Jay Beeler

The silly season is upon us wherein the Wannabees and the I-Got-Mine Politicians start flinging mud at each other while bragging about who endorsed them. Who cares?

All that I care about is having honest, ethical people serving us in the various government positions. The name Doug Haubert comes to mind. As city prosecutor, he has done an outstanding job serving the needs of the community. We could use a lot more like him in local elected positions.

On the other hand, we have a cabal of clowns who have presented us with the Queen Mary fiasco, the Community Hospital gift of public funds to private enterprise and the theft of millions in customer dollars from the Water Department to fill the “public servant” trough. Heading up this mess has been the city attorney and the city auditor, who need to be replaced by Gerrie Schipske and Dan Miles, respectively.

Please, voters, pick a mayor this time who does not spend his waking hours patting himself on the back while seeking higher office. We need a leader who is not part of the problem or otherwise involved with the current calamity.

Don’t forget that “It’s always the council’s fault,” a line heard loud and clear back in the early 2000s, spoken by Traci Wilson-Kleekamp, who wisely steered me toward paying attention to what the clowns were doing in the three-ring circus known as City Hall.

Have you noticed our “Streets of Shame” column that appears when space is available? It keeps getting bigger while city management misappropriates infrastructure monies approved by voters to fix things, not to fill the pockets of public safety employees.

Here’s my formula for voting on June 7: If the police or fire unions support the candidate, vote for the other guy or gal.


Speaking of clowns, here are a few sign-related items that my brother, Tom, recently shared:

  • Sign on the back of another septic tank truck: “Caution – this truck is full of political promises.”
  • A sign on a blinds and curtain truck: “Blind man driving.”
  • Sign over a gynecologist’s office: “Dr. Jones, at your cervix.”
  • In a podiatrist’s office: “Time wounds all heels.”
  • At an optometrist’s office: “If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.”
  • On a plumber’s truck: “We repair what your husband fixed.”
  • On another plumber’s truck: “Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.”
  • In a veterinarian’s waiting room: “Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”
  • In a restaurant window: “Don’t stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.”
  • In the front yard of a funeral home: “Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”
  • At a propane filling station: “Thank Heaven for little grills.”
  • In a Chicago radiator shop: “Best place in town to take a leak.”


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