With the UW-system facing budget cuts in the neigborhood of $300 million and Governor Walker suggesting professors work harder, the best suggestion would for exactly that to happen. Professors are generally intelligent people. They're not good teachers. If you've been to college, you know what I'm talking about. They don't get paid as much as fat-cat businessmen, but they often double the salaries of the fat-cat public school teachers who got nailed in Wisconsin's last budgets. Professors need to accept the tools given to them from Wisconsin in order to make themselves more efficient and not waste time and energy protesting.


Walker has the votes. UW will lose a lot of funding. Maybe the schools shouldn't lose funding, however. What if we just lost the schools? If roughly half of state employees are UW employees, then why do they even exist? Why would we not look into a voucher-type system for colleges in our state? It would be a great way to use public funds to both support private entities AND eliminate the need for public employees. It really seems like a win-win.


Take the amount we subsidize UW campuses and put the money up for grabs. Same money, but students take it where they want. As a former public school teacher, I really don't have any love for the 35,000 UW employees. Compared to me and my fellow public school teachers, they don't work as hard. Compared to us, they don't teach as well. Compared to us, they get paid a lot more.

I know I should not buy into the divide and conquer method of dismantling the unions, but no one from the trades or from the UW system was able to stop me from losing my job as a teacher, so I'm thinking I have very little to give to them in return. Basically, if we're going to privatize, then let's do it all the time. UW, public schools, prisons, police, courts, lawmakers. All of it. Let's get the right companies in charge of all of it. Now I've taken it too far. But when did it go there? I guess we'll probably end up figuring it out later.

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  • QR Code Interview Gimmick
    My kids' school created a pamphlet with a QR code that linked to the website, so I figured it could be useful to do the same thing when I bring in my resume to a job interview. Especially since I made a cool online resume that really looks a lot better than the printed kind. Plus, printing all that I've done over the last two decades would be a huge waste of paper (unless it gets me the job).

    I wonder how many people in the average interview will know how  to use the QR code. I didn't have the capability on my phone until last year, and it is kind of a gimmick, especially since you can usually just email links and whatnot. Then again, it's something different, and it might make me stand out a bit, so I'll print off the code along with some other important documents.

    I am sure plenty of people have used a QR code as part of their interviews, but I do think my online resume is pretty darn good, so it's more than a link to my Linkedin page. I suppose a link to a video of me would be even cooler, but that would mean making a video, and it's not like I'm trying to get a job as a videographer. Anyhow, feel free to use this idea as part of your next interview. Just like everyone started using student-written letters of recommendation after I introduced the idea back in 2002.

  • Who's Got My Back in Jacksonville?
    I've seen several political ads recently that focus on people who have the back of the police officers. I suppose that's a thing, but I am not a police officer (or a native of Jacksonville), so I'm kind of wondering who has my back as I settle in here.

    I assume JSO and JFRD have my back because it's their job. And all the military around here have my back in case Canada attacks. But I'm thinking about the everyday having my back kind of thing.

    In Milwaukee, I could count on some people, at least a little bit. Classmates from Milwaukee's John Marshall High School (91, 92, 93, and 94). Or Wilbur Wright Middle School (88, 89, 90). Or French Immersion school or 82nd Street School. Most of the people who might have my back in MKE are now cordial Facebook friends. Sure, our high school football team liked to say we went to war together and we were brothers for life an all that, but we're kind of distant cousins at this point, two decades since I've seen most of those old friends in person. That said, any meatheaded rivalries are now gone at least.

    I donated my time as a teacher at Menomonee Falls High School for 12 years, so there might be a few fellow teachers or former students who have my back. Then again, I didn't get a whole lot of love from many of the MFHS Indians back when I got laid off, so whatevs.

    People at church will have your back, generally, but it takes some time to build relationships. Same goes for fellow parents at your kids' school or new co-workers. Or new neighbors.

    I felt like my fellow baseball teammates in Wisconsin had my back when I played there, but that was also mostly the guys with whom I played for many years. Maybe it just takes a lot of time for people to really have your back, and you have to stay relatively injury-free.

    Family is forever, but I don't have any in jax. I bet that's fairly typical in this area with such a fast population growth in the area. Lots of new people without family, so probably a lot of us trying to figure out who has our backs, besides politicians, of course. Obviously, I have my immediate family, but that's a little different than the idea of someone having my back. Still, it's more than some folks might have.

    My wife's been fortunate enough to find a Meetup group with people who probably have her back. I have not found a good group to join myself, but that's one way to make new friends. Maybe not super close friends, though. I'm not sure. Meetups are hit-or-miss. Just like friendships. 

    I guess I'm glad I'm not in a gang or anything, even though gang members have each others' backs. But the cops and politicians don't have their backs, which is good. I suppose we can all relate to the appeal, especially if you grew up thinking no one had your back.

    I hope all people in Jacksonville find the connections that make them feel safe without having to join a gang, call the police, or vote for someone. That's my goal, anyway.