The Limits of Messaging

UW-Whitewater quadruples parking without a permit fine Whitewater, like many small towns, is marketing mad: claims, professions, insistence, publicizing, and declarations exceed actual conditions. Newly-increased fines over Whitewater’s available parking spaces on campus illustrate this problem. The local campus is large, relative to the non-campus parts of the city, and that places pressure on both […]

Public Records Request of 6.26.18 (Grocery)

Yesterday’s post addressed open government aspects of an unrecorded council meeting.  See Public Records Request of 6.26.18 (Open Government).   This post will consider a slide presentation from the unrecorded Whitewater Community Development Authority presentation of 6.19.18 on grocery store recruitment.  Embedded immediately below is that slide presentation, and a link to the 5.19.16 Perkins supermarket […]

Foxconn’s Bait & Switch

It’s a groundbreaking ceremony for (a much smaller) Foxconn today.  This very morning one reads confirmation – yet again – that taxpayers’ billions for Foxconn are paying for a project that’s now a giant bait & switch. Rick Romell reports Foxconn scales back plans for its first factory in Mount Pleasant: The Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing […]

Public Records Request of 6.26.18

Here’s a brief post to describe a public records request that I submitted to the City of Whitewater and Whitewater Community Development Authority on 6.26.18. The request – in summary – comprised three items: 1. Any audio or video recording of the 6.19.18 Common Council session, including a recording of only part of the full […]

Foxconn’s Shabby Workplace Conditions

One reads that God, hearing the grumblings of the ancient Israelite community, once fed that people: 11 The LORD said to Moses: 12 I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them: In the evening twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will have your fill of bread, and then you will know that I, […]

Film: Tuesday, June 12th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park, Wonder

This Tuesday, June 12th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of Wonder @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building. Stephen Chbosky directs the one-hour, fifty-three minute film based on a New York Times bestseller, telling the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters […]

Humility in Discerning God’s Will

One hopes – sometimes in fulfillment, sometimes in vain – that the simple circumstances of a small town might encourage humility in discernment.  In the course of listening to politics, one may encounter a local politics that is grandiose where it should be plain.  Indeed, local claims of this kind may arrogate to people and […]

Film: Tuesday, May 29th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park, I, Tonya

This Tuesday, May 29th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of I, Tonya @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building. Craig Gillespie directs the two-hour biographical comedy-drama about competitive skater Tonya Harding as she rises in the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future is thrown into doubt […]

Film: Tuesday, May 22nd, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park, The Post

This Tuesday, May 22nd at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of The Post @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building. Steven Spielberg directs the one-hour, fifty-six minute historical drama about a “cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an […]

Buying Whitewater a Present

A man wants to impress his girlfriend, someone he professes to love, so he asks her what she’d like for a present – anything at all she might want.   She tells him that she’s been thinking about getting a car. “That’s wonderful,” he exclaims. “I’ll get you something special!” Before she can even suggest a […]