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.
In the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Wednesday, there was an article stating that the bathrooms in our County Parks were in bad shape. It seems that the County Pension Scandal is doing more damage than expected. No investigation by Milwaukee County. Lack of funding for park maintenance and reduced staff, not management, for the parks. Pretty soon we will have to go back to our early history and place some outhouses in the parks. Wauwatosa is in good shape with good parks and restrooms. They also still have their bus service intact. ( I wonder why!) Do we also have to install outhouses in the County Courthouse, or will the County executive actually provide some staff and maintenance funding there. If Scott Walker would allow the tax bill to go to the voters to fund the parks and bus service, maybe only he will need an outhouse in his office. We can't continue to cut funding to our parks and bus service, and expect them to survive. If adding more staff to his office is an answer, what about the people of Milwaukee County? Don't we count as human beings? Please use some common sense and let the voters decide what they want to do about this problem. If necessary, we can recall the County Executive and a few County Supervisors and install some people who will work for the public interest, not just the political interests. What would you rather have? Outhouses in the County facilities or decent working, staffing and financial backing for all of us. This is Milwaukee County, not Hillbilly country where decent facilities are not needed. You the voter must decide this matter. The next thing that we will need is goats and sheep to mow the lawn. If we feed the geese, then we will have fewer weeds in the park. Do you know of any other cost savings programs that Scott Walker could use to prevent funds from being used at our parks? Maybe we should have horses, and charge people to ride them to make some needed money for the park. Maybe we should bring back the horse drawn trolleys to save money spend on our bus system. Perhaps the people responsible for the County Pension Scandal could be forced to work off some of their ill-gotten money or serve some time in prison for their deeds. Perhaps we can get some honest politicians into office to solve this problem. Please save our parks and bus system from lack of proper funding.