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Even blue-collar, working class folks can do better than this . . .
Staff recommends fixing 'fully functional' e-mail system
SHOREWOOD, WI. (July 31, 2004) – In settling a public records lawsuit last spring, the village agreed to establish by June 1, 2004 an e-mail server so that official correspondence could be archived for public access under the Wisconsin public records act.
On Monday night, trustees will revisit the e-mail issue because although the government has provided “VillageofShorewood.org” e-mail addresses to elected officials, trustees frequently have been unable to access correspondence or attachments through the official system. More
Hanewall's recount tantrum cost villagers at least $1,831
SHOREWOOD, WI. (July 25, 2004) --Vanquished yet intransigent, trustee wannabe Jeff Hanewall's refusal to take the voters' "no" for an answer in the April 6 village elections cost taxpayers at least $1,831.25 in legal fees alone, records obtained by ShorewoodVillage.com show. Story
BID-sponsored July 15 bike race shuts down Oakland Avenue
Village attorney turns economics on its head; offers free legal information to anyone at all
Got a legal question about how to beat a ticket? Want to know what records are public? Concerned that a group of officials is meeting unlawfully? Are you a reporter comparing the way your municipality deals with unleashed dogs?
BID Director consults lawyer following request to inspect records:
Will business owners have to pay Carl Templer's legal bills?
Nader, Dean, Kerry-Edwards and Bush-Cheney ignore media reform
From Samuel J. Harris, a reader who disagrees on the media issue
"Howard Dean was the front-running Democratic candidate for his party's presidential nomination until he said he wanted media reform. Then, The Scream was replayed on broadcast stations until he was destroyed. Are the candidates afraid to discuss this issue because the media will destroy them? Isn't it time to take back the media? The media have silenced our leaders on an issue that threatens our political system.
It's our democracy, not theirs. "
1. We do not have a democracy. The U.S. of A. is a republic albeit based on democratic principles.
2. Who is they?
3. Why isn't the democracy "theirs" as well as "ours"? Do you lose citizenship simply by being a member of the media?
4. Dean was pummeled by a free press but he gave the media plenty of ammunition. In fact he self-destructed. The Scream occurred after he was finished; after he lost big time in Iowa.
5. If a person lacks the guts to stand up on an issue then they simply will not have what it takes to be President. I do believe Bush-Cheney spoke out against the mainstream media in 2000. Adam Clymer of the New York Times was recognized by that campaign as an "asshole - big time."
6. Media Reform sounds like some leftist fantasy that "THEY" meaning liberals in government know what is best for all of us. Yeah I want reform for the press so the people in power can set things right (sarcasm warning in case you are not swift on the uptake or have spent to much time in Rio Linda). Freedom means freedom. Yes big media is influential but so is little media as I witnessed with the Pit and your current endeavor. You sound as if you lack faith in the American people. If you see through the problem, what makes you think others do not? I recognize that many people are naive idiots but Abraham Lincoln said best when he pointed out you can't fool all of us idiots all of the time.
7. In the end I am simply left wondering who this bogeyman you call "the media" is.
I DARE YOU TO PRINT THIS ENTIRE RESPONSE ON THE FRONT OF SHOREWOODVILLAGE.COM. Or are you afraid to discuss the issue openly? If so, then you are part of the media censorship problem not the solution.
For those readers who complain that we are too angry, please welcome . . .
The Complacent Village Muckraker
Coming this week . . .
