Here’s your chance to run the blog….have a great Memorial Day!

 

6 Responses to Memorial Day weekend open thread

  1. Jeffrey Horn says:

    Today I’m writing you as a concerned parent of students in the DeForest Area School District (DASD). It has come to my attention that the school board here in DeForest is voting the administrative staff huge pay raises (typically in excess of 10%, some more than 20%).

    Now I don’t begrudge deserving people increases in their salary to keep up with inflation or because they are particularly meritorious. However, these increases appear to be across the board and are meant to keep pace with some sort of “county wide median salary”. Given the rough economic times we’re in this is really too much to ask for the tax payers in the district. What is more, at the very same time, they are considering cuts to staff, foreign language and advanced placement programming, etc. which will really hurt the educational opportunities for our children.

    Here is a DeForest Times-Tribune article about Monday’s school board meeting.

    Here is a good synopsis of what is going on from a local area school board watchdog group. They have also done an in depth analysis of the situation.

    Please contact the Superintendent of DASD, Dr. Jon Bales, at jbales@deforest.k12.wi.us or 608-842-6577 and let him know what you think of this.

    Have a wonderful and reflective Memorial Day!

  2. Jeffrey Horn says:

    You can see leaked documents detailing these administrative pay hikes on the Facebook page DASD Administrative Bloat. Please consider clicking “Like” to show your support for this cause.

  3. On May 21st the first Bob Fest North was held in Chippewa Falls. Great turnout, even with the considerable rain.

    Here’s a clip of my favorite Wisconsin farmer, Tony Schultz, lighting things up. Enjoy.

    http://uppitywis.org/blogarticle/farmer-and-charmer-tony-schultz-fighting-bob-fest-north

  4. I think Tony Schultz’ BobFest North speech deserves another look. Come on, folks. Give it a look and make a comment or two.

  5. Locke says:

    While it’s a hornet’s next I’m not going to kick as far as the candidates, etc. I gotta say that I have a bit of renewed faith in our state elections. Not that the “right” candidate won or anything like that, but the fact that about a million and a half votes were cast and given the scrutiny, for the recount to only vary from the original tally by around 300 votes.

    Granted, I that doesn’t absolutely mean that things are perfect. Could be that the funny business & whatnot was in approximately the same proportion. Given my feelings of both parties, in general, I see the as being roughly equally dishonest…still…strictly from a mathematical perspective, 310 out of 1,498,388 seems pretty impressive to me.

    • T. says:

      Not going to lie, I think Prosser won too. I can’t say for sure if he did or not fairly, but I do think he did. And to tell the truth? I think even without the 7,000+ extra votes that were revealed? He still won. Maybe. I can’t be sure. I don’t think I ever will be.

      But I think the recount was important to just show how our votes were handled and I stand by that. Despite the hooting and hollering from many partisan conservatives of it being a waste of money and some partisan liberals who think there was some epic election stealing going on… I think? It proven one thing. A lot of the people need to do proper procedures. Waukesha County was a mess like no other, whether it be incompetence or crookedness, I hope they shape up in the coming elections. Especially since Waukesha County had twice as many torn, open or unsealed bags as every other county in the state combined. And the fact many municipal clerks in Waukesha testified the bags weren’t torn when they left cities, towns and villages. If shenanigans go down in Dane County, Milwaukee County, or Waukesha County – I believe they will be struck down since all sides are on high alert. And I think this is good.

      I can understand the 300 extra votes though, I don’t think it wasn’t so much as crooked though with that as people were extremely sleepy and going late into the night. Plus, I noticed most of the issues with votes came from the machines that had a few errors.

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