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Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Doing the People's Business

Politics-Tosa, Public Policy, Rubbish

Since I live near Hart Park I'm excited to know that the city is finally going to get serious about making the park improvements come together.  Heck, I'm actually grateful.  This is an investment in our community that all Tosans are going to benefit from and can be proud-of.  Generations to follow will thank us for polishing this gem.

And, yes, I think the Mayor deserves her fair share of credit for shepherding this process along.  Good job.

But what's this about the Council reversing its decision to broadcast interviews of applicants vying for an appointment as Alderperson? 

I opined about this a couple of weeks ago. 

I thought to myself - Good job Council.  Good job Mayor.  Transparency.  

Seems I heard a great deal about transparency in someone's mayoral campaign.  Didn't you? 

Or were those imaginary voices?

Alderwomen Jay and Organ have suggested that applicants applying for an appointment shouldn't be treated the same as those seeking election.  

Huh?

Did someone say double standard

I want to make sure I understand this correctly.

Hypothetically-speaking, if I apply for a job in the queen's retinue (remember this is a job I want really bad enough to apply for it in the first place) I get to leave my cojones at the door. And unless the Kingdom's subjects travel in person to the castle; Tom's interview is, well, shall we say - off limits.  The excuse for this?  To protect my delicate sensibilities in an age of online media.

That is the standard for applicants aspiring for a job at the castle. 

OK. I get it.

However, if I show-up at City Hall as an ordinary citizen so I might speak my mind before a Committee or the Council and Mayor it is both taped and broadcast for everyone to see.

And I would be doing this at the risk of great personal peril. For you see I might (gasp) be embarrassed by a gaffe.  I could be mocked by all the Kingdom's subjects from the comfort of their hovels - courtesy of cable channel 25 and U-Verse channel 99. 

It would even be rebroadcast.  That way you could pile-on and make a drinking game of it.

That is the standard for the masses. 

Here's a question for the Council.  

Have us ordinary people stopped showing-up and speaking before you and your committees out of some sort of irrational fear of the all-threatening and omniscient YouTube? 

Of course not.

I want to be clear that I am of the opinion that our alderpeople are real public servants.  This is citizen-service in its finest form as nobody does it for the money or the glory.  At least I don't think anyone does.

Alas, transparency has taken a hit on this one folks.  It is the object of lip service.

So, hypothetically-speaking of course, suppose a recalcitrant subject shows-up and tapes the applicant's interviews anyway? 

What are you going to do -  throw their camera in the moat?

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