Left, Right and You was really scary…

…because Allen finally agreed with my theory that conservatives need to stop ranting and raving and he actually called out someone on the wacky right for being an idiot. I’m still not sure if it was trick or a treat. You can listen to it all right here:

Tim Elenz

Tim Elenz

A big thanks to former LR&Y cohost Tim Elenz for calling in and providing a well-reasoned perspective  on the Affordable Care Act. Yes! It may be flawed, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed! I’m still waiting for the Republican counter-proposal.

We also debated whether suburban Kane County Mayors should wade into the same-sex marriage and immigration reform debates. I think Allen and I actually agreed on that.

Have a safe Halloween and enjoy the show.

The ghosts and gouls may come out on Halloween…

…but I’m the one that makes conservatives tremble with fear!

Please join Allen Skillicorn and myself from 3 to 4 p.m. on AM1410 for another fact filled episode of Left, Right and You! On today’s show:

  • As we approach our one year anniversary, former LR&Y co-host and insurance expert Tim Elenz left-right-and-you-radio-wyatt-earp-doc-holidayjoins us to talk about Obamacare.
  • Should local mayors be wading into the same-sex marriage/immigration reform fray, or should they focus on keeping their tax levies low.
  • A recent poll says that, though no one trusts the federal government anymore, Republicans are far more leery of than Democrats. We’ll take a look at the numbers.

And we want to hear from you too at 847-931-1410. See you at 3:00!

I’m startin’ to feel like writing again!

So here’s something I put up on Geneva Patch. To some degree it only applies to Genevans, but the lack of local Republican fiscal responsibility and good sense applies to many Kane County cities.  Enjoy:

Will Joe Stanton Ever Get Tired of Being Wrong and Did You Know Our Downtown is “Blighted!”

It’s been awhile so let’s review class! Back in November of 2011, in regards to Little Traveler owner Mike Simon shutting down the Merra-Lee shops, downtown Geneva landlord, cheerleader, and fast friend of Mayor Burns, Joe Stanton, said this:

“I don’t believe Mike Simon would ever risk the welfare of his tenants or downtown Geneva. This is a brilliant move by a great businessman. This is a good sign for downtown Geneva. Mike is confident he can fill those spaces because he believes the economy is improving.”

Not one to leave himself any wiggle room, Stanton added, “This is a well-thought-out plan that will benefit all of Geneva. Eighteen months from now, people will look back on this calculated risk and say Mike Simon was ‘smarter than the average bear.’ ”

Really? The last time I looked, virtually every one of those east side of Third Street stores running south from Route 38 still sits blatantly empty. And please note, out of my boundless generosity and the vast goodness of my heart, I gave it two years. (You can read the original column here.)

Apparently the “brilliant” bar is set pretty low these days.

Of course, we probably shouldn’t be surprised because Mr. Stanton has proven to have a penchant for mis-prognostication.

He swore he was reducing economy stricken tenant rents until he forced the Pure Gardener right into Batavia. He swore before the City Council that he couldn’t convert the iconic Pure Oil building into a bank drive-through until he did. And then he blatantly applied the Mayor’s muscle to get a better deal on the vacant Mill Race Inn property – to no avail I might add.

In all fairness, State Street Jewelers will be moving a few doors down to the corner of Third and State, but that’s nothing more than shuffling the deck. So now the premier downtown Geneva corner will consist of two jewelry stores, a national coffee chain, and a night club that’s managed to rack up two liquor violations in two short years and one of ‘em was a real doozy!

Who’d a thunk the not-so-highly regarded national poster child for bad coffee would be the cream of the crop (pun intended!)?

So here’s my advice, dear reader. Do whatever it takes to discover who Mr. Stanton’s rooting for in the World Series and bet big money against them. Remember, Joe is the same guy who thought Mayor Burns would best Chris Lauzen in the Kane County Chair race only to see that go south by 40 points.

With his track record, how could you possibly go wrong?

The sad things is, this ain’t nearly the worst of it for our fading downtown. Despite predicting it here, and here, the fine folks at City Hall were flabbergasted that Safeway and Dominick’s Finer Foods is fleeing Chicagoland. In fact, an insider told me that Economic Development Director, Ellen Divita, was “absolutely shocked that Dominick’s was leaving.”

