Franklin residents, do NOT throw away your December city newsletter before your read it

Several changes are being implemented for the 2020 garbage and recycling service with Johns Disposal Service, including going to every week recycling, automated garbage pickup, and brush and leave pickup changes.


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Is Donald Trump the worst ever?

That’s what this guy thinks…

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Michael Gerhardt is a professor of law at the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Before he testified at the impeachment hearing this week some of his opening remarks were released. They included:

“The president’s serious misconduct, including bribery, soliciting a personal favor from a foreign leader in exchange for his exercise of power, and obstructing justice and Congress are worse than the misconduct of any prior president.”

David Harsanyi, a senior writer for National Review and a very bright fellow disagrees.

“Because while I’m certainly not a distinguished professor, I am very confident that history began before 2016. Which means that, even if I concede Gerhardt’s framing of Trump’s actions — bribery, extortion, etc. — I can rattle off at least a dozen instances of presidential misconduct that are both morally and constitutionally ‘worse’ than Trump’s blundering attempt to launch a self-serving Ukrainian investigation into his rival’s shady son.”

That’s from Harsanyi’s latest column.

Today’s highly interesting read (12/06/19): Democrats’ impeachment could cost them the 2020 election (Walker)

Today’s read is from former WI Governor Scott Walker. Here’s an excerpt.

Liberals are overreaching with impeachment, just like they did in my recall. It could cost them the 2020 election.

On Nov. 2, 2010, I won the first of three elections for governor in Wisconsin. That same day, someone registered the domain name They were out to get me from day one. This is one of many striking similarities between the current impeachment process in Washington and the recall election in Wisconsin.

You can read Walker’s entire column here.


Worthwhile Christmas movie you won’t find on TV

“What I love about Christmas movies is that I feel like there’s just this magical glow about them, because they provide us with an incredible world into which we get to escape.”
Soleil Moon Frye, an actor, author and director whose most recent project is the Lifetime movie, “Staging Christmas,” in 2019.

I wholeheartedly concur.

And thank you, Soleil, for calling them what they are: Christmas movies.

Just before Thanksgiving the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel released their massive TV Christmas movie guide. What I’m about to share isn’t on that list. And that’s too bad.

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That’s Loretta Young, a star from Hollywood’s Golden Age.  She made nearly 100 movies, playing opposite all the romantic heroes like Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, James Cagney, and Tyrone Power.  Her resume included modeling for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan.

Exposure? She had it by the tons. Even so Young preferred the public consider her as a wholesome, upstanding Catholic.

Her theatrical career lasted from 1917 to 1953. What happened in 1953? She did a TV series until 1961, but acting in films stopped in 1953. For quite some time.

Then in 1986 Young came out retirement after 33 years to do a TV movie where she played a wealthy lovable do-gooder, only to be thwarted by her evil, conniving, money-driven son.

I won’t provide any spoilers. I will say that when the movie was broadcast on network TV in late December 1986 I watched in my mom’s living room with her. Mom couldn’t believe how Young had aged, but at the same time couldn’t believe how good Young looked.

In 1987, Young won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television.

It’s that good, and sadly, not available on TV for probably some contractual agreement (s).

Here you go. If not now, save and watch at your leisure before Christmas. Really, really good. I’d say better than any Hallmark presentation. My mom and I loved it, that December night, 33 years ago.


BREAKING NEWS: Franklin Alderman Steve Taylor to head up newly formed ROC Foundation

For Immediate Release
December 5, 2019

Steve Taylor
414 759 4086

Former Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor Decides Against Entering Race for Milwaukee County Executive
Taylor Will Head Up the Newly Formed ROC Foundation

Franklin, WI (December 5, 2019) – Franklin Alderman and former County Supervisor Steve F. Taylor announced today he will not be a candidate for Milwaukee County Executive nor any other office during this election cycle.

“I’m very appreciative to those who have been encouraging me to run this past month,” Taylor said. “I never shy away from a challenge, and anyone who has been paying attention over the past decade is fully aware of the financial hurdles facing Milwaukee County. However, there comes a time when new opportunities present themselves and the next chapter begins. I’m pleased to announce that I have accepted a position as Executive Director of the newly formed ROC Foundation, an exciting opportunity that combines giving back to the community with my passion for public service.”

The ROC Foundation’s mission is to provide support and unique experiences for children and young adults in sports, recreation, education, employment, and wellness through a robust network of like-minded businesses and supporters. While partnered with ROC Ventures, the ROC Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Directors, deriving its income from donations, fundraising, partnerships, and endowments to create impactful outcomes in the communities where we live, work, and play.

“To be able to provide impressionable kids and young adults opportunities that they normally wouldn’t be afforded will be very rewarding,” Taylor said. “Having the resources of ROC Ventures at my disposal will allow me to touch the lives of so many deserving individuals and organizations.”

Alderman Taylor was first elected in 2008 as Franklin Alderman, and in 2012 as Milwaukee County Supervisor. Throughout his 6-year tenure on the County Board he was repeatedly chosen by his peers to be 2nd Vice-Chairman. During his time in office he served on several committees, boards, and commissions including a 3-year stint as Chair of the County’s Economic and Community Development Committee.

Today’s highly interesting read (12/05/19): Should We Even Celebrate Frosty’s 50th Anniversary

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Today’s read is from humor columnist Danny Tyree.

The animated TV special (based on a 1950 song introduced by Gene Autry) will doubtless garner oodles of affectionate attention when it turns 50 on December 7, but it remains troubling on multiple levels.

For starters…

Read the entire column here.

And after reading, listen…

Franklin’s Civic Celebrations Commission should have been in Louisville for Thanksgiving

That’s where our family was for the 2019 Mid-America Oireachtas, a major Midwest Irish Dance competition.

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Franklin’s Civic Celebrations Commission consists of 7 members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Common Council. Among other duties the Commission promotes and organizes Franklin’s 4th of July parade.

Had the Commission been in Louisville they could have witnessed The Lots of Lights Parade, an evening parade of lights, bands, carolers, car clubs, floats, children’s groups and civic organizations.

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One of the main organizers boasted the parade had 60 units though it seemed like a lot more.

Significantly there wasn’t a single gap between any of parade units. None. Zero.

That’s unlike the annual Franklin Independence Day where you can take several short naps as you wait for some units to eventually pass by. And these are not isolated incidents. Gap-gate has been a perennial problem for many, many years. Franklin officials remain in denial and refuse to fix it.

Congrats to Louisville for running their parade very efficiently.

Today’s highly interesting read (12/04/19): What Really Keeps Schools Safe

It was less a shock than it was an inevitability: Just a few hours after a 17-year-old student armed with a handgun forced a lockdown at Waukesha South High School on Monday, a report of a student with a gun at Waukesha North High School prompted a lockdown there. The following morning, a credible threat closed the Sparta School District while threats deemed to be non-credible were made against both Germantown and Grafton High Schools.

Just hours later, a 16-year-old Oshkosh West High School student stabbed a school resource officer and—in an incident nearly identical to that just a day earlier in Waukesha—the officer shot the student and police took him into custody.

Extensive research from the American Psychological Association, National Center for Health Research, the National Institutes of Health, and dozens of universities demonstrates that extensive publicity of mass shootings inspires would-be mass shooters.

In truth, it may well be the single most significant factor in the prevalence of mass shootings in America.

You can read the entire O’Donnell column here.