I have lived in the Falls since 1968. My great-great grandfather was one of the village founders. I have served the community in multiple ways: Firefighter, various boards and commissions and for many years was president of the Falls Cable Access Corp. Currently I own, and am active in, a restaurant equipment manufacturing company.
After a year's hype cable television now has serious competition. All last year the phone company ran ads claiming that once a new law was passed the Citizens of Wisconsin would be on easy street. A bill was in the works that would allow phone companies to provide television without paying a franchise fee to local governments. The claim was that new competition would force the cable operators to quit gouging us and lower prices. It was implied that the phone company would enter the market with significantly cheaper rates for equal service. Every day the broadcast commercials told us to contact our legislators and demand that the new law be passed. How nice it would be to actually pay fair prices for video service.
The law was passed. Anyone (in the Milwaukee area) can now sign up with AT&T and bring in video programs over the phone lines. But guess what. Their rates are basically the same as the cable operator. Poof....suddenly the commercials no longer talk about lower rates but instead focus on an old woman watching TV in an odd-shaped bed.
My hat's off once again to Bob Steliga and his family for organizing a great party. Falls Fest has become a tradition in midsummer thanks to weeks and weeks of planning on Steliga's part and recruiting dozens of volunteers to help out. To boot, the fest makes a couple of bucks profit every year - all of which goes back to the community as funding for local projects.
Having a safe street party with lots of fun for the whole family makes the Falls stand out and show surrounding communities our best side. And, it is truly enjoyable to run into old friends and chat about old times.
Recently one of my sons noticed that another blogger on these pages often uses the 'royal we' in his posts.
He sent me the following snippet from an internet site he belongs to.
You will read elsewhere that a group of malcontents is now attacking Falls Fest as well as the people who operate it and the things they do with the profits.
Year after year dozens of our neighbors donate their time and effort to put on this four-day event. They volunteer themselves unselfishly for the good of the community. Sadly, their thanks is being accused of crookedness and are held up to ridicule by this small group of people whose main goal is to foment dissension.
Recently, on some blogs, there have been assertions and supposedly factual descriptions of actions regarding individuals and groups that suggest inappropriate or illegal activity on their part.
Remember that whatever one says or publishes in public may result in years of unhappiness if, in fact, what is said is not at all true.