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.
Think back to June of 2008, and think of all the flooding that occured in Wisconsin. When the dry season comes and you can't water your lawn, just think of this June. The hot days were here with little relief in sight. The many flying mosquitos will also remind you of our wet June. Just think, with the price of gasolene being as high as it is, you might be able to afford to visit a nearby park or go to our polluted Lake Michigan and look at the water. If the County Board does nothing about the County Pension Scandal, then we might only have postage stamp size parks left with little maintenance possible due to lack of proper funding. If you want to see good parks and good bus service, you might have to move to Wauwatosa, where no cuts were made in their bus routes or in their park staffing. At least we will still have the County Zoo, but remember, that is near Wauwatosa too. Scott Walker should help the other areas of Milwaukee County and not just his home town of Wauwatosa. Maybe you should give him a telephone call or send him a letter and tell him what you think of our current situation. Remember, he cancelled the investigation of the County Pension Scandal. Well if nothing, just enjoy what we have left of our bus service and County Parks. Scott Walker is watching them for us, or is he trying to sell them behind our backs. Ask him. Support the sales tax motion in our next election if you want to save our parks and bus system. Remember, Scott Walker invites you to walk or ride a bike to travel anywhere. When more bus routes are cut, you may have to do this on a daily basis, unless you live in Wauwatosa, where buses are plentiful. In November, go out and vote and express your opinion on this matter. As he says, you can always walk to your polling site.