Culture


Guns in Our Communities 2017

Once again a mass shorting is in the news. In California an angry white man shot up a small rural community apparently over employment and domestic problems. Last week in Texas, an angry white man killed 26 in a small rural church apparently because of a dispute with his mother-in-law. Before that in Las Vegas an angry, rich white man killed 59 and wounded 527 for no apparent reason at all. And the list goes on and on and on.... The common denominator in all these tragedies is the easy availability of guns, specifically military style weapons with high capacity magazi...

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THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Back when … well, whenever, things were better. Right? People loved each other more, spent more time with family. Life was simpler. Exactly when was that? Was it the 1950s, Back when the U. S. and Russia detonated nuclear weapons above ground, when milk tested positive for radiation? When school kids routinely practiced scuttling under their desks in case of a nuclear attack? When everyone smoked cigarettes? When women had to find a back alley abortionist to end an unwanted pregnancy and the only means of birth control were condoms and diaphragms? (Okay, ...

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Bribe Games By the Number

“Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.” Ambrose Bierce Bribing companies to create jobs is not an effective way to promote economic development. It is not a comprehensive way to promote prosperity. The primary, and often only, result of business development tax incentives is simply reduced tax collections from the favored businesses. Everyone else pays for the incentives provided for the few. In Wisconsin the job creation numbers provide proof. Citizen Action of Wisconsin has ...

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WHO ELECTED THIS WHITE MAN?

Who elected this white man to the office of the POTUS? In her much discussed book The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, political scientist Katherine Cramer locates voters' discontent in the disconnect between rural and urban worlds. She says very little about racial resentment, focusing instead on rural citizens' perceived lack of power and resources (those goodies flow to the larger cities of Madison and Milwaukee) and their perceived lack of respect from the elites in power. No doubt her research has some ...

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TOWARD ONE WAUSAU

Do you view Wausau as warm and welcoming? Or are people of different backgrounds viewed differently – maybe negatively? Here’s your chance to voice your thoughts at the final Toward One Wausau community dialogue on September 18 at the UW Center for Civic Engagement, 625 Stewart Avenue, Wausau. Since last fall, over 200 people participated in one or more community dialogues, providing valuable feedback on diversity issues in the Wausau area. Using a small-group setting, with people sitting together, participants will begin by sharing individual stories of what ...

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ON LEGALIZING DRUGS

(You can read more of Denele’s writing at www.denelecampbell.org) Americans must confront the reality that we are the market,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said this past Thursday. “We Americans must own this problem.”[1] Meeting with his Mexican counterpart, Tillerson acknowledged the role of American drug consumption in the proliferation of violent Mexican drug cartels. Citing the enormous demand for heroin, cocaine, and marijuana by Americans eager to get high, he argued that “drug trafficking had to be addressed as a ‘business model,” attacking ...

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WHAT’S A WOMAN WORTH?

What’s a Woman Worth? was the topic of discussion at the Women For Women of Marathon County meeting Thursday, May 4th. The pay inequity gap women face leads to the retirement gap later in life. Kathleen Marsh, a retired teacher and author, Kay Johnson a retired teacher and advocate for public school students and staff, and Joyce Luedke, a retired teacher and writer for Middle Wisconsin presented a Power Point Presentation based on research and a PPP done in 2017 by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The discussions after the PPP were animated and ...

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“SHE DIDN’T ASK…” How employers get away with paying women less.

By Dorothy Miller (former Unemployment Adjudicator and Job Service Area Supervisor) When she was hired she (didn’t ask) did not attempt to negotiate for a higher starting wage. Therefore, when everyone got a 3% increase she got 3% of her present wage, which was lower. Or everyone got .25 which was added onto her lower wage, so it stayed lower. When she did excellent performance, took on more duties, or got additional related training, SHE DIDN’T ASK for a raise. Men are more likely to ask for more. Men will ask for an increase in pay because they need ...

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TEN EXAMPLES OF HOW WOMEN ARE TREATED UNFAIRLY

1. Women working full time are paid 79 cents to every dollar men working full time are paid. 2. Men direct 86 percent of all television episodes in 2013 and 2014 3. Nearly two thirds of bylines, on-camera appearances and producer credits were listed to men, while women constituted only a third of these contributors. 4. Even among the top-grossing G-rated family films, girl characters are outnumbered by boy characters three to one. 5. Only 7 percent of directors, 13 percent of writers, and 20 percent of producers are women. 6. In 2014, about 30 percent of TV ...

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HIS FIGHT, OUR FIGHT

(Denele blogs from Arkansas. You can read more at DeneleCampbell.org.) According to the brief description that accompanied this photo that crossed my Facebook timeline the other day, the funeral of Pretty Boy Floyd drew the largest attendance of any such event in Oklahoma history. The image gives me goosebumps, almost puts a lump in my throat. It’s not the coffin—I can’t even discern where it is. It’s the people, backs straight, their attention focused entirely on the dead man. On what he represented. My dad sometimes talked about Pretty Boy Floyd although ...

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