Madison, Sun Prairie, And State Government Able To Do People’s Business

It was uplifting to see the Madison City Council continue their business this week with a virtual meeting.  I read in the news this week the Sun Prairie City Council unanimously appointed one vacancy, and filled another.  Over a week ago the State Senate conducted a test run of how a virtual session could be held to handle legislation.

The COVID-19 pandemic may be running havoc on almost everything under the sun, but I am heartened with the ability of government, from our national officials to our local ones, being able to fulfill their responsibilities.  When so much of our everyday world seems upside-down, it is imperative that our elected leaders show resolve and calm in the midst of this pandemic.

We may have differences with individuals, issues under discussion, or policy moves but there is no doubt various governments in Wisconsin, as we saw with the matter of Amazon in Madison, can work with ongoing issues.  They can be dealt with and resolved.  It goes without saying that it was impressive to know of the bipartisan efforts with the massive spending measure in Washinton, which proves determined people can make the trains run on time.  Even now.

The new alders in Sun Prairie will now join with the vast array of other officials coast to coast who are ready and willing to “put one’s shoulder to the wheel” and proceed forward at this daunting time.  Their local talents and skillsets will be needed.

And so it goes.

Defending Little Jimmy Dickens


When writing an article about the death of Bill Withers, Tom Breihan, wrote the following line.

In 2017, Withers released a cover of country goofball Little Jimmy Dickens’ song “(You’ve Been Quite A Doll) Raggedy Ann” on a tribute album; it was his first new release in 32 years.

I wrote a note to Breihan, and in part noted the following.

Your description of Little Jimmy Dickens was wrong and in poor taste. He was a true gentlemen entertainer, understanding who had made him famous and never forgot how much of a bond was shared over the many decades from the stage to the audience and back again.

When a writer wants to lift someone up in memory at the time of their passing, but need to undermine another entertainer at the same time….

Yeah, your thought is the same one I had.