What Matters, What Doesn’t

Some contrasts are so clear that, on seeing them, one can tell immediately what matters and what does not:


Number of homeless students in Whitewater School District reaches ‘crisis level’:

The number of homeless students in [Dr. Lanora] Heim’s district last school year was more than double what it was three years ago—going from 31 in 2015-16 to 67 in 2017-18.

Heim said the district has already accounted for 66 homeless students—13 of whom are unaccompanied minors—so far this school year.

“I do consider it a crisis level,” she said.

Why there has been such an increase is the “$1 million question,” Heim said.

The increase is also being seen locally and statewide, according to a Gazette analysis of state data.

WUSD [Whitewater Unified School District] Named in Top Projects of 2018:

March 1, 2019

The Daily Reporter, Wisconsin’s construction authority since 1897, has named its Top Projects of 2018.

37 outstanding projects from across the state will be honored at this year’s networking and awards event on May 15 at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee.

These outstanding projects were selected from more than 120 entries. The 2018 project of the year will be selected by a panel of esteemed judges from the construction industry and will be unveiled during the event on May 15.

Honest to goodness.

A moment of compassion matters more – and it could not be otherwise – than even a century of press releases.

And yet, and yet – however concerning is the chasm between personal discernment and institutional contrivance – for the sake of one caring administrator’s better understanding alone one should still have hope for this small and beautiful city.

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5 years ago

This is a good post. It’s also a good summary of your website’s outlook. Critical and skeptical of big projects (the libertarian in you), focused on individual conditions, especially the poor (the bleeding heart part of that libertarian ideology).

No disagreement with the point that the construction award means nothing, especially compared to homelessness. It’s not even deserving of being a press release.