Posts tagged ‘Waukesha School District’

November 2, 2008

Waukesha carnival 11-2-2008

by thoughtfulconservative

This is the fortieth edition. Let’s get to it.

Election day is Tuesday so let’s start locally.

Senator Mary Lazich (aide Kevin Fischer?) posts at Conservatively Speaking that this might be a very tough winter. Why? Salt shortage.

Why the shortage? In a nutshell, demand is high, supplies are down, and costs are up. The Post- Crescent reports, “Road salt prices now range as high as $250 per ton in the upper Midwest, and some would-be buyers are finding it hard to come by at any price.” It could have been worse, but Wisconsin, unlike some other states, put in bids for road salt early.

I say let’s go after Big Salt. Call for hearings, questions them in the glare of public and tax their windfall profits. That’ll teach them.

Jeff at Five Points Blog notes the end of the season at Waukesha Farmer’s Market. He notes increased attendance and speculates on the reasons.

JJ Gravelle insists (sort of, his blog is The Daily Scoff, after all.) that there is no bias at Milwaukee’s paper.

Concernedcitizen gives us his thoughts on the Waukesha School District budget at Skeptics Anonymous. BTW, did you know that all but a couple of the school board members have endorsed Ruth Page Jones? I thought it was interesting.

Brian Fraley at Fraley’s Daily Takes notes another edition of WisPolitics: The Show.

Now to the national stage.

Assuming McCain loses (which I don’t, yet), Dad29 nixes the idea that Mitt Romney might be the savior of the Republican Party. I second that.

Cindy Kilkenny had an e-mail exchange with Cory the Well Driller. You can read it all at Fairly Conservative.

Alexander calls the election at Hobo Springs. Well, for president and the 97th Wisconsin. Scott Feldstein makes his presidential prediction also.

Posting at Practically Speaking, Kyle Prast says that the ads and mailings implies the presidential race is closer than we think.

On the subject of mailings, James Wigderson wonders at Wigderson’s Library & Pub why the Wisconsin GOP is mailing so many pieces on behalf of McCain. Me, too. My wife has gotten like 8 or 9 in the last couple of weeks; five in one day.

Silent E speaks posts another video that shows you shouldn’t try to spin your way past Megyn Kelly at FOXNews.

That it for this week. You can always submit your post to the next edition by using our this submission form or put a comment in the comments. Past posts and future editions here.

June 9, 2008

Too sad

by thoughtfulconservative

James and Doreen will be putting their kids in private school next year and he tells us why.

Sad because I realize this may even be isolated, but it only takes one or two to muck things up.

(H/T Real Debate Wisconsin)

June 9, 2008

A Waukesha Carnival 06/08/08

by thoughtfulconservative

Well, it’s been a couple of weeks and there may be a couple of more before I do another one, but let’s go ahead and pop a carnival in here.

An Inexact Science is back and calling all readers.

Nationally, The Asian Badger discusses Russia offering to help us build a gas pipeline.

Josh at Blog Waukesha goes political and expresses many of the conservative hesitations about McCain.

Dad29 educates us on the preamble to World War II and a prime topic the last couple of weeks — appeasement.

If you have the stomach to get through them Kyle Prast has posted the letters she received from Wisconsin’s Senators at Brookfield7 concerning the cap and trade bill.

silent e goes on a fine rant on gas.

Locally, Bryon Houlgrave posts some pics of Milwaukee.

Most folks who read this will know that David at Carrick Bend Thoughts tipped Mark Belling about Wiggy’s post on the local Dems misadventures, but what got me thinking this week was his post on politically correct language.

Dean Culver, on the other hand, finds it hard to listen to conservative talk radio anymore, because there’re trashing [my word, not his] John McCain.

The Daily Scoff notes how a UW Madison study promotes drinking and what might be a future finding, if we can dream of such.

Tom Gehl at Brookfield Basics brings one of the good guys into the spotlight.

Spring City Chronicle takes us on a photographic tour of the proposed ball park in Waukesha. More thoughts can be found here.

James Wigderson posts on the new superintendent of the Waukesha School District and the meeting to appoint him.

Cindy Kilkenny notes a problem with the Brookfield East plans.

As usual, if you have a favorite you can link in the comments or send the link to me at thoughtfulconservative [at] yahoo [dot] com. If you have one for next week, you can submit using this submission form. Past posts can be found on here. I don’t know right now when the next edition will be.

May 19, 2008

“Referendum talk divides board”

by thoughtfulconservative

From the Waukesha Freeman.

Very interesting quotes here.

Board members Kurt O’Bryan and Frank Finman said they question the quality of education for students entering the district, saying they were glad some of their children are getting out before it collapses.

“I look at my two children in the school district, I see my 11th-grader, who I think is going to escape out the door before the roof caves in,” Finman said. “And I look at my eighth-grader and the education she’s getting, and compare that to the education her older sister’s getting, and they aren’t even comparable.”

O’Bryan said part of a referendum is about how it is presented to residents.

“If we all agree that our backs are against the wall, then I think we should pursue one,” O’Bryan said. “The scenario you have to give them is that it’s either this or it’s this. One option is the referendum and the other is to shut this district down, which this board has the power to do.”

Time is also an issue for board members because they blame the failure of the 2005 referendum on a lack of planning. While they didn’t come up with an exact date, the November election was mentioned several times.

Yeah, lack of planning. Or perhaps, Roger Danielson. Anything except that Waukesha residents are opposed to seeing their taxes go up just “to see the roof cave in” or to see it “shut down” when the next one fails.

