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.
A woman and her daughter were walking towards the County Park. The daughter asked the mother what a park was, since this park was very neglected like an old graveyard. The mother told the daughter that we used to have very beautiful parks for everyone to relax and enjoy. One day, our County Executive, S.W., while trying to save tax money, eliminated most of the park workers, except in Wauwatosa, where he lived. He felt that the parks and bus service for only for the people who had money, and cancelled many of the bus routes that failed to make a profit. He said the the poor people don't deserve to have bus service or parks for recreation. Only the people who can afford to come to parks should have decent parks. He eliminated the handicap bus service to the suburbs, because the people were too poor to afford such transportation.
While approaching the park pavilion, the daughter had to use a restroom. Inside of the restroom, the place was filthy and had no toilet paper or hand soap. S.W. eliminated the park staff who would normally clean these places and restock things as needed. He said that the parks were for poor people and did not care if any sanitary needs were taken care of. His friends down at the Milwaukee Health Department condemned the park restrooms as being unfit for human use. Don't worry people, Wauwatosa will always have these needs taken care of. They can afford the maintenance. Why S.W. lives there, you know.
The daughter asked why there were parking meters in the park. The mother stated that S.W. needed more tax money from the public, without trying to address any needs of the park. Did you know that in 2009, the parks were $30,000,000 behind in maintenance needs. The laid off workers were told that they could keep their jobs if they drove snow plows in winter. Also, Wauwatosa could always use a few workers. These people were able to pay for this need. The poor people don't matter to S.W..
Why don't the buses go farther out in the suburbs? If they can not make a profit, the service be damned. Only the profit making routes were kept going, because they paid for themselves. Why is the grass so high and the lagoons so muddy and full of weeds? When are we going to be able to use the parks as they were meant to be used by all of the people, not just the wealthy ones? I think that S.W. has a lot to be held accountable. He compares to the Grinch who tried to get rid of Christmas. Lord help the people of the State of Wisconsin, if he ever gets elected Governor. He will try to privatize everything and sell naming rights to all of the government buildings. You can predict, that you will have to pay for admission to enter the State Capitol. Expect pay toilets there as well.
Well, now if you go to a County Park, expect to bring your own toilet paper, hand soap and towels. If you can find a park worker, then you have experienced a miracle, since the park staffs are so small and they have so many parks to take care of. However, if you want to still see a good park, then go to Wauwatosa and visit S.W. and thank him for protecting his home area from neglect. If you do not believe this story, then visit a park and see for yourself. Check the old newspaper files to read about S.W. and his tax cuts, privatization of county jobs, and neglect of the poor and handicapped people of Milwaukee County. Your very own eyes will tell you how true this story is.