Good morning, Whitewater.
Sunday in town will be cloudy in the morning, sunny in the afternoon, with a high of eighty-four. Sunrise is 6:16 AM and sunset 7:34 PM, for 13h 17m 49s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 16.1% of its visible disk illuminated.
Friday’s FW poll asked whether a University of Pittsburgh student who got stuck between buildings (while leaping from one to another to impress a date) was reckless, romantic, or a bit of both. A majority of respondents (61.29%) said that he was reckless.
Someone asked me, recently, why each day’s morning post at FW often includes mention of a national or state event. There are two reasons, one personal, one ideological. The quickest answer is simply that I like historical accounts and anecdotes.
There’s a second reason, however: too much of the policy in this city assumes a world no larger than one within the boundaries of Townline Road. This assumption comes not from localism, or even hyper-localism, but nearly a kind of solipsism. Policy made on that basis is (at best) flawed or (at worst) destructive.
Beginning the day with reference to international, national, or state events is a reminder that good policy rests on principles far broader than local glad-handing.
If all were well here, this perspective would matter less. But if all were well here, then it would mean that this perspective had been adopted more often.
On this day in 1862, the Iron Brigade sees its first combat:
On this date the Iron Brigade (Western soldiers) fought their first battle at Browner Farm. The unit was composed of the 2nd Infantry, 6th Infantry, 7th Wisconsin Infantry, and the 19th Indiana Infantry, 24th Michigan Infantry, and Battery B of the 4th U.S. Light Artillery and was well known for its valor at such Civil War battles as Bull Run, Antietam and Gettysburg. [Source: WHS Card File].