Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

More bad construction news for Waukesha residents. This from today’s Waukesha Freeman: The intersection of Barstow Street and College Avenue will soon be closed for the construction of Carroll University’s new science building. With the building site being close to the public right-of-way, the closure will accommodate construction activity for the next three months. The […]

Update! 5:18 PM Turns out it was a moron with an Airsoft rifle. ________________________________________________ Thankfully, the man is in custody. TMJ4 is reporting that Carroll University in Waukesha was in lock down after a man with a gun was spotted on campus. Chopper 4 shows a man taken into custody after officials locked down the […]

Each year I make a list of predictions, and each year we examine where I went wrong. Unfortunately the end of the Mayan calendar did not mean the end of the world, so we have 50 predictions to sort through. It might be easier to don the sackcloth and walk barefoot through Canterbury while being […]

…Goes to Alderman Roger Patton who wants to reduce the speed limit on East Avenue to 20 MPH because Carroll University kids never learned how to cross the street. While the idea is a little better than digging a tunnel the street, it isn’t much better than closing the street entirely. I don’t know if […]

Last night the Common Council put the mayor’s appointments for the Landmarks Commission on hold, not rejected as I reported before. Brian Running withdrew his name. The other two appointees were James Healy and Adam Neylon. Adam Neylon works for Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, was the Republican Party of Waukesha County youth coordinator, and is a […]

This all appears as part of a bad pattern. If he says something that gets him in trouble, then it’s the fault of the person who reported it. If he doesn’t want to attend a debate, then it’s the organizers’ fault. If he doesn’t like what award-winning columnist Pete Kennedy writes, it’s because (as Scrima told Charlie Sykes) Kennedy is shallow. If University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee journalism lecturer Jessica McBride doesn’t lavish praise on Scrima, it’s because she’s taking my lead. If questions arise about Scrima’s residence, then it’s the fault of the water meter. If questions come up about voting using an incorrect address, he “didn’t realize” the registration didn’t change.

Or how about this whopper: Scrima announced Tuesday night that he would work with the city attorney to prevent any more sex offenders from moving into the city.

I whispered to state Rep. Bill Kramer sitting in front of me, “Well, your job is done.”

If a mayor and the city attorney could stop sex offenders from moving into Waukesha, it would have happened by now. Cities are able to impose reasonable restrictions (as Waukesha has) but ultimately the state and the courts determine in which city the sex offender lives.

Scrima either doesn’t understand the issue, or he’s just trying to shamelessly pander again.

Since I am not doing my Waukesha Freeman column this week on the mayoral race, some thoughts for the week: You’ll want to read Pete Kennedy’s column from Saturday’s Waukesha Freeman if you haven’t already. Kennedy is a little more pleased overall about Mayor Larry Nelson’s record than me, but I think his analysis of […]

Publication: Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date: Feb 18, 2010; Section: Opinion; Page: 8A Election results send message to City Hall But is Scrima a good alternative to Nelson? (James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.) If nothing else, the columnists at The Freeman will […]

Waukesha Freeman columnist Pete Kennedy has a great column this weekend that should be posted everywhere at the Carroll College/University/whatever campus. The students are more of a menace to good drivers than deer along the highways up north. It was Tuesday night. My son and I were driving down East Avenue, past Carroll College – […]