Apparently she was the only one. And people have the nerve to say I’m not that smart!

Will someone please tell me, other that pull down six figures, occupy space, cheerlead for the Chamber, and consistently carry a huge stack of three ring binders around to make it look like she’s actually doing something, exactly what does Ms. Divita do?

Can anyone name just one of her “accomplishments?”

Third Street north and south of Route 38 is a disaster, we still don’t have a downtown grocery store – or any other reason for regular Genevans to go downtown, and quality shops continue vanish only to be replaced by yet another furniture store or day spa.

Do we really need another antique shop?

It wouldn’t be that bad if Divita was simply ineffective, but her latest stratagem of lobbying to increase the downtown sales tax so the Mayor can reward landlords like Simon and Stanton, who have barely more business acumen than she does, with free building upgrades, is far worse than doing nothing at all.

So let me get this straight! At a time when Illinois shoots down an Internet sales tax and the Net has provided independent retailers with a magnificent reprieve by doing some serious damage to the big box stores (Barnes & Noble and Best Buy will be the next to go), she’s gonna make it more expensive to shop downtown?

And in a marvelous irony, the only way the City Council can raise that sales tax is by declaring downtown Geneva to be “blighted.” That’s right! “Blighted!” Oh! That oughtta bring in more businesses!

Un-fricken-believable! Only in Geneva, Illinois. Between Stanton, Simon, the Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor, and Divita, the only thing that surprises me is that downtown Geneva has lasted this long.

 

 

Another Left, Right and You…

…Is in the bag! And if it’s your bag man, you can listen to it right here:

Even though she and Alex…I mean Allen…insisted upon ganging up on me, thanks to Elgin Octave’s Julie Schmidt for joining the show and adding a female voice.

Of course, we covered the final fate of the Tea Party and whether they might want to adjust their tactics just a wee bit among other things.

And don’t forget to read your agnostic gospels!

Enjoy the show!

 

Is it Thursday already?

Because if it is, it’s time for another installment of Left, Right and You! Sadly, best selling author Reza listen-2-left-right-and-you-radioAslan can’t make the show, but don’t worry, we’ll make it worth your while! Today:

  • With the mainstream GOP and financial backers turning against them, can the Tea Party survive as a viable fighting force?
  • What would’ve happened had the Tea Party waited for the Obamacare roll out before they embarked on their suicide mission?
  • Per Sen. Dick Durbin, did Congressman Pete Sessions really say he couldn’t stand to look at Obama anymore? I think he did!
  • And Elgin Octave’s Julie Schmidt joins the show to tell us what they’re up to!

Then there’s your calls at 847-931-1410. Don’t miss it!

I’m a little late on this one…

but when it comes to the October 17th edition of Left, Right and You, it’s always better late than never.  Thus, you can listen to the show right here:

A big thank you to 95th District State Rep Mike Fortner for calling in and providing us with the kind of Springfield insights that remind us that the sky really isn’t falling. While there’s certainly work to be don, we are nothing if not a resourceful people.

Mike Fortner

Mike Fortner

And I have to give Allen credit for admitting that local Republicans – those on school boards, city councils and in county government – have a long way to go to be considered fiscally conservative.

Lastly, we have a really special guest next week. Reza Aslan, the author of the runaway bestseller ‘Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth’ will be on next week’s show.

As always, thank you for listening an enjoy the show!

You may not be able to count on Washington…

but Left, Right and You will never shut down!

Today, on WRMN AM1410 from 3 to 4 p.m. please join Allen Skillicorn and yours truly as we discuss: left-right-and-you-cat-meme

  • The lingering consequences of the government shutdown. The poll numbers don’t look too good for the Tea Party
  • Why is it that diehard Republican Counties like Kane, McHenry and Kendall offer some of the highest tax rates in the country?
  • State Rep Mike Fortner will join be joining us to discuss the state of the state and other current topcs

Of course, we always welcome your calls at 847-931-1410.

Oh! And by the way! Next week’s very special guest will be Reza Aslan, author of the runaway best seller, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.”

It only goes to show you that you never want to miss any episode of Left, Right and You!