A Search For Balance

Can we each find our share of happiness in Evanston?

The word balance, used as a noun, is defined by Dictionary.com as:

1. a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.

2. something used to produce equilibrium; counterpoise.

3. mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc.


With so many questions swirling around Evanston these days, it’s hard to find answers – let alone balance  -- when the topics themselves aren’t exactly black or white.  For instance...

Why are there so many shootings in Evanston?

Do our children receive a decent public education?

How can we attract more business to Evanston?

Should we ban plastic bags altogether?

Why does Trader Joe’s avoid coming here?

Should a business like The Tilted Kilt open in the center of town?

Why must fashion-forward residents travel outside the city limits for Jimmy Choos and Louboutins?

Enter Hubertus von der Goltz's "Encounter" sculpture.   This distinctive piece of art, which caused a flurry of debate while it was considered as an installation, is found high atop the Maple Avenue Parking Garage.

Von der Goltz’s art is found all over the world.  His “Encounter” sculpture was installed in Evanston in December, 2009.  Click here for a video of the installation.  Von der Golz describes his work here

Balance, like art, is in the eyes of the beholder.  For instance, handgun ownership might disgust one resident while another Evanstonian feels naked without one close at hand.  One of us might pour every available resource into a new business venture while another resident complains about the image that business projects. 

We’ll always walk a fine line.

However, this is America.  This is democracy (not democrazy).  And, this is Evanston, Illinois.

Each of us has a voice.  We have the right to share our opinions, and we need to find our platform(s) upon which to share them.  So,

--Include your feelings and ideas in the comments section here on Patch. 

--Create a Facebook page and share your views with your email contacts. 

--Speak your mind at Evanston City Council meetings. 

--Share your ideas on the City of Evanston’s Engage Evanston webpage from now until May 7. 

Whatever you do, let your voice be heard while keeping that fine line in your sights.

