Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
I spent today sitting at my computer wearing my Dropkick Murphys sweatshirt and watching videos of Saturday's Iowa Freedom Summit. The Summit was one of the first big events of the 2016 GOP Presidential primary season. The meeting drew the farthest-right, oldest, and whitest of the Republican party to Des Moines for a day of speeches, networking, anger, and fear. For political geeks like me, it was a great spectacle.
We have now had a couple of weeks of total GOP Congressional control. During the first days of this session, we have had a clear view of the House Republicans' top priorities. We can see what is really important to these politicians and their party.
Probably everyone in Germantown has heard about the Amy Belle Kindergarten teacher who pled no contest to a disorderly conduct charge for tearing-up some political signs. The School Board recently announced their decision on the case. This blog is not meant to pass judgment on either the teacher's action or on the Board's decision. However, something came to light in this matter that disturbs me deeply.
It looks as though proponents of so-called "Right-to-Work" laws are getting desperate in their failing bid to weaken worker representation in Wisconsin. One of the many local right-wing radio talk show hosts, Jay Weber, took exception to one of my recent blogs on the subject. He devoted an entire hour of his Tuesday show to an apoplectic word salad of name-calling and aspersion. As I never waste time listening to talk radio, I am indebted to one of my alert readers for calling my attention to this rant.