Guest commentary by Ed Perkins:
After attending the Sheboygan NOAA SEAS Facts Forum meeting on Sept. 21st, and after reading Kristyn Halbig Ziehm's report this last Wednesday, I want to share some further information on this meeting and the proposed Sheboygan Sanctuary.
First, I have yet to read any news coverage that stated that when the question was asked, "Do you oppose this sanctuary?" that 95% of the 75 or more attendees raised their hands in opposition to this sanctuary. About the only people who supported it were the NOAA staff, the Sheboygan mayor, and Steve Kroll, who said he was a volunteer from Alpena, MI, and a supporter wanting to see more marine sanctuaries. Mr. Kroll, as a supporter of the Alpena Sanctuary, when informed that Alpena voters voted against the Alpena Sanctuary didn’t even know this. He turned to Russ Green the NOAA Alpena Ass’t Director asking, “Is this true?” and Green said “Yes.” This fact along with others showed that Kroll lacked basic and important info concerning the Alpena, MI, Sanctuary, yet is a local volunteer supporter of it. Mr. Kroll is a diver and maybe that explains why he supports the sanctuary while others with other concerns do not. I would like to know whether Mr. Kroll was paid to appear on the panel.
Second, the issue of land owner and business rights and how NOAA has dealt with them in the past has received very little attention in the various forums, even though this is a big concern to many. At the Alpena, MI, sanctuary some of us have learned that current land owners with shore land have been prevented from even cutting their brush or cutting down any trees on THEIR property. Also, the NOAA has shown and stated they are not bound by local referendum when it comes to whether NOAA will proceed with a sanctuary. This was proven in Alpena, MI, when the residents there called for a public referendum vote. The results were 1770 opposed the marine sanctuary and 770 were for it. NOAA then determined it was in the best interests of the residents and land owners of Alpena and built the sanctuary.
Third, one of the arguments being used by NOAA and its supporters over the years has been marine sanctuaries will bring a significant economic benefit to the community. That has been proven NOT true in Alpena, MI, and elsewhere. In a study paid for by the NOAA and done by the Univ. of MI on page 85 of that report one will read that after 17 years, "...no significant economic benefit resulted at the Thunder Bay Sanctuary in Alpena." Further what is not acknowledged is that the Alpena sanctuary COST Alpena's taxpayers over $300,000 in additional property taxes because NOAA needed a bridge reconstructed for its bigger boats. Further, the price of fuel at Alpena marinas has increased when it should have gone down like our auto gas has over the past years.
Fourth, I find it of interest how so many in the media like, Ziehm's article, never acknowledge any of the above facts, never bring them up and when they are, brush them aside. I believe that is because there are vested interests that will profit and benefit from the sanctuary. Those include tourist and other related interests, government leaders who believe there will be economic benefit even though there is clear evidence to the contrary; and bureaucrats whose agencies will receive more federal and state funding. Remember, tourist jobs are mostly seasonal and part-time, not good paying jobs. These are the primary supporters of the Sheboygan NOAA Marine Sanctuary - not the local residents, businesses and taxpayers.
Finally, it is important to point out NOAA, along with the WI Historical Society have been promoting the WI Lake MI Sanctuary for almost 10 years. I and other Wisconsin voters and taxpayers first heard about this less than 6 months ago, long after our governor and several state elected reps signed on with their support. This is not how one reaches out in a positive way to gain support for a project impacting ALL of Wisconsin, and not the way to disseminate information to the public. NOAA has spent a large amount of money and staff time over the past 8 years to promote this and many other marine sanctuaries they wish to build. Like any bureaucracy they have "their" own interests. Question is whether those are "OUR" interests?
Guest commentary from Ruth Elmer:
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas A. Edison
I was privileged to be at a luncheon that featured Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler. The above quote is one of her favorites. She reminded a room full of women that our “foremothers”, “The Suffragettes” endured much to give us (women) the right to vote.
In the February election fewer than 5% of all registered voters in the state bothered to get out and vote. In April we have an election, will you be one of the 20% who are expected to vote? Our great-grandmothers surely expected better from us. Although Justice Ziegler is running unopposed, I hope you will show your support for integrity as she serves Wisconsin. Give her your vote.
The most important state wide election on April 4th is for Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Dr. Lowell Holtz was also a speaker at the luncheon. His question, “Who has the greatest influence on your property tax bill? The governor? No, it’s the DPI.” The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty has a study (Apples to Apples) that compares public school results with charter, voucher, and private schools. With $2,000 less per-student, the voucher/choice/private schools get better results. But, we will surely hear that the additional amount Governor Walker is proposing for education is not nearly enough!
