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Maureen Connors Badding arrived in Wauwatosa 22 years ago via Buffalo and Phoenix. She's a freelance writer and habitual volunteer who enjoys book clubs, travel, entertaining and cheering for her daughter's swim team.

Hair Gel Ceases to Be a Matter of National Security

Packing for an out-of-town trip recently, I came to the conclusion that there must be no women or metrosexuals in the upper echelons of the Transportation Security Administration.

These are the people who tell you that all of your toiletries in your carry-on luggage must be three ounces or less and fit in a clear, one-quart, zipper-top bag. (Check out the regs at and don't miss the new rulings on lighters and breast milk.)

Since my husband is an airline employee, we fly standby most of the time, which means we must carry on our bags. Most business travelers I know do the same.

My quart-size bag was bursting at the seams with shampoo, conditioner, styling gel, hairspray, moisturizer, sunscreen, toothpaste and contact lens solution. And I consider myself a fairly low-maintenance female.

Need to take a small bottle of Woolite or shaving cream? Fuhgettaboutit!

I have yet to determine how this policy has made our airways safer. What's to keep several passengers from pooling their 3-ounce bottles of explosive hair gel to make one heavy-duty Wapatuli punch?

But the TSA is all about a false sense of security, so while terrorists plot some completely unrelated attack, we will continue to have our makeup inspected by minimum-wage “security” agents.

By the way, Gale Rossides became TSA's permanent deputy administrator on January 9, 2008. Her official photo on the TSA website shows her with moussed and sprayed hair and more than a dab of makeup. Maybe there's hope after all!

Time for a New Face on the Common Council

Common Council

After years of being goaded by friends and neighbors to run for public office, Dennis McBride has finally tossed his hat into the ring. He's running for alderperson in Wauwatosa's 4th District.

If you don't know Dennis -- and that's probably only a few of you, since he's involved in practically everything good that's going on in Tosa -- he's an ideal candidate for the job.

Dennis is Wauwatosa born and bred. He attended Tosa East and UW-M, where he received his bachelor's degree in journalism (and distinguished himself in cross country and track at both schools). He earned his master's degree in Public Administration from Princeton and his law degree from New York University.

More important, obviously, is what Dennis has done for Wauwatosa since he came back. While working as an attorney in both private practice and government, he has been quietly joining civic organizations and chairing committees to make Tosa a better place to live.

He's been a member and chair of the Wauwatosa Civil Service Commission. He was a cofounder and first president of the Pasadena Neighborhood Association. Dennis is active at Jefferson School and in Tosa East Alumni projects, where he co-founded the Wall of Inspiration project. He's a director of the Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool and a member of the Historical Society's Little Red Store Preservation Committee.

Dennis has a vision for improving public services in Wauwatosa and managing the redevelopment of State Street, Mayfair, the Burleigh Triangle and the County Grounds.

I don't know anything about incumbent Bernie Grimm -- other than his controversial vote in December to lift the City's general obligation bonding cap -- but I'm sure he's a nice guy and deserves a lot of credit for serving his constituency for the past 32 years. But it's time for some new blood on our Common Council, and Dennis is the right choice.

Dennis is smart, fair and dedicated to a better Wauwatosa. What more do we need?

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