A column about history, culture, policy, and things in between.
Oil - it has been a significant and consistent part of our news cycle since Hurricane Katrina, and rightly so.
But there is precious little talk about another liquid resource that is going to become even more valuable in the coming years - water. It is disappointing that not one political figure at the local or State level is talking about the need to CONSERVE water. There is only talk about if and when to tap into Lake Michigan to feed our largely irresponsible and slakeless demand for the stuff.
The immutability of economic law has been an occasional theme of this blog. Given the inevitable impact of the policy and legislation that has held sway in our State for the last many years, and the monstrosity that is the current two year budget, this is a reality that will become far more evident in the next ten years.
Director Steven Spielberg imprinted the Great White shark upon our national consciousness with his 1975 movie, JAWS. The film generated a fascination with the beasts, and one of the things we learned is that they are creatures of ceaseless motion; never sleeping and always consuming. Indeed, should they sleep or stop - they die.
In 1973 legendary movie director Martin Scorsese released his break through film Mean Streets, which featured a theretofore unknown actor named Robert DeNiro. Both DeNiro and Scorsese have been writing their names in bold print upon the the big-screen ever since
We are by now all too familiar with the the barbaric assault upon Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett - what an utterly despicable and sobering incident. We can all salute the Mayor for his courage, and hope for his rapid and full recovery.