Dr. Holtz also said that when he went to bed one night there were over 50 failing schools in Milwaukee. How did Tony Evers solve the problem? He lowered the expectations so that all schools were above the fail line. Education for the inner city student was not improved.
Dr. Holtz also promises to work toward eliminating Common Core and give control of your schools back to your school board.
VOTE APRIL 4th.
Guest commentary by Ron Zahn:
What state-wide elected officer potentially has the greatest impact on your taxes and quality of life? I would suggest it might be the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the officer who heads the largely independent Department of Public Instruction. On April 4, in the Spring General Election, we have the opportunity to vote for needed change.
The incumbent Tony Evers said upon taking office in 2009 “Let me be clear – more of the same is not enough.” Now, after eight years of “more of the same,” of serving the system, not the kids, it's time for beneficial change.
Dr. Lowell Holtz is fully qualified to lead that change, having many years of experience in law enforcement and as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in Wisconsin. What will Lowell bring to the DPI office?
Dr. Holtz is running under the acronym ASK: Always Serve Kids.
Learn more at www.Kidservative.org
Hate is real
Love is real
Stupidity is real
Courage is real
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is real
“Beautiful people get more privileges” is real
“Smarter people have more advantages” is real
“Abortion is murder” is real
“Teacher’s unions destroy education” is real
“Liberals are uniformly hypocrites” is real
"Guns save lives" is real
Criminals are real
“2 + 2 = 4” is real
“Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie Brown (again)” is real
Umm…really…WHAT’S YOUR POINT?
A guest testimonial by Ed Perkins:
WHY I AM SUPPORTING DR. LOWELL HOLTZ TO LEAD THE WI DEPT. OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION:
On Feb. 21st primary elections will be held in Wisconsin. On that ballot we will be voting for the WI Superintendent of Public Schools, DPI.
There will be three candidates on that ballot:
Dr. Lowell Holtz has an exceptional record of innovative leadership in Wisconsin school districts in which he has served. Dr. Holtz is an opponent of Common Core but a strong supporter of School Choice, Charter schools, private schools, etc. He takes a very strong position on local control of our K-12 schools.
In the Beloit School System his administrative success, especially with the Latino and African American students, earned him the National Distinguished Principal award from the US Dept. of Education. He has been endorsed by 8 of our WI legislators to head up the DPI.
Dr. Holtz also had an outstanding administrative record at Whitnall School District in the Milwaukee area from which he recently retired.
Holtz’s web site www.kidservative.org contains info that should lead many to support him.
Dr. Tony Evers has been the head of the WI DPI for 8 years and has been a strong supporter of various federal education programs, especially Common Core. In the very last days of Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration in 2009, Tony Evers signed a federal document forcing WI to adopt and support the undefined and almost unknown federal education program we know today as Common Core. That K-12 education program has had disastrous effects upon our local schools’ curriculum.
Our local schools were forced to adopt and implement this UNTESTED education program. Like Obama Care, was adopted without knowing what was in it, the same is true of Common Core. We had to blindly say yes to an undefined and totally untested educational program because millions of federal dollars were available IF Wisconsin entered into this program. Dr. Tony Evers, in spite of this disastrous program, is still a supporter of it.
He is also a strong opponent of the School Choice Program and believes he alone has the authority to define the curriculum for our K-12 students in WI and has publicly stated this.
John Humphries who has worked for the DPI in the past is currently working as a Program Director in the Dodgeville school district. He does not have a PhD.
He sought to have Gov. Walker recalled and signed a recall petition. He claims today to regret having done this.
He has also supported the elections of President Clinton, Ms. Burke who ran against Gov. Walker and also Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett who ran against Gov. Walker. He has never run for public office. He has never held a high level administrative position.
My hope in presenting the above info is that it leads you to vote for Dr. Holtz on Feb. 21st.
I believe he will bring needed change and leadership to implement that change in our WI Dept. of Public Instruction. REMEMBER, the primary election to eliminate one of the above 3 candidates is here in a matter of days.
On Tuesday, Feb. 14th, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, at the Appleton Machine Shed Restaurant, Dr. Holtz will be speaking and taking questions from the public. This event is open to all.
We encourage you and friends to bring your appetite for a sit-down meal at your expense, if you are hungry. If not, just come and learn why Dr. Holtz is worthy of your support on Feb. 14th. This will also be a voluntary fund raiser for Dr. Holtz. If you can’t attend you can donate money to Friends of Dr. Holtz, P.O. Box 158, Big Bend, WI, 53103.
