New Berlin Citizens for Responsible Government (NBCRG) President Ralph Heun spouted lots of nonsense in the NBCRG March 7 blog entry. See my previous blog entry titled NBCRG Spin and Blunders.
In that March 7 NBCRG blog post, Ralph Heun complained that citizens and civic groups cannot use City Hall. He bemoaned the “short-sighted policy that has kept election forums, Christmas and July 4 parades and other events from being televised”--and he blamed Alderman Bill Moore for it. He accused Ald. Moore of being a prime instigator in passing an ordinance two years ago that prohibited any non-city group from using City Hall/or City Channel 25 for any purposes. What a distortion of facts! Actually, in 2006 Ald. Moore argued against and voted against the restrictive policy/resolution No. 06-11. Furthermore, Ald. Ken Harenda---whom NBCRG has chosen to endorse not only voted in favor of this awful policy/resolution that Heun has complained so bitterly about, he made the motion to approve it.
New Berlin Citizens for Responsible Government congratulates all the winners of the various election races. Although all the candidates we endorsed did not win we feel that the campaigns they conducted were issue oriented.
You will note that NBCRG flyers were all positve on what the issues were.
When the New Berlin Lioness serve their 31st Annual Champagne Breakfast Sunday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., they are not just offering a great buffet. All proceeds help provide an opportunity for children and adults with special needs to attend the Wisconsin Lions Foundation Camp at Rosholt, located mid-state.
The event, held at the Holy Apostles School Gymnasium, on 159th Street, north of National Avenue, is known for its fruit pancake rollups with vanilla sauce, along with the usual scrambled egge, hash brown potatoes, hot ham, sausage links, fresh fruit cups and desserts.
We will discuss the state Supreme Court race and calls for reforming judicial campaigns.
You can see Up Front with Mike Gousha this Sunday morning on Channel 12 at 9:00 a.m.
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Subject: re:Debunking Heun/NBCRG Blog Statements From Linda Richter Blog of April 1, 2208
Further to the above issue, any address to the citizens by Ald. Posphepny could have caused the 'appearance' of a negative quorum. In New Berlin, it has been deemed a 'negative' quorum equals 2 aldermen.
Governor Doyle has signed legislation that creates the official state tartan. I was the lead Senate sponsor of the legislation.
Take a look. The story behind the tartan is quite interesting.
The Wisconsin State Journal is reporting that last year, Governor Doyle’s administration “quietly dropped” the Accountability, Consolidation and Efficiency, or ACE initiative. The administration promoted ACE, promising a savings to the state of $200 million over four years by determining more effective ways to make state purchases.
My colleague, state Senator Rob Cowles of Green Bay has asked for an audit of ACE. Cowles is correct that during a time of a $650 million dollar revenue shortfall, the state must take every step it can to ensure funding is being spent appropriately and effectively.
Read the Wisconsin State Journal article.
Some states refuse to participate because of America’s political differences with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Stateline.org has the details.
New Berlin does not have a wall separating the east from the west like they had in Berlin, Germany. But we are separated by the Great Lakes basin divide which runs right through the middle of the our city -- mostly along Sunny Slope Road. Thus, those on the east side of Sunny Slope get their water from Lake Michigan, while many west of there use water from the citiy's deep public wells which are becoming contaminated with radium.
Mayor Jack Chiovatero is taking an active role fighting to get clean Lake Michigan water for the rest of New Berlin. In fact, last month he was awarded a 2008 Environmental Local Official Leader Award by the Clean Wisconsin Action Fund,. This was presented to him in recognition "for his support of strong implementing language in the Great Lakes Compact legislation."
An e-postcard to you.....
Greetings from outside New Berlin. I've been in Florida since Sunday, April 6, visiting some family members and taking a break from regular routine and blogging. I'm hoping the sunshine and warmer weather here will facilitate recovery from the influenza, health problems and complications I've been struggling with during these last two months. The Sunshine State is a great vacation and recreation spot. A fun place to visit. However, there's no place like home.
The following notice from the Department of Natural Resources is a public service of NBCRG
DNR schedules Public Informational Hearing on for grading at site of Deer Creek Inn and Conference Center, LLC
The Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public informational hearing on Don Kittens Deer Creek Inn and Conference Center, LLC. for a permit for grading in excess of 10,000 square feet on the banks of Deer Creek. The hearing will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 5pm at New Berlin City Hall.
Frightening statistics show that autism is being diagnosed for one in 150 individuals, and it is four times more likely to occur in boys than girls.
It is defined as "a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, impacting normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills."
You may have thought you saw more police cars along Moorland Road in the last month. It wasn't your imagination. Based on several e-mails and phone calls from concerned citizens, the New Berlin Police Department has been stepping up its enforcement of traffic violations along heavily traveled Moorland Road. We are targeting all types of violations along Moorland Road, but have focused mainly on the busier intersections, where drivers have not been stopping for red and yellow lights, and have been making illegal u-turns. In the last month alone, this increased enforcement has led to violators receiving 18 tickets and 34 warnings. This is over and above the regular traffic enforcement on New Berlin's busiest roadway. The department plans to continue this increased presence over the summer months, when dry roads generally lead to increased speeds. These increased speeds through busy intersections lead to the more serious accidents, usually involving injuries and even fatalities. Please drive safely and don't forget to buckle up!
Now that I'm back from my Florida trip, in my spare time I've been trying to catch up on the local news. One news item stood out from the rest --the announcement of an agreement on the Great Lakes compact.
The Mental Health Ministry, based at Holy Apostles Church in New Berlin, has assisted 40 people with mental illness since it was organized in 2002. According to its facilitator, Mary Hartinger,.an average of 10 people attend their monthly meetings, held the third Tuesday of the month. This includes those with mental illness as well as family members.
Last week, when writing about a program the organization was featuring about autism, I included promotional information Hartinger had given me. I briefley listing things children with autism wish people knew, This week I received a request from Ellen Notbohm, the author of the book, "Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wisher You Knew," requesting that I list these 10 points in their entirety,