Today the village bookstore has turned off its “open” sign. It is now in the same state as is the Sunrise project on Capitol Drive where the restaurant once stood, now defunct.
It is obvious that most Shorewood trustees are interested in remaining in office. Otherwise incumbents wouldn't want to retain their seats. I'm sure that they must derive some pleasure from whatever role that they play as trustees.
While running some errands the other day, I decided to drive by the former Schwartz's Bookstore in Shorewood.
One anonymous reader once commented that incumbents didn't get opposition to their candidacy because the citizens were probably pleased with the way they were being represented.
What was the lesson of the demise of our bookstore in Shorewood?
Practical people were inclined to tell me as a child that things without monetary value have no value. This would mean that if a monetary value could not be put on an object or process, it has no value.
Practical elders and teachers were inclined to let me know as a child that things without monetary value were of no value. This would mean that if a monetary value could not be put on an object or process, it has no value.
Democracy seems to function best when its processes are transparent and public. Newspapers seemed essential, perhaps the main element in maintaining that transparency.
Waking up from a dream, which I seldom have or at least do not recall that I had, I remembered that I was at a regular meeting of the Shorewood's Village Board.
If one writes a book on anything, from how to quit smoking to how to lose fat, or if one is a retired colonel, he or she can give military opinions on TV. Some can give their opinions on any subject that seems hot that day on cable TV.
Changing facts and changing situations may require new interpretations of new events and often require modifications or completely new policies.
Most people interested in our economy are hoping that we've “reached bottom” so that we can slowly begin our ascent.
It seems that Shorewood Village Hall has accepted the notion that some types of business must be reduced in scale and that some should be bailed out and some should not, and some should be relocated.
If we can throw tea overboard, maybe we should throw overboard some of those imports that are coming here from China. Can we apply the “no taxation without representation” slogans to the Chinese and the Japanese too?
Today is tax day, that is “T” day, now become tea bag day. The British put a tax on tea, that caused the revolution, George Washington, the constitution, the “bill of rights,” thus the right to carry a gun, no shootin'.
Shorewood Village Board members have publicly announced their support of existing policies aimed at shifting more of our taxes to commercial development.
Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) was originally designed to economically upgrade what were at the time called slum districts.
High rents result in reduced or no profit for some businesses in Shorewood.
In reviewing some of our policies in Shorewood, perhaps we need to ask the question, what are the main objectives and underlying purposes for our present “redevelopment” activities?
One of the things that we don't have to worry about in Shorewood is the lack of continuity in our government. We've just returned three incumbents who ran unopposed. That was a tough battle.
I'm wondering what is happening to the old economic supply and demand theory, when it comes to shop rents on Oakland Avenue in Shorewood.
Mr. Guy Johnson, president of Shorewood's Village Board, I'm requesting that you call in Santiago Calatrava, international Architect and Engineer to help us put our village on the map.
Shorewood's village president, Guy Johnson, upon re-election, earlier this month said that as his underlying goal “he will work with the board and the village manager to refine and implement our village vision.”