United Airlines charged a huge fee just to change a flight date by one day.
United Airlines charged a huge fee just to change a flight date by one day. (Photo: United Facebook)

The Donald and the rest are all wrong. This is what's wrong with America!

In the heat of this political season, we get lots of candidates talking about what’s wrong with America.

Rich people too rich, poor people too poor, too many immigrants, not enough immigrants, money, money in the wrong places. You name it, someone thinks it’s the cause of all that is bad in our country.

They are all wrong

THIS IS WHAT’S WRONG WITH AMERICA!

My wife is flying to Charlotte, N.C., from Milwaukee on Tuesday Feb. 2. She had a mid-morning flight on United Airlines. I bought two one-way tickets, there and back, for $97 each.

But the weather guys say a heavy snowstorm may come our way on Tuesday. Being a dutiful husband, I called United to try and change the flight to Monday. Same flight. Same time. Same everything, except going Monday instead of Tuesday.

After about 15 minutes of waiting and explaining to my very nice Filipino customer service agent named Joshua came back online (I know he was Filipino because I used to live in the Philippines and I asked him where he was).

"I have it for you, Mr. David," he said. "We can change your flight. Seats are available."

"Is there a change fee," I asked.

"Yes," Joshua said.

"How much," I asked.

"Six hundred and eleven dollars," he said. 

NOW THIS IS WHAT’S WRONG WITH AMERICA!

Ed. Note: Passenger will hope for no snowfall until after she leaves. 

The national spotlight on Milwaukee this week was focused on our warts, not our cheese.
The national spotlight on Milwaukee this week was focused on our warts, not our cheese. (Photo: Bobby Tanzilo)

Milwaukee's terrible, no good, very bad week in the national spotlight

So, Milwaukee, how was your week?

We love it when the national media shines its light on Milwaukee, but this week? Not so much.

First, we had that scathing article in the Toronto Star about Milwaukee being the most segregated city in America. Ouch.

Then the FBI arrests a guy for planning a terrorist attack on a Masonic temple on the eastern edge of Milwaukee’s Downtown.

And then Thursday, Hillary Clinton pointed her shotgun at one of the venerable Milwaukee companies, Johnson Controls, for its plan to merge with Tyco and move operations to Ireland, where taxes are much, much lower. Bernie Sanders was quick to follow up with equally strong criticism of one of Milwaukee’s major employers.

I guess the only good news was that Martin O'Malley didn't pile on too. 

Somehow I like it better when we make the lists of "Best Dive Bars" or "The World’s Greatest Blue Cheeses" or "The Top 10 Music Festivals in the World."

I’m tired of this bad news crap, but if you're some kind of masochist, you can see the Toronto Star's racism story here, the New York Times story on Johnson Controls here, and the Chicago Tribune story on the terrorist here.

Prince Ea has created a viral video with a message that Milwaukee needs to hear.
Prince Ea has created a viral video with a message that Milwaukee needs to hear. (Photo: YouTube/Prince Ea)

Poignant viral video has a message that Milwaukee can take to heart

Most of the time, I don't bother getting wrapped up in all those "feel good" videos that seem to inundate the Internet.

I mean, I've had enough of puppies, kittens, babies doing cute things and people putting coins in the hat of a homeless man. But I've found one that, while it may not exactly be "feel good," has a message that, perhaps today more than ever, is an important one.

Richard Williams is a spoken word artist better known by his stage name, Prince Ea.

Nothing more from me. Just check out what this guy has to say.

The Toronto Star wrote a blistering article about Milwaukee and its woes with segregation and race.
The Toronto Star wrote a blistering article about Milwaukee and its woes with segregation and race. (Photo: Andrea Waxman/Milwaukee NNS)

Blistering Toronto Star article rips segregation in Milwaukee

Milwaukee gets a lot of good ink and links nationally, but it's not all seashells and balloons, as former Marquette head coach Al McGuire might say.

The Toronto Star sent one of the best Canadian reporters to look at our city, and he wrote an article with the headline, "Back in Time 60 Years: America's Most Segregated City." That headline was followed by a sub-headline that read, "Why Milwaukee, far from the Deep South, gets the unwelcome title as the most segregated place in America."

It's a blistering take by Daniel Dale who heads the Washington bureau for the Star. Dale is famous for his intense coverage of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. 

The story is going to be very uncomfortable for anyone who lives here to read, and there will be cries that it is too one-sided and ignores the positive efforts to change the city that are going on.

Read the story here and make your own judgments.