The passing of a great man.

October 2, 2009


In these days when politicians are being vilified from coast to coast. When transparency and accountability are ignored. There still stands tall some elected officials whose reputations are beyond reproach. I would like to honor such a man.

I first met Harvey Stower when he was a State Representative and I was a rookie Mayor. I knew immediately he was someone special. For the past 13 years he has been the Mayor of Amery, WI. Harvey passed away this week.

If you wish to read more about this great man … read here.


If  every elected official had just half of Harvey’s class … what a great collection of elected officials we would have.


No Biking? No Walking?

October 1, 2009


Did you walk or ride your bicycle to or from school? 

I did. Yes, it was a long time ago.

Well, it isn’t allowed in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Seventh-grader Adam Marino is getting a firsthand lesson in civil disobedience.

The 12-year-old and his mother, Janette Kaddo Marino, are defying Saratoga Springs school policy by biking to Maple Avenue Middle School on Route 9. The Jackson Street residents pedal more than four miles together each way to the middle school on nice days despite being told not to by school officials and police.

“I guess you can say that we continue to do what we feel is our right,” Kaddo Marino said recently. “We feel strongly we have a right to get to school by a mode of transportation we deem appropriate.”

The biking debate started last spring, when school district officials told Kaddo Marino that Adam was violating school rules by biking to class. Walking to the school also is not permitted.

Kaddo Marino challenged the policy and asked the school board to change it. The district charged a committee to review the rule, which was instituted in 1994.

At the start of school in September, Kaddo Marino thought that she had a nonverbal agreement with school officials to allow her son to ride his bike until a new policy was resolved. But on the night before classes started, school authorities called parents to say that walking and biking to school would not be tolerated.

When the pair stuck with their plan, they were met by school administrators and a state trooper, who emphasized that biking was prohibited, Kaddo Marino said.

I can’t go on. Read the entire disgusting article if you want, but I just can’t go on anymore.

Biking and Walking – Prohibited!

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!