8 results for author: Joyce Chekouras


Move To Amend Approved By Wausau City Council

The Wausau City Council put the Move to Amend Petition on their agenda for the meeting on August 13, 2014.  Many supporters came to witness the outcome.  Milt Pachal spoke to the Council saying that they had over 600 more signatures than necessary and other communities in the area had asked them when they could also sign a petition.Clearly there was united support as Council members spoke in favor of the initiative and thanked the Pachals and citizens for all their hard work. After discussing whether they should proceed with a resolution or a referendum they decided that citizens would be best served if this went on the November ballot in the ...

Move to Amend – Delivery of 2500+ Signatures

Monumental grassroots efforts, led by concerned citizens, Rita and Milt Pachal of Wausau, culminated in the one week early delivery of the Move To Amend petitions with more than 2500+ signatures - 500 more than necessary - on August 7, 2014.  Rita and Milt are shown in the photos with several of the 50 volunteers who helped acquire signatures.

Evolving Crisis for Wisconsin Elderly and Disabled: Audit Committee Investigation

Through our democratic processes, we Wisconsinites provided oversight to protect our most vulnerable citizens when they needed to be protected the most.  But, the current administration is removing that oversight, and we are seeing the consequences.By outsourcing more and more services to private companies, the state is causing a plethora of problems, while select private companies make big profits.For example, by outsourcing the transportation of low-income elderly, veterans, and disabled citizens to their Medicaid appointments, the state has literally left many of them out in the cold (see: Where's My Ride?  Audit Committee Approves Full ...

PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND WISCONSIN HUNTING & FISHING

An excellent panel discussion on how climate change impacts Wisconsin fish and wildlife was held on April 1st.  The free event was attended by 114 people who came to Ben Franklin Junior High in Stevens Point to listen and participate in the discussion.Panelists included George Meyer, former Secretary of the WDNR and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin’s largest sporting organization; Dr. Mike Notaro, Associate Director of the Center for Climatic Research at the UW-Madison; Dr. Matt Mitro, a cold-water fisheries scientist with the WDNR; Dr. Ben Zuckerberg, a professor of wildlife ecology at the UW-Madison.  Dr. ...

Impending Tsunami: Boomers Turning 65

In a recent meeting with Fourth Street Forum host Marcus White, V.P. of Community Partnerships, Carol Wessels, Elder Care Attorney and former chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin's Elder Law Section, Nino Amato, President of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups, and Sharon Adams, Director and Co-Founder of Walnut Way Conservation Corporation, discussed the future of Baby Boomers turning 65.The forum addressed the concern that over 76 million “boomers” born from 1945 to 1965 in the U.S. are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day. They are not prepared to retire due to emotional, physical and financial set- backs which occurred in the last 10 to 15 ...

Separation of Church and State

My strong Christian heritage has supported the Constitutional Amendment that separates church and state. My ancestors passed on the wisdom that this separation is necessary. Let me tell you why.My family left their homeland because wealthy “people of faith” had taken over all religions, public services, the people’s money and their land. Those who resisted were killed in the name of The Church. Sadly, my uncle of several greats was beheaded before crowds. He had dared to stand up for fairness, respect for his neighbors and the common good.Today we see some of these same “absolute practices” dictated from groups in our own communiti...

Remembering Global Warming Lessons

“Why don’t people remember?” my old friend asked. We talked of how we learned about global warming through our grade school Weekly Reader in the 1950’s. We remembered global warming being discussed in our Sunday school classes because we all wanted to help God save his living creations on earth.Over 55 years ago global warming was taught in our schools. Real data was used, with the application of scientific methods, to predict what could happen. We looked at different scenarios if actions weren’t taken, like heating or cooling from the “greenhouse effect.” Parts per million of carbon dioxide was a key concern with how much our air ...

WISCONSIN’S ELDERLY AND DISABLED LEFT WITHOUT SAFETY NET

Wisconsin’s elderly and other disabled people have had their safety net dismantled. Now, withoutthe help the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups and others have provided, many are finding themselves in a state of limbo when they need help the most.After the Walker administration took over, 1.3 million dollars were removed, annually, from the largest senior coalition in the state of Wisconsin, the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups (see CWAG @ cwagwisconsin.org). The non-partisan CWAG had been helping over 1.2 million Wisconsin elders and people with disabilities navigate the state’s services and provided informational programs since ...