Issue of the Week: The Great Storm
Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week
Rivers are cresting at record levels and experts are surveying damage, and hopefully aid will arrive in time to keep Wisconsin
residents safe. The rain has stopped for now, but danger remains. The
rush of water in rivers and ditches should always be avoided, and
parents and teachers must remind curious kids that they should stay
away. Floodwater often harbors dangers bacteria, and mold can form
in damp areas, so anything that can’t be dried and disinfected must be
For more information, go to dhfs.wisconsin.gov/eh/DisasterHealthSafety.
Event of the Week:
Mark Weisbrot on Latin America
is undergoing a dramatic shift in leadership and economic policy, but
the U.S. press is only telling one side of the story. Mark Weisbrot,
national columnist and president of the organization Just Foreign
Policy, explains the transformation Thursday, June 12, at the Fireside
Lounge in the UW-Milwaukee Union. The event free and open to the
public. For more information, visit www.progressivestudents.org.
(To find more cool stuff to do this week, go to the Events Calendar at www.expressmilwaukee.com.)
Winner of the Week:
When Michael D’Amato decided not to run for re-election to the Milwaukee Common Council last fall, many of his East Side and Riverwest constituents assumed that something had gone terribly wrong— or that he’d take a lucrative job with one of the developers he’d befriended while in office. Instead, D’Amato has become the Wisconsin director for the SEED Foundation, a nonprofit that backs boarding schools in under-served urban areas. That’s the side of D’Amato we applaud.
Jerks of the Week:
Citibank and Chase
These two giant banks decided to stop providing student loans to students Wisconsin’s technical colleges and two-year colleges because they aren’t making enough profits from them. So MATC students, for example—many of whom are lower-income, minority and learning in-demand trades—may have drop out of school. So when Milwaukee-area employers can’t find skilled tradespeople, they can thank their friends the big New York City banks.
Blog of the Week
Milwaukee Rising/Gretchen Schuldt
If you think this is bad... Everything and everyone is wet. But it could be worse. It could be that the Wisconsin
Department of Transportation would like to increase the size of the
freeway next to your house, bringing it even closer to your back door
and increasing by 50% the amount of impervious surface that will send
polluted runoff into your yard.
It could be that WisDOT would like to increase the pitch of the freeway to drain more efficiently into your yard. It could be that when pushed for its plans to prevent flooding in yards, WisDOT says, “Yeah, well, whatever. We’ll get around to it later.”
It could be that WisDOT is planning exactly that for the Milwaukee portion of North-South I-94 expansion project. It is. (To read more local blogs, go to blognetwork.expressmilwaukee.com)
Photo of the Week:
Night Street by Nikki Goodrich
"Taken in St. Francis, on Van Norman Avenue, sometime after midnight, sometime after a martini, sometime after the party."
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you it’s got about 18 million cracks in it. And the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time.” —Sen. Hillary Clinton