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 has been going through the throes faced by virtually all in the print media. Layoffs have been encountered several times, newspaper size has diminished and now the daily news stand prices have been increased with the daily editions going from $.50 to $.75 and the Sunday edition going from $1.75 to $2.00.
Calamitous weather seems poised to hit us every day if the weather report teasers are to be believed. As the thermometer edged upwards to 50+ this morning, I watched local weather reports that were teased with "more snow on the way" and "stay tuned to learn how much we'll get" messages. The snow "threat" resulted in me learning that we could get all the way from a trace to 1" over night.
The State of Wisconsin and Milwaukee County have been dueling over programs to aid the poor. This involves the county call center over which the County Board and the County Exec have fought for some time, and it involves the awarding of a $2.4 million job training grant.
I find myself reflecting a bit at this time of year, and I suspect you may be doing so, as well. Following are some random thoughts from 2008: