Family & Community


SUBSTANCE ABUSE: it’s everybody’s business

Sponsored by The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service Tuesday, May 16 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. James F. Veninga Theater UW Center for Civic Engagement 625 Stewart Avenue, Wausau Event Summary: On May 16, the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS) is hosting a regional conference to raise awareness throughout communities that addiction is a chronic disease, recovery is possible and that community-wide recovery eco-systems are necessary. The purpose of the conference is to bring people together from different backgrounds and ...

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The Retirement Crisis

One of the annoying aspects of our broken electoral system is that issues of real importance are often ignored. Our elections are a money driven media circus of personal attacks, misleading sound bites, and ideological slogans. The real problems facing citizens and the country are not discussed in any rational, substantive way. Retirement security is one of these issues. Yes, there was some mention of Social Security in the last election. The misleading, party line talking points were reiterated during the “debates.” But the broader issue of retirement security for ...

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CHILD CARE CRISIS IN MARATHON COUNTY

A child care crisis exists in Marathon County and throughout Wisconsin. This has a negative effect on business. Families looking for quality care are discovering that they cannot find quality child care. Child care providers leave their positions for better pay and benefits. Child care covering shift work is almost non-existent. Waitlists for infant care are long and cause problems for parents who wish to return to work. In addition, many children are suffering in substandard care. This adds to short and long-term workforce issues. All these problems negatively ...

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CHANGING THE STATE PENSION SYSTEM COULD BE A BILLION DOLLAR MISTAKE

A Wisconsin Retirement Security Forum was held in Wausau. Claiborne Hill of the Wisconsin Coalition for Retirement Security presented some important facts about retirement. Wisconsin’s State Retirement System is well-funded and in fine shape. It has $100 billion in reserve. This money is our money. We state employees earned it and our pension is deferred income. Each month we put some money aside in the State Retirement System so that we can have a comfortable retirement. Our state retirement fund delivers $4 billion a year in benefits to every corner of the ...

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WISCONSIN CAN HELP WORKING FAMILIES WITHOUT SPENDING A DIME

(Mandy Wright is a candidate for the 85h Assembly District of Wisconsin) When I was a kid growing up just outside of Wausau, my parents knew how to be frugal, so we’d have enough for the future. My mom grew up on a farm and made a ham dinner that turned into sandwiches, then into ham salad, and finally, she’d boil the bone for split pea soup. Now split pea soup is my kids’ favorite dinner. We should apply the same frugality to our hard-earned tax dollars, so our families and communities will have enough for the future. Despite all the fiscally conservative ...

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JAY KRONENWETTER TO RUN FOR MAYOR OF WAUSAU

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(Editor's Note:  The following is information that Jay sent me about his candidacy and himself. Biographical background details from him that were in bullet points are presented in prose.) I was born and raised in Wausau and after law school came home to start my legal practice. Having attended school in some fine cities such as Madison, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, I can confidently express my opinion that the people of Wausau, my neighbors, make this a town with unique benefits and opportunities that no other city can claim. True, we have much we can learn from the ...

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MANY YEARS AGO (IN BETHLEHEM)

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(Editor’s Note: Christmas officially begins on December 25 and ends on January 6, the day the Wise Men appeared. We are pleased to present this wonderful song by Tom Ivey. The lyrics are relevant throughout the year and throughout the ages. Enjoy Tom’s song.) MANY YEARS AGO (In Bethlehem) (Children’s version) Tom Ivey copyright 2009 (11-16-09) Chorus: Many years ago, many years ago. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Many years ago, many years ago. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. He was born in a manger to Mary and Joe. Many years ago in Bethlehem. A gift ...

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WITH UNIONS, EVERYONE BENEFITS

WITH UNIONS, EVERYONE BENEFITS The concept of Unions, workers banding together to improve their wages, hours and working conditions, has been the great equalizer for workers in the United States for over one hundred years. Only since 1971 have the public sector workers in Minnesota had the right to bargain collectively with their employers. A group interested in forming a Union goes through an election in the workplace. If a simple majority of eligible voters decide that they want a union, then everyone must be represented equally. Workers can choose not to be a ...

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PUBLIC EDUCATION WINNERS AND LOSERS

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WINNERS in Colorado and Ohio…. Education, Inc. is the excellent video showing the Koch-sponsored candidates winning in the School Board race in Jefferson County, Colorado in 2013. If you saw the film you will remember the ultra-conservative School Board throwing out a popular superintendent and completely shutting out the citizens from all decisions. The situation got so bad that thousands of students walked out. In the past two years, local citizens organized and worked very hard to recover their school board. In a recent election they did just that. By a vote of ...

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PROTECT LOCAL CONTROL OF LOCAL SCHOOL REFERENDUMS

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Some state legislators have introduced Senate Bill 355 and Assembly Bill 481 that would tell us when school districts can go to referendum and how often. The bills dictate the financing methods as well. These bills take away local control. Local public schools need to be kept in the hands of our local citizens. How can state politicians take over our public schools? Public schools have received the largest funding cuts in state history. Small rural districts are struggling to keep their doors open and the furnace turned on. SB 355 and AB 481 would put more pressure ...

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