Category: Basic City Services

Severe Weather and the 400 Homeless Sleeping Outside

Posted December 18th, 2012 @ 8:40 AM by

I’d really like to see all 400 show up and test the alleged rules of the shelter systems that seem to be shifting and don’t seem to reflect reality. If we have a cooling shelter, why not a blizzard shelter?

“Cars First” is not a Progressive Policy Position.

Posted July 16th, 2012 @ 5:43 PM by

So-called “Progressive” talk show host John “Sly” Sylvester doubled down on the “Cars First” rhetoric last Friday, flipping his rationale from “because we pay for the roads” to “because there are more of us and we are bigger.” But is such a power-based rationale really representative of someone who claims to be a Progressive? Hell […]

Some feedback to Metro on future farecards

Posted June 25th, 2012 @ 2:17 PM by

The RFP for updated farecard systems in Madison is moving forward. Here are some suggestions on how to write the RFP so that we can unleash the full talent of our community and the world in making it better.

Hariah H. Hutkowski Wants Your Money!

Posted March 29th, 2012 @ 12:58 AM by

And he wants as much of your taxpayer money as he can get his hands on. If you live in Sun Prairie or have driven through you would have probably seen a sign with the unique name. Mr. Hutkowski(Mr. H) is currently running. Not a typo as Mr. Hutkowski is running for every job he […]

Complain About Alternative Transportation on Leap Day!

Posted February 23rd, 2012 @ 4:45 PM by

With this being a leap-year, and the great day fast approaching, I hereby declare February 29th as “Complain about alternative transportation day.”   So how about it? You’ve got a whole extra day this year. Why not spend 20 minutes of it harshing your elected officials about how hard it is for you to walk, […]

Turning our tech dreams into reality: how do we know what to buy?

Posted January 11th, 2012 @ 11:49 AM by

The city is buying some technology upgrades for Madison Metro. We can come up with cool things it should do all day long, but if we don’t think about how to write the RFP, it won’t matter. What can we learn from other cities?

Simpson’s Soliloquy on Words of Reason

Posted October 4th, 2011 @ 12:38 AM by

This weeks Herald Independent, the paper of record for the Monona Grove School District, had an interesting column from their latest Cottage Grove columnist Tom Reason. Mr. Reason covered two topics and unfortunately both of them poorly. The first topic that Mr. Reason covered was the success of the “budget repair bill”. I don’t think […]

When Considering Infrastructure, Build for the Future!

Posted August 22nd, 2011 @ 5:30 PM by

Popular culture would tell the city leaders of Madison that in our current budget we need to focus on providing basic services like expanding roads for driving (which popular culture tells us provides a high return on investment and grows the economy), and cut back on what popular culture tells us are expensive luxuries like […]

Saving Privatized Ryan (brothers)

Posted July 15th, 2011 @ 8:58 AM by

The Village of Cottage Grove is at it again. They seem to be working very hard to lower the quality of life for all of the citizens in the Village(and unfortunately have been very successful the last two years plus). This time they have some accomplices – the town of Cottage Grove and the municipalities […]

Think Globally but Pay Attention Locally…

Posted June 9th, 2011 @ 10:32 AM by

The Village of Cottage Grove meeting this week was very telling of four members of the board. This item: e. Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee i. Discuss and consider the 2011 action steps. In most cases this would be a blip on the screen and passed quickly and move on. The idea behind this is that […]

Cottage Grove – Leadership Institute

Posted June 6th, 2011 @ 10:45 AM by

It has been said that the people lead and the government follows. There have been many examples of this throughout history. Pressure on politicians is what has moved this country. We now have a chance to see if that will be true in Cottage Grove. Approximately two years ago, a few citizens of Cottage Grove, […]