In the past four years there have been at least three attempts to restrict our open records laws and change Wisconsin’s mission statement. These attempts were never debated but instead slipped into unrelated bills late at night. Luckily, our news media has alerted us and enough people protested that they were changed.
As someone who has spent the last 17 years working in open government, I take personal and professional offense at this. Good government is effective, efficient, responsive and above all OPEN. Experience good government again.
It doesn’t matter how much wealth we create or money we save if we poison our air, water, or soil. Renewable energy and conservation should be a priority for Wisconsin.
The two impediments often cited in denying environmental risks and concerns are, “It costs too much.” and “I don’t believe in the scientific theory”.
To the first I say: It doesn’t matter how much wealth we create or money we save if we poison our water, soil, or air.
To the second: Climate scientists tell us Climate Change is potentially an extinction event. We know the earth is warming. Ninety seven percent of climate scientists believe climate change is happening and is the result of human activity. What society has ever ignored its scholars?
Sustainable energy generation is now cost competitive to fossil fuels and employ far more of our citizens. Wisconsin in the last ten years has weakened or eliminated laws to protect the environment, discouraged environmental study, passed laws or exclusions allowing pollution, eliminated incentives to pursue renewable energy production, and even enacted laws to restrict renewable energy generation such as the law that a commercial windmill can’t be built within a half mile of a residence.
Wisconsin produces no fossil fuels! All fossil fuels are imported and all payments leave the state. Wisconsin should be a leader in the study, development, manufacture, installation, and generation of sustainable energy. We should be encouraging and subsidizing energy conservation and renewable energy production.
Wisconsin has over 11,000 lakes, resides between the Great Lakes containing one third of the WORLD’S fresh water supply and the nation’s largest river, and rests on top of the Superior Aquifer. All of our citizens receive their drinking water form one of these resources. We need the ability to maintain their quality and restrict invasive species from degrading these treasures.
We Do Not Inherit Our Environment From Our Parents, We Borrow It From Our Children.
Education is the vehicle for each generation to surpass the last. Wisconsin has a history of quality education that I want to see continued.
Many people in Assembly District 23 moved here for the educational opportunities. As parents, we are involved in our schools, know the board members and PTA committees, and attend school meetings. We believe education is the vehicle for each new generation to surpass the last. This district has arguably the best collection of school systems in the state if not the country. Whitefish Bay, Nicolet, Homestead and Grafton high schools all excel. The first three see themselves as competing for scholastic supremacy, totally unaware that Grafton has maybe the best automotive curriculum in the nation having won a national competition in 2018. But suddenly teachers are scarce or leaving. Languages and the arts are underfunded, various specialists are gone, and prevention programs cut to provide more security.
Republicans politicized our schools and then cut funding. Public education money is siphoned off to pay for charter and for-profit schools that are unaccountable to the public. Our UW system has endured many cuts that have led to lost research grants and recognition. I want to return to Wisconsin’s heritage of quality public education for all.
Common sense gun restrictions would not prevent good people from owning guns.
I walk with our students.
I applaud the students who are peacefully bringing attention to school and mass shootings. Rarely does one see a generational expression of frustration that could actually inspire decisive public debate. These are our future leaders refusing to suffer the consequences of our democratic union’s current dilemma of incivility combined with gun proliferation.
The Supreme Court has affirmed our right to own guns. But, Justice Antonin Scalia also opinioned that communities can impose restrictions.
Community values concerning guns need to be debated at all levels to define those values. Many restrictions would cost no tax dollars, others may even be revenue positive, and none would ultimately prevent good people the right to own a gun. Some limits to gun ownership seem to have broad public support while arming teachers appears to have little. Common sense would dictate we start with the most popular and least costly alternatives first. We must not be deterred from doing what is ethical and constitutional to prevent another massacre. It is well past time to allow federal research on gun violence. Now is the time to enact and test community restrictions.