7 results for author: Tom Ivey


Guns Explained With Cats

Protecting Our Familiesand Communities From...“Vicious Cats?” Well...maybe we don't have a dangerous cat problem, but, don't we have an obligation to protect our children, ourselves and friends and neighbors from harm if we can? According to the latest “Quinnipiac Poll,” most Americans think so...

Don’t Be Misled by “Half-Truths!”

Things are not always what they seem.This past Labor Day, brought to mind my friend, Roy, who used to bake pies for a popular cafeteria. Roy had a reputation for making beautiful pies, particularly his lemon meringue pies. He started work before dawn because the pies had to be done before the cafeteria opened.One day, shortly after opening, his manager approached him with a piece of lemon meringue pie. The pie was the picture of perfection with a beautiful, tall meringue topping perched on top of lemon filling. The manager invited Roy to taste it. He did, and nearly gagged!Roy hadn’t had much sleep the night before. That morning, when ...

CELEBRATE 240 YEARS OF AMERICAN “FREEDOM!” “Liberty and Justice…!”

This July 4th, join us, your family, friends and neighbors, in celebrating our country’s 240th year of “Freedom!” Last Memorial Day, I saw a sign outside a St. Vincent de Paul resale shop. It said, “Remember those who gave their lives for our Freedom.” That started me thinking.I grew up in a Marine Corps family. My brother and I were raised to respect the values our country was founded upon – Fairness, Respect and Community Good. We believed in “Freedom” and “Liberty and Justice for all….” but I’d never really considered the meaning of the words. We simply knew they represented equality, dignity and American principle...

Remember Those Who Have Given So Much for Our Freedom!

This Memorial Day, and in the days that follow, please take a moment to thank the men and women who have given so much in the service of their country.I was raised in a Marine Corps family. My father was a career Marine* and my mother was the daughter of a career Marine. Born in a Naval Hospital after WWII, I spent the next 20 years surrounded by Marines and personnel from the other branches of our Armed Forces. I knew how dedicated they, and their families, were to protecting our freedom. They’ve earned our appreciation. It’s up to us to honor their dedication by being responsible citizens and protecting the freedoms for which so many have ...

VOTE “YES” FOR OUR CHILDREN’S AND COMMUNITY’S FUTURE

Tuesday, April 7th, voters in the Wausau School District get a chance to approve some much needed repairs and upgrades for our children in the Wausau School District. As a result of four years of community involvement and planning, two referendum questions will be on the ballot.Question #1* allows the school district to raise money for needed maintenance and neighborhood school building renovations. The bond money will be used to: Provide additional space for students at overcrowded John Marshal, Rib Mountain, Hewitt-Texas, and South Mountain elementary schools, Replace the deteriorating A. C. Kiefer Educational Center in 2016. The ...

Don’t Let Wisconsin Voters Become an Endangered Species!

You and I are facing the loss of our vote. Tuesday, April 7th may be the last time ordinary citizens, like us, get a chance to vote for a Chief Justice for Wisconsin’s Supreme Court.  Wisconsin’s governing leadership is seeking to change over 100 years of Wisconsin tradition.Historically, voters have elected Supreme Court Justices for 10 year terms. The most senior Justice served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. A Constitutional Amendment, on the April 7th ballot, would eliminate the selection of the Chief Justice by voters and turn the selection over to as few as 4 Justices.If passed, the Amendment takes effect immediately, ...

Vote “No” On the Constitutional Amendment to Isolate Transportation Funds – It Is a Bad Idea!

Vote “No” On the Constitutional Amendmentto Isolate Transportation FundsIt is a Bad Idea!It is poor public policy to use constitutional amendments to isolate tax revenues for special interests’ benefit. Changing the state's constitution is no small thing.   States, municipalities, school districts, etc., create budgets to cover our local and state community needs. Our needs change all the time. Sometimes, disasters strike - homes and businesses are damaged and need immediate repair, people are injured and need extensive medical services, water mains break and flooding occurs, bridges collapse and have to be replaced - the list goes on ...