Monday, July 12, 2004 -- Oh, good, Trustee Ellen Eckman has her new trustee orientation policy initiative on her Community and Business Relations Committee agenda again (6:40 p.m., Village Hall, 3930 N. Murray Ave., 2nd floor). Even though this committee has nothing to do with internal board policy, Trustee Eckman will probably raise it before the full board because she is so popular with the other trustees who, like, respect her way totally and because she has actually shown great and awesome leadership and independence throughout her stellar incumbency. Although there were some small errors in her trustee orientation policy initiative that someone inadvertently missed when it was discussed at that meeting that was NOT illegal but only questionable, the unfortunately incorrect portion that was caught has now been fixed and so we have the opportunity to move forward with this crucial matter that should not be counted in the tally of minutes taken up by stupid, hurtful issues that are incompetently drafted and nevertheless regurgitated like spoiled raw chicken, although the trustee orientation policy initiative has managed to endure for more than eight months without resolution, showing this board does not jump to conclusions or rubber stamp items no matter how well formulated and uncontroversial. This, indeed, is good news for the other trustees, who, had they managed to end this by saying what a small minority of the earth has been thinking, would not have the pleasure of revisiting this wonderful and refreshing issue whose time has come again and again and again.
Journal Communications: Downtown and Uppity
North Shore Herald is a marketer's dream and resident's nightmare
They are not selling the paper to you -- they are selling you to the advertisers
Thanks so much (Not) to Journal Communications, or whoever the corporate parent entity they own is that repackaged Shorewood news into a North Shore Herald. Not only has the horizontally and vertically monopolistic organization forced Shorewood advertisers to now spend more to reach people in Brown Deer and Fox Point who will never patronize them, but readers have to scratch around for news they care about through the otherwise irrelevant items about the inner workings of other municipalities.
While it is the trend nationally for newspapers to merge, consolidate staffs and raise advertising costs after falsifying circulation figures, the joining of suburban Herald's into one mega-neighborhood advertising circular only tightens Journal Communication's grip on the information it thinks it can trust us with without us acting up and rebelling.
There is a way to strike back, however. The Herald is offering four free weeks to try to get you hooked on their revamped marketing product.
We suggest you call (262) 317-4254 and take advantage of the free offer, but clearly insist that the trial end with the fourth issue.
After that, you can read the three Shorewood stories or so for free at Walgreen's, Pic N Save or the gas station in less than five minutes.
Our hearts go out to Bridget Fryman and the other writers who aspire to journalism but are chained to the inverted pyramid of corporate domination. RIP.
No blood at budget hearing
More money headed Ray Pollen's way . . .
Library censor Carey continues her single minded goal of denying Web link to ShorewoodVillage.com
Now what are they up to?
After complaining that good people will not seek public positions because of this Web site's attacks on incompetence and corruption, former Village President Rodney Dow was either lying or he is not a good person, because guess what . . .
Dow asks to 'serve' on CDA panel
The last time he held a position, money was funneled to his law firm, Foley & Lardner. Then, he tried to get his hands on Benjamin Trust money intended for the use of our senior citizens. Then he tried to sell his public records although the Village already had agreed to do the work for him. In our opinion, regardless of whether Dow is qualified, he must be kept away from any financial transactions and his firm must not do any work related to the Community Development Authority to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
Raymond Pollen clings to trough, come hell, high water or high court . . .
SHOREWOOD, Wis. (June 3, 2004) -- Village Attorney Raymond Pollen, of the Milwaukee Law firm of Crivello, Carlson & Mentkowski, S.C., refuses to release correspondence from a lawsuit settled by the Village, citing attorney-client privilege although he and his firm were defendants. -- Letter
Bartnicki latest to reject Pollen's advice
SHOREWOOD, Wis. (June 2, 2004) – Interim Village Manager James Bartnicki today rejected Village Attorney Raymond Pollen’s advice regarding who pays how much for Village Board and committee agendas – advice in which Pollen established himself as the person who determines who gets to be "the press," apparently believing his job title trumps hundreds of years of tradition and constitutional protection from just such arbitrary exercise of power.
Pollen, praised by that former Langenkamp woman as a brilliant attorney who lectures other village attorneys statewide, has seen his advice repeatedly brushed aside recently after it has been shown to be wrong. Pollen recently settled a lawsuit naming him and his firm, Crivello, Carlson & Mentkowski, for violation of the Wisconsin Public Records Act. In his latest worthless advice, pollen suggested that the term "press" applies only to some people according to unarticulated criteria that he could nevertheless fathom if "press" is indicated on their correspondence.
