A Job in a College Town

Whitewater’s looking for a new police chief, and our small city has two candidates from which to choose. There’s a time to consider all this in greater detail; for today, two simple observations are enough. 1. Competency, Not Ideology, Has Always Been Key. Whitewater’s policing challenges have not been between left and right, or between […]

The Limits of Community Surveys

It’s expensive to survey opinion, scientifically, using standard statistical principles. Whitewater, like many small places, understandably relies on community surveys (for the city proper, for her school district). Surveys of this kind are an approximation of overall sentiment. One wouldn’t expect an end to these surveys, but they have obvious, significant limitations. (This is true of […]

Film: Tuesday, February 13th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park, The Big Sick

This Tuesday, February 13th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of The Big Sick @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building. Michael Showalter directs the two-hour film. The Big Sick recounts how “Pakistani-born stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. […]

Dane, Not the WOW Counties

For many years, Republicans have railed against Madison, and against Dane County, as bastions of dysfunctional liberalism. Indeed, this impulse has been strong even after the GOP gained control of both chambers of the legislature and the governor’s office. Funny, though, that it’s Dane County – not the WOW counties of Waukesha, Ozaukee, or Washington – that’s […]

A Second Empire Bed & Breakfast

Near the middle of college-town Whitewater, there’s a large Second Empire bed & breakfast that the owners are looking to sell. Whitewater’s Planning Commission, on 1.8.18 in the video clip above, had numerous questions for the prospective buyers. The request afterward met with rejection as a change in zoning & conditional use at  Whitewater’s Planning […]

A Sign for Whitewater High School

Whitewater Planning Commission – A High School Sign from John Adams on Vimeo. Anyone who thinks that small town politics is simple hasn’t watched small town politics. In the video above, the Whitewater Planning Commission took 28 minutes to approve conditions for the local high school to place an electronic sign on school property. (Whitewater […]

Film: Tuesday, January 9th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: Dunkirk

This Tuesday, January 9th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of Dunkirk @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building. Christopher Nolan directs the one hour, forty-six minute film. Dunkirk recounts ‘the dramatic and true evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, England and France, who were cutoff and surrounded by the German Army, […]

Thanks, City of Jefferson!

There’s something funny, and something sad, about the City of Jefferson’s decision to host for five more years a Harry Potter festival with the same mediocre promotional leadership the festival’s had while in Edgerton and (more recently) in Jefferson. See Attack of the Dirty Dogs (“If vast numbers are disappointed, it matters not at all […]

Candidates and Candidacies

Small towns have reputations for being plain-speaking places, but the less so, in fact, than reputation suggests. One will hear much about who’s running, who’s in, who’s out, but not as much – if anything – about what candidates believe. Longtime readers know that I comment on politics, but know also that I’m opposed to […]