Community Health Centers (CHCs) are supported by both Republican and Democratic leaders as front-line providers of urgently needed medical, dental and mental health services across our country.
Approximately 28 million Americans turn to these not-for-profit organizations for affordable accessible primary care in 1,400 urban and rural communities.
The men and women who dedicate themselves to this mission are some of the most respected people in America’s health care system. Congressional leaders in both parties, and President Trump, specifically targeted vital resources to Community Health Centers to combat the ravages of SARS CoV2 throughout Wisconsin and our entire nation.
It was deeply disturbing to learn about baseless personal and professional attacks that have been leveled against Joe Clark, president of the Kenosha CHC Board, by an extreme faction of Kenosha County Republicans. Clark has brought invaluable skills and an abiding compassion for people throughout our community to his service on behalf of the KCHC. All members of the KCHC Board of Directors are unpaid volunteers.
It is unseemly for any member of our County Board to lead a vicious smear campaign against a private citizen who has so generously donated his time, talents, and hard work; to the benefit of thousands of our Kenosha neighbors.
Donald Trump has diminished the office of the presidency to be the laughing stock in our country and around the world. We looked past his lack of good character traits because what we thought we needed was a businessman with experience and knowledge and an attitude on how to get things done.
Instead what we got was an egotistical person with a maniacal brain in believing he has superior intelligence and needs advice from no one. He is devoid of heart and empathy for those who elected him to this high office.
His most aggressive action was taking over the Justice Department. A convicted felon, Paul Manafort, who was a close associate of the president, was recently pardoned and released. With control of justice, if you are a friend or associate of Trump's go ahead and break the law, and if convicted, rest assured the president will exercise his power to pardon you.
A re-elected Trump will bring chaos to our system of checks and balances, and the rule of law. Living in a dictator-run country could be right around the corner.
Here they go again, Democrats in another useless investigation of how President Trump handled the coronavirus.
What they should be investigating is the abuse of power by President Obama's Department of Justice and FBI. Fox is the only main TV outlet reporting on this, the most egregious illegal activity against American citizens, one that happens in a dictatorship and never should happen here.
Also, Democrats in the House should be investigating the origin of the coronavirus instead of giving cover to China.
The voters should remember which political party is for American workers getting back to work and which party is working to prolong the lockdown.
While Speaker Nancy Pelosi sits in her mansion getting paid, refusing to bring the House back to Washington, ordinary workers are losing their jobs and the income to feed their families. Pelosi needs to do the job she was elected to do and stop her resistance of Trump's every single action.
The virus that destroyed American lives and the country's great economy is no reason to vote for incompetent "sleepy Joe Biden." He is the grabbing, feeling, kissing from behind candidate for the socialist Democratic Party.
He's also the guy who mishandled the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearing and the Robert Bork hearing, where Biden enraged both supporters and critics with aimless, incoherent questioning. He also committed plagiarism both in law school and in the 1982 primary.
During the 2000 financial crisis, Biden encouraged President Bush to address the nation as President Roosevelt did on TV during the 1929 stock market crash. Sorry, but Herbert Hoover was president and television was not widely available until the late 1930s.
Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd and the former grand wizard of the KKK spoke against federal busing to integrate schools, causing Biden to say "segregation is good for black people." Later, President Obama said, "how many times is Joe going to say something stupid."
Wake up, voters, it's our children's and grandchildren's dreams, not the socialist Democrats nightmare, of making America another Venezuela. The Mueller investigation was a scam but dragged on until the midterm to allow a Democrat Congress to prevent a border wall and a fake impeachment.
I walked away from the Democrat Party and you should too, before Biden grabs you.
From the beginning it has been obvious to even the most casual observer that we have not been in this thing together; we have just been in it at the same time.
While it was no shock that petty tyrants used the pandemic as an excuse to seize outsized power, I was astounded at the number of people who quickly and willingly gave up their God-given rights in exchange for a false sense of security.
I want to thank those members of our Legislature who took Wisconsin from having one of the nation’s most restrictive lockdowns to being a free state. I was not looking forward to the race between Tony Evers and JB Pritzker to see who could open last.
The feeling I got when I heard the news that the lockdown in Kenosha was over was a powerful reminder of what freedom feels like.
As much as we would all love for life to resume as normal, we need to listen to the CDC and other prominent scientists' direction regarding COVID-19.
It was embarrassing to read Bill Glembocki's (of the Brat Stop) comment to "stay at home....say the sky is falling, but if you're not afraid, come out and have a beer."
There are many issues with bars reopening, including (1) that it would be difficult to expect adults to maintain distance while intoxicated, and (2) bars are in no way an essential business, despite this being Wisconsin. Many of us have seen the viral photo of Nick's Bar in Platteville, where not one patron was wearing a mask, let alone staying six feet apart.
By opening, Glembocki is allowing people who may be asymptomatic to fraternize and then return to their jobs, where they may be putting more people at risk, ESPECIALLY in Kenosha, a major commuting point for Chicago and Milwaukee.
I greatly sympathize with Ron Connors who said he would have to work longer before retiring, and appreciate his decision to stay closed until May 26 regardless. These are difficult times for all of us, and I am glad to see some business owners putting people above profit.
Shame on KPD and the sheriff for not at least stopping by these bars that opened and ensuring that they were following CDC guidelines.
Most folks look forward to spring, but my enthusiasm is limited by the knowledge that with good weather, the lawnmowers will be out in force.
