Dick Steinberg has resided in the city of Brookfield for 35 years. He served 34 years as municipal judge and has been an attorney for 50 years. He enjoys tennis, golf, biking and creative writing, which includes legal issues, sports, government and people.
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Yankee Doodle Dandy I is lost in the computer to in short my all time favorite song and dance movie by the same name will be on TV again and again the July 4th. Be sure to see it as many times as i have. It is moving and patriotic.
Elect or Appoint Judges. That is the question recently raised in MJS by a writer in the Crossroads section of Sunday, July 17. This writer, me, has written many times on the subject and there has been very little response. Maybe now it is time for the legislature to take a serious look. however, to be serious there must open discussions and public response even if it means a referendum vote.
Wisconsin has a long time honored tradition of electing all judges in the state. There are exceptions such as resignation and a new open vacancy that require an appointment by the Governor.
TO BE OR NOT TO BE. that is the question that the United States Congress, in all of their infinite wisdom, can not answer with reasonable certainty. Hearings, debates, meetings, sound bites, speeches and the sort have not lent itself to a great statesmanlike answer. Morever, after being elected to represent the people they decide not to even vote, while encouraging their constituents to vote for them.
This is not the precedent set by our forefathers who traveled wide and far in an angry mood, resigned to fight to the end for their principles. Guess what. Our forefathers rode on horseback, guns blazing and red eyed from whiskey and lack of sleep and comfort, and made a COMPROMISE.