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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.

Memories of past history -- the Great Depression of 1929

  Many times I worry that we are repeating history, like repeating the Great Depression of 1929.  President Herbert Hoover was trying to balance the budget and eliminate federal debt. He was a Republican and tried to eliminate jobs and cut costs of running the government. The results of his actions became known as the Great Depression of 1929.  Franklin Delano Roosevely became President, and shorty therefter he found ways to obtain jobs and benefits for the people. He was forced to increase govenment debt to solve the problem of the depression. Social Security, C.C.C., unemployment benefits, and various temporary jobs were found for the people. The upcoming war brought us completely out of the depression. The main thing obtained by the people was hope for the future.

  Now we are facing many of the same problems that happened in the Great Depression. Can our government bring us out of this situation again?  How?  I do not believe that eliminating the bargaining rights of our unions will help in this matter.  Our unions have help make our country great. They provide a balance between management and the workers and provide benefits needed by the people. We can't go back to the days before the Industrial Revolution without unions. The workers will revolt before this happens. They want some job security and respect. Our unions are very important to our country. God Bless the United States of America.

A reminder of the Holocaust

  Now that Scott Walker is Governor of the State of Wisconsin and the Republicans have taken over both the State House of Representatives and the State Senate, they seem to want to create new laws to destroy many of the old laws established in the past. With high speed and reckless actions, they are destroying all that we have now. With that thought in mind, I remembered something that Pastor Niemoeller wrote during the time of Nazi Germany about the things that were happening before his own eyes. He was an anti-Nazi and spoke his mind. Because of his words and actions, he ended up being thrown into a concentration camp until released by the American troups in 1945. He continued as a German pastor after the war.


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The man who could

  A man was elected governor of his state. His political party also controlled the state senate and state house of representatives. Now that he was in control of the state, he COULD do anything that he wanted to do. One of the first things that he did was to eliminate collective bargaining. The next thing that he did was to give tax breaks and no-bid contracts to his friends and financial supporters. His programs greatly hurt the state school programs, medicaid programs, police and fire services and other major city programs. He did this because he COULD do it.  He decided that all people who were not members of his political party should now wear mickey mouse hats as a state law. This he did because he COULD do it. The next things he did was to help create choice schools for his rich friends, as he did not care for any other children. He did this because he COULD do it. He was governor of the state and his party controlled state politics. It was like a one party system like Eastern Europe used to have. The state was in control of everything. To violate these rules, you would go down as a violater of state laws. He COULD do anything that he wanted to, including eliminating previously established state laws that protected the people. He was like a king now.  He COULD even force people to eat what he said they had to eat and wear the clothes that he said that they should wear. He COULD even force them to go to a certain church if he wanted them to. The king is on his throne. Please have him flush soon, as the smell is gettin bad now.

  If you know of any such person, like the man in Madison, Wisconsin, tell me what you think of these new state rules and laws.

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday

  Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, is Fat Tuesday.  This is the day before Ash Wednesday, when we start to fast for Lent. I am sure that many bakeries and grocery stores will have plenty of sweet rolls to sell now. Mardi Gras is going on now in New Orleans, Louisiana. A time to feast and have fun before Lent starts is now. After Ash Wednesday, we will have fish frys on Fridays and eat no meat on Fridays until after Easter. For Lent we should curb one of our bad habits, like eating snacks,. Have fun now, and honor the time of Lent.

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Pullin' O' the Green -- Sunday, March 13, 2011

                                         Friends of Grant Park's Annual Fundraiser

                                                                Irish Party

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April Meeting of Humboldt Park 4th of July Association

  On Wednesday, April 6, 2011,  the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association will have its April meeting at 7 PM in the park pavilion, 3000 S. Howell Ave.

  We need new members and volunteers for:

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Daylight Savings Time starts March 13, 2011

    Don't forget to change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time. Now you will have to get used to getting up early again. It will be dark in some cases. Begin to prepare for Spring, which is just around the corner. I hope that most of the snow will be melted and no more black ice will be hidden on the roads. It is no fun to fall on ice. If you can't see the ice, it may find you. If you are driving, black ice may cause you to steer out of control. Please be careful while you are driving or walking outside. Check the batteries on your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. These devices may save your life one day.

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St. Patrick's Day

  We are about to have day with Irish overtones. Corned beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew, and Green Beer are all traditions on March 17, 2011.  We frequently have free bus service supplied by Miller Brewery for this evening. With all of the green beer flowing, please do not over do it. It is not worth it being pulled over for DUI or having an accident. Enjoy yourself, but also watch how much you drink. You won't find any gold being drunk. Have a wonderful day on this tribute to our Irish friends.  Please support the Bay View community.

