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home : opinions : opinions February 26, 2015


6/19/2013 12:45:00 PM
Raffles now support essential services
Linda Thompson, chairperson, Barron County Democratic Party

Every day I read how Wisconsin sinks lower in state rankings.
But today I purchased three tickets in a 50/50 raffle sold in support of the Barron County Office on Aging and Rice Lake Senior Center, initiated by Barron County Republicans and Congressman Duffy-half goes to the agencies and half to one lucky ticket holder.
Sadly and absurdly, it has come to this.
These cuts were enacted by the Republicans with Mr. Duffy's full support-less government means fewer essential services.
Wisconsin sinks lower.
I think everyone has valued these services! Why can't we continue to support them with sufficient public dollars?
Yes, I bought tickets. I know a good cause! I want these services to be stable and I want Wisconsin to be a good place to live. However, if I win, the entire amount will go directly to the Barron County Office on Aging, Rice Lake Senior Center and perhaps another agency or two affected by Republican endorsed cuts. I'm a Democratic Party member; I believe we have stronger communities with services provided by all and for all. And yes, we would still be higher up on the ladder of positive qualities of life in Wisconsin.

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Article comment by: Romaine Quinn

Funding for the Senior Citizen Center predominately comes from the City of Rice Lake, not federal dollars. I find it interesting that Mrs. Thompson, being in the leadership position that she is in, can dumb down such a complex issue so easily.
The good people that sit on the Rice Lake City Council know very well how their actions impact others. These decisions aren't take lightly and I find it completely gross that Mrs. Thompson finds it necessary to score political points while she sits on the sidelines and did nothing to protect funding for the senior citizens center. I think Mrs. Thompson needs to spend dozens of hours pouring through hundreds of pages of a budget and tell us what she would cut instead. Or, since we are making assumptions, maybe I should just assume she isn't even concerned about balancing the budget since she's a liberal.
The only thing I get out of the article above is that we finally got a liberal to spend his/her own money on something they wanted instead of using the government to make someone else pay for it.

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013
Article comment by: Paul Miller

The title is wrong, these are not essential services.
You think everyone has valued these services? And then continue to wonder why the taxpayers cannot continue funding. It's simple, taxpayers cannot continue to pay for these local, state and federal programs. Party affiliation has nothing to do with it. Money should be carefully distributed to programs we know are valued, not the ones we think.
Top priority must be lowering taxes and making Wisconsin an affordable place to live. After that we should assess desires of the endless special interest groups and PAC's. Anyone struggling to keep a lid on household budgets understand this concept.

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