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Finding North Without a Compass

A retired Army officer and retired Fortune 500 executive, Warren may be best known for making waves while serving on the Mequon Common Council and Ozaukee County Board. He's no longer an elected official, but he has plenty to say about local, state and national issues.

 

MOVING ON

The election is over and it’s time to move on as a country. Mr. Obama prevailed with 365-173 electoral vote and 51% - 42% popular vote margins. So it was a clear-cut victory with a majority of working Americans voting their 401k’s which took severe nose dives in the several weeks before the election. The loser, Mr. McCain, put it well: "Join me in offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together as a country."

Hopefully, the transition and subsequent Obama administration will occur without the savaging of Mr Obama personally as happened to his predecessor, Mr. Bush, after his tight victory in 2000. Does anyone doubt that the personal savaging of Mr. Bush by his left wing opponents and the editorial cartoonists in the media lessened the effectiveness of both his foreign and domestic policies. It saddened me hear, night after night, Letterman, Leno, Stewart and Colbert cracking jokes about Mr. Bush’s ineptness, portraying an Ivy League educated graduate as some sort of dolt. What did that do to America’s image around the world – nothing good? It’s interesting that the last three presidents were all Ivy League educated and on January 20, 2009, Mr. Obama will be the fourth in a row. So much for America being led by a "common man" from a non-elitist background – which hasn’t been the case since Ronald Reagan.

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THE LAND TRUST WANTS TO FEED AT THE PUBLIC TROUGH

The Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust has now consummated its purchase of the Squires Country Club located in Port Washington/Belgium for conversion to a nature preserve. The price was $2.4 million and financed privately without the use of taxpayer funds.

I was disappointed to see the disappearance of a fine public golf course, leaving Ozaukee County with two 18 hole county-owned courses and two 18 hole daily fee privately-owned courses, but happy that no taxpayer money was involved in the transaction. Further, Ozaukee County did not have to take ownership of the property as originally proposed, with all the concomitant responsibilities and taxpayer costs that would have entailed.

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