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
Washington County District 22 Residents of Germantown, you might find information that will be helpful to you in the coming election on www.richfieldtoday.com so far as your choice for Supervisor is concerned. I don’t have a dog in this hunt, but I know that feelings are way up there on the part of many.
We are reminded, by the unfortunate and too early death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia, that elections count and that some elections seem to count more than others depending upon the issues of the time. In order to avoid having to decide which elections are more important than others, I find it much easier simply to vote in every election and I hope you do so as well.
The discussions about changes to Obamacare are coming from both major parties. It is among the hottest topics in Washington, D.C. The latest, if I am keeping up with this trend, concerns the implementation of the so-called Cadillac excise tax (40%) on health plans that offer benefits that are deemed extravagant by the writers of the bill. This hue and cry is largely from Democrats since many, if not most, of the plans deemed too benefit-rich can be found in union situations.
The opinion page of today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured a piece by David Shribman who is the executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with a headline stating “Two winners, two losers” relating to the Iowa caucus day. Shribman went on to identify the two winners as Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and identifying the two losers as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. His cutting words transcend politics since he took care of both Democrats and Republicans.
The Milwaukee County Transit System is seriously re-thinking the bus loop that it created to help employees get to and from Milwaukee to jobs in the Germantown Industrial Park on January 18th. It appears that due to low ridership that service will be pulled off the table. The report is that no more than 7 people used that service on any given day. This loop operated from a base at the Germantown Wal-Mart store. You have probably seen the Transit System bus sitting idle at Wal-Mart in-between runs throughout the day.
I had the pleasure of serving as a poll worker in our village for the first time in the recent election deciding the issue of full time fire fighters. Among the things I learned are that even a short shift (8 hrs.) is tiring. I have a new appreciation for those who sit behind the tables and hand out ballots. I also realize now that this is but a small part of their functions that can carry well into the night in those elections where there are large turn-outs.
My Blogs over the week-end had been touting the Labor Day evening ‘Support Law Enforcement’ prayer vigil which occurred at 7:00PM last evening. I am not gifted in the art of estimating crowd size but I would think there were from 125 to 175 people in attendance along with about 8-10 officers (obviously not on duty at the time) and Chief Pete Hoell. Given that this occurred at the end of a three day end-of-summer week-end, I felt the turn-out was quite good.
Germantown HS Basketball Coach Steve Showalter advised the players last evening of his decision to accept the position of assistant coach at Division II Linwood University located in St. Charles, MO. Today’s Journal Sentinel contains a piece by Mark Stewart discussing that decision.
A recent blog dealt with the sale of Gehl Foods in Germantown. This is a follow-on to that blog that, I think, speaks volumes about Katherine Gehl who made the decision to move on so that the company that she ran as the fourth generation leader could continue to grow and expand.
The election coming next week has two items that I need to comment about, not that I think my comments will change anybody’s vote but at least I’ll feel better. A fellow Germantown Now blogger has already staked out his position and his position is basically the opposite of mine…as if that comes as a surprise to anyone who watches both Blogs regularly.
The Journal Sentinel business section today features the story on the acquisition of Gehl Foods by Wind Point Partners, a Chicago based private equity organization. In order to continue the company on its current growth curve, Katherine Gehl determined that she needed to cede control and made the decision to step aside so that major investments could be made by the new owners. A new CEO steps in immediately.
If you see a guy walking or driving down the street with a white blob for a nose, that might just be me for a day or two yet. I had outpatient surgery yesterday for a malignant growth on my nose that was caught as a possible problem during my annual visit with my Dermatologist. He took a skin sample (from the nose where no one will see it J) and it tested positive, so I was referred to another member of the Dermatological team who handles such surgical procedures.
Phil Datka has passed away and that apparently occurred overnight or early this morning. The word has been spreading and Steven Tietz published a piece a short time ago confirming the rumor. Coach Datka has been a legend for many of the years that we have lived in this community. He was among those people whose reputation is larger than life given his history in Germantown and in Germantown football.
The races for Germantown School Board seats were about as I had expected in this largely conservative district. The group of three who were touting their conservative perspectives won rather decisively (with margins of 2-1 or better). This was a highly contentious set of races and we will now observe what this means for the School Board. Will there be contentious issues through-out the terms of these new Board members, or was that discussion largely politically-driven? Will these races prove to have been the precursor to a more contentious overall political climate, or was that largely the result of the 'education system' being the driver of those feelings?
A person who holds extreme or fanatical political or religious views, esp. one who resorts to or advocates extreme action.
Governor Walker's Act 10 bill was hit by a federal judge who found that unions could not be required to re-certify on an annual basis, and who found that the State of Wisconsin must collect union dues as has been done for many years. That was not quite the victory that it is being billed to be, but it does take a little of the sting out of Act 10 from the unions' perspective. It is a long way from overturning the law.
St. Patrick's Day resulted in less-than-expected incidents from the Germantown Police Department's perspective according to Chief Hoell. He described the activity level as "manageable but steady" throughout the day, but the department did have extra staff on duty using state grant traffic enforcement funding. There were officers held over from the second shift to the third shift given the number and magnitude of incidents escalating that night as could be expected.
Sheboygan voters decided they wanted to end the saga with their current mayor and turn a new page. To his credit, the mayor stated that he had now been sober for 200 days, but the damage was done. I hope he will continue to be sober.
I read of the Milwaukee School Board's refusal to permit the food service work to be outsourced in spite of the fact that these union employees were being favored with "fringe" benefits equal to an additional105.8% of their compensation. That is right; if they are earning $10 per hour (and I feel certain that is way too low but it is easy for comparison purposes), their benefits are costing another $10.58 per hour for a total of $20.58 per hour.
Every ten years we revise our voting districts to reflect the findings of the decennial census. That process is going on now in Germantown and in the county and the state. There are population targets that guide this process and sophisticated software developed at the state level is used to draw the maps.