Is Mr. O’Bryan’s comment the nuclear option? Is he calling the voters’ bluff?

Way to instill confidence in the schools.

May 18, 2008

Let’s do the carnival

by thoughtfulconservative

In case you’ve lost track, this is the May 18, 2008 edition of the Waukesha Carnival. Welcome.

Well, most folks were exercised this week over the budget “repair” (Can you call them cuts when not much was cut?) and “veto” (Can you call it a veto when you re-write it and find more cuts?).

But let’s start a little closer to home. The Asian Badger fumes over the fact that technical colleges (among others) are exempt from the tax cap.

Josh at Blog Waukesha sounds the alarm about the Waukesha Referendum.

I see they’re talking about a baseball field at Frame Park again. Spring City Chronicle tells us again why this is not feasible. I remember saying that also, but that post is lost in cyber space and Google says they can’t find it.

James Wigderson updates on Wisconsin Assembly district 97 happenings.

School’s out and Yorick’s Persiflage is blogging again. He reflects on what it’s like to be a conservative student when your teacher and most of your class mates are liberal.

Bryon Houlgrave has some new pics, but the amazing fact is he put 1068 miles on his car over the weekend. Yowza! That’s a round trip to Ohio.

Linda Richter questions Matt Thomas quitting blogging. You just can’t win with some folks.

Kyle Prast reports on an HG&D (Human Growth and Development = Sex Education) work session at Practically Speaking.

OK. OK. Here are the posts from the budget “deal” (Can it be a deal when the governor rewrote the bill?).

Sen. Mary Lazich notes what the governor’s “vetos” resulted in.

Dad29 has a warning label that every legislator who voted for the “budget repair” should have on their forehead. I say we include every legislator, period. And include the US House and Senate members while we’re at it.

Fox Head wonders who kidnapped Gov. Doyle and replaced him with one who cut out the foolish parts of the deal made some real cuts?

The Daily Scoff’s jj gravelle was also surprised that Franken-veto (called Zombie Franken-veto by steveegg in the comments) was alive and well. Cindy Kilkenny was flummoxed as well.

OK, enough of that. If you want to read more, just about every one had at least one, and often more, posts.

Jeff at his Eat Wisconsin blog has comments on the first edition of Wisconsin Foodie.

On the national scene, Dean Culver at Common Sense Waukesha says he realizes that McCain is not a “true conservative” but conservatives have such a screwed up reputation that maybe it’s a good thing.

Sancho also posts some thoughts on this at La Raza de Waukesha.

Troy Fullerton points out the roadmap for the GOP future that he cleaned from Ryan and Sensenbrenner speeches at the state Republican convention.

On the Democratic side, Scott Feldstein linked to a DKos discussion of Obama’s possible VP choices. From January. A stronger field than the Republicans have, IMO. Read it and realize this will be a tough race for the presidency.

silent e muses if this is the best the American system can come up with.

That’s a wrap for this week. If you have a favorite you can link in the comments or send the link to me at thoughtfulconservative [at] yahoo [dot] com. If you have one for next week, you can submit using this submission form. Past posts and dates of future editions can be found on here.

January 29, 2008

A Waukesha Carnival 01-29-2008

by thoughtfulconservative

I apologize for not posting over the weekend. Just wiped out from work, I guess.

Anyway, following are those posts in the Waukesha County portion of the Cheddarsphere that I found most interesting. They appear in no particular order.

Mayor Nelson posted his memo that he usually posts before a Common Council meeting.

James Wigderson had some advice on picking the new school superintendent.

The Asian Badger posted his thoughts about a piece that was printed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last Sunday concerning the business climate in Milwaukee.

Jessica McBride wants folks to stop “disrespecting social conservatives” not that many folks will listen, but I agree.

Troy Fullerton ponders whether a conservative of conscience could vote for John McCain. I say yes, since McCain’s conservative rating matches closely with Fred Thompson’s rating among other well-known conservatives.

Kyle Prast at Practically Speaking tells about the trials of going green.

Scott Feldstein asks, “If there were a magic button which would make it so that no sexually active couple ever became pregnant unless they explicitly wanted to, would you push it?” As he says, as a group, pro-lifers would say no, but I’m one of those who would say yes.

If you haven’t followed the Kevin Fischer brouhaha, you’ve missed a doosie. Cindy Kilkenny, now blogging at Fairly Conservative, was involved and even James Wigderson got pulled into it. Be ready to do some reading and clicking if you hope to follow this.[ed. - For those surfing over here, please note, I have no horse in this race. Some of the posts and comments have been removed and I have not followed it from the beginning, nor do I particularly want to. My interest is the amount of bandwidth that has been expended in this endeavor.]

Yorick’s Persiflage reports on a health care forum held at Carroll College.

Jeff, whose posts at Five Points Blog are usually found here, has another blog, Eat Wisconsin, which is going under some reconstruction. Keep your eye on it.

Spring City Chronicle proposes something called the Larry Nelson Memorial Auditorium. I just give his warning,

This post advocates public spending on what some might call a grand scale. This may cause my more sensitive conservative and libertarian readers to suffer the vapors or have a conniption.

Ya gotta love it when anyone uses the word conniption.

Finally, Lisa at Sequentially Speaking has a list of the Marvel comic books that have “Lost” easter eggs in them.

That’s all there is this week. If you have some you’d like to suggest for this week or next week, let me know, either in the comments or e-mail to thoughtfulconservative [at] yahoo [dot] com .

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