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Are we in ancient Rome?

I thought I lived in the Wisconsin, a state within the United States of America, where democracy, the majority, and discussions were held to do what is in the best interest of the masses. By definition, Wisconsin is becoming a dictatorship,A government controlled by one person, or a small group of people. In this form of government the power rests entirely on the person or group of people, and can be obtained by force or by inheritance. The dictator(s) may also take away much of its peoples' freedom.”  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dictatorship)

The English thesaurus parallels a democracy to equality, consensus, and fairness. None of these words represent the self-interest guided politics ruling our state today. The leadership is the epitome of everything indecent in a politician. Governor Walker is talking out of the upper and lower portions of his body within every, spoken communication. His budget address on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 contains dialogue “tugging at the heartstrings” of Wisconsinites by referencing how important education is for our young children, That’s why my budget creates a third grade reading initiative that will require all third graders to achieve basic literacy. I know we can do this and we owe it to our students to make sure we do.” Did anyone hear / read what was said in BRIEF just beforehand, “That is why -- even as we reduce school aids…” How will his “third grade reading initiative” be implemented / successful, when teachers will be cut from the schools, class sizes will increase, and the attention the students need will decrease? Seriously…how stupid do you think we are! Any time you cut aid to schools, the quality of education diminishes, and the CHILDREN SUFFER the “dire consequences.”

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The Cost of Love

Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals, indoor cats, feline veterinary, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

It doubled my debt in a matter of days. It made me reminisce about the last 14 years of my life. It resulted in a mass spoiling of all three of my furry children. It was the week we spent $4,000 at the kitty ER saving one of our kids.

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Priorities...Are we sure we have them in the proper order?

I have to step aside from the hubbub of campaigns, the discouragement of what is going on in our state overall, and share with everyone who will listen (read), a priority we should all place in our top five.

I am sure we have all listened to or watch the media spend many minutes and hours in the past week on the 24 year old, Lindsay Lohan's, drug addiction saga / Charlie Sheen...blah...blah...blah, because they are celebrities.

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Guilty as charged.. Part Deux!

I recently described my experience regarding being a “yes” mom.  It was a moment of learning and inspiration, hopefully for more than just myself.  

A few more thoughts have run through my mind since the initial taking away of my vehicle.  I have also shared my story with many others, most of whom have their own types of “horror” stories as well. 

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City Planners Concerned about Signs?

street signs, road signs, pole signs, City of West Allis

Maybe it's just me.

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Central girls defeated in double OT

 As the game between the West Allis Central and Brookfield Central girls basketball teams wore on Saturday, it became apparent that it was going to be a heartbreaker for one side or the other.

  Ultimately, it was the Bulldog girls who experienced crushing disappointment, as the Lancers pulled out a 46-37 double-overtime decision in a WIAA Division 1 regional championship contest.

The game was dominated by defense and frequent foul calls, with neither team being able to establish any lasting momentum. It was decided by a controversial call midway through the second extra session.

With the score tied at 37-37, the Bulldogs turned over the ball, and Brookfield Central's Lydia Rohde wound up with it. She fell to the floor and the Bulldogs' April Wildes was called for a foul. Wildes then threw the ball down to the court and was called for a technical foul.

Rohde stepped to the line and hit all four free throws to give the Lancers a 41-37 lead with 47 seconds left. The Bulldogs, who had already lost Mehryn Kraker, Janie Myles and Claire Hankins to fouls, could not answer. The Lancers then added five more free throws to close out the game on a 10-0 run.

"She (Wildes) didn't touch her (Rohde)," Bulldogs coach Dave Mlachnik said about the crucial play."I was standing right there. It wasn't like she slammed the ball down, although it wasn't just putting it on the floor. To give her a tech there....to call a foul was just ridiculous."

Mlachnik also thought Rohde could have been called for traveling on the play.

The loss to the nemesis Lancers ended the Bulldogs' season at 16-7.

"It was a great season, but it had a disappointing end," Mlachnik said.

A non-typical type of situation...

If marriage is so promising, then why does it fail 50% of the time?

Who ever came up with the idea of TWO months of salary for an engagement ring?  

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2011 Drunk/Drugged Driving Enforcement

STOP, TEST, and ARREST

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Walmart considers West Milwaukee store on Greenfield Ave. near 41st St.

West Milwaukee, Retail

West Milwaukee officials have had preliminary discussions with Walmart representatives about a store that might be developed north of W. Greenfield Ave., near S. 41st St., about two blocks east of Miller Park Way.

That's according to Ron Hayward, village president, whom I called when I got a tip about the possible store.

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Spring Cleaning

garden, plants, yard, spring, bulb, perennial

As the days get warmer I am compelled to get outside and start looking at my flower beds.  We moved to this house in late November, so I have no idea what spring flowers may pop up, and what perennials will emerge soon.  I did a walk around the last few days to see if I can see some bulbs popping up, and I did notice a few, but there were some obvious empty places still.  Friends that live in the Waukesha area have told me that their spring flowers are already up and blooming!  

While I really want to start clearing away the dead leaves and branches from fall's dieback, I know that it is still too early.  Southeastern Wisconsin can have overnight frosts through early May, although that doesn't happen often. I remember more than a few ice storms in April though, so I resist the urge to clear the flower beds of their protective layer of plant debris.

