In Brief: Milwaukee Magazine Says Parks are “Dull” (Wrong!), Idiot of the Day, Closing Tax Loopholes
On this day in 1867, the first commercially viable typewriter was invented right here in Milwaukee by
Christopher Sholes. June 24th ushered in the modern era of cursing inanimate objects.
- Milwaukee Magazine has a profile on the Milwaukee County Parks system in it’s current issue and tries to make that argument that we should be trying to more like Millennium Park in Chicago, or the green space near the Calatrava at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Parks are different things to different people of course, but when was the last time you saw someone having a picnic in front of the Calatrava? It’s a beautiful green space to be sure, but it’s not a “park”. On the flip side of the MM argument: just a few weeks ago a friend was up from Chicago and commented several times how cool it was that we had some parks that were less of “attractions” and more places to relax. Again, parks are different things to different people, and Milwaukee Counties parks are anything but “dull”.
- Local idiot of the day: A 42-year-old Milwaukee man with a blood-alcohol content more than four times the legal limit drove his daughter to school Thursday after partying all night long. “The driver said he went to a party at 10 p.m. and drank until he returned home at 11 a.m. He had a nearly empty bottle of whisky in his vehicle. His BAC was 0.34.”
- This sounds like a tax loophole that deserves to be closed. Of course developers are going to complain about it, but so what? We continue to have dropping tax receipts which puts pressure on other income streams or forces cuts to services, and the source is companies like Gander Mountain only paying $75 for property taxes instead of $50,000 because they planted a few rows of corn. An outrageous abuse of the system, good riddance.
The Brewers start a home stand tonight against the Twins and a few friends from Minnesota are rolling in to catch the series. I hope to be a good host and send them home disappointed.