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Using Winter Wonderland as an example for separation of church and state


As I was pondering the snow plow issue and all the crazy letters to the editor of people defending the violation of the establishment clause (because, you know, none of these people would be willing to paint Jesus Christ on the sides of their vehicles, well within their 1st Amendment rights, but defend it on government property). It reminded me of a discussion about what to name ‘Winter Wonderland’ when first proposed during the Munson administration. I remember there was a brief discussion when naming it, I think one of the suggestions was ‘Christmas at the Falls’. Not sure who got involved (City Attorney?) but I fondly remember someone within city government recommending it takes on a generic term not associated with a religious holiday. Smart move.

So what does this have to do with Jesus plows? It seems there are people who are intelligent enough about Constitutional law that work for the city (or worked for them at one time) to know you can’t cross that line while using tax dollars. So Huether shouldn’t act so surprised that this has become an issue. Of course, Huether knew nothing about local government or history of it until he started to run for mayor. History isn’t his strong suit.

As for the display itself, While I think it is a great idea, I think it could be done differently. Other cities do similiar displays but they have businesses volunteer the expense and labor and use it as an opportunity for teambuilding around Christmas. Workers and their families of the businesses that donate volunteer their time to set up the display then the city foots the bill of the electricity. They do have sponsors, but city employees do all the set-up. In fact, mostly public works department workers from the forestry division begin assembling the display starting October 1st. Which I find ironic in itself. One time when I questioned the city about project TRIM and why the city’s forestry department just didn’t trim trees that residences couldn’t reach in the boulevard, they replied, “We don’t have enough staff or enough time.” But taking almost two months to put up Christmas lights, plenty of time for. Just imagine how many trees could be trimmed in that same time period?

Once again, the city proves it’s priorities towards citizens and the law.


Merry Beermas!


Had to laugh about the letter to the editor yesterday about the lady complaining that the Argus featured a photo of a beer drinking black bearded Santa, because she thought Santa should be seen as a role model to children (and should only have a white beard).

I guess no one told her that Santa doesn’t ‘really’ exist and any portrayal of this fictional character is game. Besides, doesn’t she know the true meaning of Christmas and what she should be teaching children about the holiday? Consumerism.

City spends almost $13,000 for 8 blocks of Holiday Lighting on Phillips Ave.


What?! is the city participating in the war on Christmas? Holiday lighting?

Kind of confused about this (Item #1), because I was always under the impression that DTSF paid for the holiday decorations and lights downtown while public works assisted in hanging them. Hopefully there will be some kind of explanation about this expenditure come Tuesday night.

Merry Christmas

My favorite bartender took this while enjoying my favorite Christmas present, a vodka tonic tonight. Stay strong soldiers in 2013, we will conquer all!

Now enjoy (one my favorite) albums;

Merry Holidays

PHOTO: Charles Luden, Beaker Tree (The first is a scene in the chem lab at my former job. Job and lab now gone.)

This was my favorite message written on a card this year from a dear friend,

May God give you . . .

• Protection

• An open mind

• Enlightenment

• True Love

• Integrity

These are the greatest gifts to me.

I couldn’t agree more.

Merry Christmas with the Blues Bashers and Chuck Luden


I’m in orbit

You know what I mean

Like gone man

The music sends me there

Where is she?

I’m walking alone

Perpetual what?

There yeah now


The 4th note


Charles Luden, 10-18-08 at Latitude 44 • inspired by The Blues Bashers

Note: One night after a poetry reading at the Horse Barn some of us went to Grille 26.  I opened my notebook and read this poem to the group.  Another poet at the table (M.J.) said, “What does that have to do with X-mas?” I guess my Christmases are unique. – C.L.

The best Christmas album ever made? Perhaps.

If you don’t own this Christmas album, I highly suggest the purchase. Here is a sampling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUyQdolNop0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGirb_wgkcw&feature=related

Happy Holidays to all of my readers

Even if some of you dislike me.

I would especially like to thank a group of people who help me to keep abreast on the issues, your support is invaluable and I truly appreciate it;

Theresa, Kermit, Cheryl, Helga, Jonathan, Debra, Greg, and Kenny.

There are many others, but they would probably prefer I didn’t mention their names. So here is a wink and nod.

Zandbroz Holiday Window display 2010

I love the coon talking on his cellphone.


Merry ‘Rocky Horror’ X-Mas