The article published in the editorial page today of MJS, p.9A, by Cindy Kilkenny, a Brookfield blogger and political columnist, is simply stated "she nailed it". She is to be commended by attending a Senate Committee meeting to oppose Senate Bill 282 and other collateral legislation and taking a stand against the grain of her fellow Republicans. You don't see that much of that these days!
Details are not important to me because this is just another attempt by legislators to cater to big donor money interests and keep them safely in bed under the covers of secrecy.
It has been five years since I first wrote of the odious creep of heroin into the lives of our suburban youth. An article in the October 20 edition of the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, and the tragic yet heroic story it details, has again placed this horrific issue front and center on the menu of our social concerns.
Joseph Stalin once acidly responded to an American journalist's query about genocide with the scathing but insightful comment, "a single death is a tragedy; a million deaths are a statistic". Similarly, the ever increasing headlines of heroin use, addiction, and overdoses are sadly becoming a statistic, our reeling minds and tired eyes all but unable to bring the context of personalization to these horrific stories. But in the story of State Representative John Nygren, and his beloved daughter Cassie, we see the individual tragedy and the heinous disintegration caused by this drug's use.
When I was young I ran with a pretty fast crowd. We ran fast and hard, and to our shame, we ran for the worst of reasons. We ran because it was fun, and because we thought we were entitled to that fun. We cared not a fig for our own welfare, nor the welfare of people who loved us. I was able to leave the race, and it remains one my greatest blessings that I was able to walk away without lasting damage to myself, and more importantly, to any one else. Others I knew kept running straight to their ruin. Today we may all know people who have lost children, leaving hearts mangled and marred by this modern blight.
With the official launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace on October 1, the Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as ACA is now in full swing. When President Obama signed into law the Affordable Healthcare Act in March 2010, it was marked by comprehensive health insurance reforms to be rolled out over the next several years. The key element of the ACA was that by January 1, 2014, almost every American would be required to have health insurance or risk paying a penalty. In order to assist uninsured people in obtaining affordable health coverage, the government set up the Health Insurance Marketplace, which allows people to find health coverage by choosing from a wide range of different private health insurance plans available.
I have been a Green Bay Packer fan ever since they played at State Fair Park in West Allis. I remember QB's Arnie Herber, Irv Comp and Cecil Isbell. Later came Lynn Dickey and then Brett Favre. All of them and others not mentioned were first class. I do not remember any significant backups during those years.
Then along came Vince Lombardi and his personal choice for QB, Bart Starr, not known as a long range passer, and at the same time Paul Hornung joined the fray after being drafted from Notre Dame as a QB. But Lombardi realized that Starr was a pocket QB and not very elusive.
Sometimes a gal is just looking for love. At HAWS, we have one girl in particular who's search continues.
Rizzo is a Cattle Dog mix, about 9 years old. She likes to be active and be the boss...but she's really not a tough chick. What she really wants is to live the good life! Maybe she'll find that with you?
Adopters interested in Rizzo will meet with one of HAWS' trainers to get tips on making her transition into your home a smooth one. Because, after all, being together is the word! (We'll stay away from 'grease' - it's not great for the skin....)
Learn all about HAWS' adoptable friends here. Or, better yet, stop by in person - HAWS is open 7 days a week at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha. Call our Adoption Counselors at 262-542-8851 to learn all about our pets and how to adopt, or log onto www.hawspets.org for the latest news, activities and adoptable pets at our shelter!
Viewing/Adopting hours are Monday through Friday, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
By the way - HAVE YOU VOTED? Log on EVERY DAY to vote for HAWS in the Partners for Humanity Campaign online contest, now through November 14th! Help HAWS win dollars to help the animals at our shelter and all throughout our community.
Wisconsin Humane Society launches Operation Troops & Tails
Adoption fees just $25 for military veterans
Over the last ten days, I have been imersed in discussions about the needs of our returning military men and women. Easter Seals hosted a visit by Col. David Sutherland and Wisconsin's own, Commander Kim Mitchell, co-founders of the Donnie Dixon Center. Col. Sutherland after multiple tours of duty including in Iraq finished his military career reporting the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Warrior and Family Support for our military members. He toured over 300 sites and centers and has amazing knowledge and experiences to share. Now, he has devoted his life to helping this generation of military members reintegrate to civilian life. AsCol. Sutherland lays out the challenge over the next five years, one million military members will be returning to civilian life. For those individuals to find jobs we need to create 1000 jobs a day, currently our economy generates 100 jobs a day. We have a huge gap. Employment is not the only issue, they return to families that have changed during their tour of duty while trying to make sense of all they have experienced in combat zones around the world. But, these men and women are well trained, geared to lead and passionate about service to others. They just need support during reintegration.
