By Mark Weyermuller -
This week the Chicago Tribune and other media sources are reporting the government is "investing" ten million dollars in The Chicago Safe Passage Program.
According to WGN news, the Safe Passage program was started in 2009 to address concerns about student safety while traveling to and from school through potentially dangerous gang territories.
The governor and the mayor are calling this an "investment" while I would call it SPENDING. Typically an investment will yield a higher return over time so the ten million might be 11 million in a few years. It is similar to our Illinois pension program, no wait, that's a bad example. Investing money may be placing it in a savings account (maintaining the principle and accumulating interest) not spending it on a new pair of shoes.
I do support kids getting to school safely but I feel the cost and burden falls on the parents. While this program may be justified by some, the city and the tax payers just don't have the money. In addition, we have a program with the local police to help insure safety. The bulk of the money is to employ 600 people to man these so called safe passage routes. By the way, these folks are not armed and not trained in law enforcement. Perhaps each student should have a security detail like the mayor and the governor have of highly trained armed police officers.
We need to keep our kid safe. I would propose we spend this ten million to go after the gangs and criminals who are the problem. Maybe we should hire some more cops.
That would be my safe passage.