JULY OP-ED ON INEQUALITY

If you did not get a chance to read the op-ed in the Shawano Leader, here it is:

OUR PAST ACTIONS DON’T SHOW EQUITY

“…with liberty and justice for all.”

How often have we said those words when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and not really thought about what the words really meant.  Being free within a society from the oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life is liberty.  It means civil rights and human rights.

Just behavior or treatment is justice.  It means fairness and equity.Since 1892 these words have been recited as an expression of allegiance to the flag of the United States and the republic of the United States of America.  However, the “for all” part of the pledge has never really applied to everyone. Continue reading

Who’s muddying the election year waters?

To the editor:

Although I agree with Wendy Gribben to a point — “government for the people” and “every vote is important” — I do believe we still have a big decision to make this election year.

“Vote your conscience.”

Now for the real problem. Mr. Watters is so quick to blame all these murders, yes, senseless murders, on our elected Democratic officials that he fails to look at who voted for the gun laws that are now in place.

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Letter: State residents need to stand up for public education

To the editor:

The continued destruction of the public school system in Wisconsin needs to stop. The provisions of Act 10 eliminated teacher bargaining powers and effectively silenced their voices. Now reduced to second-class citizenship, these teachers would put their jobs in jeopardy if they made any strong protests in regard to the current reductions in public school budgets.

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Letter to the Editor: Walker is Not Moving Wisconsin Forward

We are being bombarded by TV and radio ads promoting our next governor. The profusion of ads is the result of the Citizen’s United Supreme Court ruling which allowed seemingly unlimited caps on campaign donations so today big money groups like the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Foundation and the Koch Brothers can attempt to buy elections. Walker’s campaign is using this money to flood the airwaves with negative ads against Mary Burke and half truths about himself. Too much of this money is from out of state. Continue reading

Author Refuses to “Stand With Walker”

There is a very real threat to the continuation of the tradition of family farming in Wisconsin if Governor Walker is reelected. The threat is that he is trying to give the hard earned use value assessment tax status to his wealthy out of state investors. In Walker’s first budget he inserted the policy change to allow non residents to own more than 640 acres of farmland. Fortunately, it was removed from the final budget. Outside investors will drive up farmland prices beyond the market prices. The prices of crops grown on the land will not be a factor in determining the price of the land. Farmers will not be able to afford to compete with these investors. Continue reading

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: “What does Walker stand for? “

I wonder what it is that the Scott Walker for Governor supporters believe that they are ‘standing with’. I suppose they believe that the Walker and Republicans in the state house believe that they really solved the core of the state financial dilemma by hard negotiations with the teachers union. I assert that they misled the public about who we need to compete with. Walker and the Republicans allies are competing with “we the People” and cooperating with the Takers of our wealth. Walker and his supporters are “standing on” false beliefs. Continue reading