It looks like we’re in for five more years of passionate purple prose - otherwise known as Super Bowl BS (Biased Sludge).
This morning’s paper gives us the clue. Two articles, including artwork, use half the front page and a total of nearly 140 column inches of space announcing a bid for the 2018 football game.
This is the onset of a barrage of "news" about how enthralled we should be that the city will be talked about by the folks in Uzbekistan, Chad and Botswana - to say nothing of Finland, Mongolia and Indonesia. (Perhaps they can give us some leads as to sports we have not yet decided to subsidize!)
And, of course, we will be assured once again that the city will be rolling in money with millions of dollars of "visitor" revenue.
As yet, we have no estimate of the actual dollar cost to municipal government - the taxpayers. That, of course, is of no importance, as witnessed by the placement of a separate story of 9 column inches in the second section of the paper.
Here we are updated on the trivial problem of future financing of basic public safety operations. The mayor is reneging on a 3% increase for police and fire personnel, demanding "renegotiation" of their contracts.
The assistant mayor is quoted as saying, "Whatever we decide would be funded within the budget...." In other words, adequate attention to personnel needs must be funded by reducing operational funds within the same departments.
We’ve never quite understood why there is so much trouble finding payroll dollars for city employees, while there seems to no problem handing out millions to billionaire sports franchise owners.
Eureka!! A solution has just occurred to us. Let the mayor "negotiate" with the sports folks and the CIB "negotiate" with the police and firemen. We'd love to be present at the explosion when the franchise owners were told, "Sorry, boys. The tank is empty!"
And public employees might be met with those magic words, "How much do you need?" and/or "Are you sure that’s enough?"