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Daily Bread for 9.28.22: Local and National Views of Child Poverty

Good morning. Wednesday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 58. Sunrise is 6:49 AM and sunset 6:40 PM for 11h 50m 44s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 7.6% of its visible disk illuminated.  Whitewater’s Parks & Recreation Board meets at 5:30 PM.    On this day in 1781,…

Daily Bread for 9.6.22: The Boosters’ Big Capital but Small Society

Good morning. Tuesday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with high of 76. Sunrise is 6:25 AM and sunset 7:19 PM for 12h 53m 53s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 79.9% of its visible disk illuminated.  The Whitewater Common Council meets at 6:30 PM.   On this day in 1803, British scientist John…

Daily Bread for 9.5.22: The Grandiose

Good morning. Labor Day in Whitewater will be party sunny with high of 74. Sunrise is 6:24 AM and sunset 7:21 PM for 12h 56m 42s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 69.5% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1942, the Japanese high command orders withdrawal at Milne Bay, the first major…

Daily Bread for 1.19.22: An Example of the School District’s Economic Impact Analysis

Good morning. Wednesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 15.  Sunrise is 7:19 AM and sunset 4:52 PM for 9h 32m 21s of daytime.  The moon is waning gibbous with 97.7% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1983, the Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to…

Daily Bread for 1.18.22: Whitewater’s Still Waiting for That Boom

Good morning. Tuesday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 36.  Sunrise is 7:20 AM and sunset 4:50 PM for 9h 30m 28s of daytime.  The moon is waning gibbous with 99.7% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1977, scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires’…

Daily Bread for 1.17.22: Which ‘Middle Time’ Proved True for Whitewater

Good morning. Monday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 27.  Sunrise is 7:20 AM and sunset 4:49 PM for 9h 28m 37s of daytime.  The moon is full with 99.8% of its visible disk illuminated.  Whitewater’s Equal Opportunities Commission meets today at 5 PM.   On this day in 1945, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg…

Daily Bread for 1.16.22: Wisconsin Educational Issues Over the Next Ten Months

Good morning. Sunday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 23.  Sunrise is 7:21 AM and sunset 4:48 PM for 9h 26m 49s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 98.1% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1883, Congress enacts the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States…

Adding the Amounts Spent for Foxconn (So Far)

Wisconsin’s new deal with Foxconn will reduce the cost to state taxpayers, but local governments have already spent vast sums on a project that will not – by Foxconn’s own belated admission – come close to what was originally, and ludicrously, promised. Bruce Murphy writes of The True Costs of New Foxconn Deal: the true cost…

Whitewater’s Local Politics 2021: Marketing

This is the ninth in a series on Whitewater’s local politics of 2021. Through all the difficult events of the last two decades (a Great Recession, an opioid epidemic, economic stagnation, creeping nativism, a pandemic, a pandemic recession), Old Whitewater has responded with the same question: how can we market the town to others? If…

Local Politics Hasn’t Been Merely ‘Local’ for Years

Over at the Wisconsin Examiner, Henry Redman writes (with concern) that All politics is national (‘Candidates for local office are ignoring community issues, instead highlighting national culture wars’). First, Redman’s case, then a few remarks. Woodman [Kyle Woodman, a Republican running for Eau Claire’s city council] is part of a mostly conservative group of candidates…

The Power of Refutation

Laura Hazard Owen writes When’s the best time to correct fake news? After someone’s already read it, apparently: Debunking > prebunking. If you want someone to not believe that false or misleading headline they just read, when’s the best time to correct it? We hear a lot about inoculating people against fake news or “prebunking”…

Tommy Thompson @ UW-Whitewater: Day Late, Dollar Short

Former governor and current UW System president Tommy Thompson spoke at a UW-Whitewater Faculty Senate meeting on Tuesday. Thompson addressed a campus that confronts statewide funding reductions, a tuition freeze, repeated administrative scandals and failures over the last decade, a decline in the conventional student-age demographic, and competitive pressures from other universities. For all these…

Consequences, Accountability, Repentance, Redemption

David Frum, writing of Trump & Trumpism in The Conservative Cult of Victimhood, observes that There is no redemption without repentance. There is no repentance without accountability. There is no accountability without consequences. He rightly concludes that for the Trumpists, the absence of a moral order of accountability and repentance has meant that Even as Trump commits…