Monday, December 28, 2009

Practically a heat wave

Is it cold enough,
Miserable enough for
The Polar Bear plunge?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Simanek's choice

Will he, or won't he
Give hard time for threatening
A fictional girl?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Join the haiku club

Your turn to write one;
It's just 5, 7 and 5
And final kicker

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

How good must I be?

Best gifts this season
Are coming from City Hall:
Free rent and free land!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The American Way

Turkey and fixins'
Stuff us all, except for those
Who can't afford 'em.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Unanswered question

By the time Racine
OK's Tousis gas station,
Will cars still use gas?

Friday, November 6, 2009

A long time coming

Christmas comes early.
This year there's no lump of coal
For Sixth Street's merchants

Monday, October 26, 2009

Two mysteries solved?

Missing 10-year plan...
Oh, where could it be? Maybe
It's with Osama?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

'Could do better'

Our schools' report card,
Once again, is terrible.
So, who will sign it?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Phew, all around

Tax rate a shocker
In Dickert's city budget?
Just rookie mistake

Monday, October 19, 2009

Suicide by budget

If his ten-year-plan
Includes raising the tax rate,
Then Dickert is toast.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

What do they know?

HALO in the news:
All who vote on its funding
Have a place to sleep

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Uh, whatever...

The year's best party!
There's nothing more exciting
Than a new sidewalk?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

We know what we like!

Korean beer store?
No way! But welcome our new
Mechanical bull!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hidden message?

'Kids, please stay in school,'
Obama says. 'Or grow up
a conservative.'

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hard to debate when...

At Ryan's sessions
Everyone brings opinions;
Not much listening

Friday, August 21, 2009

Selective hearing

Two Americas?
Ryan listening sessions
Already show three

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Oh, those clowns

How rare! 'The circus'
doesn't refer to actions
of politicians

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Positively amazing

Who would've thunk it:
So many turn negative
About positives.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Haikus are easy

Haikus are easy
But sometimes they don't make sense,

--Rolf Nelson

Thursday, July 9, 2009

How dare he?

No trial, but guilty!
Court of public opinion
Has ruled on Becker

How dare he?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Friedel's big score

A six-year contract!
Who does council think he is...
Yankees' next Babe Ruth?

Monday, June 29, 2009


Don't shout 'All Aboard'
Until you really mean it,
Doyle tells us, again.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

There he goes again!

Four jobs in one year!
Can anyone remember
What to call Friedel?

Monday, June 22, 2009


I am curious
culinary art techniques?
sharing food for thought
--Peg Rousar-Thompson

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Electronics shock

When Best Buy moves in
To Circuit City's old store
Will it ease the pain?

Monday, June 15, 2009


My annual fix:
Greek dancing, music and food.
More honeypuffs, please.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Knew it all along!

Adirondack chairs
Give Downtown a Hamptons look.
We're sitting pretty!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tripartite Haiku dedicated to BONK!

6th Street construction
Cannot stop the sparkle of
Another BONK! night

Light mariachi
Adds atmospheric mood to
Prodigious talents

Demske and Specht do
An incredible service
To Downtown Racine

-- Sarah Corso

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Little shoes to fill

'Mayor John Dickert'
Has a nice ring to it, now.
Will it in ten years?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The day before doomsday

No smoking today.
Will they ban Pepsi, cake next?
It's a big leap, folks!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Director laid-off,
Nine-months pregnant in new home:
Empowers Women?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Drip, drip, drip

A tax exemption
For Wright's buildings. If only
The roofs didn't leak!

Friday, May 8, 2009

There was one here...

Fewer parking spots
Downtown in the summertime?
Make room for buses!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The more things change

A new mayor wakes
To a sunrise revealing
The same old problems

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Taxation chimera

Tax on rental cars?
Who'd have thunk it would pay for
KRM? No one

Thursday, April 30, 2009

I'm baaaack!

Fourteen years as gov,
But Tommy still wants to hear
'We've missed you so much'

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Every year, the same:
Bad numbers, old excuses.
Will it ever change?

Friday, April 24, 2009

All you need to run

Say the magic words:
'My years of experience,'
Vs. 'Ten-year plan'

Monday, April 20, 2009

Reverse priority

Not making this up:
Judge says Becker's GPS
Protects him from us.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Protest equation

Passionate speakers,
Attentive audience...but
Are any minds changed?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Now, the gloves are off

Jody's woman's touch
Makes a mayoral race that's
Ready to rumble!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Or 15 rounds...

