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February 2017 4 April 2017 Chicago Street Journal Continued from Page 1 PRO /TRUMP /CON Statistically, the total number of federal employees is about what it was when Eisenhower was President. During that period, many new functions have been undertaken, while the workforce has remained the same. In Illinois, for example, the number of federal employees in fact has gone down significantly. During my career, I have worked with many newly elected officials and political appointees from the “outside” or private sector who were intelligent individuals, but who often totally lacked any government experience, and were somewhat lost or overwhelmed when it came to their administrative duties. Some acclimated quickly, while others never did. Fortunately, there was a core of "insiders" who were able to keep the agencies operating without incident. President Trump should perhaps value the individuals who can efficiently operate this nation. CLARA FREEMAN Be careful what you ask for. Voters asked for Donald Trump and they got the reality star and business man. Trump’s time in office is nearing 100 days, leaving voters scratching their heads and wondering what the hell happened. During the campaign, Mr. Trump talked a good game. He had starry eyed Conservatives, die hard Republicans and a few disillusioned Liberals believing he was their great white hope; the only man who could single handedly make America great again. He was going to replace and repeal Obamacare and provide a more affordable healthcare option that would work for all of America’s people. The bill was ill prepared by an over confident speaker of the house, Paul Ryan. For seven years, Republicans had been talking the talk and when time came to deliver, they failed to walk the walk. Exactly what has president Donald Trump accomplished within the span of his 100 days? He’s detained legal Immigrants at airports and separated children from their parents. He’s insulted blacks in inner city communities, taken away important funding to women and children health, taken ceremonial lands from the legacy of Indian nations, for the sake of a pipeline, rebuked environmental changes, told lies about former president Barack Obama, placed fear into the minds of journalists, selected known racists to head important his governmental offices and thinks Putin is his next best friend. This president keeps his tax returns hidden, hands out governmental positions to clueless family members, takes food out of underprivileged school children mouths and threaten to take away much needed funding of cities that provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants, if they fail to comply with government demands. Donald Trump holds the office of our 45 th President. Sadly, this isn’t Saturday Night Live and I’m not laughing. BRIANNA LYMAN Abortion is a heavy subject, for the last sixty years or so we’ve seen great strides in the right for women to choose like Roe v.Wade and Planned Parenthood. However, in recent years there has been a more popular movement that strings from the right: defunding Planned Parenthood so that taxpayers do not subsidize an organization that provides abortions. Now, while anyone who does a small amount of research will find that technically Planned Parenthood is not allowed to use tax payers' money to fund the abortions they provide, it is being argued that Christian taxpayers are nonetheless providing a space where abortion can be performed without any say in the matter, which is problematic due to their pro-life stance. I am a female, I believe in liberty and freedom, and I believe women have the right to choose. It is not the job of the government to dictate what a woman can do with her body, whether she wants to prostitute or terminate her pregnancy. The government, in all aspects of life, should play a very limited role. Keep the government out of my uterus or bring the government into foster care. Whether or not we like to think about it, babies who aren’t aborted could very well end up in an abusive foster home or living a life of desperation, not to say that plenty don’t end up just fine though. Having a child is a big responsibility, and many cannot handle it. There is no shame in that, but who is Big Brother to tell us that we have no other choice but to try and do so? With that being said, I do not believe that Planned Parenthood should be subsidized by taxpayers. To start with, it’s important for people to understand that the tax-payer money that goes to Planned Parenthood is not specifically designated for them. Rather, Planned Parenthood, which is still nonetheless provided money by the government, gets reimbursements from Medicaid and Title X, which then pays for its services. However, Medicaid is funded by the taxpayers, just as every single other government program is. I don’t think most Conservatives have an issue with their money being used to have HIV tests done or STD checks performed, however there is an issue when their money is