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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

7th District Aldermanic race: What a candidate doesn't say or do speaks volumes

City of Brookfield, Elections

Can you spot what is wrong with this picture? Answer below

Two term Alderman Lisa Mellone is up for reelection this spring, and I am enthusiastically casting my ballot for her on April 1st. She is an exemplary Alderman. Surprisingly, she has an opponent this year--and not District 7's usual challenger.
This year, Kris Seals from the northeast corner of our district threw his hat in the ring. But what do we know about him?  Not much.
There was the Brookfieldnow article, but that didn't really tell me much about the man. The article didn't mention anything about higher education, such as a Bachelors or Associate degree. Nothing about whether he was single, married, or had a family was referenced, just that he lived here since 1969. The article did state he had worked with the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce in the past but was now with the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce.
The reporter did state that Lisa Mellone was a litigation paralegal at Ratzel and Associates (located in Brookfield) but failed to mention that in addition to obtaining her Post Graduate Paralegal Certificate, she also had a B.A. in Business Administration - Finance from UWM.
Development is a very important issue to Lisa Mellone, because she was once unpleasantly surprised by an unannounced project right in her backyard. (This is why she takes the time to meet with neighborhoods and developers many, many times during the development approval process.)
In the article, she voices her concern over a future project area, "Looking ahead, Mellone said, those representing the district will have to keep a close eye on development, with one in particular coming up. Briscoe Development and Management is proposing a 13,000-square-foot retail center at Moorland Road and Hackberry Lane, the site of a former city fire station."
I mention this section on development from the article because when I received Kris Seals' flyer this week, portions of it were oddly familiar.
First of all, he again tells us nothing about himself personally--nothing about family, education, civic involvement in Brookfield, not even his address. Then I noticed he had several sentences in quotes that were his own. He quotes himself in his own flyer! Actually, they were lifted in part from the Brookfieldnow article. (I don't know why he used quotes, since they were his own words.) But that isn't the only thing he lifted.
Refer the above section on development (in bold above) from the article. And then read what he wrote in his flyer. (The words from the article are in bold) : "Representing the district  I  will have to keep a close eye on development, with one in particular coming up. Briscoe Development and Management is proposing a 13,000 square foot retail center at Moorland Road and Hackberry Lane, the site of a former city fire station."  Sound familiar? 
He lifted the paragraph from the article, eliminated the words, "Looking ahead, Mellone said, those" and started his own paragraph with "Representing the district" and added " I ", as if these were his thoughts.
By stating, "Representing the district", his re-crafting of this section also makes it seem as if he already is our alderman.  He repeats that theme with his invitation to contact him with concerns in his closing, "I am here to serve the 7th district and its fine citizens." and gives a phone number and email address. He did not state, if I am elected, but rather as if he is already on the job.

Dr. Jerry Bergman: Darwinism's Blunders, Frauds... and The Problem of Billions of Years, March 11, 2014

Brookfield, Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Education, Religion, Special events

Dr. Bergman at last year's event
Did you know that many discoveries and theories promoted by proponents of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution were in error and have since been disproven?  
Or that there are problems with the theory that the earth is billions of years old?

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Jay Seegert: 'Faith is Not a 4-Letter Word', 7pm, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Education, Special events

Jay Seegert, co-founder of the Creation Education Center, 
will explore the relationship between science and the Bible and 
how believing in origins via evolution or via creation both require faith.

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Exploring Einstein's Two Most Perplexing Questions, In Easily Understood Terms Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Special events

Kenneth Kartman, former President and current Vice-President of the Creation Science Society of Milwaukee will present
"An Absolute Quality Education"
Exploring Einstein’s Two Most Perplexing Questions, In Easily Understood Terms  
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Albert Einstein spent most of his life, as do many physicists, trying to solve the problems between reality on a very small (atomic) scale—a microcosm: quantum physics, and reality on a very large (gravitational) scale—a macrocosm: Newtonian physics. In fact, Einstein labored for years, as have others, trying to reconcile the differences between these two cornerstones of classical physics that have always been at odds with one another, but to no avail.
Many have searched for a "Unified Field Theory", sometimes known as the "Theory of Everything (TOE)", only to run into the same old conundrum: The Second Law of Thermodynamics cannot be derived from Newton’s Laws. Simply put, the two have thus far been irreconcilable, in that Newtonian Mechanics are time reversible, but The Second Law of Thermodynamics isn't. That apparent fact—that you can’t derive one law from the other—makes for an incomplete picture in what is otherwise, basically, a very complete system…and it drives physicists crazy!
Mr. Kartman’s presentation will resolve this dilemma by delivering the elusive answers to Einstein’s two most perplexing questions: What is the opposition to gravity? and How can E=mc2 be reconciled with F=ma? And he will explain it in an easily understood, straightforward manner--one does not need to be a physicist, a mathematician, or even an adult to grasp this truth, hence the title: An Absolute Quality Education.
Ken Kartman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education and Masters of Science in Industrial-Technology Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. At Arrowhead High School, Hartland, Wisconsin, he was an Industrial Technology Instructor and Department Coordinator as well as Football Coach.
In the technology field, Kartman was the Vice President of Brush Holder Sales at Helwig Carbon Products, Inc., one of the last American owned manufacturers of electro-mechanical brushes, brush holders, and electro-mechanical contacts located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During his tenure there, Kartman re-engineered the brush and brush holder assemblies for all 18 generators within the Hoover Dam, as well as brush and brush holder assemblies on hydro dams and generators across the United States ...including steel, mining, oil, and other large and small industries throughout North America.
Kartman served as CSSM President from 2006-2013 and now serves as Vice-President of the group.
Sponsored by the Creation Science Society of Milwaukee, Kartman’s presentation is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, N48W18700 Lisbon Road (Northeast corner of Lisbon and Brookfield Roads), Menomonee Falls, WI. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Future Creation Science Events: Tuesday, February 18, 2014, Jay Seegert presents, "Faith is Not a 4-Letter Word"
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Dr. Jerry Bergman presents: "Darwinism's Blunders, Frauds and Forgeries"
Tuesday, April 16, 2014, Jerry Frye will be presenting.

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Eugene and Karl Sattler present Evolution: Incredible Hoax and Grand Canyon Evidence, Nov. 12, 2013

Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Education, National Parks, Special events

Father and son team up on November 12, 2013 to present

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