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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The much anticipated budget has been kicked off by the headlines"Mayor to draft two budgets". The Finance Committee made that request, although reasonable, places the rightful responsibility in the hands of the city elected leader, Mayor Speaker.
This was the headline story on page 3A of the June 8th journal/sentinel, Associated Press, which went on to say that this is one Christmas gift US taxpayers don't need.
War profiteering is not new. Pres. Lincoln sent a General to New Orleans to defend the port and the General went into business for himself in illegal and immoral ventures.
These are some of my observations about our local sports world.
BREWERS. Fans hoped for a team that was right in the pennant race, and they are. Recent performances aside, the pitching has been better than expected but the hitting has been weak, with the exception of Braun and Fielder. For the Brewers to finish in their division in 1st place the three H's will have to perform like real major league batters. Hart, Hardy and Hall all are mired in deep slumps at the plate and none of the three deserves to even be in the starting lineup. The time is now, forget the excuses and home runs and hit the ball.
Effective June 10, 2009 the Legislature created a new law for payment of traffic fines.
2009 Wisconsin Act 17, Payment Plans in Traffic Cases, requires that in traffic forfeiture cases, an offender who is unable to pay a forfeiture because of poverty must be offered the opportunity to arrange an installment payment plan before the offender's driver's license can be suspended.
The Wisconsin state legislature got it right this time. The new open car door law, already effective, provides that when opening doors of motor vehicles on highways a person must first take due precaution to ensure that his or her act will not interfere with the movement of traffic or endanger any other person or vehicle.
Operators of motor vehicles must also ensure that persons under age 16 do not open doors without taking the same precaution. (Act 22. 6/23/09. Sec. 364.94(20).