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Workplace Bullies

Throughout my 20 plus years in the workplace, I have encountered more than one bully. I have always dealt differently with each one because each is twisted in a different sort of way.

I have used my own experience to become very effective with each and every one.  At times, it’s a hands off approach, with others, being uniquely one step ahead always seems to curve their appetite for destruction.

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Ex-industrial property in West Allis might get city funds for redevelopment

West Allis, Industrial

The nine-acre former Teledyne property, in West Allis at the southeast corner of W. Burnham and S. 53rd streets, might get city financing to help pay for its redevelopment.

The former manufacturing building is in dire shape, and is to be demolished under a court order. That will cost over $1 million, according to a city estimate, with an environmental cleanup for the site estimated at totaling $350,000 to $450,000.

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"On Golden Pond"

The snow is still on the ground, but we have been busy rehearsing our spring show, "On Golden Pond." This tender story of growing old, growing up and growing younger tugs at the heartstrings. It is also good for a laugh or two.
 
Our show dates are 7:30 p.m. April 8, 9, 15 and 16 and at 2 p.m. April 17. Tickets may be purchased at our box office. Our theater is at West Allis Central Auditorium 8516 West Lincoln Avenue. There is street parking and extra parking in a lot across the street.
 
Our fabulous cast is as follows: Glenn Villa as Norman, Ruth Caves as the voice of the telephone operator, Carol Dolphin as Ethel, Bill Kaiser as Charlie, Stacy Madson as Chelsea, William Esty as Billy and David Cooklock as Bill.
 
Our summer musical is "The King and I." This show promises to be fantastic and more details will follow shortly.
 
We would like to thank you for supporting our theater group. See you at the show!

What's in a Color?

garden, plants, yard, landscape, design

I've found that landscapers first pay a lot of attention to solving functional needs, creating the hardscapes and paths, and picking plants to cover or focus on an area.  These are important things that need to be planned, but it seems that color ends up being the last consideration.  When someone asks me for help to design their yard, one of the first things I ask them are what colors do they like and dislike.  When you sit down in your backyard to relax, what do you want to look at?  If you hate yellow and you have a yard filled with Stella D'Oro daylillies, it would be a bit upsetting.  That is why I make sure that color is part of the plan from the beginning.

Everyone has color preferences. A famous color authority once said, "Color is the one experience in life that requires no conscious struggle of the intellect to appreciate." - Faber Birren

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MEDICINE COLLECTION DAY

medicine collection, prescription collection, medicine drop-off, prescription drop-off

There will be a medicine collection day for Milwaukee County residents ONLY on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Miller Park in the lot by the "Sausage Haus".  More information about how the collection works and what are acceptable items to bring can be found on the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's website at www.mmsd.com.

The West Allis Police Department is sponsoring a prescription drug drop-off on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Police Department, 11301 West Lincoln Avenue.  Call 414-302-8050 or see the drop-off flyer for more information.

Groupon Groupie

Groupon

Before I address my infatuation with Groupon, there's a little something I need to get off my chest. Am I the only one who is annoyed that our WEST ALLIS blogs come up under GREENFIELD? What is that all about? 

Anyway...

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Boucher VW Done Good

After having taken our VW Jetta to Boucher numerous times to get the same problem fixed, the last time we took it in, my husband told them not to give it back to us until it was fixed.  They  had it approximately one month.  Although we were frustrated at times, as was the service department at the dealership because at first they could not figure out what was wrong, they eventually bent over backwards for us and it appears that now the car is finally fixed and we are enjoying driving it once again.  We are very pleased that they did fix it and put quite a few new parts into the engine.  They even spiffed up the inside and outside by cleaning the vehicle for us before we got it back.   As I said, they had given us a very nice free loaner for the entire time,  In addition, we got approximately 1/2 refunded to us of what we had put into the car.  Bottom line, a lot was done for a small amount.  Customer Satisfaction was the final result.  We did not have to sue under the Lemon Law, which would have cost us and the dealership additional money that, in the long run, was not necessary.  

I'm still a bit frustrated with the comment the General Manager made  "we'll give you the $1,200 back but won't fix the car or "we'll fix the car and not give you the $1,200 back".  Before he made such a comment, he should have made sure he had his facts right.  The problem was a result of improper parts that were replaced due to a recall late last year.  

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YOU ARE RIGHT!!

An individual from my past recently told me they “knew things about me” regarding mistakes, secrets and such.  This type of statement is meant to gain control and instill shame.  It is at this exact point where you can buckle under pressure or score a touchdown.  I chose the latter. 

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WWII and Korean War veterans wanted for Memorial Day parade

Memorial Day parade, WWII veterans, Korean War veterans, World War II veterans

Organizers of the West Allis Memorial Day parade are looking for World War II and Korean War veterans to be part of the event.

Veterans will ride in transportation provided for the parade route.  World War II and Korean War veterans or residents who know any veterans wanting to participate should call Alderman Dan Roadt at 414-321-7264.

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2011 Spring Yard Waste Collection

yard waste

·   Sunday, April 10, through Sunday, April 24

·   place materials in the curb-line following the same procedures normally utilized during the fall collection period

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