Opinion Archives for 2017-01

Letter To The Editor


By Carri Andersson




To The Editor:

 

In full disclosure, I am Carri Andersson, current plaintiff and former defendant of that ridiculous

lawsuit nearly 2 years ago. This is my first public letter since, and it is entirely my up-close-and-

personal opinion on the matter.  It appears the Mayor spent a great deal of time and, I assume, taxpayer expense to tell you what he wants you to believe regarding the Westside Waterfront Redevelopment Area (WWRA).  He sent his letter to us ALL in our utility statements, a highly unusual manner of delivery, though my concern is more with it?s content.

It is not the first time the Mayor has blamed The Friends group for the disaster that has plagued the WWRA since its formation. It appears he?d have you believe we are responsible foreverything from not having enough money to pay for a street light, to as his letter states, the loss of revenue for a brewpub that backed out before we even came to be.

The Mayor would like you to believe the City did everything right, patting his back for his accomplishments, pointing fingers and showing you a colorful picture of all the things we areuncertain to get. Did anyone else see it as propaganda?

What he didn?t tell you in that letter is that as part of this lawsuit, hundreds of correspondences, documents, etc. have been released and made public record. Some of those are "exhibits" in this case, as they clearly outline the process that has created the problem the City now faces.  In short, it seems it was all very deliberate. They knew it was a Public Trust Doctrine issue.  They don?t deny that it is fill. They were warned years ago that this area could see litigation if an

OHWM was not done on both parcels and they chose not to do it. They hired attorneys and expended staff time to go all the way to the head of the DNR and get a Letter of Concurrence which is not standard procedure.  An obvious question comes to my mind: Why spend all those taxpayer dollars to get an informal document agreeing with you, when you could just get the actual line from the DNR?  Must not have liked where they thought it would go? I don?t know. Maybe they simply thought it would be enough. Except when they learned it might not be, they dug their heels in.

I don?t believe the City did everything right. I believe the Mayor?s unwillingness to compromise on the pursuit of "his" agenda and push forward has cost us all. I understand how this scenario may be their best bet, but own up to how we got here. I also don?t expect them to get it right all the time. I do, however, expect our leaders to take responsibility for things gone wrong on their watch and under their direction. And I certainly expect them to comply with the State Constitution and not vilify citizens who defend it.

Letter To The Editor: THE KITCHENS FILE: Deja "Blue," All Over Again


By Donald Freix




Crumbling district roads, completely unabated CAFO produced liquid manure pollution, threats from his own party leadership to dismantle the DNR, ever multiplying public education dollars syphoned off to religious schools (disregarding the oath of office in the constitutional separation of church and state),  no improvement in living wage jobs to be seen anywhere, not a single word spoken publicly against major corporate interests demanding unregulated ownership of all our public groundwater resources,  Joel "Jimmy Crow," Kitchens unsurprisingly comes out again, prioritizing his support for the born in Louisiana racist response, intended to intimidate, to counter and to suppress the, "Black Lives Matter," movement for social and economic justice.

 

Demoting his father from former FBI agent to mere former law enforcement with his near rehash of his, "Blue Lives," press release of a year ago, are we accorded this impotent non-sequitur supposedly justifying this genuine waste of time, fraudulent scheme and abuse of public power?  Once more with feeling, nothing labeled, "blue lives," will afford any greater physical safety for law enforcement with this pretense to strengthening law and order (although outlawing high speed vehicle pursuits will save numerous, "blue," lives, but, that's likely too practical an idea for this majority legislative intellectual vacuum).  "Blue Lives," legislation is divide and conquer, minority aimed intimidation and self-serving legislator publicity.  But the bill sponsors would first have to scissor some serious wide eye-holes in their white hoods, and step out of the glare of the burning cross of white protestant exceptionalism to even chance a glimpse of that factual realization.

 

Hate crime penalty enhancement provisions in the law were instituted to attempt to protect racial, religious and other historically persecuted ethnic groups and minority people.   Law enforcement, fire and rescue, and other public servants weren't birthed into their careers.  Their freely chosen uniforms are not inescapable, inherited genetic markers. However, invaluable human diversity indeed matters little at all to our corporate owned, GOP legislative lapdogs, desperately grasping at money, power and control (key traits of tyrants and serial abusers) with distractions, lies, threats and scare tactics that will never compensate in the slightest measure, for their complete failure at achieving any responsible governance for the people.  Don't expect better.

 

 

Donald Freix

Fish Creek, WI

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