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A heavenly tale for Mother’s Day

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, a celebration of the bond that mothers share with their children. Mother’s Day dates back to the early 1900s when Anna Jarvis marked the day after her mother’s passing as a way to honor the sacrifices mothers make for their children.

Jarvis never married and didn’t have children of her own. However, she had many friends who were mothers, and she felt they, along with her own mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, deserved recognition. In 1907, Jarvis held a private Mother’s Day celebration in memory of her beloved mother.

In 1908, Jarvis organized a service in the Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which was attended by 407 children and their mothers. The church has become the International Mother’s Day Shrine. It is a tribute to all mothers and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Sat
13
May

Correctional employees deserve recognition, too

National Corrections Employee Week (May 7-13) looks to recognize those individuals, largely unknown to the public they serve, for choosing a profession that is demanding, stressful and too often times, dangerous. Yet they respond admirably and reliably every day 24/7, 365 days a year.

Recently, law enforcement and corrections have been portrayed negatively in the media, movies and television. While many work to show support for law enforcement, the correction officer is left out of the conversation.

Everyone working in corrections enters through a locked door each day. Every employee, from clerical, medical, food service, maintenance, administration, to the corrections officers themselves, is locked inside a hostile environment for each shift or work day. Most others drive by staring wondering what it’s like on the inside.

Sat
13
May

Long-term recovery all about support

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. One in five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime — and every American is affected or impacted through their friends and family.

According to the Journal of American Medical Association, 50 percent of the people who have a severe mental condition also have a substance abuse problem. JAMA also found that 37 percent of alcoholics have a mental illness, as do 53 percent of drug addicts. I believe the numbers might be even higher than JAMA predictions.

Dual diagnosis is very common with the patients in our groups. We often need to treat the addiction first before we can help patients deal with their mental health issues. The first thing we need to do is to clear their minds. It often takes 30 days just to help them feel better so we can help them seek the kind of mental health resources they might need.

Sat
13
May

Letter: Independent prosecutor would be reassuring

To the editor:

If you are a citizen in America, not to shock you, but our president, whom we elected:

• Has no experience in democratic politics.

• Disobeys laws in his own business practices.

• Is an admirer of authoritative figures.

• Never speaks about rights.

• Summons his followers to violence.

• Called for the assassination of a rival.

All in good fun? Politics as sport?

An independent prosecutor could reassure me.

Mary Podzilni,

Town of Wescott

Sat
13
May

Letter: RHI helps bring health care to farmers

To the editor:

I’m sure many of you’ve seen the recent story in the media about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s recent visit to Wisconsin and his time spent on a farm. Zuckerberg spoke about his experience on a Wisconsin farm, and some of the highlights included a farm visit, a taste of raw milk and cheese curds. From his farm visit, he spoke about how disciplined the farmers he met were, stating that the farmer’s last trip was in 1981 when he got married, and that “everyone worked from daylight to dark, seven days a week.”

This dedication is admirable, but because they often don’t take the time to leave so they can take care of their livestock and crops, they often postpone care of themselves or get proper medical care or attention. Unfortunately, medical care comes to them after it’s too late and their conditions are chronic or emergent.

Sat
13
May

Letter: It’s time to raise the minimum wage

To the editor:

Right now, a person in Wisconsin working 40 hours a week and making minimum wage earns $15,080 a year. That’s only slightly above the federal poverty line.

It’s a struggle for a single person to get by on the current minimum wage. If you add children into the mix, it becomes nearly impossible for a family to make ends meet.

Wisconsinites are no strangers to hard work, but it is time to make sure they are fairly compensated for that hard work. That’s why U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin supports legislation with Sen. Patty Murray and Bernie Sanders to raise the minimum wage to $15.

Americans working day-in and day-out should be able to earn enough to provide for their families, give their children more opportunities and save for retirement.

The federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised since 2009, but the cost of living has continued to rise. As a result, working-class families have been left behind.

Fri
12
May

Letter: Senate needs to stand up to the bullies

To the editor:

For a long time I kept secret about my bipolar condition. Recently because of the potential loss of health coverage for the mentally ill, I have told all.

My friends have been universally supportive. Of course, you say they are my friends. I am a member of St James Lutheran Church, a Missouri Synod church. I am an organic chemist. I am a lifelong Democrat. I believe God created and sustains this world. I support woman’s equal rights, gay people and the right for Muslims to become U.S. citizens by immigrating to this great nation. I am pro-life. Most of my friends know all of this about me because I have sent them an essay explaining it. I also sent the essay to both of my pastors.

I want to thank Sen. Ron Johnson and the other Republicans for their actions to repeal Obamacare. It has given me the impetus to tell my story. The support that I have had is overwhelming.

Fri
12
May

Letter: RTC, city should hold open house on plans

To the editor:

The Leader reported on April 21 that a medical residency training center was approved by the city council despite hearing another skeptical voice in opposition.

According to the Leader: “Todd Schultz, who worked as a lead consultant for the project on behalf of RTC Estate Holdings, said in an interview Thursday he didn’t feel it was his role to address the objections.

“‘Everyone is entitled to their opinion,’ he said.

“Schultz added, however, that the six to eight people who have objected at city meetings had never reached out to the RTC Board to ask questions or seek an explanation of the group’s plans.”

Fri
05
May

New technology helps keep seniors informed, in touch

Mark Twain enjoyed and made use of new inventions. He was the first author to submit a “typewritten” manuscript to his publisher. It makes me smile to think of the many times I wrote on a manual typewriter, not unlike Twain. Computers would’ve made life much easier! The phrase “We’ve come a long way baby” is quite true when it comes to modern-day technology.

I wonder how many of you, like me, struggled to learn how to program the VCR. Times are changing, and seniors’ use of current technology, including the internet and cellphones, is increasing. While many of us are far from being fully techy savvy, we are learning.

Today’s technology can help keep us engaged, connected, mentally active and physically safe. Surveys show that 59 percent of seniors 65 and older use the internet. In addition, 77 percent have cellphones and 47 percent have broadband. Surveys also show among older adults who use the internet, 71 percent of them go online daily.

Fri
05
May

Letter: RTC, city should hold open house on plans

To the editor:

The Leader reported on April 21 that a medical residency training center was approved by the city council despite hearing another skeptical voice in opposition.

According to the Leader: “Todd Schultz, who worked as a lead consultant for the project on behalf of RTC Estate Holdings, said in an interview Thursday he didn’t feel it was his role to address the objections.

“‘Everyone is entitled to their opinion,’ he said.

“Schultz added, however, that the six to eight people who have objected at city meetings had never reached out to the RTC Board to ask questions or seek an explanation of the group’s plans.”

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