On Chick-fil-A and Obamacare
Steve, you stated, "A few weeks ago the president of Chick-fil-A said his company opposes same-sex marriage..." And, you followed with, "In my opinion the owner of the company had his opinion and he shared it." I realize many of you believe that a company is the same as a person, but there is a difference between the president believing something (that's his right) and his saying the company believes something. By saying his company opposes gay marriage is suggesting that you'd better not come around if you are gay, or if you believe all couples should have the right to a committed relationship if they so wish, or if you believe that a company president has no right to speak for the entire company. This issue has nothing to do with the health of persons who choose to be customers; rather is has everything to do with the president of the company saying his company (all stores and employees) believes something, and in a tone that suggests everyone else had better also believe it.
On Lake Delton dyed a tourist-pleasing blue
The best line in the article in the State Journal is a quote from Tom Diehl, general manager of the Tommy Bartlett Ski Show, and a village board member who voted for the dye job, "I certainly would always recuse myself at the village on anything that had to do with my business interests," he said. Yeah, right.
On Weary of polarization in our public discourse?
Our church has members of all political stripes, but we all know that any church gathering is a safe place to be. It's possible, folks, to love your neighbors, and respect them regardless of who they vote for. And it makes for a better community. I am acquainted with several of the religious leaders listed on the Call for Civility paper, and know that wislady's summary of their theology is not correct -- they don't pick and choose which Biblical passages to study, rather they are open to study and discuss all views and discern how to best live out their faith. With civil discussion,
On Wisconsin smoking ban marks second year
As non-smokers, we have enjoyed feeling free to eat and socialize at places we didn't dare enter before the ban. The only ones we avoid now are the tavern/restaurants where smokers stand outside surrounding the door -- we don't feel a need to walk through smoke to enter a non-smoking facility, so we take our business elsewhere. We'd rather patronize the local small eateries than fast-food chains, and this law has enabled that.
On Rep. Paul Ryan declines to address VP speculation
Ryan has no grasp of the purpose of the constitution and government. He's not qualified for any elected position. He stated to George S. on ABC, “We [Republicans] disagree with the notion that our rights come from government, that the government can now grant us and define our rights. Those are ours, they come from nature and God, according to the Declaration of Independence — a huge difference in philosophy.” The Declaration of Independence says, in part, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, ...–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,..." It acknowledges people having been created, but the government of the people sets rights. Ryan is ill prepared to hold such a high constitutional office if he understands so little of the construct of our government. Go to http://www.ibwisconsin.com/Blogs/Bloggin... for a list of rights granted to us by the government.
On Assiduous? Really?
The statement from the sheriff's department reminds me of something I'd get from certain students when I was teaching freshman English at a local campus. The student had discovered the capability to insert synonyms instead of the original words, often leading to rather humorous results. It is possible to communicate without using highfaluting language; and when communicating with an audience of mixed educational backgrounds it's essential.
On Crowd protests Romney appearance
From this article: " . . .waited in line on plant property for the chance to the politicians." To WHAT the politicians? " . . .tried to enter plant property demonstrate," TO demonstrate? " . . .but that the had to . . ." perhaps that THEY had to? It's very difficult reading a news story that has so many typos; it certainly calls to question the integrity of the Gazette if the Gazette requires its readers to fill in the blanks instead of having journalists or other staff proofread stories before publication.
On Popular lion dies at Dane County zoo
Really saddened to hear about Vilas. The grandkids will miss her, as the lion exhibit is the first one we stop at. The Madison zoo is one of the finest free zoos around, and is always improving. That's good news for the community and for the animals. JoyM, ways to save at the Milwaukee County Zoo include, first, arrive at least a half hour before they open so you can get a parking spot on Bluemound Rd. in front of the zoo and park for free. And bring your own lunch/snacks/water bottles as they have lovely picnic areas. Also, we tell the grandkids (and years ago the kids) that our souvenirs will be the pictures we take and our memories of the visit (we always let each of the kids take some pictures themselves to add the the memories). We visit the Madison zoo several times a year, and try to get to the Milwaukee zoo at least once each year.
On Will Walker WALK the talk?
It's time to quit the name-calling and start listening. If it took a recall to get Walker to understand that he needs to consider the concerns of the whole state instead of just his inner circle, then positive things might come of this. The mining bill is a good example of what might have been had he and his Senate listened. I doubt that Walker has really changed, but having a Democratic majority in the Senate will force him to talk to people and hopefully listen. I wish he would finish his college degree, perhaps with a major in public administration or some such, as he seems to regard himself as king, not as leader. IMO He also needs to understand that there are people who voted for him in the recall because they felt a recall is not the way to go, not as an endorsement of his actions. In the next general election he might not get those person's votes.
On Reflections on our WI RECALL ELECTIONS
Northman makes some good points. I posted this in another blog, but I think is bears repeating: "It's time to put our differences aside and find ways to work together to move Wisconsin forward," Walker said in an interview minutes after his victory. "I think it's important to fix things, but it's also important to make sure we talk about it and involve people in the process." That's what he says in public. That's how it used to work. However in private (but knowing he's being taped) he says his aim is to "divide and conquer." We'll see which turns out to be true.
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