For more information, contact Ed Perkins at (920) 358-7242 or firstname.lastname@example.org
No, Freedom Jack is not getting his "transgender" on - today we have guest commentary by Barb B.
I am a woman, 76 years old, and a proud American. I have seen many social changes during my lifetime. So, when I make certain statements, I am speaking from personal experiences.
In grade school, we proudly said the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. Today, the “progressives” are trying to eliminate this patriotic tradition. I am not old enough to remember much about World War II, but I do remember the tremendous patriotism.
I remember Senator Joseph McCarthy warning us about the Communist encroachment. As I reflect on our current liberal administration, our current educational system, and the effort to disestablish our religious freedoms, I can reflect that his warnings have come to fruition.
As a teenager, the attitude of the American citizen on sex was “abstention until after marriage”. Today, not only are our teens encouraged to participate in premarital sex, but condoms and abortions are granted without parental knowledge. In my day, it was customary for sports teams to say a prayer before an event. Today, that is not only discouraged, but the possibility of prosecution hangs over our teams’ heads.
As a child, and throughout my developing years, Christmas was celebrated as the birth of Christ. Today, a religious display is not only viewed with contempt by our liberal friends, but must be displayed with displays of non-Christian exhibitions.
In my days, boys went hunting before school and proudly displayed their guns in the back window of their vehicle. Today, our liberal friends have tried everything in their power to remove the guns from the hands of law abiding American citizens.
Yes, I have seen changes to my beloved country. Some changes are not only foolish, but darn right dangerous. May God help and bless America.
Of all the groups melting like snowflakes in the sun over Trump immigration policy, which of them do not employ as many or more of the new immigration policies, in their own lives, in their homes, and in their place of work?
For the Catholics wailing and gnashing their teeth, how many undocumented and un-vetted people make their way into the Vatican? Will you be welcomed into the few “public” areas (much less the private ones) if you “scale the walls”, or will you be arrested? How many visitors are allowed to overstay their visit by days, weeks, or years? How many are allowed to wander around, unaccounted for?
Can you can just wander into the Apple, Google, Facebook, or Microsoft campuses, without permission and identification and an acknowledged purpose, and stay as long as you please? Can you do this in the city halls, state houses, and governor’s offices in sanctuary cities and states?
How many of these groups allow persons unknown to them to freely wander in and out of their homes and stay as long as they want, help themselves to whatever resources (including bank accounts) the house has to offer? And then demand you pay for their education and “welfare”?
And if the unauthorized “guests” happen to have a child while in your house or business, would these groups support giving that child constitutionally protected rights to their house, business, and property, for the rest of the childs’ lives.
How many of these groups would not demand enforcement of laws and restrict access if people wandered around their homes and businesses to the tune of 12-20 million unauthorized “guests”?
Don’t be a hypocrite – either support removal of criminals (aka undocumented aliens) or open up your homes and business and resources to all of them, without proper vetting, for as long as they choose to stay.
The vast majority of opponents of illegal immigration fully support the American dream, the idea of a nation of immigrants, a melting pot, the right of anyone to play “who wants to be a millionaire”. Support the rule of law - if you start the game by breaking the law, why should anyone follow any laws along the way?
We won’t even detail here the hypocrisy with which Mexico vigorously defends its southern border while criticizing us for attempting to do the same.
And finally, what about the hypocrisy of all the trauma over the Trump immigration ban, but not a word is heard about Obama’s out-the-door ban on Cuban immigrants?
In December of 2014 the state of Wisconsin officially requested that an area of Lake Michigan roughly from Mequon to Two Rivers (up to 1260 square miles) be designated the Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary. The federal Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) announced in October 2015 its intent to “designate a new national marine sanctuary to help conserve nationally-significant shipwrecks and related maritime heritage resources.”
See http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/wisconsin for details.
Claims of value for Wisconsin are, as always, wondrous: enhance heritage tourism, foster education and research partnerships, and enhance economic development. Reportedly this has broad public support from citizens, involved coastal cities, and stakeholders alike.
Some questions not found on the federal website:
NOAA will hold four public meetings in March, with March 31 as the deadline for comments.
Scheduled meetings are as follows:
As reprehensible as all the presidential candidates may be, this election is about one thing, and one thing only: the Supreme Court justices.
The next president will nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. If four liberal justices are added to the court, America as we know it is over.
Even worse, what happens if the Republicans do not retain a majority in the Senate and ultra liberal justices are given a fast-pass path to the court?
Before you sit out the election or vote for the queen of corruption, consider the total realm of consequences.