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Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Sad news from Harley Davidson


The headline of a news release issued out of East Troy reads:

BUELL OFFICIALS THANK CUSTOMERS, DEALERS AND EMPLOYEES FOR UNFORGETTABLE RIDE

Harley Davidson announced that it will no longer manufacture the Buell product line. Buell Motorcycle Company President Jon Flickinger says a limited number of new Buell motorcycles are still available for sale through authorized dealerships. Production of the Buell brand is expected to end by the end of this month. and production will wind down by October 30,

The move comes the same day Harley-Davidson is announcing decreases in revenue, net income and earnings per share for the third quarter of 2009 compared to the same period one year ago.

Harley-Davidson’s new long-term business strategy will focus on the Harley-Davidson brand. The “go-forward” business strategy means the discontinuation of Buell that will result in the loss of about 180 jobs.

“I want to personally thank all our past and present Buell employees, dealers and suppliers for their efforts. I also want to thank Buell motorcycle owners for their support and passion for the brand,” said Buell Motorcycle Company President Jon Flickinger in a news release.

“I will always be proud of what we have accomplished. It is a testimony to what a small group of passionate and inspired people can do, and with brilliant innovations, we’ve produced some of the best-handling bikes of all time,” said Buell Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Erik Buell. “I have also had the great fortune to meet and get to know many Buell riders over the years, and they are an amazing and interesting group of free thinkers. May you ride with pride into the future. And may your roads ahead be as adventuresome and rewarding as mine have been for the last 26 years.

The Buell Motorcycle Company has been an outstanding business and jobs-provider in Senate District 28. Founded in 1983, the company has produced more than 135,000 motorcycles and has won many design awards, races and championships around the world, including the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike championship this year.

This is a sad day for East Troy and the entire state of Wisconsin. I wish everyone associated with Buell the very best and I congratulate them for their 26 years of outstanding service.

Here is more from
WUWM-FM, Milwaukee Public Radio.

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