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Curmudgeon's Corner

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

Cast the First Stone?

Germantown, Quality of Life, Village Buzz, People Making A Difference

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What Would We Do?

Germantown, People Making A Difference, Police, Politics, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

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Local Flavor of 2014 Boston Marathon

People Making A Difference, Potpourri, Quality of Life, Germantown

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Spring Election Day 2014

Village Buzz, Germantown, Wisconsin, Politics, People Making A Difference

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The "New" Old Town Inn...Finally

Village Buzz, Germantown, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life

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Toughest Opponent Yet?

Germantown, Quality of Life, Village Buzz, Police, People Making A Difference

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Ruminations for a Saturday Morning...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, Political, Germantown, Economy, Healthcare

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2013 Community Charity Day

Germantown, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Village Buzz

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Fiscal Sanity...At All Levels

U.S., Wisconsin, Taxes, School Board, Political, Education, Germantown, County Board, Economy

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Memorial Day 2013: Just Normal Americans

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, U.S., Wisconsin, Germantown, Fire Department, Police

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School Choice?

Education, Germantown, Quality of Life, School Board

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Post Election Thoughts

Village Buzz, School Board, Political, Germantown, Wisconsin, People Making A Difference

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Election Day Is Upon Us...

Wisconsin, Political, Education, Quality of Life, Germantown, School Board

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Goodbye Mr. Basketball. Hello Next Year!

Village Buzz, Germantown, People Making A Difference

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Roundabouts

Village Buzz, Village Board, Quality of Life, Germantown, Taxes

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The Hawks Have Their Game Going Bigtime

Village Buzz, Germantown, Education, People Making A Difference

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Random Thoughts...

Village Buzz, People Making A Difference, Germantown, Economy

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"WEAC back to drawing board"

Wisconsin, Germantown, Education, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Taxes

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Has MATC No Shame?

Germantown, Political, Taxes, Wisconsin, Education

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Another Old Friend Departed

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Germantown

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Bits & Pieces - September 1st

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Germantown

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Channel 6 & Direct TV Duke It Out

Quality of Life, Germantown

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Village Buzz - August 3rd

Village Buzz, Germantown

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Village Buzz - August 1st

Village Buzz, Quality of Life, Germantown, People Making A Difference

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Watering Ban & Human Nature

Germantown, Potpourri

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The Debates Are Finished!

Wisconsin, Taxes, Political, Quality of Life, Economy, Education, Employment, Germantown

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New Neighbors...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, Germantown

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Village Buzz - April 19th

Village Buzz, Education, Germantown

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Village Buzz - April 9th

Germantown, Police, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Village Buzz

This is National Telecommunicators Week and it is good for us to take a few moments to think of those folks and thank them for their efforts to help keep us all safe and sound.  The following is a memorandum that was sent to the department by GPD Chief Pete Hoell:

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Election Decisions...

Political, Germantown, Education, School Board, Wisconsin

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?

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Extremist?

Political, Germantown, Wisconsin

A person who holds extreme or fanatical political or religious views, esp. one who resorts to or advocates extreme action.

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Things Political....

Wisconsin, U.S., School Board, Political, Education, Germantown

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.

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Village Buzz - March 21st

Village Buzz, Police, Fire Department, Germantown

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.

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Village Buzz - March 19th (Updated)

Village Buzz, Germantown, People Making A Difference, Education

WHAT A  RUN!!!

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Village Buzz - March 5th

Germantown, Village Board, Political, Quality of Life

Blackstone Creek/MMSD/Village Proposed Deal:

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Election Thoughts

Education, Germantown, People Making A Difference, Political, Quality of Life, School Board

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.

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Bits & Pieces - February 8th

Germantown, Political, Quality of Life, Potpourri, Wisconsin, People Making A Difference

G'town Boys Nationally Ranked...

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Village Buzz - February 2nd

Germantown, Education, School Board, Taxes, Quality of Life, Village Buzz

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.

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Bits & Pieces - January 30th

Potpourri, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Germantown

Concealed Carry Classes

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Village Buzz - January 5th

Village Buzz, Police, Fire Department, Germantown

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Thanks Coach!

