Guess where I was?

September 30, 2009


I was talking with an alderman yesterday. A relatively new alderman. He was telling me about  two things he has learned in the past few months.

1) He discovered the various groups who promote economic activity don’t work together very well.

2) The city and county don’t get along.

I bet you guess he lives in your city, wherever that is.


Petty criticism

September 29, 2009

I just participated in a poll asking if President Obama should go to Denmark to lobby for Chicago to get the 2016 Olympics. There have been over 60,000 responses so far to this poll. A whopping 80% said he shouldn’t go.

I didn’t vote with the 80%. 

I’ll save my criticism for real issues.

One Sweet Deal

September 28, 2009


This happened right here in my hometown of Rice Lake …


In mid July an employee of the Parks/Recreation/Cemetery Department was caught red-handed stealing gas from a city pump. He admitted that he had stolen gas multiple times in the past. He was put on Administrative (paid) Leave. Charges were filed by the District Attorney … then dropped. He remained on paid leave.

Finally, after NINE weeks of being paid, and with no criminal charges, he was ASKED to resign.

Not bad for getting caught red-handed.

The City Council remained silent the entire time not questioning the process even once. 

How long would you be paid by your employer if you got caught stealing?

Coming soon to a computer near you.

September 25, 2009


Today I will be putting the finishing touches on a new ebook, Why Your City Council Makes Dumb Decisions … and what you can do about it.

The information in this ebook is so important that everyone should read it. So, In order to make that possible the ebook will be free!

I bet you can hardly wait, huh?

Please halt.

September 24, 2009


Wow, I  have internet problems for  a couple days and people think I went on strike or died. I’m back in the saddle now, scouring the country for local government issues and news.

It is never easy for a Mayor to make Police Department decisions. No matter how insignificant the decision, it could eventually have unintended consequences.

Think this one might?

The mayor of a small South Carolina town says she banned her police officers from chasing suspects on foot after an officer was hurt running after a man.

Wellford Mayor Sallie Peake said Monday she issued the order in August after the city had to pay for an officer who missed work after chasing a “guy who had a piece of crack on him.” She said a drug possession charge was not worth the cost to taxpayers. But her written order said she did “not want anyone chasing any suspects whatsoever.”

The decision came after two town-issued cars were totaled within a month, although her order applies only to foot chases.

And, keep that bullet in the shirt pocket too!

It takes all kinds …

September 21, 2009


So, this isn’t really a post about local politics.

But, when you are involved in local politics you deal with all kinds of people. You need to be ready for anyone.

Even guys like this.

A man who said he hurled thousands of golf balls into Joshua Tree National Park for more than a year to honor deceased golfers will be explaining his tribute to a federal magistrate.

Park rangers cited 57-year-old Douglas Jones for abandoning property, littering and feeding wildlife. Park spokesman Joe Zarki said Wednesday that Jones tossed some 3,000 golf balls from his vehicle.

Jones also scattered a few tennis balls and park literature and left fruit and vegetables along park roads. Jones says rangers spent 370 hours cleaning up, at a cost of $9,000.

Finally spotted in action last month, Jones allegedly told rangers he threw the golf balls to leave his mark and honor deceased golfers. The food was for stranded hikers.

I’ve tried to reason with people like this … have you?

Doesn’t work does it.

Death to PowerPoint!!!

September 18, 2009


For the last two days I have been attending a conference with one speaker after another. Every speaker used PowerPoint. What has happened to us?

In the old days a speaker faced an audience and attempted to make as much eye contact as possible with those sitting in the room.

Now speakers turn their back to the audience and reads off the screen.

This is one change I don’t like.