Alderman Dennis McBride represents Wauwatosa's 4th District. An attorney and graduate of Wauwatosa East High School, Ald. McBride strives to be an effective, thoughtful, and nonpartisan representative for his constituents and for his hometown.
I have not written in this corner in more than a month. Like most Wisconsinites, I have been engrossed in the budget battles in
My relative silence has been guided in part by the advice of my favorite poet, William Butler Yeats, who wrote these words in 1915:
On Being Asked for a War Poem
I think it better that in times like these
A poet’s mouth be silent, for in truth
We have no gift to set a statesman right;
He has had enough of meddling who can please
A young girl in the indolence of her youth,
Or an old man upon a winter’s night.
But today I can no longer be silent. Like most Wisconsinites, I have grown weary of the standoff and of the toll it is taking on our ability to interact with each other. It also is taking a toll on Wisconsin's municipalities, like Wauwatosa, which are gripped with financial insecurity while the budget battles go on. As an alderman, I am concerned about our City's future and responsible for protecting its ability to pay for and provide services to our residents.
It is time for our “statesmen” (and women) in
As a lawyer and elected official, I know there is always room for compromise. It is time to put the current issues behind us and move forward.
“Forward” is our state motto – isn’t it?