One Veteran’s Perspective on the Vietnam Memorial Wall

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall was in Superior July 20-23rd. The 250 foot, half scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has more than 58,000 names of those American service members who were killed in Vietnam. It was billed as “The Wall That Heals.” The wall in Washington, D.C. is one of the most visited monuments in the capitol. For many visitors the physical act of touching the name of a loved one, relative, or a buddy served with, helps heal the sorrow, guilt, PTSD, and memories of the war. But is the wall about “healing?” Or is it another effort ...

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THE SUMMIT IS AROUND THE CORNER

With budget negotiations still stalled, a pile of troubling legislation on deck at the Capitol, and our schools facing more budget uncertainty than ever, the time to unite to stand up for our students and their public schools is now. Wisconsin Public Education Network's 3rd Annual Summer Summit is your invitation to come together. Register today and be a part of the public education event of the year. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 AT LAKE MILLS HIGH SCHOOL 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The agenda has something for everyone: from veteran teachers, board members, administrators and ...

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HEALTH CARE: STEPS TO THE FUTURE

An older man contacted me recently with a problem. A visit to the doctor left him with thousands in unpaid bills. Medicare deemed the tests “routine” and not a “medical necessity.” But the gentleman was told, for his occupation, the tests were absolutely necessary. He was left with a medical bill costing more than his 2017 income. The top-notch staff at the Department of Health Services (DHS), discovered the man was likely eligible for Medicaid. But the man wasn’t interested. The constituent relations department within DHS has been a godsend over the ...

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FIREFIGHTERS EARNED AND DESERVE THEIR PENSIONS

By Steve Wilding, Fire Fighter, Oak Creek Local 1848 Every day, firefighters like me put our lives on the line for communities across the state. Whatever time of the day it is, when the bell rings in the firehouse, we take the call. We strap up, hop on our trucks, and race to the car accident, house or office building fire. We do it without question, knowing the risks or dangers that may lie ahead. We work hard and long hours and our bodies deteriorate quickly due to long-term stress, but we know that we can retire with dignity thanks to our defined benefit pension. ...

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Cuba: A Recipe For Failure

"With God's help, a free Cuba is what we will soon achieve," President Trump “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein President Trump recently said “Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba." With all his usual bombast and inaccuracy, Trump described Obama's normalization of diplomatic relations, and small steps toward normal economic relations, as “terrible and misguided.” Trump said his “historic“ actions to reverse these changes ...

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LIBRARIANS DESERVE RETIREMENT SECURITY

I was a librarian for a total of 30 years in Wisconsin and spent the last 23 years working in La Crosse schools. Becoming a librarian was definitely a calling. I enjoyed teaching others to read and appreciate literature, the challenge of research and teaching children to do it, and mastering and teaching the new technologies as they came along. Not everything is easy in this profession. Each day presented a new set of challenges, but when working with children, there is never a dull moment. Librarians often take home low pay, but have the promise of a guaranteed secure ...

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ACTIVISM WORKS

Senate Health Care Bill did not pass. It's not clear what Republicans will try next but it is clear that engaged citizens can and do make a difference. We can't promise it will always work. But we can see that voter resistance can force a change of course. So when Trump and McConnell and Ryan cook up their next nasty "tax cut masquerading as healthcare" stew, you'll know just what to do. Josh Marshall has what I think is the best explanation of why the Republican plan to repeal the ACA has come such a cropper. First he acknowledges the vital role played by how unpopular ...

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Action Alert: Thomas Street Road Design (CISM — Public Comments Allowed), Wed, July 12, 5:30pm

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At City Hall on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m (CISM Committee), there will be discussion and possible action on the design alternative for Thomas Street from 4th Avenue to the Wisconsin River Bridge.  Public comments allowed. Public comments relating to this agenda item will be allowed when the specific item is considered, so any opinions or concerns about the design project can be addressed by residents at that time. View Agenda: http://www.ci.wausau.wi.us/Portals/0/Departments/Council/Archives/Standing%20Committees/Capital%20Improvements%20and%20Street%...

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2 More Days to Give the City Your Comment Form on Phase II of the Thomas St. Project

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Submit Your Comment Form to Oppose the Four-Lane on the Thomas St. Project Phase II: 4th Avenue to the Bridge Form Link:  http://www.ci.wausau.wi.us/Portals/0/Departments/Engineering/Documents/Thomas%20St%20-%20PIM%20Handout%20%206-26-17.pdf Deadline to Submit Input: July 5, 2017 Return to: City of Wausau Attn: Engineering Department 407 Grant Street  Wausau, WI  54403 or email to: eric.lindman@ci.wausau.wi.us If You Cannot Email or Mail the Form Itself: If you encounter a technical issue, please simply email input and comments in a standard email and ...

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Ruminations on Mowing Grass

  “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Mathew 6:28 & 29 I thought of this the other day when I was mowing grass. The wood violets were in full bloom all over the yard. I paused to “consider” the wild flowers of the field. They don't have to toil. They just come up with the spring rains. Neither did I have to buy them, plant them, weed them, or all the rest of the work of making a garden. I had just helped my ...

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