Giving the City Council a piece of her mind ….

July 30, 2009

The reason for time limits at Council Meetings.


Good Old Days?

July 29, 2009


Remember the “Good Old Days?”

Back when a City Council allowed legal private business to operate within their city limits without interference?

Hard to remember back then, isn’t it?

Now we have this …

A proposal to expand a liquor license to allow an outdoor beer garden at an Eau Claire tavern went up in smoke Tuesday.

The Eau Claire City Council voted to postpone the request by the Elbow Room, 679 Wisconsin St., because of concerns that allowing alcohol in an outdoor recreation area outside the bar would increase noise complaints there.

Tavern operators made the request in part to allow customers a designated smoking area. Smoking is not allowed in Eau Claire taverns or other indoor public places.

In a letter to the council, tavern manager David Husby stated he had spoken with bar neighbors and said they were OK with the proposal. But Councilman Andrew Werthmann said he spoke with neighbors who objected to the plan and hadn’t been contacted by Husby.

One of those neighbors, Dan Robinson, who operates the Inn Towne Hotel, 678 Wisconsin St., said he fears already numerous noise issues will increase if alcohol is allowed outside the bar.

“All around the Elbow Room there are families … this would be a step backward,” he said.

The council directed Husby to talk with more neighbors before it reconsiders the measure.

The Eau Claire City Council wants previously legal doors to close forever. They won’t be satisfied until they accomplish it. It is a power trip plain and simple.

Ah, remember the good old days.


July 28, 2009


It is summertime. That means one thing. Politicos are playing Scramble golf.

If you know golf, you know what I mean. If you don’t play golf I’m not going to try to explain it in a blog post.

Anyway, I played Scramble yesterday. None of us were really good golfers, but we all knew our way around a course.

We shot 11 under on a Golf Digest 4 1/2 star course!

We had 8 birdies in a row!

I smiled all the way home and woke up with one this morning.

Eight birdies in a row.


Elusive Butterfly

July 27, 2009

I attended my 40th Class Reunion this weekend. 

What I was surprised to find, is the number of classmates who don’t like their job. Really don’t like their jobs.

Some of the “retired” classmates are unfulfilled in retirement.

I feel guilty for loving what I do.

On second thought, no I don’t.

My National Health Care Position

July 24, 2009

I have finally firmed up my position on the whole National Health Care issue.

I have always believed the system is broke. Costs are not justified by normal market conditions.  I have no idea what the best solution is. I’m open to ideas. I really am. All ideas.

But, I will not support any plan passed by Congress which exempts them from the same system I have to use. 

When they decide on a plan that does not exempt themselves, I’ll go along with it.

But, until then, do nothing.

I think that is fair.

Heaven forbid

July 23, 2009


I was at a County Zoning Meeting.

The discussion was centered on if the Zoning and Planning Director should attend the State Convention of Zoning and Planning Directors.

One member said, “I don’t want her going somewhere, learning something new and trying to bring it back here.”

Doing the Dummy Down…

July 22, 2009


I do not believe that the world should “dummy down” to the lowest of intelligence levels.

Instead, those with the lowest of intelligence should be encouraged to bring themselves up to near normal.

After all, how hard is it to tell the difference between a building named Lindbergh and a building named Humphrey?

By early next year, drivers headed toward Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will start seeing signs for “Terminal 1” and “Terminal 2.”

After weeks of debate and a flurry of criticism from the public, the Metropolitan Airports Commission voted 10-3 on Monday to replace the existing “Lindbergh” and “Humphrey” terminal signs.

Minneapolis Airport Signs 

You read it right. The local government authority called the Metropolitan Airports Commission is taking the historic Minnesota names of Charles Lindbergh and Hubert Humphrey and replacing them with Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.


Airport staff earlier estimated that 30,000 fliers a year find themselves at the wrong terminal.

One speaker Monday pointed out that that’s less than two-tenths of 1 percent of the 16 million who pass through the airport each year.

Now, if someone gets mixed up between Lindbergh and Humphrey, I bet they could  get mixed up between 1 and 2?

Just think  … 2/10 of 1% … the names Lindbergh and Humphrey are gone.

Doesn’t sound right to me.