Pete Kennedy, now a Freeman columnist, offers a Waukesha perspective about Milwaukee that should be remembered by Milwaukeans when they/we are told/lectured to cooperate with Waukesha, in the name of regionalism.
Kennedy's message, both in the lede of his most-recent column, as well as the last line:
And this appeared in a venerable daily newspaper, not some giveaway rag.
(And by the way, The Freeman, as its name suggests was a crusading abolitionist newspaper when it made high-minded journalism its identity.
Here's a line or two about another former Freeman editor, who'd probably turn over in his grave if he saw what former editor Kennedy was writing, and what the paper has become.
Or if he read the weekly op-ed rants by the AM radio squawker Mark Belling and the rest of the brace of rightwingers that have turned the Freeman'e editorial pages into into a shrill, far-right, one-note columns.)
And to you out-staters, speaking as a Milwaukean, the Pete Kennedy attitude is what we put up with in this area, everyday in regional media and talk radio - - this routine contempt for Milwaukee, Wisconsin's only major city.
The Milwaukee-Waukesha, two-county Census grouping is already the most segregated in America, and has the worst separation of jobs to job-seekers, too.
Anyone still wondering how that came about? Where exclusion from and judgementalism about urbanity when it comes to life and culture and politics in southeastern Wisconsin?
My suggestion from now on:
When Waukesha County wants Milwaukee land for freeways, or Milwaukee water to compensate for overused wells, or Milwaukee's agreement to help move jobs and businesses west of 124th St. in the name of regionalism - - that Milwaukee simply says "No," and sign it:
"Declined By The People Who Suck."
An Update: Remember when Mark Belling said it would be a good idea to stay away from Summerfest because a hip-hop artist was booked there?
His Pete Kennedyesque fears were unrealized.
In fact, we learn today (July 5th) that arrests at Summerfest last night were nearly 2:1 out-of-county residents than local people.
Maybe even some from out where Pete Kennedy lives, bringing crime and pressure into the city, and onto Milwaukee police and the law-abiding public?