Here’s a reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving Day: Kenosha is this close to establishing a viable homeless shelter.
The political hurdle that remains is a vote in the Kenosha City Council on Monday. The Shalom Center’s plan to convert the vacant storefront at 6201 14th Ave. into a homeless shelter needs the City Council’s approval, and we think the members of the council should give that approval enthusiastically.
Critics are coming out of the shadows after Gov. Scott Walker said last week that changes would be made to the state Transportation Department’s budget request.
Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb announced a budget that included an increase in the gas tax, fees on the purchases of new cars and a registration surcharge for owners of hybrid or electric vehicles. The new taxes and fees are intended to boost the Transporation Department’s revenue by $751 million over two years.
You can look for me at the starting line this morning.
In a perfect world, we would not need to provide for unhoused brothers and sisters because they would already have adequate shelter. Sadly, we live in a broken world and the number of homeless people in our community continues to grow.
Homelessness has many causes. Sometimes it is temporary, but for others it can become chronic. All of our various faith traditions tell us of the importance of caring for those who live on the margins. Perhaps none of our holy writings say it better than Leviticus 25:35-36: “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you.”
By the time, you finish reading this article, more than 30 cases of child abuse will have been reported to authorities nationwide. By the end of today, that number will swell past 9,000. In addition, three of those children will die at the hands of their abuser. All in a single day.
Children from newborn to 3 years old are at the highest risk for abuse and neglect. It is shocking and tragic, yet it is critical that we as a community grasp that one out of every three victims of child abuse are babies and toddlers
Maybe President Obama is just trolling?
For those who don’t know, in Internet parlance, trolling is an effort to elicit outrage from a specific group or the public generally. As the always useful — but not always G-rated, or spell-checked — Urban Dictionary explains, “Trolling requires deceiving [sic]; any trolling that doesn’t involve decieving [sic] someone isn’t trolling at all; it’s just stupid.” (Pro tip: When spelling “deceiving,” remember it’s “i before e except after c.”) The definition continues: “As such, your victim must not know that you are trolling; if he does, you are an unsuccesful [sic] troll.”
It’s a mistake to be nostalgic for some golden age in politics when everyone was nice to each other. Such a time never existed.
Still, this is a particularly rotten moment to be an elected official, and especially a member of Congress, a body whose ratings are even lower than those of journalists. If you run for office these days, all your mistakes (and some you never made) are broadcast widely in some horrible TV spot.
Why can’t unbridled consumerism take a breather on holidays?
Most Americans — from the Obama family in the White House to my little family in Texas — will get a much-deserved break from work on Thanksgiving Day. But millions of others won’t.