Friday, October 20th, 2017

I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the pasty-white legs that will be riding Milwaukee’s new trolley if it ever gets built. I can see it now. “I’m Mayor Tom Barrett, and I’m not wearing pants!” Jeff Fleming will be sitting right next to Barrett holding the megaphone. The two of them will be wearing […]

The Brookfield Common Council is holding a public meeting to discuss the proposed high-speed rail line’s station on Tuesday, August 17th. Brookfield-Tuesday, August 17, 2010 Common Council Meeting- Meeting starts at 7:45. Public comment is the first item on the agenda at 7:45. 2000 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield, WI Supporters of high-speed rail are not […]

Peter Theron, Republican candidate for congress in the second district, came up with the ultimate show-stopper for a campaign event. He wanted to stop traffic in downtown Madison to show that while Governor Jim Doyle is making empty trains run on time, you’ll be late for work. Theron, a Republican running in Wisconsin’s Second Congressional […]

My interview with Dick Leinenkugel in the Waukesha Freeman last week caught the attention of the Terrence Wall campaign and WISN’s Mark Belling (7:11 in). An e-mail from the Wall campaign yesterday: Dick Leinenkugel was a quick study under his old boss, Jim Doyle. It only took him 18 months to acquire Jim Doyle’s sense of […]

Jim Rowen learns that Waukesha buses will not be running on Easter and asks, Waukesha? Transit-Friendly? Buses cancelled on Easter Sunday. Are public services’ availability determined by a religious calendar? The difference between East and West of 124th street, neatly encapsulated. Better to run empty buses than be thought “unfriendly” to transit or caving in […]

Waukesha Freeman columnist Pete Kennedy today asks “Kennedy consulting” about the recent stimulus spending by Waukesha’s bus system: Client: Did Waukesha Metro Transit buy anything else with the funds? KC: Yes, a staff vehicle was purchased at a cost of $32,000. Client: I suppose they had no choice. What alternative would there be to the […]

Our friend Huckleberry Dumbell passes along this photo as proof of what is wrong with Washington D.C.: “Always picking the wrong tool to fix a problem.” By the way, the next time someone like Jim Rowen suggests that the best way to avoid long commute times in the winter weather is to build more trains, […]

(Note: I’m behind on posting my newspaper column here, so I am catching up this week. Here is the Waukesha Freeman column from August 13th.)Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Aug 13, 2009; Section:Opinion; Page Number:10A What I learned on summer vacationGovernment’s failings evident in capital city (James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha […]

In my column this week for the Waukesha Freeman (just a couple of quarters for the deadtree edition), I questioned the leadership of the Waukesha County Board and their inaction on the proposed Regional Transit Authority in southeastern Wisconsin.  It was a timely piece, appearing the morning the Joint Finance Committee in the legislature was […]

Mass transit may not be the solution, either. Maybe it’s time to introduce these kids to the telecommute. In suburban areas like Seattle’s Northshore district, the Times reports, school officials are asking children to walk farther to their bus stops so districts can squeeze a few more miles per gallon. The scaling back of bus […]