THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From our readers
Issue Date: June 28, 2017
An important issue for American security, according to Gerald Wrench, 719 Carney Blvd, Marinette, ph. 262-960-0502 is recent developments in "hot spots" around the world shows that American air superiority is essential to maintaining our country's defense and keeping our nation ahead of our possible adversaries.
Currently we have an aging fleet of fighter planes that lacks stealth technology, the edge that is needed to protect our pilots and allow us to make strategic airstrikes. Luckily, the Department of Defense's F-35 program will keep us ahead of those adversaries and give our pilots the tools they need to keep our skies and ground troops safe.
Called "critical" to our air superiority by Secretary of Defense Mattis, the F-35 Lighting II is a 5th generation stealth fighter that is outperforming current U.S. fighters on every standard. The need to replace aging fighters is growing by the day. You know you have an aging fleet when the sons and daughters of pilots are flying the same aircraft as their parents.
That is happening right here in Wisconsin at the 115th Fighter Wing. It is imperative that our leaders in Washington fully fund this program. Not only will fully funding the program ensure we can maintain our fighter fleet's numbers, but it actually reduces the per unit cost of the F-35 through economies of scale purchasing.
Members of our military give so much to ensure our safety and freedom and the next generation deserves the best, which is exactly what the F-35 is. It will keep them and America safe for decades to come. The time is now.
I want to thank Rep. John Nygren for his advocacy on behalf of low spending school districts in the 2017-19 biennial budget. A majority of the districts in Northeast Wisconsin are districts who pinched their pennies prior to the implementation of revenue limits in 1993 and were locked in at those low spending numbers. Currently, there are districts such as Marinette ($9,199), Oconto ($9,215), Peshtigo ($9,267), and Coleman ($9,378) getting much lower amounts per pupil through the revenue limit formula than others such as Gibraltar ($15,955), Laona ($10,885), and Sevastopol ($10,662).
This isn't the fault of those higher funded school districts, but it points out how large the funding disparity between districts can be. For reference, if Marinette received the same amount per pupil as Laona we would have received $3.3M more this past school year. We could do so many great things for kids with $3.3M annually! Nygren has held press conferences around the state advocating for his Assembly education budget proposal which included an increase in the low revenue amount for the 2017-19 biennial budget. He is going to bat for the many districts across the state who are low revenue districts and he should be thanked for his hard work on behalf of the many districts in this situation in Northeast Wisconsin.