Zoo should please customers, not lecture them

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The Brookfield Zoo could pump up attendance if it focused on providing its patrons with more live exhibits rather than bludgeoning them to death with sermons on the environment.

Perhaps the Chicago Zoological Society should sublease the zoo's operation to Walt Disney, who would seek to please the customer rather that providing jeremiads on the environment.

The worst-performing sector of the American economy is the so-called not-for-profit sector that lacks common stock whose potential for appreciation drives the entrepreneur. Nothing magical occurs by granting an institution tax-exempt status.

Charles R. Courtney

Riverside

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Jane Archer  

Posted: March 3rd, 2018 2:44 AM

"Not-for-profit rewards a good political performance. It is great vehicle for promoting causes." Let's consider no-for-profit hospitals vs. for profit hospitals. Is the non-profit hospital really just a 'good political performance'. Or does it play an integral role as a safety net in society?

Charles Courtney  

Posted: February 27th, 2018 9:06 PM

See Reuben Kessel, Price Discrimination in Medicine (1958) for all the dirty tricks the medical profession has uised to restrain competition. He taught at the University of Chicago Business School. His article was cited in full by Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom (1962).

Charles Courtney  

Posted: February 27th, 2018 8:56 PM

All institutions profit someone or some person morally or physically. All institutions revenues must equal or exceed expenditures or liquidate. When we call an institution not-for-profit we really mean tax-exempt. Tax exempt status rests on shaky logical foundation. Not-for-profit rewards a good political performance. It is great vehicle for promoting causes.

Charles Courtney  

Posted: February 27th, 2018 8:51 PM

See Ken Stern, With Charity for All for misuse of Internal Revenue Tax Code 501 (c) (3). Stern thinks hospitals should be paying taxes.

Jane Archer  

Posted: February 27th, 2018 7:06 PM

Mr. Courtney is a stable genius in his own mind.

Charles Courtney  

Posted: February 27th, 2018 4:51 PM

The not-for-profit is a pail w/o a bottom as it lacks common stock whose potential for appreciation drives the entrepreneur while providing a means of displacing inept management. Not-for-profits tend to be captured by internal management, the de facto stockholders.

Charles Courtney  

Posted: February 27th, 2018 4:39 PM

If an institution is private property it should be paying appropriate taxes.

Charles Courtney  

Posted: February 27th, 2018 4:37 PM

We are not running out of fossil fuels thanks to human ingenuity and creativity powered by chance to get rich. This incentive is lacking for medical schools and hospitals, which explains why 25% of practicing physicians in 2013 were trained overseas. The AMA's writ does not run in India or Pakistan.

Todd Love  

Posted: February 3rd, 2018 7:45 AM

Charles R. Courtney strikes me as a being a buffoon. He speaks of taxes, I am curious to wether he contributs anything to society other than his long winded, and boring opinions.

Shawn Mari Amador  

Posted: January 31st, 2018 8:47 PM

We love the zoo, it's teachings, and will continue to spend alot of time there. What a great resource we have in Brookfield!

Ken Knasiak  

Posted: January 31st, 2018 11:05 AM

I wonder if Mr. Courtney's extends his comment about granting public institutions tax exempt status to churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious institutions? You are almost certainly guaranteed a lecture there.

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