WTMJ talker Charlie Sykes once “wrote” a “book” about lessons not taught in school. Since the tragedy at the O’Donnell Park ramp last week, I can only surmise from listening at times to Charlie that there are a few other, I guess, lessons that must seem obvious to him, but, to be honest, had not really made sense to the rest of us up to now.
#1: Charlie can talk a lot about the parking lot tragedy and the issue of who is not to blame. However, it is insensitive and “despicable” that others have talked about the parking lot tragedy and who is to blame.
#2: We should not try to find the cause for falling cement in a county parking garage, at least not for a long time. However, a rapid response was called for when Charlie and fellow WTMJ talker Jeff Wagner were on the air blaming the governor and Milwaukee mayor within the hour in May when it was announced we needed to close the Zoo Interchange bridges for repairs.
UPDATE: Playground Politics also picked up on this inconsistency.
#3: Because the death of a 15-year-old resulted from the parking lot tragedy, it is reprehensible to suggest blame rests with a government entity. That’s playing politics with a tragedy. On the other hand, Charlie was a righteous avenger letting loose with both compassionate barrels when he railed ad nauseum against the state-run child welfare agency and Gov. Jim Doyle for their obvious role in the death of the 13-month-old foster child Christopher Thomas in Milwaukee last November. That’s because Charlie cares about kids.
If there are no further questions, class is dismissed.