As I post every Sunday, here are the five most read blog entries of mine from the previous week. NOTE: some entries may have been posted prior to the past week.
1) THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2011: #6
2) Photos of the Week (12/25/11)
3) THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2011: #5
4) THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2011: #4
5) THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2011: #7
THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
It’s New Year’s Day. Here are, in no particular order, my culinary resolutions for 2012:
In restaurant booths, could we please not put our feet up on the seats.
When you’ve finished dining and paid the bill, could you please get up and get the hell out so someone else who’s been waiting can have a seat.
People sitting at barstools, when there’s one empty spot and two people standing, how about getting up and moving one spot down so the others can sit as well.
When wait staff does something good or nice, can we at least make eye contact and say “Thank you?”
Tip properly, at least 15-20%, more for exemplary service. That includes bar service.
Don’t make a visit to a restaurant a track meet for your server. If someone else at your table orders a drink, put in your drink order at the same time.
If you have a restaurant reservation and you’re going to be late, call and inform the restaurant.
Call if you’re not going to show for a restaurant reservation.
Fast food patrons, know what you’re going to order before you get to the front of the line.
Fast food drive thru workers, would it kill you to put a few napkins in the bag.
Fast food workers, don’t ask me if I want to try a triple-whipped fruit smoothie. If I want a triple-whipped fruit smoothie, I’ll order it.
Fast food joints, stop trying to go healthy!
At a nice restaurant, I should never have to beg for a glass of water.
Don’t walk into a popular restaurant on a Friday or Saturday night without a reservation and develop an attitude when informed you’ll have to wait.
I’m not sure what happens in the women’s restrooms, but guys, c’mon, you’ve got to wash your hands.
Guys, dress up when dining out. Do you have any idea how ridiculous you look in your t-shirt and jeans when your date is all gussied up?
Guys, TAKE YOUR FRICKIN’ HATS OFF IN RESTAURANTS!
CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES
They're the most obnoxious chefs...of the year!
I'm not so sure about some of these.
10 Best and Worst Food Issues in America
That old saying about “once you wash your windows, you’ll see that the curtains are dirty” is too true for my tastes today.
Thousands of Wisconsin Badger fans cheer the team at a rally at
Until Kyla came along, Kevin & I always attended the Badger Band concert at
You're lovin' those Oregon cheerleaders.
Hours before the Rose Bowl, ESPN analysts pinpointed how the Big Ten performances in bowl games this year showed how weak the Big Ten defenses were.
How true. And for the umpteenth year in a row, we see how over-rated Big Ten teams are.
And BTW, Bret Bielema ruins any chance for the Badgers to win by blowing his timeouts. How unfair to the Wisconsin players and
My wife, a regular reader of Photos of the Week, let out an audible YUCK when she saw this last Sunday:
1) Lady Gaga and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg prepare to push the button to drop the ball at New Year's Eve 2012 in Times Square on Dec. 31, 2011 in
We can do YUCKIER.
From CRG St. Croix County:
"In an environment where school districts have had to lay off teachers, the Baldwin- Woodville School District in Baldwin Wisconsin awarded $500.00 bonuses to all full and part time employees. The Board of Education approved the bonus unanimously in a closed door board meeting. Despite a budget surplus taxpayers will not get a Christmas bonus."
PO Box 371086
Milwaukee, WI 53237
January 3, 2012
Beginning Wednesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel begins charging a fee to non-paper subscribers for its online service:
“With its digital offering, called ‘JS Everywhere’ the Journal Sentinel will offer access to JSOnline.com, the Journal Sentinel e-edition, its mobile site for smartphones, plus coming iPad and other digital applications for a subscriber's fee. Readers who subscribe to the print edition of the newspaper will receive free access to all digital products. Web content previously available on the pay site Packer Insider will be included as part of JS Everywhere subscriptions.”
A.V. Club Milwaukee offers this sarcastic smackdown:
“Non-subscribers will be able to view only 20 articles a month, after which they’ll be publicly scolded for contributing to the downfall of print media and for keeping food off of Eugene Kane’s table. In a bit of marketing stealth that would make Facebook blush, the JS announced its delightfully named ‘Journal Sentinel Everywhere’ service under the cover of media darkness, a.k.a. during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.”
This begs the very serious question:
Will people pay to get their newspaper online?
Our first family vacation to Walt Disney World in November 2011 was a complete success for many reasons. Mostly it was a success because Kevin and I were both PRESENT in the trip, enjoying every smile, giggle, and request to “go on another adventure” from our precious daughter Kyla.
