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.
It seems to me that train service to Madison and to Green Bay, Wisconsin, would save us a lot of costs on buying gasolene. This train service would greatly reduce our highway use to these two cities and save on wear and tear. Many people would like to visit Madison to see our state government in action and to watch Wisconsin Badger sports games. We have a lot of people who like to go up to Green Bay to see the Packers. If we had train service there, car rentals could be had to finish any trips we had planned for vacations. The KRM would be very useful when they rebuild I-94 to Chicago. Illinois. If more people had rail service, we could save on gasolene and air pollution. If we could harness methane gas as a fuel, we could run our trains on next to nothing in costs. If methane gas were used to run turbines, we could have very cheap electricity for our homes and industry. Methane gas is produced from garbage and manure and is always available. Some farmers run their tractors on methane gas. Methane gas is a first cousin of natural gas and propane gas. Now in this time of the green movement, is the time to develop methane gas and tell the oil producers where to go, and charge them plenty for getting fresh drinking water from us. The oil producers should pay us for water like they charge us for oil now. It is a two street out there for them and us. Consider this plan. It might save us some money some day. If we had better mass transportation, we could generate more jobs for people seeking work, and can't find a way to get there now. The handicapped and disabled people could have a mode of transportation that they don't have now. The more jobs that we have, the more taxes are generated to pay for our expenses and less property taxes for home owners. Share this expense with others and reduce the amount that we have to pay by ourselves. If we keep fighting taxes, we may lose some vital things necessary for our lives. We could lose our parks, our buses, health care for the poor and other needed things. We should be able to create with our modern technology, cheaper fuels and a greener environment. It sometimes takes money to make progress in this area. The end result will be in our favor with lower costs in the future. Look to the future and plan ahead. Please support the Bay View community.