Richard Schulte May 03, 2011 at 12:08 PM
"With so many questions swirling around Evanston these days, it’s hard to find answers – let alone balance -- when the topics themselves aren’t exactly black or white." "How can Evanston residents find balance on so many of these (and other) topics?" The simplest solution to a problem is usually the best solution. When a problem presents itself, we can respond emotionally or we can give thought to a problem. Thoughtful solutions are always better than emotional responses. The rule of unintended consequences always applies. The long term consequences of a solution are not always evident-it may take decades before we realize we've created more problems than we solved. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Evanston has an attitude about it. Many residents of this City think that they know better than everyone else. If we want to move forward, we need to stop the "elitist" thinking that has over taken this City and get back to basics. "Elitist" thinking does not make you special, it makes you "elitist". The problems which Evanston has took decades to create and won't be solved overnight. Sorry, but there are no easy answers to Evanston's problems. Before we can find solutions, we need to understand how and why we've gotten where we are. Looking in the mirror and admitting that we might just have been wrong is one of the most difficult things in life to do. The glass is either half full or half empty depending upon how you choose to look at it.
Lonnie wilson May 03, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Richard I love what you have said here! It shows there is a chance here in ole Evanston for real dialogue. Admitting the failures of the past will be hard for the elite cause in some cases they benefited, and now that the glass is half full or half empty the cuts in services are being put on the backs of the Non elite or the same people the elite stood on in the first place, what's sad is those elite promote in there slick pr adds about Evanston, speak of the great diversity in our town, the great diversity they are destroying. We need to right this ship and all who think that we can do it on the backs of working people and folks who are not connected should call a moving van and leave! Evanston is and will be a town about people! The people need to show that in the polls!
Lonnie wilson May 03, 2011 at 07:39 PM
I thought I had posted a comment and it seems to have vanished!
Richard Schulte May 04, 2011 at 12:45 AM
Well, there's at least two of us. Something tells me that there are a lot more of us out there-they are just afraid to speak up. Guess it's time to start going to the City Council meetings and speak up. I've had enough of all the b.s. that goes on in this town. The new president of the Cook County Board seems like a breath of fresh, at least so far. If the Cook County Board can get it's act together, then we should be able to do it in Evanston. I'm tired of this recession, but it seems that some good has come out of it-people are finally starting to wake up to what's been going on. It's about time.
Richard Schulte May 04, 2011 at 11:37 AM
Tom, I didn't think people who were former military personnel were permitted to live in Evanston. Thank you for your military service and may God bless America-the land of the free because of the brave. Your comments regarding Patch are right on target. I'm sure that the Mayor and City Council are not pleased that the citizens can actually voice their opinions. All is not well in this community.
Lonnie wilson May 18, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Yes thank you Tom, I want to say to both of you there are many who are willing to get in this battle ( and that is what it is) but we have let apathy take hold that is are real foe and some folk count on it!! Organize Organize Organize!! that is the answer!
Richard Schulte May 18, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Lonnie, I agree. I'll be attending the showing of "Waiting for Superman" at the Evanston Public Library on May 25th at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there. I'll know in a few days whether I'm moving to Florida in June. Mayor Fish-that has a certain ring to it.
Richard Schulte May 19, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Mayor Fish, it sounds to me like you're an independent, not a Republican. No need to run with an R behind you're name. When I attended Congresswoman Schakowsky's town hall meeting on health care regulation, I was shocked at the number of people who showed up who were against socialist health care. The folks that I sat next to were from Chicago. Yes, I said Chicago, and they agreed with me. I didn't know that such people existed. (The "silent majority".) If a Republican can be elected to replace Senator Kennedy in a special election in Massachusetts, a Republican can be elected anywhere. With Governor Quinn and his income tax increase, many people are beginning to see the light. Note how quiet the teachers have been lately. The teachers figured out that the public doesn't support them. When both Mayor Daley and Mayor Rahm agree with Wisconsin Governor Walker, you know that something is up. To quote my favorite Democrat, "It's the economy, stupid". Candidates with an R behind their name swamped the D's in November 2010. That trend will continue as President Obama and Dem policies continue to destroy the economy. Sometimes you have to have a disaster for people to wake up and Hurricane Obama is the biggest disaster to occur since Pearl Harbor.
Richard Schulte May 19, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Tom, the best way to knock the "racist" charge down is to remind people that President Lincoln was an R and that the Klu Klux Klan was a terrorist arm of the Democrat Party. It was Republicans who supported the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution after the Civil War-there were no Democrats in Congress at the time. Jim Crow laws in the South were created by Democrats. The PBS webpage on Jim Crow shows the connection between Democrats and racial segregation. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/ The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed with the votes of Republicans. The housing projects in Chicago were built under Mayor Daley (D) in the 1950's to keep black folks segregated. Today, the worst schools in Chicago are in neighborhoods where black folks live. That's not a coincidence. It's done on purpose to keep black folks on the "Democrat plantation". You may recall Teresa's comment on the "Bullets and Big Macs" article. Racial animosity is alive and well in liberal Evanston today. No wonder history is no longer taught in public schools-the history of Democrats is shameful. It's time for the truth to come out. Better schools for people of all colors is a Republican idea, not a Democrat idea. All of the above are historical facts, sad as they may be. Don't believe it, go to the PBS site on Jim Crow and start learning about the Democrat Party.
Richard Schulte May 19, 2011 at 02:14 PM
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_events_14th.html "The Fourteenth Amendment was one of three amendments to the Constitution adopted after the Civil War to guarantee black rights. The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery, the Fourteenth granted citizenship to people once enslaved, and the Fifteenth guaranteed black men the right to vote. The Fourteenth Amendment was passed by Congress in June 1866 and ratified by the states in 1868. The Radical Republicans [R] had been battling with [President] Andrew Johnson [D] for control of Reconstruction. Johnson was in favor of leaving the future of black people in the hands of white Southerners. The Radical Republicans disagreed, and they won . . ." -- Richard Wormser