“In Franklin, the race to watch is the Franklin School Board, where incumbents Janet Evans and Judith Bialk face four contenders: David Works, John Thompson, Aimee Schlueter and Donald Petre. The seats carry three-year terms. A primary is needed to whittle the number of candidates down to four.”
Here’s a portion of a blog I wrote two years ago this month that bears repeating given that Franklin school officials are hell-bent on putting a referendum to voters on school facilities:
The Sheboygan Press reported last week that fliers in support of a referendum produced by Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO’s) in the Stevens Point Area Public School District “were distributed to teachers at school, who then placed them in folders students use to take messages home.”
The same newspaper’s editorial board wrote this:
"We do not object to the PTO's drafting and sending a pro-referendum letter. But the method of delivery -- stuffed into homework folders and shuttled home by students -- led the group into an ethical gray area.. It also is unclear whether teachers put these notes into the folders. If they did, was it part of the workday or was it on their own time? District employees are free to campaign on their own time but not when they are being paid by taxpayers. The incident also begs the question of what is and isn't acceptable material to be sent in homework folders that go directly into the hands of parents.”
Yep. There are all kinds of red flags on this one.
School officials should never use school time to lobby and campaign for or against an increase in your school taxes. Period.
Franklin went through the same problem during debate surrounding the massive $78-million referendum in April of 2007.
In an issue of Wisconsin School News put out by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards around the time of the election, Tom Joynt of the Administrative Leadership Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee wrote about successful referendum strategies. The basis of his article is a 20-question survey that was mailed to the superintendents in all 70 school districts that had a successful referendum in 2005 or 2006. Forty-four completed surveys were returned, a response rate of 63 percent.
The survey was split into two sections: “Deciding to Hold a Referendum,” and “Strategies Used after a Decision Was Made to Hold a Referendum.”
In the “Deciding” section, the lowest-rated item was asking for student input on needs that were finally included in the final referendum. More weight was given to community input and opinions from staff.
After the decision was made to hold a referendum, there was a strong consensus to provide special information to parents and the media. I’m sure the
The Wisconsin School News survey also generated strong support for providing district residents with estimates of the tax impact of a referendum. Here, I believe the
Another survey idea that received a high endorsement if you wanted to have a successful referendum was to send a brochure to all community residents explaining all accurate details. Maybe
The survey respondents also highly recommended holding public forums. Now this, the
The personal comments on the survey are very, very interesting.
The superintendent in Oakfield, Joe Heinzelman warned, “Make sure you follow through on what you say will happen if a referendum fails.” The author of the article Tom Joynt writes, “Empty hyperbole and overstated claims before a referendum will haunt public officials for many years.” In
According to Joynt’s article, Sue Alexander, superintendent of Markesan “felt unity of the school board in supporting a referendum is significant.” Interesting. In Franklin, right before the election campaign, two incumbent school board members chose not to run. Three school board seats were filled on April 3 with all three candidates running unopposed, two of them opposed to the referenda.
Jamie Benson, superintendent in
Superintendent David Wessel of Spencer offered this advice: “make sure you ask for enough,” but he also added, “don’t go overboard.”
And finally, Joynt writes, and this is where
And so we have in
Not very ingenious,
Forget stuffing the kids’ backpacks with your tax and spend propaganda. That’s old hat. Try what
The Friday before Election Day, April 2007, during school time, hundreds of
Doors to the Assembly reportedly were locked so no one could leave and no one could enter to see and hear what was going on.
I wrote the following at the time:
“The impropriety of this action by
Later on April 2, 2007, just prior to the final vote, I blogged an e-mail I received from a Franklin parent:
“Now that the school district has given the senior class a civics lesson and is encouraging them to exercise their right and privilege to vote(many for the first time):
1. Will they be excused from school to vote?
2. Will the students get a lesson in how to register to vote; how to determine what district they live in; and where their polling place is located?
3. Will they provide transportation to the polls?
4. Will they earn a grade for voting---how are the students going to be assessed following this civics lesson? Will they have to wear the I Voted sticker as proof of voting?
5. Will they tack on an additional 2 hours to the make up school days since the students missed first/second hour to attend this civic lesson?
I have more questions to add but the most important one is:
When will the investigation into the legality of this action begin? Who will be held accountable?”
Back to January 2012: Just a reminder to Franklin school officials that a lot of us haven’t forgotten what happened in 2007.