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.
Our American Royalty, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, should get off of their Royal thrones and at least flush; the smell is getting mighty strong. We American citizens should not have to bow down to our Royalty in Washington, D.C. They seem to treat the common man as dirt and expect us to accept lower funding and higher taxes, while they get raises and all of the benefits of their Royal jobs. The Federal Government should remember that we, the people, elected them to office. If they can't do the job, then we will elect somebody new next time. They should not have all of the benefits that they currently have. They should be willing to do their part in helping us, the people of the United States. Why should we receive all of the money cuts, like Social Security, which we paid for already, and Medicare and Medicaid. I have yet to see any willing federal govenment leader offer to reduce his salary or benefits. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. Our rights like pay for women workers, the right to have unions, pay for unemployment or workmen's compensation, should not be touched. We have earned these rights over the years. Just because you have a good job that we elected you to, doesn't mean that we are your slaves and have to bow down before you. Get off your Royal thrones and at least flush when you go to the head, because your stink is getting very heavy out here. Next year we will have elections. We won't forget how we were treated this year.