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PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO WHO….OR WHAT?

PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO WHO….OR WHAT?By Kathie Marsh and Pat MurphyRepublicans in the Wisconsin Assembly passed legislation which will all but eliminate democratic government in Wisconsin. Those politicians represent a new breed who make their legislative priorities clear: secure and lock down every single lever of power in the state. Today, Republicans must pledge allegiance to the Party, not the People. They represent only voters who agree with them, especially those who contribute big bucks to their campaigns.You would think citizens would be outraged, but wedge issues and small tax cuts have worked as the carrot to lure voters who ...

MARATHON COUNTY HISTORIC WOMEN WHO STRENGTHENED OUR COMMUNITY

MARATHON COUNTY HISTORIC WOMEN WHO STRENGTHENED OUR COMMUNITYBy Jean Kapinsky and Rita PachalGary Gisselman was the featured speaker at “Women for Women,” a Democratic Caucus Kickoff on October 1 in Wausau. Here are highlights of his talk.White pine trees brought people here to Marathon County.William and Mary Schofield built the first sawmill. After William’s death, Mary ran the saw mill, then sold it to her brother. She brought culture to Wausau and started the Women’s Club.Mary Poor was active in the First Presbyterian Church in Wausau. She also ran mission churches within the city. The Mary Poor Chapel remains on Third Ave ...

A FALSE NARRATIVE ABOUT TEACHERS

By John Spiegelhoff and Dale MoerkeCommunities do not operate in isolation. Quite the opposite is true. We rely upon one another, celebrate the talents we all bring to our community and appreciate the professions which nurture the next generation.So why has it become political sport to malign the teaching professionals which we entrust our children to each and every day?Recently, one politician said the following about teachers: “If I were king in America, I would abolish all teachers’ lounges where they sit together and worry about “woe is us.”Placed in a larger context, this is another attack on public education and the ...

A Wisconsin Tragedy in Three Acts

A Wisconsin Tragedy in Three ActsBy Nancy Kaplan, Kath Michel and Pat Slutske(of Grassroots North Shore)The word 'free' is heavily used by the Right, even in contexts where it is not appropriate.  They use it wantonly in order to control perception and influence people. Because everything 'free' must be good (like motherhood or apple pie), the word has a halo effect on other words in a phrase or sentence, magically making them inherently good too.But beware!  Right wingers use it to mask their true intentions: to strip us of the liberty and freedom democracy affords.  Their war against democracy — an insidious, well-planned, and ...

Protect Wisconsin’s Civil Service System

By Phil Anderson and Joyce LuedkeWisconsin’s merit Civil Service System is a model to the nation and the major safeguard against corruption in government. Several proposals in the 2015-2017 state budget threaten to weaken the Civil Service System in Wisconsin. The goal of these proposals is to consolidate power under the governor by increasing political control of the hiring process of all public employees.Civil service laws provide for non-political hiring of public employees based on competitive examinations and objective experience ratings. The purpose is to identify qualified job applicants based on merit and not political connections or ...

MORAL MONDAY: Income Disparity

A History of "Moral Mondays"By Virginia KirschRepublicans in North Carolina have steadily been defunding public education, health-care and unemployment benefits. They also have restricted voting rights and abortion service. In 2013 Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II said “Enough!”Rev. Barber called for people to gather at the State House in Raleigh, North Carolina and established Moral Mondays to draw attention to these moral issues. As many as 100,000 people came.  The Moral Monday Movement has grown into a statewide progressive coalition. The movement has spread to South Carolina and Georgia.The parallels between North Carolina and ...