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.