By: Diane Benjamin
Tonight a representative from the McLean County Regional Planning Commission will talk about local transit.
She will be followed by the Connect Transit’s General Manager.
Prediction: Neither speaker will mention the buses are too big to serve the people with no other means of transportation. Neither speaker will recognize the huge buses are not needed to transport the few people who ride per bus. Neither speaker will admit the majority of citizens will never ride the bus. Neither speaker will admit the current transit system is not sustainable.
Changes to Connect Transit will only come when new leadership is elected in Bloomington and Normal. Then the Connect Transit Board can be replaced by responsible representatives.
Next the Council will discuss video gaming. In a further attempt to suspend capitalism, they will talk about setting a cap on the number of establishments gifted with an expensive City licenses.
Is the City is going to openly discriminate against businesses that want video gaming? The City is going to pick winners and losers? Will those picks be based on political support?
There is a limit to the number of video gaming machines the market will support. Bloomington doesn’t want to allow the free markets to find it.
If the Bloomington City Council wanted to be the morality police they never should have agreed to any machines. They opened Pandora’s box, it’s their bed now.
This discussion leads to Jenn Carrillo wanting a Cannabis Task Force. Same arguments apply. Will free markets created by the State of Illinois flourish or will the morality police attempt to limit competitions for “friends”.
There is another alternative:
Quote from the mayor:
No task force needed.
Either anybody who wants in is in or everybody is out. The Council should have learned this from video gaming. Obviously they haven’t.