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.
If Scott Walker cancels the high speed rail for Wisconsin, then we have to pay back several million dollars to the federal government for work already done on it. We would have to close down the high speed rail train manufacturer due to no train contract. We would have to lay off thousands of workers whose jobs are tied into the high speed rail project. All of the money that we have received for high speed rail would be sent elsewhere.
If we keep the high speed rail on schedule, then we will lose no federal money. We will have the railroad tracks between Chicago and Madison made safer so higher speed rail can use them. When the price of fuel goes up again, then we will have a safe alternative to highway driving or airplane flights. Keeping the train idea alive is a win-win situation for Wisconsin. Someday in the future, we will have high speed rail between Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and Minneapolis. We must prepare for the future rather than sit back and let what we do have fall apart from lack of maintenance. The railroad tracks are in major need of upgrades to handle more rail traffic. We must be able to look to the future with confidence for our children's sake. Safety is very important to all of us.
Now what will Scott Walker do? Will he leave the railroad like our county parks, lacking in maintenance and operational staff to run it? Will he run the railroad like he does the county mental facilities with under trained and incompetent staff? Will he bring in all of his buddies and give them office jobs to do this work without any training or equipment? Will he keep outdated and worn out equipment on rails that are badly in need of repairs? Will he try to save money for his rich friends by cutting aid to the poor and medically injured people? Look at his past record and judge for yourself. The State of Wisconsin is up for sale to the highest bidder. Judge a man by his words and actions. You be the judge on this matter.