74 results for author: Joyce Luedke


John Doe

“No one cares about crazy people,” was the reply by Kelly Rindfleisch, Walker’s chief-of staff while he was Milwaukee County Administrator, to an email from Keith Gilkes, Walker’s gubernatorial campaign manager. This email exchange was in reference to the death of Cindy Ancza at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. Other serious problems, such as sexual assaults and security lapses, occurred at this facility while Walker was administrator. Gilkes refers to the facility as a “looney bin.”What was Walker’s reply? He wanted to be kept out of the story. The story was kept buried until after the November 2010 election.One of ...

How Can It Be

“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?” asked Pope Francis in a speech in November when he attacked “trickle-down economics” and sharply criticized “growing inequality and unfettered markets.” Yet this is but one injustice. There are many more.How can it be that:• Millions of children go hungry in the “richest country” in the world, and yet Congress passed a farm bill cutting $800 million dollars a year from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This cut will affect 1.7 million people in 15 states....

Taxpayer Funded Private Schools

Once again the expansion of taxpayer-funded private schools in Wisconsin is in the headlines.In February, private/religious schools will begin the application process to join over 120 other private/religious schools that are now subsidized by taxpayers.On December 12, 2013, Life Skills Academy (LSA), a Christian, taxpayer-funded voucher school in Milwaukee, closed its doors without notifying anyone and moved to Florida to set up another taxpayer-funded private school.One out of 66 students at LSA tested proficient in reading or math. Sixty-six students had their education disrupted and will need remedial work as they move back to Milwaukee ...

Legislation for the Rich

It is time that the citizens of Wisconsin become more aware of legislation favoring the wealthy enacted by the Republican controlled legislature and signed into law by Governor Walker.Most of the legislation passed from 2011 through 2013 was written with “help” from special interests.Three examples:1. Republican Representative Joel Kleefisch introduced legislation written especially for a campaign donor, Michael Eisenga. Eisenga, a millionaire, along with his attorney directed Kleefisch’s office to design legislation that would reduce the amount of money wealthy people pay for child support. This legislation was a result of Eisenga ...