Props to environmental and social justice Attorney Dennis Grzezinski for the analysis in his Wednesday letter to the editor published in the Journal Sentinel:
Milwaukee asking right questions about water
It has been very interesting to read news reports and editorials seconding the City of Waukesha's argument that Milwaukee should provide it with Lake Michigan water in the interest of regional cooperation - because it is necessary to strengthen the region.
Waukesha's argument, and the media coverage, ignores the fact that time and time again over the years, Waukesha County communities and officials have turned their backs on any kind of cooperation with Milwaukee - on transportation issues, on access to jobs and on affordable housing, among others.
They even prevented Milwaukee from moving ahead with public transit projects that would have been located entirely within Milwaukee County. It is hard to understand why the media would fail to recognize, and fail to point out in their coverage, that Waukesha is applying a double standard here today.
Under these circumstances, City of Milwaukee officials are properly asking questions about Waukesha's need for this water, about the size and scope of the request and about Waukesha's willingness to cooperate with Milwaukee on other issues that affect the region.