorial board writes that poor habits and corruption within just the Chicago Law enforcement Department can be like a raging wildfire or an infectious ailment. No question, this new research is another punch to the gut for all all those officers who lay it all on the line, day immediately after day, to provide and guard a city that is in dire will need of the ideal safety it can get.

Nonetheless, do we truly require to rely on a study to pinpoint officers who are corrupt, brutal, and in some situations no superior than the criminals they are meant to be investigating? Nowhere in the report is the most clear way of pinpointing corrupt cops even stated: the term is “supervision.”

Leadership starts at the leading. When it fails, it’s almost sickening to say we need to have outside the house studies to discover teams of cops who are corrupted.

How a lot of supervisors have been held accountable for cabals of corrupt habits inside CPD? The response is really few. No one detests corrupt cops far more than very good cops — that is a reality. Having said that, when you have division supervisors who are both incompetent or lack the braveness to step up and stay up to the accountability of their positions, studies will be after-the-simple fact. The injury is done.

Rogue cops are birthed by indifferent supervision. It is time for all section supervisors to be held accountable for the steps of their subordinates. It’s also time for one more look at just who and how officers are promoted.

Until finally that comes about, additional studies will occur ahead and the stench of corruption will strike yet again and once more.

Bob Angone, retired CPD lieutenant, Austin, Texas