This year is even more concerning due to the fact that our children are out of school as well as a number of adults are at home. This can lead to a dangerous mix of children in the proximity of operating lawnmowers/lawn tractors.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, in the U.S., more than 9,000 children go to the ER for lawn mower related injuries every year, with 600 of these requiring amputation. Please note that these injuries are 100% preventable by an adult.
And if you think this could never happen to your family, please be courageous and honest enough to review www.limbsmatter.com to meet the brave children who survived their injuries along with the adults who are entirely responsible for endangering their beloved children and grandchildren. If you think you are smarter and more skilled than these adults, please think again.
Lawnmowers are NOT TOYS. Children should never be allowed to sit on them in the store or in the garage. There should be no "fun" rides even with the mower segment not running.
So far this year alone, I have seen a loving grandfather riding a lawnmower with a child on his lap, a father with twin boys on his lap as he drove around the backyard, a teenage boy driving a mower with another boy riding on the hood and as I write this, a Dad mowing the lawn with a young son on his lap.
Many are in a hurry to get back to their lives and businesses. We all get that. But it is way too soon to be packing bars, restaurants, concerts and theaters, much less sending children back to school or planning family vacations.
Who knows if hair/nail salons, stores and other public places such as water parks or airports are cleaning to the standard that kills the virus. How many times do they clean? Have they cleaned each and every surface? What about door handles leading in and out of a business? Can you tell if there is virus still present??
Lifting the stay at home order statewide, much less nationwide, means that we are going to be living with this virus for years to come as people gathering in public spaces means more will become contagious. According to Dr. Bright and Dr. Fauci, the way to protect us from getting ill is to stay home, test, trace, quarantine and protect the vulnerable.
Perhaps someone in your family, or a close friend, is at risk? How would you feel if you brought the virus into your home, or the home of someone you care about, because you needed to visit a bar, see a movie or get your nails done? Are you ready to visit an elderly relative in a nursing home??
Sixty-nine percent of Wisconsinites approved of the governor's plan. Many of us agree the state should open but VERY slowly. The number of cases in Wisconsin rises daily and the number of deaths as well. So sure, let's open up and allow the virus to spread far and wide - Right??
On Wednesday the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Ever’s Safer- at-Home order. This gives a gang of Republicans the power to approve or disapprove our elected governor’s order to keep us safe.
We have already seen this pack of contrarians will never support a Democratic leader, even if he relies on experts to form his directives.
Reminds me of a John Mellencamp song “I have two circus clowns here who like to fight ... Whatever I say they will oppose.”
I am sure hope our mayor will be allowed to step up to protect us. Both Racine and Kenosha are showing increases in cases of coronavirus. We need the law to mandate our safety, as we cannot rely on individual citizens to protect us.
With due respect to Rose’s confidence (VOP, May 20) in the CDC, NIH, the WHO, and Gov. Tony Evers' orders to shutdown our great state, I say “where do your rights end, and mine begin?"
I strongly support local law enforcement to not interfere with private businesses, just doing business, including Bill Glembocki and the Brat Stop.
As an aging recovering alcoholic (19 years sober) I’m going to go to the Brat Stop, not to drink but get a brat, soda pop, find a corner table to sit at and support the business, without a mask, in honor of Drs. Fauci and Birx and their incredible fear-mongering suggesting we stop "living."
Asking the good doctors if we should stay at home is like asking a barber if you need a haircut.
The 5/21 VOP from “JA” contained tired talking points, and his “Manafort was released and pardoned” by President Trump is both misleading and not true.
Is it any wonder that “Trump Derangement Syndrome” was coined by those who disagree with “JA”? Is the writer a foreign journalist, traveling the world, to write that “Trump is the laughing stock of the world?” This is the mantra of the left.
Does he really think that Iran, China, North Korea, and the NATO countries who are now paying their fair share of their defense think Trump is a joke? If so, the joke’s on them.
As for Trump’s pardon of Rod Blagojavich, a Democrat who has nothing to offer Trump but gratitude, “JA” may want to review the absolute right to pardon, such as Clinton’s of Mark Rich and Ford’s of Richard Nixon.
Manafort’s “release” is not unique. As of mid-April, due to COVID-19 concerns, over 16,000 jailed inmates have been released in the United States, most of whom were awaiting trial or were small time offenders, but there have been examples of reoffending.
Manafort was in a low-security facility, is 71, and has underlying health conditions that make him vulnerable to the virus. He is now under house arrest until his sentence ends in 2024 and is no threat to the public. His lawyers had appealed to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which has already released over 2000 at risk prisoners. Manafort was neither released nor pardoned by Trump as this hyperbolic writer claims.
It’s always a fun VOP read when “JA” and “AA” have competing letters.
Some readers will recall the 1988 book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum.
Lessons everyone should have learned included: share everything; play fair; don’t hit people; clean up your own mess; say “sorry” when you hurt someone; wash your hands before you eat; and don't take things that aren't yours. Two items missing from this list are: think before you speak; and never lie.
Simplistic? Yes. Do they make for a more stable society and world? Definitely. All these guidelines could be applied as we deal with the pandemic, the environment, the economy, other countries, and people unlike ourselves.
It would appear our current president as well as many others either never learned these lessons, were absent from school a lot, or never went to kindergarten.
Everyone living within the USA borders would do well to learn/remember these codes of conduct and practice them beginning now. FYI: Our children are watching.