53 results for author: Nancy Tabaka-Stencil


Ron Johnson’s Stance on Social Security is Wrong

I worked for 45 years to earn a living for myself and my family. For decades, I paid into Social Security, setting money aside so that when I retired, I could keep a roof over my head and food on the table. Like so many people across our state, I knew that Social Security and Medicare would support me in the next phase of my life. This past weekend marked the 87th anniversary of Social Security. Over the last 87 years, this program and Medicare have become overwhelmingly popular programs that millions of working people rely on. Yet, while this anniversary should have been a celebration of this important program, it was instead a grave ...

In Our Own Backyard

In Our Own Backyard Tuesday, September 13 at 6 PM There is a LOT happening in our own backyard! Our September presentation will be given by Jeff Sorenson with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Jeff will share the latest discussion regarding Rib Mountain State Park master plan with us. He will also address information on the Emerald Ash Borer and the new winter fat tire bike trail at the Nine Mile Recreation Area. This is a virtual conversation that can be reached through the Zoom Link at the bottom. Our presenter, moved to Wausau in 1998, where Jeff worked as a private forestry consultant while raising his three sons. For the last ...

Fear Mongering

The Republican Party wants us to fear Mandela Barnes, but what frightens me is the prospect of another 6 years of Ron Johnson in the US Senate. Despite looming global catastrophe, Johnson remains a climate change denier of the first order, calling it “ bullsh*t ,” doubling down on fossil fuel production, confirming judges who gut the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases, and consistently voting against climate action legislation, most recently the transformational Inflation Reduction Act. In Mandela Barnes, I see a talented leader who, as chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change, brokered agreement among farmers, ...

Women for Women Postcard Campaign

Have you always wanted to help out with an election but you just were not sure where you feel comfortable? Women for Women has an awesome postcard campaign that needs your help. The AFL-CIO has provided us with 1200 postcards and we certainly need your help! Choose 25 to 50 postcards, and we won't stop you if you want more. They are already addressed and stamped and we provide you with a script of writing ideas. When you are done, toss them in the mail. Helping out has never been easier. Contact Nancy Stencil at 715.581.7983, call or text. Are you registered to vote? Do you know what is on your ballot? Do you need to know where your polling ...

Water Protectors

Water Protectors: The H.E.L.P. Campaign to Save the Penokees You need to read this book. The H.E.L.P. Campaign to save the Penokees is still powerful in showing what grassroots organizing can do and what community activism looks like. Back in 2013 I arrived in Mellen with several others from the Wausau area. We were greeted by none other than the author of this book, Nick Vander Puy. Along with him were Penokee Pete and Paul DeMain, and several others. It was an educational day for me up there, one of many that would follow. That day in Mellen at the Penokee Summit was a day I will never forget. Little did I know then, just how much that ...

God Isn’t a Republican and Republicans Are Not Godly

“And the word of the Lord came again to Zechariah. This is what the Lord Almighty said,  'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner, or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.”  Zechariah 7:8-10 It is unfathomable to me that fundamentalist Christians so ardently support the Republican party. Few Republican politicians exhibit any of the “fruits of the spirit” that supposedly identify true Christians. Nor does the Republican agenda reflect any Christian teachings. Both Republican philosophy and policy objectives promote greed, selfishness, hate and ...

The Fine Art of Green Washing

I am writing to express my thoughts and concerns about the presentation by Green Light Metals on Tuesday, August 2, at the Environmental Resources Committee of Marathon County. I felt several Marathon County Board members asked some very good questions. Their questions, however, did not receive adequate answers. Green Light Metals should not be trusted. Their board of directors is made up of the last mining company, Aquila. Just because they have a shack in Medford, does not make them a Wisconsin based company either. This is a Canadian company. When the mining moratorium was overturned in 2017 and the laws were re-written by the mining ...

Mandela Mash: Using Beer to Break Through the Political Noise

  By now, if you live in Wisconsin, I’m hoping you’ve seen our new beer called “Mandela Mash.” We publicized it with a lot of fanfare last Friday, and it’s shipping to stores early next week. Here’s the tongue-in-cheek ad we posted: "You’ve waited 12 years for this, but you just didn’t know what the flavor was gonna be. Nothing has tasted quite right up until now Sometimes it tasted dumb, sometimes it tasted crazy, sometimes it tasted seditious. But now? It tastes JUST RIGHT! Introducing Mandela Mash: A Legit Lager. This beer won’t embarrass you in pubic. This beer comes in an aluminum can, not a ...

Confidence in Elections

I worked the polls on the August 9th Primary. I have confidence in Wisconsin’s nonpartisan election administration, led by the Wisconsin Election Commission. There is truly a pool of knowledge at each polling place. Each of Wisconsin’s 1,852 municipalities has a clerk who has been trained to administer elections. Some municipalities are large enough to have deputy clerks, who are also trained. Each polling place has multiple election workers, who must also be trained. These clerks and poll workers are our friends and neighbors who step up to help with a vital civic process to ensure that elections are carried out in a fair, nonpartisan ...

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