On Stealth lobbying for Medicaid expansion
That's right, "NO! Your child has an infection and you can't afford the $30 co-pay? NO! You can't go to the doctor! Oh, your child is getting worse? Quick, get to the emergency room!" And then the hospitals pick up the tab because if the parent is making 101% of the federal poverty level, and can't afford the $30 doctor visit, they sure can't afford the ER bill! How about some compassion and some sense from you comfortable middle class people?
On Are charter schools worth pursuing?
Charters are not always done right, but when they are, they a wonderful thing for all involved. There are resources out there to help a district do it right. Check out qualitycharters.org.
On Study: Wis. lags in sharing mental health records
I've got to agree with those who are saying this is a huge privacy issue. Seems like the people who really need help won't get it any more. Who wants to share their mental anguish with a doctor who is going to report them to the government? This will just drive the problem of mental illness further underground and further stigmatize those who are already suffering. Very sad.
On Are you an emergency away from financial ruin?
Let me tell Sigma about my sister. She got a college degree and a good job. She stayed in shape, exercised, ate right, married. Her second child was born with a disability. She cut back on her work to take care of him. In her 40's, she discovered that she had an autoimmune disorder that rapidly worsened until she was in chronic pain. Her husband lost his job when the economy crashed. Then he had I guess what you'd call a midlife crisis and just walked away from her and the kids. She burned through all her savings including her retirement while trying to sell the house. The month bank was going to start the foreclosure, the house sold, but at a very low price due to the housing crash. And when she lost her house and needed to downsize, she gave her nice furniture and things to charities because she could no longer give money and she wanted to be able to help those who had less than she had. She got enough money from the sale of the house to buy a used car and pay the security deposit on a rental house. We sent her Woodman's gift cards every month, wishing we could do more, but having our own troubles with my hours being cut at work. Her estranged husband finally got a job, but her declining health caused her to lose hers. Her now ex sends some support, but not enough. Her daughter got a job while in high school and worked 20 hours/week to help pay the bills. My sister had a comfortable middle class life and savings and retirement and lost it all. Would one of the holier-than-thou's tell me what she did to deserve this? How are you so much better a person that she is? She loves her kids and gets up out of her bed in pain every day to take care of them and keep the family together. She loves them and disciplines them and makes sure they get good grades in spite of everything. And she doesn't let them feel sorry for themselves. Her oldest started college at UW-W in September and says she is going to get a degree and a good job and take care of her mom. My sister says she is blessed. And she is. But she is hurt by the attitude of so many in this I-did-it-myself-what's-the-matter-with-you USA we now seem to live in. This country doesn't need more Sigmas. It needs more people like my sister, who have little but still care and give 100%.
On UW-Rock could get dorm
It seems like a good idea to have a small dorm at UW-Rock. I'm sure there are many students want to attend a 2-year college, but don't have one close to home. They face relocation or a long commute, often in inclement weather. Both are daunting for a young person, just out of high school, who is also adjusting to college life. Many 4-year campuses require freshmen to live on campus because they are more likely to successfully transition to college life if they live in a dorm. Living on campus is really much simpler than renting an apartment and dealing with landlords, bills, transportation, etc., etc. And, when the going gets tough, you have the we're-in-this-together commradory of dorm life to help pull you through. For those facing either relocating or a long commute, it could be the difference between success and failure.
On Don’t place blame for mass killings on weapons used
It's the person's fault that he pulled the trigger.
It's the assault rifle's fault that so many children were killed instead of few or none.
On Janesville Comfort Shoppe not going out of business
vnvet7071, I agree!
On Walker says Wisconsin won’t set up health exchange
Ah, those Gazette Gremlins! My apologies for the double post. It certainly wasn't so profound that it merited being posted twice!
Sorry, lovemycountry, but an online poll by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is not a statistically accurate poll. It's a clever ploy used by the MJS to get readers more likely to read and click. More readers and more clickers means more revenue from advertising. It has nothing to do with accurate polling of a population. I'm not saying it's right or wrong, I'm saying it's not reliable.
Sorry, lovemy country, but an online poll by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is not a statistically accurate poll. It's a clever ploy used by the MJS to get readers more likely to read and click. More readers and more clickers means more revenue from advertising. It has nothing to do with accurate polling of a population.
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