Monthly Archives: November 2008

Make the Most of Racine’s Waterfront

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Here is a letter I wrote to the Racine Journal Times – Letter to the Editor

 

Link to Letter Online

 

 

Our community has spent much time and many dollars on the downtown and waterfront area. It is no secret that the shores of this city are one of its greatest commodities. It is also no secret that it is not being used to its full potential. The massive reconstruction plans in the not so distant past have fallen on their behinds for whatever reasons – perhaps poor planning? I am not an engineer, a city planner, a financial expert by any means. But I have been to many other communities which are also on waterfronts and they seem to take full advantage of that luxury.

 

Now there is news that the memorial fountain will not be available for the enjoyment of children in the summer. Bummer. Another nice feature poo’d on. I feel this city could really benefit from making a part of the lakefront into a boardwalk type setting. Quaint shops, arcades, restaurants right on a boardwalk which could be open year round. Bait shops, waver runner rentals and outdoor artist kiosks could be available for warmer months. Even a walk out pier or a water park would be a wonderful addition.

 

We have had those who have shown interest in developing on our lakefront. Yet the only ones who seem to succeed are the condo developers. Please – enough condos already!! So, you gals and guys with the big bucks out there…lets think outside the condo box for a moment, okay?

 

 

Woman Killed in Racine… Was I Getting Hints?

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Approximately six months ago I began having a reoccurring-type dream.  Aspects of the dream varied, but the basic plot always remained.

 

I would be going to an old apartment of mine usually with faceless friends to hang out.  In my dream, the apartment was no longer mine, but I still had access somehow and there were still items which belonged to me in the apartment. In some cases, I had pet cats there which were not being taken care of obviously. The apartment in these dreams never looked like any of my old apartments, but I just knew they were my old “homes”.

 

Once I would get into the apartment, I would feel guilty and start trying to clean the very old mess I had left behind. But I would feel overwhelmed by the daunting task and even thought of burning the place down as it would be easier than dealing with “the mess”.

 

At one point in the dream I would always find a dead young woman who I had just assumed was an old roommate of mine.  The body was behind the couch which was at an angle. And it was deteriorating.  I often felt very guilty, as though I was the one that killed her.  Needless to say, this part of the dream – which I would say I had about once a week for approximately six months – was extremely disturbing so the next day I would often Google some of my old roommates just to make sure there was no bad news. I never found anything, thank God.

 

But last week, the news came that a young woman, Ann Larson, was killed at 2109 ½ Superior Street. This is the exact address I lived before moving in with my husband in 2001.  I lived there for about a 2 years with my 2 cats.  And I did leave the place a little messy when I moved out, for which I have always felt very guilty. But it certainly was not as bad as in my dreams!!

 

I have to wonder if these dreams were in any way precognitive. Or is it all just coincidence which I am over analyzing? It has been weighing on me for the past week regardless. Such a terrible story. One that could happen to a lot of people. It leaves me a little more fearful and a helluva lot grateful…I mean really…there by the grace of God go I….

 

Of course my thoughts and condolences go out to her loved ones.

Be a KNOWLEDGEABLE Voter!!

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I know it may seem I have not been as active and as loud about this year’s election as I have in the past. That is not due to the fact that I do not feel very strongly about this election. I realize that most people are decided voters at this point. However, there has been SO much negative campaigning (on both sides) and so many ridiculous emails filling up our inboxes – I am fearful that people may be voting on the basis of that which is not true. There are two very good sites to check on the validity of these emails and rumors.

 

www.factcheck.org and www.snopes.com

 

I also wanted to clear up a few of the lies that have been flying around about Barack Obama because I know there are many out there who believe them.

 

This link will explain the differences in the healthcare plans between Obama and McCain

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/health_care_spin.html

 

Obama and Bill Ayres

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/he_lied_about_bill_ayers.html

 

Ad about failed abortions completely false

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_alive_baloney.html

 

NRA’s false claims about Obama and Guns

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/nra_targets_obama.html

 

Obama will not be taking all of our money!! Tax Facts…

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/there_he_goes_again.html

 

Obama is NOT A MUSLIM TERRORIST!!

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/sliming_obama.html

 

 

You can early vote today or vote on Election Day tomorrow (Nov 4th). If you live here and Racine and need a ride, let me know.

 

If you are not sure of your polling place, click here

 

 

Aside from just the presidential race, we will also be voting on Congressional and Assembly candidates tomorrow. If you have time, please visit these sites to gain some knowledge of these candidates which are both running against long time incumbents and need our votes to make change here at home.

 

http://www.lindaflashinski.com/

 

http://kruppforcongress.com/

 

And here are articles comparing the candidates on certain issues:

 

Marge Krupp vs Paul Ryan

 

Linda Flashinski vs Robin Vos

 

Thanks.

 

Have a swell day!!!