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.
When you have a building, every part is important. When you fail to maintain it, eventually the building could collapse. If you take away one section at a time, it will weaken and lose its supports. A building with missing supports can be very dangerous to be inside of. The roof could fall in on you. For this reason, maintenance is very important to any structure. If it is built well and is taken care of on a regular basis, you have no problem with it.
Now if you were county government, and you failed to maintain your parks, buses, buildings, medical needs and social needs by stating that you were saving money by not raising taxes and by eliminating staff workers. And your house of correction was found to be highly deficient by the federal government due to lack of staffing and security funding. Whose fault is it? If our parks become weed patches, the pavilions lack maintenance, the park benches are worn out and the lagoons are severely polluted due to staff shortages due to lack of funding, whose fault is it? When bus service is denied because a section of the route does not make enough money to support it, whose fault is it. When our medical facilities are crying for help and due to lack of funds the request is denied, whose fault is it? Without proper staffing and funding, many of the things that we take for granted will no longer be there.
We have an election coming up in April this year. You can make a difference by choosing the person or persons that you think will think beyond saving the almighty dollar and taxes, and elect to office somebody who will save our precious heritage and bus lines. The persons that we elect must be willing to serve all of the people, not just a few of the people. We must save our parks and encourage mass transportation to promote more jobs for the people. Everybody gains when people have jobs to go to. Without a car, many people are unable to find work. Without a car, many elderly and disabled people lack the means of going to a doctor or going shopping for needed things. Whether you are poor or rich, mass transportation and parks are for the people to use. Please use your vote and decide who our new elected leaders will be in the future. Every vote is important. The more jobs available to workers, the better the tax base for any city we live in. You must decide our future.