The message was amplified as I was part of a roundtable on Veterans' Issues organized by the Milwaukee Business Journal. The challenges in connecting returning military to their next career are varied. Members of military do not have resumes that translate to the private sector. Networking and interviewing can initially be a challenge because in the military, you don't interview for jobs, you are assigned them. Over 50% of active duty members are married and that restricts their ability to move to where work is available and creates extra challenges in going back to school. Even the nonverbal communication does not translate well to the private sector, being at attention is expected in a military context, but can be off putting in civilian life. Does this sound a bit like that old book, "Women are from Venus, Men from Mars?"
Veterans Day - I shall spend part of it reading Pat Conroy's latest book, a highly personal memoir titled The Death of Santini.
To those familiar with the searing prose of Pat Conroy's novels no description is necessary. And to those who are not, no description is adequate. The product of the union between an Irish Catholic Marine Corps pilot and a southern beauty raised in the poverty and backwardness of snake charming funadmentalists, Pat Conroy and his six siblings suffered through a war of their own; their shattered childhoods the collateral damage of their father's horrific abuse.
Are you and your little ones tired of being cramped up in the house day in and day out now that the weather has turned colder? Looking for something new and exciting where your child can learn, play, and interact with other children? If so, you might be interested to know that the Elm Grove Public Library has a number of popular story times and programs for children that occur every week at the library. These programs are a lot of fun for parents and children alike, and best of all, they are all free to attend. These programs all occur in the mornings and you are encouraged to attend as much as you would like. Below is a listing of our weekly programs and their upcoming dates; we’ll see you at the library!
To-be bride donates an evening at the Mitchell Park Domes on Dec. 28
The Wisconsin Humane Society’s event coordinator, Jesse VanCamp, has received incredible event donations over the years, but a recent once-in-a-lifetime call really took her by surprise.
2nd Grade - Reader's Theater
Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.
No nation or state has ever achieved significant status without great leaders; men and women who first diffused and then projected the light of destiny and goodness upon the peoples they led. Names like Pericles, Cicero, Thatcher, and Churchill glimmer down the mirrored corridors of history. And in the story of these United States, the name of Abraham Lincoln stands alone. Just as he towered physically above all others who inhabited his great office, his legacy towers above them in compassion, insight, and statesmanship.
150 years after Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address he still towers over all American Presidents and patriots as the STATESMAN.
His presidency was not only historic but was responsible for saving the nation and the liberties that we have.
Remembering JFK 50 years later with these great new books available at the Elm Grove Public Library.
Friday, November 23 marks the 50 year anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The tragedy is truly remembered as one of the darkest days in American history. It is also one of the most written about and debated topics ever. In observance of the 50 year anniversary of Kennedy’s death, many interesting new books have been recently published about the Kennedys and the assassination; offering some fresh perspectives on the Kennedy presidency and the circumstances leading up to that fateful afternoon in Dallas. The Elm Grove Public Library has a nice selection of these new books available for check out, as well as a number of classic works on JFK and the assassination. Click on a book cover below to reserve your copy today.
End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L Swanson
To celebrate the holiday season, Taco John’s is again partnering with HAWS and will donate a portion of each Nachos Navidad purchased through Christmas Day to the Waukesha shelter. TJ cares with great food for a great cause!
HAWS will use a $5,000 SPARK grant from Diversified Insurance Solutions to fund a new program targeted to area youth ordered by the court system to complete community service.
HAWS will implement the Citizen Project in January, 2014, to teach responsibility and concern for others.
“We’ve wanted to offer the Citizen Project for the past few years but our budget has never been able to cover it,” notes HAWS Executive Director Lynn Olenik. “Now, thanks to the SPARK money, we can ensure teens are learning from interaction with and care of animals.”
The Citizen Project is patterned after successful programs around the country that pair juvenile offenders with animals in order to teach them a variety of skills – effective communication, responsibility, empathy, nurturing and confidence. In addition to caring for the animals, the youth will learn how to interact with animals, read their nonverbal cues and change the animals’ behavior using positive reinforcement. The teens are referred to HAWS by the Waukesha County court system and will spend 3-5 hours each week at HAWS.
“We’re excited that our funds will be used to help teach area teens valuable life skills that we hope will put them on the right track for the future,” says James McCormack, founder and chairman of Diversified Insurance Solutions. “We’re always looking for ways our company and associates can get involved with the community and provide support and help. We’ve developed a culture of outreach that’s embedded in our company’s personality.” A year-long Giveback community program was developed as part of Diversified Insurance Solutions’ 30th anniversary.
Diversified Insurance Solutions is one of Wisconsin's largest, full-service insurance brokers, providing employee benefits, risk management and business insurance to area companies. The company looks to fund new or existing programs that use fresh ideas to address a community need or problem.
By the way - its time to indulge for the animals!! Nachos Navidad now available at Taco John's of Waukesha, with a portion of the proceeds donated to HAWS!
Want to give away some free books? On April 23, 2014, you can do just that as we celebrate World Book Night 2014. Join us in spreading your love of reading by applying to be a book giver for this year’s World Book Night. The library is proud to be a supporter of this great event and will be serving as an official pickup site this year. Best of all, it’s free, fun, and easy.