On Does government do business in the light of day?
Gazette, why don't you set aside your plan to name your favorite local politicians and focus the entire article on the Walker administration's open records/meetings history for the past year? After all, we DO have a recall election coming up and what happens at the state level affects ALL your readers. Just list their violatons. You wouldn't even have to comment on them. I bet you could fill an entire section.
On 10% voter turnout expected for spring primaries
You can bet I will be voting, as will many of my friends and family. This primary is about local government - do not give up your chance to select a candidate for the ballot.RECALL WALKERRE-ELECT OBAMA
On Overreach: Obamacare vs. Constitution
Enough with the hysterical religious freedom argument. Obama's compromise exempts churches, and I am fine with that. Schools, hospitals, and businesses that identify themselves as quasi-religious groups do so by choice. They are not exempt from federal EEOC rules and do not employ only religious workers. An employer has no right, moral or otherwise, to impose its beliefs on workers by refusing to include contraception as part of a comprehensive health insurance plan. As most employers now require employees to pay all or part of their health insurance premiums, the contraception is not truly free. I have no doubt the insurance companies will find a way to recoup any potential losses. Finally, the religious freedom argument totally ignores the fact that individuals have a choice whether to avail themselves of the contraception. No one is being forced to take unwanted birth control, which by the way is prescribed for many things in addition to preventing pregnancy. The Supreme Court opined that "Laws are made for the government of actions, and while they cannot interfere with mere religious belief and opinions, they may with practices." Like polygamy, refusing medical treatment for children, and using illegal drugs as part of religious ceremonies. The Constitution is perfectly written in this regard. Practice whatever faith you wish (or none). But the Constitution does not allow religious groups/individuals carte blanche to do whatever they want or impose their will on other individuals. The only trully immoral act here is the desire by some to prevent many others from exercising their own personal freedom to access birth control through their insurance plan.
On Would tolerance of Hispanics benefit us all?
The title says it all, suggesting that being tolerant is something we should "consider." Nice. The fact is hispanic people live and work here, as legal or illegal immigrants, and they are not the only group of immigrants in this country. Now, if the editors want to address ONLY illegal immigration regardless of nationality, I hope they make that distinction clear in their upcoming series. Otherwise, they will just out themselves as the closet bigots I have always suspected them to be. If you want to get serious about stemming illegal immigration, you need to stop the hiring of illegal workers. Levy serious fines against the farms and businesses that employ them. Unfortunately, this method is unpopular with the pro-business crowd because it cuts into profit margins. It is cheaper to pay people off the books than to hire workers that will require FICA, etc. Illegals will not come if they cannot get work. Finally, end that provision that allows babies born to illegals in the US to automatically become citizens. If they can figure out how to get social services money there is no reason their mothers cannot apply for citizenship as well. Lastly, in order to enforce and facilitate legal immigration, you need to hire people to do the government's work. This requires tax dollars. *GASP* Also unpopular. So until we can come to terms with the greed, apathy, and political factors standing in the way of immigration reform, illigal immigrants are the reality. There is just no FREE magic wand to make them disappear.
On What did Walker have to do with GM closing?
"Lazy", "slow" and "low work output" are words I would never use to describe what went on down there. You have no idea.
On Few seek Rock County Board positions
You think their non-partisan janesvillean? That's laughable beyond words.
On Walker setting up new education council
It's just a trick to push for more charter schools. The scores at public schools will conveniently have lower scores than the charter schools, making the argument that charter schools are better and deserve public funding. Teachers with poorly scoring students will be penalized (fired) even though their class sizes have increased thanks to Walker's budget "tools". So this will be another "tool" to get rid of teachers and close public schools. Walker and the anti-public education squad are just laying the groundwork. It doesn't take a PoliSci degree to see it.
On We could vote for this
What I find stunning is that the party pushing for voter ID is the same group who are all about less government and individual freedoms from BIG BROTHER. These folks flap their gums about the founding fathers whenever it suits them, but where does it say in the constitution that you must show an ID to vote? I predict that once every state has the voter ID law this issue of rampant voter fraud will still be around. Someone will claim millions are voting with fake IDs. I think ballot counting fraud is more likely, since a person with a laptop can hack just about any computer program these days. Since we have still have no proof of this widespread voter fraud, why the focus on it? Why do I think this is like every other false flag political hot button - just a ruse to get our attention off the real problems?
Lack of interest probably has more to do with the time commitment. Many on the board are retired or have jobs that allow them to attend meetings during work hours. Most people who might be interested have to work during the day.
On We are the world
emac, I am so sorry you cannot have the world exactly the way you would like it for your personal comfort. I am sure that having to listen to a telephone prompt is an enormous burden for you.
Snorting in derision at Frank's threat to the haters. Only when it suits you, eh?
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