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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 doing the right thing gets you in hot water

I guess I shouldn't be surprised by WauwatosaNOW's silence about yesterday's censure of Supervisor Lynne De Bruin. When I've asked my own supervisor, Jim Schmitt, about social issues in the past, he's told me that Tosans tend not to be very interested in those issues.

In case you don't know the situation, De Bruin acted as a whistleblower, revealing remarks made in closed session by the county's mental health administrator, John Chianelli. Chianelli said that putting men and women patients in the same unit was useful, even necessary. "Putting 24 aggressive male patients into a male-only unit would increase the level of violence in the unit."

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