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Germantown

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Village Buzz - December 15th

Village Buzz, Quality of Life, Police, Germantown, People Making A Difference

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GEA Recertification Voting Begins Tomorrow

Germantown, Education

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Bits and Pieces for October 13th...

Wisconsin, Germantown, Political, Potpourri

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Village Buzz - October 8th

Village Buzz, School Board, Political, Germantown, Education

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Are You Using the Tools?

Wisconsin, Germantown, Education, School Board, Taxes, Quality of Life, Political

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Village Buzz - September 22nd

Village Buzz, Village Board, Germantown

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Village Buzz - September 12th

Village Buzz, Village Board, Police, Fire Department, Germantown, Quality of Life

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Village Buzz - August 25th

Germantown, Village Buzz, Quality of Life

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Village Buzz - August 24th

Village Buzz, School Board, Germantown, Education, Quality of Life

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Village Buzz - August 3rd

Village Buzz, Germantown, Fire Department, Police, People Making A Difference

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Village Buzz - July 27th

Village Buzz, Political, Wisconsin, Germantown, Quality of Life, Taxes, Economy

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What Did Yesterday Mean?

Germantown, Political, Wisconsin, People Making A Difference

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Washington County Conservative Citizens

Germantown, County Board, School Board, Village Board

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Good News For Our Economy!

Germantown, Wisconsin, U.S., Quality of Life, Economy, Political

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Village Buzz - June 6th

Village Buzz, Village Board, Political, Germantown, County Board

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.

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Drive Offs & Pre-Pay Pumps

Quality of Life, Police, Germantown

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We Have It Pretty Good!

Germantown, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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Will $4.10 per Gallon Be Enough?

Political, Quality of Life, Economy, Germantown

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Roller Coaster Ride

Wisconsin, Village Board, School Board, Political, Germantown

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Recall Senator Darling?

Wisconsin, Political, Germantown

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Village Buzz - March 14th

Village Buzz, Political, Quality of Life, Village Board, Germantown

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Village Buzz - March 7th

Village Buzz, School Board, Germantown, Education, Taxes

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Hoop It Up!

Germantown, People Making A Difference, Education

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Village Buzz - February 23rd

School Board, Education, Germantown, Political

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State Teachers Union Drops Bombshell

Education, Germantown, Wisconsin, School Board, Taxes, Quality of Life

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Back to Reality

Germantown, Wisconsin, Political

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What Would You Do?

School Board, Germantown, Education

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Village Buzz - December 31st...

Village Buzz, Village Board, Police, Germantown

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What Cuts Would You Make?

Germantown, Education, School Board, Village Board, Wisconsin, Taxes, County Board

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County Exec for Washington County?

Village Buzz, County Board, Germantown, Political, Taxes

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Our Sendik's Is Still Great...

Germantown, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life

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Village Buzz - October 14th

Village Buzz, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Germantown, Education

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Village Buzz - October 11th...

County Board, Germantown, Police, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Buzz

Washington County Police Radio System

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Village Buzz - October 1st...

Germantown, Quality of Life, Village Buzz

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Village Buzz - September 24th

Germantown, Political, Quality of Life, Village Board, Village Buzz

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Village Buzz - September 22nd

Germantown, Political, Quality of Life, Village Board, Village Buzz

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Village Buzz - August 31st

County Board, Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Village Board, Village Buzz

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Village Buzz - August 24th...

County Board, Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Board, Village Buzz

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Presidential Visit: Follow-On

Germantown, Police, Political

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Presidential Visits

Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S., Germantown

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Political Jabs Will Continue...

Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Wisconsin, Germantown

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Bits and Pieces - July 19th

Germantown, Quality of Life

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Village Buzz - July 9th

Germantown, Political, Quality of Life, Village Board, People Making A Difference

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Economic Disconnect?

Economy, Germantown, Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Wisconsin

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Village Buzz - June 14th

Germantown, Village Buzz, Village Board, Quality of Life, Police

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Bank Take-Overs

Economy, Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Germantown