Richard Schulte May 19, 2011 at 10:45 PM
"How my personal beliefs make me so evil is quite the conundrum." http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_org_democratic.html "The Democratic Party identified itself as the "white man's party" and demonized the Republican Party as being "Negro dominated," even though whites were in control. Determined to re-capture the South, Southern Democrats "redeemed" state after state -- sometimes peacefully, other times by fraud and violence. By 1877, when Reconstruction was officially over, the Democratic Party controlled every Southern state. The South remained a one-party region until the Civil Rights movement began in the 1960s. Northern Democrats, most of whom had prejudicial attitudes towards blacks, offered no challenge to the discriminatory policies of the Southern Democrats." Anyone Democrat who calls Republicans "racist" simply doesn't know their history very well. Democrats supported slavery, the Klu Klux Klan (KKK), Jim Crow and where the party of racial segregation. The racism continues in the Chicago public schools today and who has controlled the Chicago public schools for the last 50 years? Some things never change. No conundrum here at all, just the "mushroom concept" in action-keep them in the dark and feed them b.s. And now you know why the schools in major cities are so poor-the "mushroom concept". Keep 'em dumb to keep 'em down.
Richard Schulte May 20, 2011 at 01:05 PM
It's rather interesting that two white guys who consider themselves part of the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) party movement are talking about racism in Evanston and in America. Not a single Democrat has stepped up to deny that the Democrat Party was the party of slavery and segregation or to deny that the schools in Chicago are bad and that black folks are getting short-changed in Democrat Party-controlled Cook County. The population of Chicago is dwindling. Chicago's population today is the same as it was in the 1920's. Why are all those folks leaving Chicago? The reason is the same as why folks are leaving New York State-Taxed Way Too Much Already and no opportunity. When residents are voting with their feet and leaving, you know somethings is terribly wrong. The Democrat machine in Illinois and Chicago can keep winning elections, but the real voting takes place with the influx and outflux of people. Mayor Rahm has got big problems which need to be addressed. As Chicago goes, so goes Evanston and it's not looking good for Chicago. So far, I'm impressed with Mayor Rahm, but he's only been in office a few days. Does it really sound like Tom and Richard are two evil racist Republicans or are we just two guys who are very concerned about this community and want the best for everybody, regardless of skin color? Everybody is welcome in the TEA party movement. Perhaps the TEA party slogan could be "Postive Change and Hope for a Better America".
Richard Schulte May 20, 2011 at 01:16 PM
"The scope of this disengagement from Obama is suggested by an informal survey of 500 post-grads by Joe Maddalone, founder of Maddalone Global Strategies. Of his sample, 93 percent are aged between 22 and 28, 67 percent are male and 83 percent voted for Obama in 2008. But only 27 percent are committed to voting for Obama again, and 80 percent said they would consider voting for a Republican, said New York-based Maddalone. That’s a drop of almost 60 points in support for Obama among this influential class of younger post-grad voters, who Maddalone recruited at conferences held at New York University and Thomson-Reuters’ New York headquarters." http://news.yahoo.com/s/dailycaller/20110520/pl_dailycaller/recentcollegegradssouronobamasurveyssay;_ylt=Ase0UH_am0IDPFioAHCKdJSyFz4D;_ylu=X3oDMTNtaDU5ajA0BGFzc2V0A2RhaWx5Y2FsbGVyLzIwMTEwNTIwL3JlY2VudGNvbGxlZ2VncmFkc3NvdXJvbm9iYW1hc3VydmV5c3NheQRwb3MDMTUE Why? That's an easy one to answer. You spend 4, 5 or 6 years going to college, spend $50 to $100 grand and then you go to work at a sandwich shop because that's the only job you can find. "The bad news for Obama was underlined May 19 with a report by a job-firm Adecco that roughly 60 percent of recent college-grads have not been able to find a full-time job in their preferred area." "It's the economy, stupid." James Carville
Lonson Williams May 20, 2011 at 11:53 PM
Curious--Are Tom Fischl and Richard Schulte the same person? I love the satire going on!
Richard Schulte May 22, 2011 at 12:54 PM
"Are Tom Fischl and Richard Schulte the same person?" There are lots of citizens in Evanston and Illinois with the viewpoints being expressed by Tom Fischl and that Schulte guy. Fischl and Schulte just happen to be the ones speaking up and speaking out. Many stay quiet out of fear (of retribution) by the ruling Party. We're both very concerned about where Governor Quinn, Speaker Madigan and Mayor Tisdahl are taking this community and the State of Illinois. Some people's ideas of important issues of the day are the size of the sign at the Office Depot and the need for a cookie delivery service in Evanston. Others residents think that a taxi driver being murdered in Evanston is more important than the size of signs and cookies. I suppose that some residents in Evanston think that being concerned about violence and murder in Evanston is just plain silly. Hey, I've got an idea-let's go get a tape measure and go around measuring signs and afterwards, we can go get some cookies. Let's stay out of that neighborhood were the murder took place-that's just too icky to even think about. May God bless the United States. We sure could use some help right about now trying to wake those "sign and cookie" people up out of their lethargy.
Richard Schulte May 22, 2011 at 01:45 PM
"Because government spending is largely representative of consumption and not production, the coerced private sector contributions funding public spending is in fact a burden on the private sector that actually reduces overall production and wealth creation. This is why during any economic downturn it is best to reduce and not increase government spending in order to lessen the drain on private sector capital. Otherwise, there is less private capital available to invest in production and aid in the recovery process. Advocates of consumption-oriented economic policies are unwilling to accept that no manner or amount of government spending, whether or not it is referred to as an investment, can duplicate let alone outperform the positive return of voluntary private sector investment in production." Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/05/the_coming_deflationary_contra.html Translation: We can't spend our way out of the recession (and if we keep trying, things will only get worse). Of course, that's obvious, which is why the $800+ billion stimulus program failed to stimulate the economy. The reason why the economy remains in the doldrums today is the Stimulus Bill enacted in February 2009 and Obamacare. Repeal Obamacare and the U.S. economic engine will begin to rev once again. Cut tax rates and the economy will be humming along again. President Kennedy's tax cut solution from the early 1960's works.
Richard Schulte May 22, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Tom, clicked on the link above and this is what I got: "This video contains content from EMI, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds. Sorry about that."


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