Hail to the grump
Bill Lueders: You criticized Mayor Soglin for being a grump (Opinion, "Mayor Sourpuss," 6/2/11) and for his criticism of the Overture fiasco, but he's right.
I was happy when I first heard of Frautschi's gift; then I learned it was all going to go to assuage another millionaire's edifice complex. It was obviously ill-conceived, and has turned out to be a white elephant, a drain on our already perilously slender resources.
You criticized Soglin's criticism of the Edgewater project, giving $16 million to wealthy persons to enable them to become still wealthier. Dave Cieslewicz followed Dick Cheney's stylistic lead on the Edgewater, completely disregarding the process Madison had put in place.
Hizzoner is a grump, for me one of his charms, because sometimes it takes a grump to tell it like it is. Elijah and John the Baptist were notable grumps in their days, but guess what, history has proven them right.
Here's to Mayor Soglin: Long may he flourish! I'll be keeping an eye on him, though. He's going to have a hard time keeping his integrity entire in these neofascist times.
Ted Voth Jr.