County Supervisor Dayvin Hallmon may break new political ground in Kenosha this year: He could be a member of the Kenosha City Council and the Kenosha County Board at the same time.
With no disrespect to Hallmon, who has served with distinction on the County Board for six years, we hope it doesn’t happen. When it comes to public service jobs, one is enough for most people.
The Fifth Avenue Lofts proposal will once again be before the Kenosha Plan Commission today, this time for permission to use developer-funded tax-incremental financing.
This should be a routine matter. The Plan Commission has already approved the project, a five-story housing development downtown on the Frank L. Wells Co. factory site, and the tax-incremental financing is an essential part of it.
If manufacturers of consumer products could make the products more valuable to customers with a simple change, it shouldn’t be that difficult to persuade them to do it.
But sometimes it is difficult, and even the combined effort of numerous public officials doesn’t get the job done.
There’s good news and bad news about health insurance costs:
The Kenosha News headline Dec. 12 read “School board eyes interim position,” and the sub-head referred to a “fill-in” superintendent of schools. It is clear that the editors think of interim leaders as fill-in positions, and the members of the school board may agree.
In fact, there is a difference, and I hope the school board will have both. I hope they will find a fill-in superintendent so that the position is not left vacant for several months. This fill-in person, however, should not be followed by the new superintendent, but by an educator with the specific training to provide interim leadership, and who will lead KUSD during a one- or two-year interim period.
This is probably the most difficult article I have ever had to write.
My family just had to put our beloved Sammy to sleep. Sammy, our cock-a-poo, was 12 1/2 years young. He fought a short, brave battle against a brain tumor that was causing seizures and other physical problems. He started having occasional seizures in August and medicine controlled them for a while. They started getting more frequent and we adjusted his prescriptions a couple of times. But we could see that he was suffering and his quality of life was diminishing. So we did the most loving and humane thing we could do. We set him free and let him start his life in a better place.
The Republican civil war, like all civil wars, is even messier than it looks. It’s a battle between two different conservative establishments complicated by philosophical struggles across many other fronts. Its resolution will determine whether we are a governable country.
Because the GOP fight is so important, it’s a mistake to dismiss the passage of a real, honest-to-goodness budget through both houses of Congress as a minor event. The deal negotiated by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan may be small, but it represents a major recalibration of forces inside the Republican Party.
I understand that politics is petty, vicious and disgraceful. I just don’t want to take all the fun out of it.
The Republican Party is now considering changes in its rules to squeeze the last remaining pleasure out of politics.
Entering the world of official Washington is a bit like the mythical trip Alice took through the looking glass. Everything is upside-down and nonsensical.
This was highlighted most recently in a Wall Street Journal article about how the American people have “a deepening distaste for all Washington institutions” and “angst over Washington dysfunction.”