History of St. Patrick

  St. Patrick was an Englishman, who was held as a prisoner in Ireland. In later years, he escaped to return to England. He was asked by the religious leaders to go back to Ireland and preach the Gospel to the people. It was hard for him to return, but the Church was very important to him.  He dedicated all of his time preaching the Christian Gospel and converting the people to Christianity. His love was always the church. It seems that most Scottish people are also Irish, since the Scots settled Ireland.  This is why so many things are held in common between these people.  When Wallace challenged the English rule of Scotland, many Irish people joined him.  Both people have strong interests in the Roman Catholic Church. Many English people are not Catholic and belong to the Church of England, founded by Henry the 8th, because the Pope would not allow him to divorce his wife and marry Anne Bolyn.  The Irish, Scots and Welsh people all have a Celtic origin. Roman rule combined with Angle, Saxon and Norman people to create England.  Have a happy St. Patrick's Day.

Purchasing special land

  A friend of mine stated that he and some of his close friends purchased some land from the city for $1. In order to purchase this land, they had to purchase another building close by for an inflated price. It was discovered that the $1.00 land they bought was brown field.  It was located near an underground water source that was considered unbuildable at one time.  He made an inquiry as to what had to be done to make this land buildable.  They had to spend several hundred thousand dollars to replace the brown soil.  Then the mayor of the city told him he had to build a place that sells liquor.  He is a non-drinker, and felt that was contrary to his wishes.  In order to complete the real estate transaction, a place that sells alcohol was built.  Now the owner of this business is slow in paying his rent. What must he do now?  He had to invest a lot of money on this project and is a honest man.  I wish him luck in his endeavors.

  This is a true story and therefore I am not listing the city, mayor or property owners.

The party is over now

  Now that Scott Walker has got his bill passed, he must be very happy. Just to think of the poor people that he has denied help to, is sad. You almost have to be rich into order to get his attention. We have an election coming up in April.  Jeff Stone is almost an clone of Scott Walker. The two men think alike and vote alike. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. The voters will have to choose one of the two men running for this office. I would hate to see a repeat of Scott Walker as County Executive. We have to salvage some dignity for this office. A clone of Scott  Walker or a free thinking man are your choices. Please help save Milwaukee County from any more financial disasters and incompetent people getting jobs, like in the Milwaukee County Mental Complex, courtesy of Scott Walker. Let there be no more no-bid jobs going to favorite people. Let us bring sanity back to Milwaukee County, since we don't have it in Madison anymore.

Spring is here again?

  Hopefully, Spring is back in Milwaukee. Perhaps the grass will grow, flowers will pop out of the ground, birds will return to the area and people will be happy again. When it gets warm outside, it is good to be able to take a long walk and enjoy the fresh air. More outdoor activities will begin soon. Spring cleaning is just around the corner. It is time to get a car wash to remove some of the salt and grime from the winter from your car. Summer gasolene will return to the gas pumps and you will get better mileage for your car. Golf, tennis, softball, basketball, volleyball and other warm weather sports will start up soon. Sign up now at your Milwaukee Recreation Center to enter some of these sports as a player. Enjoy our parks and look at the scenery there. On the third Saturday in June, the South Shore Farmers Market will begin a new season. Enjoy yourself, it is later than you think.

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April Meeting of Humboldt Park 4th of July Association

On Wednesday, April 6, 2011,  the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association will hold its April meeting at the Humboldt Park Pavilion, 3000 S. Howell Ave., (S. Pine Ave. just north of E. Oklahoma Ave.) at 7 PM. All interested people are invited to attend. Everyone is welcome. Help give your input on the planning of this year's Independence Day celebration. Everybody is important to the organization.

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April meeting of the Bay View Historical Society


 On Monday, April 4, 2011,  the Bay View Historical Society will hold its April meeting at 7 PM at the Beulah Brinton Community Center, 2555 S. Bay St., in Bay View.  "Show and Tell" is a Bay View Historical Society tradition. At the April 4th  membership meeting, attendees are encouraged to bring something of historical interest and tell a little about the items on display.  Please bring your item of historic interest to share; sugeestions include  family heirlooms, photographs  and items that have been replaced by modern technology. All interested people are invited to attend.

Don't forget to vote on April 5, 2011

  There will be an election held on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. You will have the opportunity to vote for the people that you want to be in political office. If you fail to vote, then don't complain about who was elected that day. There are several contests that involve all of us. It is your duty and honor to be able to vote. Be a good citizen and evaluate the various candidates. Then choose the person that you feel is best suited for that job. Choose the person and not the political party. Think for yourself. If you feel that somebody in political office has hurt you or people you know, then choose somebody else for that job. Think for yourself. Please vote!

Get ready for April Fool's Day

   This is the day that people like to pull practical jokes on other people. Some people have you call the zoo and ask for a Mr. Fox (or other animal).  Other things that happen is politicians make promises that they won't honor. Here are a few examples:

Governor Scott Walker will agree to help the poor and needy people and allow unions again.

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