Madison’s Curmudgeon Mayor Seeks to End an Era He Created

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3 Responses

  1. David Kane

    On the radio today a Madison Alderman called the festival a “success,” after he assessed that only 400 citations were given out for what he stated were “minor offenses.” 400 CITATIONS??? A success? Yes, I suppose that because only 7.1 Million Jews were exterminated in Germany during WW2 the Allies could say that that was a success. Madison liberal thinking, is at times, comical. Monte Ball, once considered a fine young man by me, is no longer to me someone who deserves any admiration, after his defiance of tresspassing laws.
    I thank the Good Lord everyday that Madison is 90 miles away from me.

    May 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

  2. Johnny V.


    I am a student at UWM. I went to Madison this weekend for the Mifflin block party. If you had saw the way the Madison cops patrolled the area near the Mifflin block party you wouldn’t be surprised that 400 tickets were issued. One of my friends got one for standing on the grass between the sidewalk and the street with a beer in his hand. The police just tried to write as many tickets as they could to pay for their own over staffing. Cops every 15 feet. As Spingola said the grumpy old man mayor (the former supporter of Students for a Democratic Society back in the 1960s) really doesn’t want Mifflin held anymore even though when he was a radical he started it. Like the mayor he opposed in 1967 he sent his police force out to MIfflin to shake down a bunch of college students.
    I wouldn’t chastise Montee Ball. All the dude did was stand somewhere he shouldn’t have been. He didn’t even have anything to drink. Dave, my guess is that when you were a kid or a young adult you hung out in church on weekends and read the Bible. If Montee Ball jaywalked would you also dislike him?

    May 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm

  3. David Kane

    To the unknown commenter…
    Grow a pair and identify yourself. First off, you don’t know me youngster. Don’t assume you do. I was a cop for 30 years and come from generation that didn’t feel that they needed to trespass to make make a point. I couldn’t care less what Soglin does or doesn’t do. If Monte Ball jaywalked he doesn’t hurt anyone but himself. But standing on someones porch is a law violation and (If your young mind can comprehend this) is intruding on someones property.
    No, I didn’t hang out at church and I have never read the Bible. I was too busy making money to help support my parents feed us 6 children.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:46 am

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