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
A series of items caught my eye this morning...
Almost Anything Goes...
A posting found on Germantown Now carries the news of the annual GHS band program held on the first week-end in November. School Board member Bruce Warnimont sent an e-mail advising this is a "must see" given his past experience sitting in the audience. His particular favorite is the Friday night presentation.
Conservative Shift Seen...
A Gallup poll released in the last few days shows self-avowed conservatives outnumbering moderates at this point. The poll found 40% of Americans calling themselves conservative, 36% calling themselves moderates and 20% calling themselves liberal.
Among Republicans, where a battle for party control has been going on for some time, 72% now call themselves conservative.
The key "independents" have shifted their position now showing that 35% call themselves conservative, up from 29% a year ago. The independents usually determine the outcomes in many election races, especially in presidential elections.
The overall number of Americans calling themselves Democrats still lead those calling themselves Republican by 45.0% to 39.5% so far as congressional races next year.
Cell phones with free minutes are being distributed through welfare agencies to those who qualify. Wisconsin is among the states where that is happening. You can click here for more information.
Amtrak Makes Us Proud...
Amtrak costs us taxpayers about $32 per passenger per ride in subsidies. This is, incidentally, only greater than Amtrak's own estimate by some 400%; a rounding error no doubt. Forty-one of Amtrak's forty-four routes lost money while the others broke even or made a profit.
The Sunset Limited that travels between San Antonio and Los Angeles lost $462 per passenger per ride, while the high-speed Acela Express made $41 per passenger per ride.
Amtrak apparently forgot to include little things such as wear and tear on equipment and depreciation when it developed its own report on the previous years' "success".
Can we afford more rail service?
Jackson Leaders Keep Police Department...
Jackson will keep its police department following a vote of 5-2 last evening by the village board. The citizens spoke, and they spoke loudly.
Let this be a lesson to the few in Germantown who would consider such an action.