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
The Village Board is apparently considering the creation of a 'mission statement' that would succinctly describe our community in a phrase. A mission statement is often more than a phrase or a few words that are descriptive. The examples that follow seem to indicate that a 'slogan' is more what is being considered.
Administrator Dave Schornack provided three examples, and those were:
Excellence in Public Service
Striving for Excellence in Public Service
Committed to Excellence in Public Service
(We seem to be giving ground on each subsequent version: We have excellence, then we are working on it, and finally we're committed to it.)
Menomonee Falls has a mission statement but the leading thought in that statement is:
Committed to open, ethical and responsive government
(This seems a very good statement and one that all governments should pledge to uphold.)
Mequon uses this:
Preserving Quality of Life
(Nice but doesn't grab you.)
Based upon the comments that are posted to this Blog periodically, we have a lot of very bright, inventive people who read these pages. In the interests of helping the community, we ask that you give a little thought to a suitable slogan for the Village of Germantown. If you feel the need to be humorous, we could all use a smile or two. If you feel the need to be serious, and if your selection would happen to flavor the final decision by the Board, you must promise to not think of extracting recompense for your efforts.
A few examples might be helpful:
Germantown...the last place you'll ever want to live. (Maybe that's not a real good one; there seems a double meaning attached to that thought.)
Germantown...you 'vil love it! (That seems to need some work, too.)
Germantown...we're not Milwaukee. (Not sure how that'll play on a bumper sticker.)
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