New Thinking Needed – Not More Pentagon Spending

In our country the endless increases in military spending are only matched by an equally endless propensity for wars and military conflicts. Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget proposes $813 billion for the Pentagon. This is a 4% increase over the bloated $782 billion approved by Congress for 2022  – which was a 5.6% increase from 2021. Every year “defense” spending increases. It makes no difference which party is in control. It doesn't matter what the the real threats are to the country. It makes no difference how much of this money is unaccounted for, lost to ...

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We All Need Clean Water

As you may, or may not know, a Canadian company called Green Light Metals has applied for a drilling permit in eastern Marathon County. Water is one of the most important things in our lives. Plans were recently announced to commence a sulfuric acid mineral exploration drilling project to evaluate if an open-pit gold mine will be constructed. Citizens from the region are very concerned that groundwater will be placed in jeopardy of contamination. Without access to clean drinking water, many aspects of everyday life will become burdensome and unhealthy. Every ...

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Registering to Vote is the First Step

During the Midterm Elections this fall, voters will be making important decisions that will affect our communities and our nation. That is why it is so important for Wisconsinites to ensure they are ready to make their voices heard in the upcoming elections. Registering to vote is the first step to participating in our electoral process. If you have moved, changed your name, or have not voted in a while, you might need to re-register. Now is the time to get registered or verify that your registration is current. Check your registration status online at myvote.wi.gov ...

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Truth and Consequences in Education

“Teaching kids about frogs isn't grooming them to become amphibians. It's helping them learn about the world around them,“ a social media meme. “If you think education is expensive consider the cost of ignorance,” unknown It is well known that an educated, well informed electorate is necessary to a well functioning democracy. Citizens need to have accurate information on issues. But they also need to have more than data and more than competing arguments or opinions They need context. They need understanding and not just sound bites. They need some basis for ...

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The Fruits of Faulty Judgment

“I'm just a miner in the mother lode of misery, where the fruits of faulty judgment meet the spoils of bad luck.” From the song “King of Junk” by Eddy Lawrence This humorous song is about a junk yard owner who's good fortune is the result of others' faulty judgment and bad luck. He finds a “hidden trove of riches mid the mangled and the maimed” wreckage of cars. I like the poetry of the song. To me it speaks (out of context) to much of the current craziness in our society. Politics has always been ugly and partisan. But the angry divisions are getting ...

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Women for Women Wausau

Women for Women Wausau Thursday, June 2 at 6 PM Zoom link at the bottom and also find us on Facebook! Sara Finger from the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health A message from our Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health Founder & Executive Director, Sara Finger: Now what? The draft opinion from the US Supreme Court has been leaked and we have all been awakened to how serious and real the threat to abortion access in the United States is. For those of us working daily to advocate for women's health and wellbeing, the news of a Supreme Court's draft ...

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Union Busting is Disgusting

Union busting is not only disgusting, but also illegal. You have the right to organize in your workplace. Today several of us from the Marathon County Central Labor Council found ourselves at Starbucks in Plover. What brought us there was the illegal dismissal of a 21-year-old employee, Kolton. The reason for his termination was that he’d broken company rules by being in the back of the store while he was off the clock and being present in April after the store closed when he was off the clock. Kolton admits to this but also states the store policies are selecti...

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Kickass

Kickass, the doorstop dog, informs the keeper that if the Earth were a tennis ball, no dog would fetch it, there being no fun in playing with what is coming to resemble a rotting meatball being picked over by opportunistic vultures and consumed by rich magots. The keeper agrees and adds that it is only a matter of time: The once tenuous coatings of truth and intelligence on the big ball have been licked off by the tongues of narcissistic greed and downright stupidity, and it is about to sink into a galactic cesspool. Some key indicator words, phrases, and circumsta...

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Today I March

Today I march. I march for the women who blazed the trail before me, giving me the rights, I have. Thank you, you sacrificed so much. I am so grateful. Most of all, I march for my daughter and the girls of her generation and future generations. I march for all women, so you have the CHOICE. I march because we cannot go back. I was pleased today to see the mix of young and older alike. I was pleased to see men who support women. Citizens who understand we are living in a country that has one of the highest maternal mortality rates, no paid parental leave, and no ...

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Mother’s Day for Peace

War kills. Mostly it kills innocent people – women, children, the elderly and other non-combatants. War destroys. War destroys nations, economies, and the environment. War does not resolve conflicts. It exacerbates social and political problems. War is a choice and it is always a bad choice, War is failure. Wars result from the failure of national leaders to find peaceful solutions to conflicts. The war in Ukraine is a senseless tragedy. This war could have been prevented.  If the politicians had been willing to compromise, the diplomats more aggressive in ...

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