Friday, June 14, 2013

Chair Report - June 13, 2013

May Chairman’s Report….Due to computer problems last month I was not able to submit a Chairman’s Report for the month of May. Please accept my apology for this problem. It turns out that an automatic update from Microsoft for Windows 7 caused my computer to lock up. Since there was no fix, a technician required three days to solve the problem. My computer is back to its old self now. I've got my fingers crossed that it stays that way.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Member's Letter to Rep. Severson

Dear Dr. Severson,

I understand that the Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill passed the senate and is headed for the Assembly today.  Please vote against this bill.  As a medical doctor  you are aware of the implications to  physician/patient confidentiality which is essential to patients  seeking medical care.  That the state of Wisconsin would force its way into an examination room for any reason is big government  tyranny at its worst.  

This bill could have serious unintended consequences.   Can you imagine a frightened pregnant teenage girl coming to you knowing that she will have to undergo an unnecessary invasive vaginal probe? I can't.  I can imagine her going into denial and getting no medical care or worse doing a DIY abortion, or going to the illegal abortion provider.  

If the republicans want to make abortion illegal, then  draft a bill that does that and debate it on its merits.  Just don't make the State of Wisconsin a rapist and torturer of women!  

Gail Lando
Grantsburg, WI 54840

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Member's Letter to to Sen. Harsdorf

Dear Sen. Harsdorf,

What is going on in Madison?  Is there really a bill sponsored by Senator Ellis to force women who are seeking abortions to have transvaginal probes, while a technician describes what she sees?  I can understand that many people are anti-abortion.  I am not pro-abortion, but sometimes abortion is the only merciful solution for some women and their families.  I taught at a school for pregnant teens for three years.  All of these young women chose to give birth; most kept the baby, but some gave the child up for adoption.  Most had healthy babies, but  some of the girls had stillborns, several had very low birth babies weight who had suffered lifelong complications that the families were not emotionally, spiritually or financially able to handle.  Some babies were born into abusive families, and I was unable to do anything about that.  One of my students was murdered by a boyfriend.  From my experience working with these girls, their families and their babies, I would never presume to make judgments on women who choose abortions or women who choose to give birth.  I would hope that a woman would choose to give birth.

To force a frightened woman who may have been raped, threatened or beaten to submit to a probe of her vagina is simply state rape, and the most invasive big government tyranny I can imagine.  

I hope you will not vote for this bill.  It is evil.

Gail Lando
Grantsburg, Wi

Member Editorial: Walker's Failures

Dear Editor:

I have an unwanted intruder that keeps coming into my house on my I pad. His name is Scott Walker. I’ve tried to block him many times, but he keeps coming back.

I can’t believe a word he says. Even a conservative magazine like Forbes said the way he figures job creation; he should have no trouble changing water into wine. He also received a liar liar, pants on fire for truthful and honest job numbers.

When he became governor, he said he would put signs at the border of all the neighboring states, inviting visitors to come to Wisconsin and enjoy the fruits of eliminating labor negotiations and championing the trickle-down theory of economics. How has that worked out for him? He is now 46th in job creation in the nation and dead last in the Midwest job creations.

He has taken money from the school lunch program and Meals on Wheels. Of this he is most proud.

He has defunded public schools in order to give the money to his favorite charter school programs. Most of the charter schools are religious school. So we are using public money to finance religious education. You might ask Walker which religion gets the most public money for schools and then ask him what religion he belongs to. I suspect those who complain the loudest about prayer in school will think this is great. Now they can teach the entire Bible in schools. I suspect the same people will be the first to complain when the first charter Muslim school starts teaching the Koran, using their tax money. The whole premise of his antiunion teacher program was to evaluate teachers and give the best teachers the most money. Most people would agree with this except there is no real way to evaluate teachers fairly. Taking money away from schools that have the hardest job of teaching is counterproductive.

Some time ago Wisconsin was rated number two in high school graduations in the nation. Therefore these teachers should be paid the second highest in the nation by these evaluation standards.

This is certainly a better indication of successful Wisconsin teachers than some politician pointing fingers at teachers who are in the most challenging schools and telling them they have to show much more success.
So how do I keep this unwanted intruder out of my home? I know there is a freedom of speech amendment but there is also a privacy amendment and I consider my I pad my own private space that should not be readily available for political invasion.  

Francis Peterson,
Spooner, WI 54801