Mayoral forum
Not really what Racine needs;
How 'bout a debate?

Friday, April 10, 2009

911 CYA

Baby dies in cell
Mom's jailers show no remorse
Somebody must act.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

If their lips are moving...

Plache on the spot:
Does she keep her promise, or
Get back in the game?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Candidate mailings

One candidate's plea
Mailed five times to one address
Donations to burn

Hard to pick just one?

Eleven. Count 'em!
Something for everyone in
Our mayoral field

Saturday, April 4, 2009

LGBT spells progress

Racine gains a new,
And color-blind, self-image
Of diversity

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Geographically challenged

Asking Paul Ryan
For a 'map' out of this mess
Ignores who brung us

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Campaign conundrum

Big piles of money
To win a city office
Few of us would want

Friday, March 27, 2009

Mother Nature's tricks

This weekend's snowstorm
Is making us nostalgic
For global warming

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Your time is up!

Do sound-byte forums
Help us choose the candidate
With staying power?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Where Angels tread

It woulda been great,
But put away headlines with
'Twofer,' 'dynasty'

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Two chances at State!
Racine hoop stars already
Making us all proud

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pennies on the dollar

All this angst about
AIG's bonus millions
Obscures the real haul

Monday, March 16, 2009

Ballot etiquette

So, Kim's vote was wrong:
Voiding someone else's vote
Sounds like Florida!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Where'd I put that?

$300 million
Vanishes, but the wealthy
Don't seem to notice.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Election harvest

Our crowded ballot
Promises one sure outcome:
Too many lawn signs!

Monday, March 9, 2009

A real plea deal

Now, Madoff gets his.
But when will the rest of us
Get back what is ours?

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Campaign season

Eat, drink, be merry!
Candidates wine and dine us,
Then the tables turn.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Foot in mouth, forever

Can you take it back
In this archived, wired age?
Not a chance, Jody

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hey, sign my petition?

Is there anyone
Left in Racine who hasn't
Filed for mayor yet?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Harding exception

Blogs help candidates
Get their message to voters.
Sometimes that can help.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Who's on first...

Is this government
Or just the city's version
Of musical chairs?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

City Hall fantasy

A new library
Heads our stimulus wish list?
Don't make book on it!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Let's ask the Chief

Police impound lot
Gets the cash and draws the thieves.
So, where are the cops?

Friday, February 6, 2009

Splendid Saturday

So much going on:
Art, music, theatre, cookies!
This is MY Racine

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Perfect pitch

When Council listens
It's a sure sign we're nearing
Election season

Monday, February 2, 2009

No contest

Tough choice for Council:
Stick with their own (wrong) vote, or
Move the election!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

West Racine office pool

Four years, one plan,
But all the neighbors say no.
What will Council do?

Good neighbors

A park, or The Pig!
Just keep the low-income out
Where NIMBY's in charge

Friday, January 23, 2009

Pick me, pick me!

Sunset for Becker
Gives every alderman hope
For his own sunrise

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Washed away

Becker's legacy:
Art district, Downtown's rebirth
Who will remember?

Monday, January 19, 2009

A Day to Remember

As we told our kids
Of JFK, they'll tell theirs
Where they were today.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Blogger Blogarrhea

Looking around at
So many angry people,
Let's hope they find peace.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dont forget the 'D'

Voices of virtue?
County GOP is smug:
"Thank God, he's not ours."

The Next Generation

Council at Warp Speed!
Starfleet picks Becker's bones clean
No waiting for Spock

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Parent Trap

A father must think:
How'd I feel if some guy trolled
For my young daughter?

Why is this?

Presumption of guilt
Is everyone's first instinct
When mayors go bad.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Vanishing buildings

Phew! It's just J-Wax
Creating a buffer zone
We thought aliens...


Friday, January 9, 2009

Hey, Kid: Stop growin'

'Buy new,' Congress says,
As new law threatens to close
Our second-hand stores


Monday, January 5, 2009

LGBT leeway

One issue, three votes:
It's easy for alderman
To have it both ways!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Reality check

Billions and trillions
Dominate the news. Buddy,
Can you spare a dime?