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 Journal Sentinel contained an article by Dan Benson that discusses the budget bill item included by Governor Doyle that would require any municipal project that costs more than $2,000 to pay prevailing wages to volunteers.
Our household income has been lower over the past few years than it was at one time. Our budget was adjusted, of necessity, to reflect that fact. There were three choices. We could find a way to earn more money or we could curtail spending or we could combine those two solutions for a hybrid approach.
There are some obvious choices for the title "hometown hero". Our police officers and our firefighters and our health care professionals and those who serve in various capacities in local and county government. Our teachers and school administrators; our elected officials who spend their time in the pursuit of the public good, and all those who toil in the shadows helping the less fortunate among us are also some of my hometown heroes.
The Congressional Budget Office has completed and released its study on the effects of ethanol. The outcome was predictable.