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Tuesday, February 23rd, 1 PM @ Seniors in the Park, 21 Bridges

?? This Tuesday, February 23rd at 1 PM, there will be a showing of 21 Bridges @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin Community Building: (Action/Police/Crime/Thriller) Rated R (Violence, language) 1 hour, 39 minutes (2019) An embattled NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman)is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive conspiracy…

The Bad Economy Isn’t Causing Good Enrollment Numbers

Catherine Rampell observes Tough economies usually push people into more education. It’s not happening this time. She writes that Usually, postsecondary enrollment increases during tough economies, as workers seek shelter from the lousy job market and invest in upgrading their skills. This can be a (small) silver lining of downturns: If displaced workers choose wisely…

Unemployment Imagined and Real

National unemployment figures have been undercounting the true number of those unemployed. Rachel Siegel reports Fed chair: Unemployment rate was closer to 10 percent, not 6.3 percent, in January: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell said Wednesday that the unemployment rate in January was “close to 10 percent,” significantly higher than the 6.3 percent rate…

Buy Local Will Change

The pandemic has made takeout and delivery more valuable than ever, not only for convenience but also for reduced exposure. In larger cities, some changes to restaurant delivery (among other services) have been building for years, and are likely to be permanent. See Heated patios, QR code menus and pop-ups: Milwaukee restaurants got innovative during…

Tuesday, February 9th, 1 PM @ Seniors in the Park, Mulan

?? This Tuesday, February 9th at 1 PM, there will be a showing of Mulan @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin Community Building: (Drama/Adventure/Family) PG-13 1 hour, 55 minutes (2020) Mulan is a legendary folk heroine from the Chinese dynasties, AD 4th to 6th century. According to their legend, Mulan takes her aged father’s place in…

Rescheduled: Thursday, January 28th, 1 PM @ Seniors in the Park, Seraphim Falls

This Thursday, January 28th at 1 PM (having been rescheduled from 1.26 due to expected inclement weather), there will be a showing of Seraphim Falls @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin Community Building: (Western/Action/Thriller/Chase) Rated R (Violence, extreme action) 1 hour, 55 minutes (2007) Now for something totally different—-a two-fisted, good old Western! Five years…

Whitewater Common Council Meeting, 1.19.21: 6 Points

The Whitewater Common Council met last night, 1.19.21. The agenda for the meeting is available. A few remarks, on selected items of the agenda —  1. Public Works Buildings. Whitewater plans to update its public works buildings, now scattered over a multi-acre plot near Starin Road. The total estimated price is high for a small town (about…

Johnson & Fitzgerald: Betrayers of Wisconsin

The Journal Sentinel’s editorial board correctly contends that Ron Johnson, Scott Fitzgerald and Tom Tiffany should resign or be expelled for siding with Trump against our republic: It was one of Scott Fitzgerald’s first votes in Congress — and he voted to give aid and comfort to an insurrection. This is what putting Donald Trump…

Local 2021 Races in the Whitewater Area

Update: this post about local politics, with an optimistic final sentence, was published before the morning and afternoon events in Washington. It has always been true – and always will be true – that what harms the country harms the city; what stains the nation stains the city. Every moment of opposition to Trump and…

For Whitewater, the Pandemic Reveals What Was Already There

For Whitewater – and other places – the pandemic hasn’t changed contemporary politics or culture, it has revealed plainly the character of contemporary politics and culture: divided, debilitated. Whitewater’s meaningful changes began years ago, with the Great Recession (2007-2009). For small towns like Whitewater, that recession never ended. It’s as if a man with poor…