cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
I was surprised to see the results of the current Bureau of Labor Statistics annual survey of union membership. There has been a decline in both union membership numbers as well as in the percentage of the total workforce that is part of a union.
Have we been part of the solution or part of the problem in Egypt? Maybe the answer is yes; maybe we have been both part of the solution as well as part of the problem.
Super Bowl commercials capture our attention to the degree that a 30 second spot costs millions of dollars. We see some of the most inventive and creative commercials each year during the Super Bowl. The Budweiser commercials are usually very well done. The GoDaddy commercials usually feature a scantily clad young woman since everyone knows the old adage: “sex sells”.
Reality is back with us Packer fans this morning. We survived the hype leading up to the Super Bowl game, and our wonderful team lived up to our expectations. Ted Thompson doesn’t seem as ignorant of football as we might’ve thought; Mike McCarthy was a great choice as coach…and Aaron Rodgers helped a determined group of players to their goal, a victory in Super Bowl XLV, in spite of even more injuries during this game. IF the NFL can avoid a work stoppage for the coming season, we might even be in the hunt for another Lombardi Trophy.
Aaron Rogers appears to have finally left the comparisons to Brett Favre behind with the Packers’ victory on Sunday. That is good for him and for us; it was a tired theme by this point.
WEAC (the Wisconsin Education Association Council) made some significant news with a release of its plan for reformation of the Milwaukee school system and for changes in teacher evaluation statewide. This appears to be a sign that WEAC understands the tide is turning from a political perspective, and that parents are increasingly alarmed about the quality and cost of the education system in Wisconsin.
Our food prices are about to spike and we can thank the ethanol industry and government for that. Corn futures prices increased again and this is in response to the threat that our reserves will be at the lowest point since 1996 by year’s end.
The new world of Wisconsin politics has unfolded rapidly since Governor Walker took office. We should not be surprised, but we are, if just a little or a lot. He told voters what he intended to do and he is taking steps to do it. The first example was that of killing the ‘high speed rail’ project in Wisconsin.
The MATC union has announced a vote, to be held next week, on a new contract. The union president, Michael Rosen, has indicated that this is merely coincidental with the actions just taken by Governor Walker. The negotiations have been going on since last October and were not “fast-tracked” because of the new Governor’s proposals according to Rosen.
Wisconsinites have been on a whirlwind ride since the election of Scott Walker as governor; it began even before he was sworn in when he began the process that is unfolding now. He has taken on the challenge of restoring fiscal sanity to Wisconsin and has a Republican majority in the Senate and the Assembly that has, so far, appeared to be supportive.
Some of the adults in our capitol seem to have managed to act like children…and not very well behaved children at that. Some of the adults are not giving their young students a very solid role model after whom to pattern themselves. Some of the adults have found it necessary to flee from the state they were elected to help govern.
The state government stalemate that continues is taking its toll on us. There are families torn as the result. There are friends torn as the result. There are church members who are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Politics can be hard on us all even if we are not directly involved.
Germantown teacher retirements now number nearly twenty and there are several more, possibly up to another six, that are supposedly considering retirement. The deadline was February 1st but the district would probably approve the remainder given the current situation.
Who will blink first? The Senate Democrats who are ‘living in exile’ or Governor Walker? What if this continues for weeks on end?
The boys’ basketball regular season is over and what a season it was. Coach Showalter has kept the team focused and the team has shown what it is capable of accomplishing. Praise at this point might be premature with the WIAA tournament still ahead, but a 14-0 North Shore conference record is something to behold.