In the debate over taxpayer funding for the Evanston Community Media Center, defenders of the status quo have argued that citizens will be denied the opportunity to make television if the funding is cut.
Evanston city staff will ask aldermen Monday to approve spending nearly $200,000 over the next three years for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office computer software.
The memo from Business Performance & Technology Division Manager Bruce Slown recommending the purchase calls the software tools from Microsoft "an essential part of almost every function performed by City staff."
The president of the Central Street Neighbors Association tried to stir up the fears of his density-phobic neighbors last week by setting up a straw-man list of high population-density communities he figured they wouldn't like.
Should Evanston aspire to resemble "Cicero, or Harwood Heights? Oak Park? Chicago?" Jeff Smith asked.
It's easy to see that Jeff's status-conscious neighbors wouldn't want to emulate such low-rent towns as Cicero or Harwood Heights. Heck, I wouldn't either.