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Both Sides of the Fence

A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!

When do we get to be grown-ups?

Walker's top 10 list, tweeting while in public employment, adulthood

Page 3 is the most prominant spot in the newpaper weekly magazine. You open the cover, and there it is, whatever it is.

Open American Profile in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It's a Christmasy issue with wholesome Jennie Garth on the cover, not showing any body parts, not even a clavicle, and the list of contents.


Healthy eating tips

Collecting Nativity scenes

But the holiday  greeting on page 3?




This is not an "I. Can't. EVEN!!!" thing. It's just one of the many daily winces we aspiring grown-ups feel in a world growing down, growing increasingly crude.

You know where this is going.

The intern, then aide, now welcome-to-the-ranks-of-the-unemployed, tweeted "I will choke that illegal mex cleaning in the library. Stop banging *&^%%% chairs around and turn off your Walkman." Boss Governor Scott Walker recently fired her for being injudicious. Or whatever it took him two years to decide was not a good way for staff to behave while he is in pubilc office.

The woman is very young. She lives in a world where any idea that pops up in your head can roll out instantly to the world. And too often, does.

Filters. We all need them to help us realize that our irritation and prejudices are probably things we ought to work on in private.

I blame Walker. A rather dignified man himself, he apparently has not thought it important to set a dignified and compassionate tone for those who work for him. In his recently published book Unintimidated, he shared a technique to relax his staff from the stress of, well, doing their jobs: disparage the people you were elected to govern. The list of 10 ways to know you're a union member includes chuckles like:

4.) You know by having a copy of the Holy Koran on your desk your job is 100% safe.

“It did the trick, putting them at ease again,” Walker wrote.

Apparently they are a little too much at ease. The trick, Governor, is to show them how to be courteous, compassionate, decent folks.

Adults. It's not too much to expect, is it?


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