In response, we sent the village clerk and interim village manager the following letter.
A hour later, Mr. Bartnicki called to say the Pollen policy had been destroyed, and instructed the Village clerk to ignore Pollen's advice.
The next step seems obvious: stop calling Pollen in the first place. Let's see whether he charges the Village for the ignored counsel.
Meanwhile, Village Librarian Beth Carey decides this Web site is not useful
Prelude to a federal civil rights lawsuit
SHOREWOOD, Wis. (May 23, 2004) – Taxpayers who footed the $5-million-plus bill for a Village library might want to know how the computers they paid for are being used. Poetry or pornography? Renaissance or racism? Sociology or sexuality? But with all the planning, legal fees, and oversight under the regime of former Village President Rodney H. Dow and his cronies, Library Director Beth Carey responded that no record “exists or ever has existed” to the following May 17, 2004 public records request:
Meanwhile, Carey refused yet again to provide a link from the Library’s web site – that links to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, CNI newspapers and national publications -- to this site, which is critical of some local politicians and public officials associated with the Library and its board of directors.
For example, is it cause enough to violate the civil rights of a critic for dismissing a member of the Library Board as a crème-filled sponge cake, or for accurately reporting that the children of Library employees, using an entry code furnished by the Library employee, entered the structure twice after hours, meeting after committing property crimes across the Village?
Carey says her decision to deny a link was made after consulting with Village Attorney Raymond Pollen.
The shame of Shorewood's scarlet letter: C
How do we get information we need?
Nichols leads charge for grassroots media reform
By GEOFF DAVIDIAN
MADISON, Wis. (May 21, 2004) – Are the media serving the public well enough that democracy is safe from snake-oil politicians? Consider these examples:
“Democracy trusts that the best decision will be made” based on sufficient, truthful information, Meredith McGehee, executive director of the national Alliance for Better Campaigns, told about 200 activists from around the state meeting Friday at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.
Are the media giving you enough information to make intelligent decisions in this Village? Now that the Shorewood Library has become a politicized censor and filters information useful to citizens, what can you do? Click here
Former trustee recalls . . .
The ‘historical’ method Eckman wants used for committee assignments was 'perverted'
'Regulate governance' surfaces as purpose
E-mail from Rod Dow to Shorewood Herald reveals goal of Eckman-Langenkamp ad hoc committee
By GEOFF DAVIDIAN
According to an e-mail message released by Eckman, the goal of the ad hoc committee was only secondarily to provide a handbook for new trustees. The agenda of the ad hoc committee was really, first and foremost, to "make recommendations regarding the ordinances that regulate the internal governance of the Village Board" according to an e-mail from former Village President Rodney Dow to Shorewood Herald writer Bridget Dorrycott (now Fryman). See the message here
Fryman said she never wrote a story about the issue, and took Dow's message as "information."
But the contents of Dow's message, and the reply from Eckman, reveal the behind-the-scenes action Dow is taking to twist and spin information so as to damn Village President Kohlenberg and glorify Dow's political clones, Eckman and that former Langenkamp woman, so as to increase Dow's personal influence over Village affairs, a characteristic that has, to many, resulted in Shorewood becoming the laughingstock of the North Shore.
Furthermore, with this lobbying going on from the Law offices of Foley & Lardner, the Village Board should terminate that firm and exclude Foley from future Village business as the partners clearly have a political agenda inconsistent with the canons of professional ethics.
Let's go back to how it was historically
SHOREWOOD, Wis. (May 19, 2004) -- Trustee Eckman wants Village Board committee assignments to take election results into account; alleges Village President Kohlenberg's assignments are not equitable; wants to break up Kohlenberg's choice of who serves on which committee while not questioning the Village president's authority to make appointments and so forth. More
Chimney's knife cuts the strings from the puppet collection