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Let's see if we can really put our country first.

Financial crisis

The present financial crisis was caused by greedy financiers located on Wall Street and at other financial centers of the world, not so much in Washington D.C., although their lobbyists there were not without influence in their underlying pecuniary mon-omania.

Those who hold the so-called “free market” as a sacred aspect of democracy or of the new global structure have yet to learn of the corrupting nature of government and market when combined in their efforts toward avarice.

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What should Shorewood do about its developing demographic shift toward a more elderly population?

The population shift.

The slow but steady reduction in school enrollment along with the underutilization of our school facilities is significant evidence of this evolving shift.

Our changing demography can also be seen in the kind of redevelopment process and in the home occupancy that is being reflected in an increase in mature households, smaller-sized families and families without children in the household. Many of these families have adult children that are off to college.

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Waste Management -- a Shorewood Vendor --Screws 38 Teamsters out of Jobs

Bailout, Strike, Teamsters, Village Administration, Waste Management

 When you see a Waste Management truck in Shorewood, chances are that it is a scab driver who was hired by Wasted Management as a Permanent Replacement Worker during the recent Teamster strike.  Thirty Eight of the Teamster Drivers were shafted by WM.

Waste Management decided the time was right this year to beat down the Teamsters on benefits they had negotiated over the years.  In today's economy Waste Management did not have too much trouble finding drivers who would work for less than the Union Drivers.

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Intergenerational communities

With our life span greatly extended today, we cannot continue to follow retirement standards of the 20th century.

We should begin thinking of extending our productive lives for another decade or so. Some who could have retired at 65 have instead chosen to carry on their work for another decade and could have been as effective and perhaps more effective for still another decade.

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A Big Pile of Dirt and The Lessons It Can Teach

As we all go forward with more of a thirst for financial reassurance, we see the importance of teaching our children the value of a dollar as well as the risk and importance of stoking the furnace here, because it keeps a fire burning everywhere else. Still, in regards to the bailout/rescue, the knee jerk reaction on ubiquitous Main Street was to punish the rich and have a people’s uprising. Then 700 points of reality dropped on our kitchen tables right between the gas bill and the new car brochures. I wonder if people are talking to kids about this.

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She had caught some pretty good ones.

Intergenerational programs

The consequence of our emphasis on education within school institutions that have developed over the years turns out to be an ostracism or "a banishment of children from the world of adults," let alone that of the oldest adults. (Hannah Arendt).

On the other hand our perception of older adults as people on the path to marked physical and mental deteriorating conditions steer all generations away from much involvement with the oldest generations.

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Political-speak, mixture of oil and water.

Truth in politics.

I was a young idealist when I first heard someone say that “truth and politics are like water and oil and do not make a good mix.”

Politics on today's national scene seem to be a good demonstration of this sapience.

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Now, how will it evolve?

Buiding culture.

Suzanne's drawings, her reference to Central Park, her declaration of love of people and reference to the force or energy of ink shot right through my thoughts revolving around the meaning of culture.

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War and taxes.

Of course Governor Palin doesn't believe paying taxes is patriotic.

She lives in an oil producing State where the government pays dividends from its oil proceeds to its citizens. But here in the United States we cannot pump our tax money out of oil holes.

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Political judgment

Well, here's one October surprise.

Is today's news about Governor Palin and her first dude in the “ state troopers case” the beginning of her political bridge to nowhere? How does Senator McCain shake out in this one?

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. . . and then why.

Full stomach and proper perspective.

When I started writing this, this morning, I had just been watching the sun rise out of Lake Michigan into a partially cloudy sky, this huge ball, the center of our universe.

Now here I sit in Shorewood, an urban place that we call a village, the sun streaming though the window a reminder of the insignificance of human presence here.

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. . . when the times call for action

Leadership power

Our country has evolved into a two political party system sharing power in the congress and with a relatively strong presidency that cannot function well without its support.

Therefore these two units of government are involved in the real functioning leadership of this country.

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. . . thought is life forming.

Inward thoughts.

The eldest in society, those fortunate enough not to be too concerned with obtaining food and shelter tend to turn inward and usually to the past.

After all, the greater part of life for elders is in the past.  And who knows more about one's life than oneself and therefore inward viewing becomes somewhat a functioning form of personal history.

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When They Say, "Don't Even Open the Envelope"...Don't.

Finally, we got to hear “I’m in the Money” on NPR this morning. The market has been treated for its bout of de-regulation. All this has made me realize how much money I don’t actually have. I was not the product of parents who talked about money. It was a secret. I guessed my dad, who was a physician, had a bit more than others because whenever I told people he was a doctor, they seemed to think me more friend worthy; but if we were wealthy, I wonder why we lived in that old duplex under the really loud Polish family of five. I’ve certainly never had so much that I’ve lost track of it.

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Convergence as the point of reality.

Improbables and reality

For many years I've been concerned about the existence of things and of the existence of thought itself.

But life has kept me too busy with other things to devote the time that a would-be philosopher should to such notions of this nature as they come to mind.

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Our soft more vulnerable side.

Our vulnerable sides.

Memories seem to be packaged emotions staked up on a shelf somewhere in the mind, labeled “happy” and “sad.”

As we grow older I've noticed we go to that shelf more and more often, especially when chatting with old friends.

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Read While Humming "It's a Small World"

Some fifth and sixth graders have been running an election over at the elementary schools. They elected party nominees, developed platforms, made flyers, had conventions, press corps, campaign managers and a videographer. They prepared a debate between the two presidential candidates with moderators and a quiet audience of about 100. The moderators prepared insightful questions and the debaters answered each one thoughtfully and respectfully. It was cute. This is, of course, how we have taught our students American politics works and sure enough, they believed us.

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Representative Sheldon Wasserman aka Doctor Do Nothing ?

Democrats, Elderly, Healthcare, Politicians & Politics, Wasserman

 Dr. Sheldon Wasserman, a member of the Wisconsin Assembly since 1994, describes himself as an active participant in the assembly, who has a great attendance record.  Dr. Wasserman  prides himself as being very concerned and involved in medical issues.

Wasserman  has pointedly proclaimed that he is an "Independent" who just happens to be nominally a Democratic --- but is very much in tune with the Republican sentiments that many of his constituents share.

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No Child Left Without A Party

I wonder if parents know how much teaching time is wasted on Halloween. Sure, it’s fun and all but it is a real drag on momentum just forming around this time of year. It is probably most intrusive with the youngest school kids. It seems by sixth grade, walking around school in a plastic painted bag with lipstick on has lost its luster. They just want candy.

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Open Your Bag, Here's a T-Shirt!

So we had the Halloween parties all afternoon on Friday, the kids went trick or treating on Sunday and now I hear some neighborhoods are doing it again on Thursday evening? Do we think kids aren’t enjoying their childhoods or something? This gets to be expensive for people. That’s why I just walk the dogs between five and seven. I must say I wasn’t the only one gone Sunday, either. Home Depot was full of people with no Packer game to watch, passing off Halloween on someone else in the family and I‘ve never seen so many people walking behind their usually homebound family dogs at the dog park. I understand. It’s not that much fun to sit at the front door waiting for kids who you’ve never seen before, who are standing with their uncomfortable parents or weirder yet, were driven over to your neighborhood and dropped off at the corner. Poor Lake Drive. I know lots of our future who tell me they go there because they get big candy bars.

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