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.
Our parks need a lot of help. Two-thirds of the park staff has been laid off by Milwaukee County. When the park staff has to maintain about 12 parks, how can they possibly do a good job when two-thirds of their staff is missing. We have a wonderful park chief working at Humboldt Park. Cliff is a very hard worker and always does his best to take care of people's needs in the park. Can you imagine how he feels, when he can't do a complete job of maintaining all of his parks? It takes a good staff of workers to do a good job with the parks. Within a short time, the parks will look like abandoned graveyards. Don't blame Cliff. He can only do so much with the small staff that he has to work with. Please contact your local politicians to ask for more funding to keep our parks viable and alive for people to use. If nothing else, get a chain gang to help clean up and maintain the parks. It's too bad that Tom Ament never got charged for his involvement in the County Pension Scandal. He would be ideal as a member of a chain gang doing this kind of work.
We have an election coming up very soon. If our present politicians are not doing their job, then replace them with somebody who will do the job for us. If any politician is still unwilling to help us, then recall them from office. We need help now. A sales tax was approved by the people in a referendum vote to save our parks and transit system. What ever happened to that sales tax? SW is promising new jobs if he gets voted in as governor of Wisconsin. Remember, McDonalds will have the jobs open then. These are the type of jobs that he is promising us. Low pay jobs with no benefits will be the only jobs offered to us by him. Mayor Dan Hoan did a marvelous job of protecting Milwaukee during the Great Depression of 1929. It's too bad that we don't have any more elected officials like him alive today. Please vote for the person who you think will do the best job for us, the people. It is our time to take action. Please vote in the next election.