John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
Recently, I went for a short walk through Humboldt Park. I thought that we had a park lagoon there, but I could only find tall weeds where the lagoon should be. I was told that one of the lawn cutting machines broke down, but there was no equipment to replace it. If they would have been able to replace it, where would they find a park worker to operate it? It seems that Scott Walker has denied any funding that this park needs both for equipment and personnel. If you are a park crew chief, how are you supposed to take care of this park without proper equipment or help? These things done in the past are expected to be done in a timely manner without needed equipment or personnel. The park crew chief at Humboldt Park, and many other parks, has done his utmost to keep the park maintenance up. The County park workers have done their utmost to keep up with the work, and deserve an award for their dedicated work. Now if only Scott Walker can at least supply some toilet paper and hand soap for the parks, you might be able to use the park restrooms again.
At the rate that we are going, our parks will become like abandoned cemeteries. It is a shame to have to watch them disintegrate like they are. If this man is doing this to our parks and transit system, can you imagine what our state would become if he became governor? You already have a preview as to what he intends to do. What will happen to our beautiful state when he gets done with it. Will we become like ghost towns with everything falling apart due to lack of funding? Will all of our state office buildings have sponsor's names on them? Will the highways have ten foot weeds on the off-road sections? Will we have to have sheep, goats and cattle keep the weeds down? Will the potholes become more numerous so that the auto garages can make more money to donate to their politicians? Wisconsin will become the laughingstock of the United States if we allow a man like him to run our state. We have an election coming up in November. You, the voter, will decide who our next governor will be. Choose wisely and consider all of the candidates for office. Make sure that you vote in November.