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Jun 2, 201505:01 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

No end to homeless problem at City-County Building

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My friend Vicki McKenna talks of Madison as being beyond parody. Is there any more fitting metaphor for the failure of liberal-progressive-socialism than the fetid front porch of Madison’s City-County Building?

Who are the masters of this disaster? Their names are Ald. Samba Baldeh and Ald. Mark Clear. Their names are Supv. Al Matano and Supv. Paul Nelson.

They are the four members of the eight-member City-County Liaison Committee that voted to continue the Calcutta on the Lake at Madison’s seat of municipal government. The squalid squatters will continue to squat, the vagrants will not vacate the premises, much against the wishes of Mayor Paul Soglin and employees of the City-County Building.

The two county supervisors have no excuse. They have heard from their hard-working Human Services administrator, Lynn Green, that the vagrants at the CCB have other options, but they refuse to abide by the county’s rules.

As Hizzoner said last week: “The present policy — the combination of no rules and compassion — is a failure. It is failing City and County employees, it is failing public users and visitors to the building, and it is failing people in our community …”

The thing about “no rules and compassion”? That could be said about the no-discipline discipline policy at Madison public schools. It could be said about the Young & Foolish campaign to geld the police.


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Jun 3, 2015 06:53 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Funny..... its not a problem any other county.

Jun 3, 2015 09:27 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave keep doing what your doing.

Your an inspiration and voice of reason in the wilderness.

The no discipline code at the Madison public schools is a perfect endorsement for private & parochial and possibly the surburban schools.

Jun 3, 2015 10:46 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Baltimore cops used to sit on every block, better to access payment from drug dealers for letting them operate. Do some real reading about Baltimore's troubled history, not the quick hits from cable TV meant to inflame those who don't read very much at all.

Jun 3, 2015 10:48 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I think the city hall is the ideal homeless shelter. Those "working" there have not been particularly motivated to do anything legitimate to solve the problem, so let them deal with it first hand.

Jun 3, 2015 10:55 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Dear Madison,

Your public schools are teaching your children that if you are black, there are no consequences for bad behavior. This was once called "the soft bigotry of low expectations".
If the kids are not racist going in .... they will be coming out.

Jun 3, 2015 12:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I think the Walker strategy of allowing anyone who wants to be a teacher to actually be one is great. That way, everyone who thinks teachers are overpaid/underworked idiots and believe they could get the kids' attention and crank out top-notch test takers can. And should. And now maybe will.

Jun 3, 2015 12:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I would like to remind Madisonians troubled by the decline of public schools that there are still excellent Catholic schools in Madison, where standards are upheld.

One of them, Our Lady Queen of Peace School, is a veritable pipeline to the University of Notre Dame. (If you're OK with a middling football program, the academics are strong and the lifelong Notre Dame network is incomparable.

Jun 3, 2015 12:48 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Predictably, the plague of bums at the CCB is spreading to more visible spots around the downtown area, including benches at busy intersections. I pass by the corner of E. Washington and Pinckney St. on the Square nearly every day, where a fine upstanding member of the homeless "community" has set up housekeeping. Seriously, this woman has laid claim to two of the benches, spreading out enough of her crap (including a makeshift tent)to fill a decent-sized room. Another bum has decided to store his goods and chattels on the bench at the corner of Wisconsin Ave. and Mifflin St. Meanwhile, our elected "leaders" dither and equivocate as the quality of life in our city deteriorates by the day.

Jun 3, 2015 02:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

MadisonExpat nails it. What's more is this "Madison problem" isn't really a Madison problem. St. Paul, MN is having the same issues for the same reasons. Seriously, change "St. Paul" to Madison, and this article could come From "your progressive voice."

See here:

Sound familiar?

Madison has the solution though. Just need more money to filter through some unions, etc.:

Chief Koval endorses the special race courts in his blog?

He's hit his 52-week high several months ago. I'd sell, if you haven't already.

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

Jun 3, 2015 02:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

That's a mighty Christian way to approach the problem, calling them bums. The woman on Pinckney is clearly mentally ill. What's your solution to her problem? Bus ticket?

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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