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Trick or treat! Recent developments make one want to scream


Trick or treat! 

Recent developments make one want to scream

Waukesha Freeman Opinion Page A6 10/31/13
It’s Halloween time again. If you live in the city of Waukesha, tonight is trick or treat. Prepare for the invasion of little ones begging for candy.

Make sure you give out the good stuff in case it’s my kid knocking at your door. I get hungry walking around behind her.

Here’s a tip for you to use next year. Send your kids to trick or treat in a community that does it the Sunday before Halloween.

Then you can pass out that candy in Waukesha.

Hey, I’m just trying to help here.

Since it’s Halloween, it’s time to sing the Halloween song. I don’t know who wrote it but it’s appropriate every year.

Trick or treat:

The new Marquette University Law School poll is out. The numbers are not as scary as President Obama saying you can keep your insurance if you like it, but the numbers are at the Bela Lugosi Dracula level.

Here is the treat.

Gov. Scott Walker is leading all of his potential Democratic opponents. His approval rating is larger than his disapproval rating. The tax cuts are popular.

Here is the trick.

Nobody knows who Walker’s potential opponents are and they’re still within the margin of error.

His job approval rating is still at 49 percent, not over 50 percent, which is where a re-election campaign likes it. A plurality of 41 percent says that Wisconsin is lagging behind our neighboring states when it comes to job creation.

The poll is not good news for a governor that is talked about as a national candidate in 2016. Perhaps it is time for Walker and his staff to start squelching talk of running for president. They should also not plan on any national tours to promote Walker’s new book that is coming out.

They have a race for governor to win.

Right now they’re not doing what they need to do to win it.

Smell my feet:

Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima vetoed the proposed pay raises for the city’s local officials. Then his supporters whispered in the ear of Milwaukee radio talk show host Mark Belling to complain about Alderman Terry Thieme, a candidate for mayor in 2014. Someone forgot to mention to Belling that Thieme abstained from the discussion and vote.

Once again, the mayor did nothing to make his intentions known to the council.

He participated in no discussion of the proposed pay raises. He merely ran to the media to complain and then grandstanded with a veto.

There’s the obvious question of Scrima’s inability to behave like an adult when dealing with other elected officials. But aside from that, who does Scrima think he is fooling?

Has anyone in Waukesha forgotten Scrima’s pledge to return half his salary to the city if he was elected? He did not even do that, preferring instead to create a charitable fund with all sorts of potential for conflicts of interest. Eventually, he just stopped the withdrawals from his paycheck to his charitable fund.

Meanwhile, Scrima raided his taxpayerfunded travel budget to pay for his personal education at Harvard Business School seminars. Scrima isn’t in favor of a pay raise; he’s just in favor of taxpayers paying for his personal growth.

Somebody should explain to him that supporting the pay raise would have been more honest.

As for worrying about the city’s future tax burden, let us not forget that Scrima once proposed a $136-per-household garbage fee to generate revenue for the city. That smelled worse than smelly feet.

Give me something good to eat:

This Sunday is the fifth annual Municipal Chili Cook Off in the village of Wales.

It will be at Kettle Moraine High School from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Green Bay Packers are playing Monday night, so you have no excuse.

By bringing a food donation of two or more perishable food items, or a cash donation, you will be helping local food pantries.

More important, you will get to taste chili entries from the villages of Wales, Dousman, North Prairie and Summit. Also participating are people from the towns of Waukesha, Genesee, and Ottawa, and the city of Delafield.

The weather is turning cold. It’s time for some hot chili for a good cause.

(James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.)

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