being used for something that goes against their religious beliefs. For some Christians, birth control is basically a means of abortion, as it stops the conception of life. It is not fair for people to forcefully have to pay for something that directly contradicts their religious beliefs, I mean isn’t that what we have a first amendment for? While Planned Parenthood is legally not allowed to use tax payers money to provide abortions, without Medicaid reimbursing them for all their other service they’d likely never have enough money to stay open. According to Planned Parenthood’s 2013-2014 Annual Report, they receive upwards of five-hundred million dollars, a collection of federal, state, and local government money. Conservatives, like myself, have a hard time understanding why we have to bear the responsibility of paying for an organization that provides services that completely contradict what Christians believe in. There should be religious exemptions at this point, if you’re a Christian who is pro-life then you should be afforded the right to choose whether or not your hard earned money is paying for something that you would never pay for. I support Christians in their fight to defund Planned Parenthood, and I support Mike Pence. I also support the women who choose to have an abortion, I support the doctors that perform this procedure, and I emotionally support organizations that help to provide such care. However, economically speaking, I do not support these organizations nor doctors. It’s morals vs. politics. I lean right, while I personally don’t like abortions, I have no right to tell someone what they can or can’t do with their body, which is why I am pro-choice. I side with the Constitution, our first amendment, and our religious freedom. Abortion goes against the teachings of the Church, and if followers of said Church don’t want to be part of something that directly contradicts their morals and beliefs then I stand beside them, using the first amendment as their validation. Send all of your PRO /TRUMP / CON editorials to CSJ at ChicagoSt- Journal@gmail.com. In Chicago and across the country, Saturday, April 22 is Red, Black, Clean and Green and Day. Justice Or Else Local Organizing Committees invites you, to be the mean cleaning machine on your block. Join one of your community organizations, such as The Black Star Project or gather together your neighbors and get mean and green. When we look around our communities on the day after, we should see a difference in our efforts. MAKE US PROUD CHI- TOWN. Why? Because that’s how we roll! Get ready to save lives! Advocacy Day At The Capitol. Wednesday, May 10. Join the march on Springfield to save women’s lives. Illinois Governor Rauner has proposed to cut 50% of the funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings and treatments for uninsured and underinsured women. Your financial status SHOULD NOT be the determining factor in needed life or death medical treatments. Not in Chicago, the State of Illinois or the world! Visit www.ChicagoBrea stCancer.org/ AdvocacyDay/ or call 312-942-0335 for information. SALUTE TO SENIORS. Exclusively US Celebration! Age Friendly presents a Celebration of Seniors. “Changing the Way… We Age! On Saturday, May 20. 10 AM to 3 PM. Blocking off the blocks at 63 rd and Halsted from Union to Sangamon . Come celebrate. Call 773-609- 4863 or send an email to EnglewoodVillage63@g mail.com for info.
February Chicago Street Journal April 2017 5 Rosenwalk Dedicated Alderman Dowell Celebrates Historic Grand Opening of the Rosenwald Courts Apartments. Fulfilling a promise she made when first elected, Alderman Pat Dowell hosted the historic grand opening of the new Rosenwald Courts Apartments located on 47th Street between Michigan Ave. and Wabash Ave. Vacant since 2000, the Rosenwald was home to such African- American luminaries as the poet Gwendolyn Brooks, boxer Joe Lewis, music producer Quincy Jones and singer Nat "King" Cole. The building was originally developed in 1929 by Julius Rosenwald, President of Sears Roebuck & Company, as housing for African- American residents during the time of strict segregation. The renovated Rosenwald Courts Apartments now boasts 239 updated one- and twobedroom units for seniors and families. Additionally, the building contains thousands of square feet of retail space on the first floor, with prospective tenants including: Sip and Savor, Illinois Service Federal Bank, Michelle's Old Fashioned Ice Cream and a small grocery store. Thank you to everyone who made this wonderful project possible. Thank you to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the entire team at the Department of Planning and Development for their hard work, Eugene Jones CEO of the CHA, David Roos and Jim Bergman - the developers of this great building - and their development teams at Iceberg Development, Evercore Cos, RCAP LP, the Lightengale Group and Roos Enterprises Inc., community activist Bobbie Johnson and the countless others who made this dream a reality.