Thursday, February 20, 2020

See Click Fix

One problem I notice with using the See Click Fix application on your phone is that, most of the time, you notice problems with streets while you are driving and it is really not that safe to take a photo of the pothole when you just swerved around it. In addition, most people are not likely to park the car and walk back to the hold to get a photo of it and report it. The application works great for less imperative items you might spot while walking around the neighborhood but not so much with street problems.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Park District

Given the attitude that the Park District is taking towards the city, if the article in last Friday's Carbondale Times is any indication, it might be a good idea for the city to hold off on any forth negotiation with the Park District, let the District continue to pile up debt, then see about putting the dissolution of the Park District on the ballot. If Carbondale residents vote to dissolve the Park District, due to its no longer being a financially sound operation, then the city absorbs its functions into the city structure.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Hickory Ridge Golf Course

Given the debt load the Carbondale Park District is carrying, seems like it might be a good idea to sell off or shutter Hickory Ridge Golf Course. There are several other golf courses in the region so I do not see what need Hickory Ridge fulfills, aside from taking up a goodly part of the CPD's budget servicing the debt.

Monday, February 17, 2020

SI Pawn

SI Pawn, at the corner of University and Walnut, has a sign up indicating this is their 20th year in business. Added to that, everything is 20% off but no idea how long the sale will run.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Waterfowl Hunting

Climate change has devastated the waterfowl hunting industry in southern Illinois. The number of ducks taken dropped by 40% from 2017-2018 and the number of geese wintering in southern Illinois numbered only about 1000. Back in the 1990s, the various wildlife refuges in the region wintered over 1 million geese.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Parking Permits

If you plan on getting one of the residential or employee downtown parking permits, you can pick them up in the office where you pay for city water and sewer. Be sure to take an ID and know the license number of the vehicle for which you are getting the permit as the permits are not transferable between vehicles. The process takes about 5 minutes and the city even laminates the permit for you.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Daily Egyptian

I was wondering why the DE continued to put out a print edition since, since according to my admittedly unsystematic research, very few if any students read the print paper, instead choosing to peruse it online. The savings would seem to justify closing th eprint operation of the paper but it appears, according to a student reporter I spoke with, if the DE wishes to remain an accredited publication, it must have a print edition as well as an online one