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Issue Date: September 19, 2019

Dear Editor:

When I read a story this week that the Boston school system was providing $50 savings accounts for every kindergartner in that city, I couldn't help but smile from ear to ear. Through the newly-established Future Fund at the M&M Area Community Foundation, every kindergartner in Marinette and Menominee Counties is going to benefit from a similar program, and our Community Foundation is among those leading the nation in this effort.

The Future Fund is about hope. It isn't about $50 or about what compound interest will be after 12 years of school, it is about the possibilities that having a savings account affords. Hope is priceless. Fantasizing about what you want to be when you grow up is an important exercise for a child. Making sure that children know that they have value is what this is about. It is an opportunity for every child to feel valued, learn about financial literacy, and dream of what tomorrow will bring and how they can give back to the community that supported them.

I am proud to be a part of a community that recognizes the importance of our children's futures. KKIL has set a very high bar this week by committing to fund the first five years of savings accounts for every kindergartner in Marinette and Menominee Counties. Let's make KKIL's amazing gift to the Future Fund just the first of many new investments in our region's youth.

We have so much to celebrate as a community. Now is the time, with momentum on our side, to dream big. What do you want our community to look like when the kids enrolled in kindergarten today graduate in 2032? I can think of dozens of things. I'd like to see bike paths from Harris Township to Peshtigo to Goodman. I would like to see thriving downtowns throughout the counties. We can do it if we all work toward some shared goals. The Future Fund is one giant step toward a more vibrant community.

Kim Brooks,

Wausaukee



Editor:

Is the Executive branch all that matters in the time of Trump?

I understand that the erosion of our Constitutional democracy has been eroded by the use of Executive power by both political powers, but it is hard to have imagined the extend it is now happening and the complicity of the Department of Justice in covering the abuses of power of President Trump. How is this possible? It seems to me that you need a Leader obsessed with his own ego and infallibility, a Leader obsessed with the desire for power and wealth, a political Party willing to forward the Leader's wants and needs for their own power and control of government, and wealth primarily to power brokers in their Party, and a group of voters that will when called upon blindly follow, ignore the obsesses of the Leader, excuse violations of immoral and inhumane behavior and directives from the Leader, and ignore clear violations of law and rules by the Leader.

I believe that President Trump is this kind of Leader and is the kind of threat to our form of government President Lincoln warned us about. I also believe that the Senate Republicans in refusing to pass anything not approved by President Trump and Republican voters supporting like minded political officials make the end of our Constitutional democracy much more likely.

Gilbert Engel,

Niagara



Dear Editor:

While adding additional prosecutors to DA offices across the state will go a long way toward improving public safety, I am once again disappointed that Gov. Evers is choosing Milwaukee and Madison at the expense of the rest of the state.

The budget passed by the Legislature utilized a Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) needs assessment when determining how to allocate new prosecutor positions. The Governor vetoed the county-by-county allocation for 35 of 65 new positions in the budget and instead allowed unelected bureaucrats to determine the distribution of new prosecutors.

As rural Wisconsin continues to deal with the scourge of the opiate and methamphetamine epidemics, the best thing the Governor could have done was leave the Legislature's allocations alone. The plan we passed as part of the budget came directly from a coalition of prosecutors who worked together for over a year using LAB's needs assessment. Not only does the Governor's action ignore prosecutors around the state, it puts politics ahead of public safety.

According to a Legislative Audit Bureau analysis, Milwaukee and Dane County District Attorney offices are staffed at 115% and 85% for their respective workloads, which are among the highest in the state. Budget recommendations from the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association recommended zero new positions for these two counties.

As passed, our budget provided much-needed personnel to the Fond du Lac, Monroe, Manitowoc, Marathon and Sheboygan County DA offices, whose staffing levels hovered around 60% or less for the workload. Shockingly, the Governor decided to slash a whole position from Monroe County, which currently has only 41% of the staff needed to meet its workload.

Rep. John Nygren



Dear Editor,

On September 25th, the M&M Area Community Foundation is hosting a community leadership forum at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus.  This event is sponsored by the Great Lakes One Water (GLOW) initiative.  It is organized and funded with assistance from a number of key philanthropic organizations including the Great Lakes Protection Fund, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. 

Locally, the September 25th date is an important benchmark.  Its purpose"to bring focus to the importance of our Great Lakes and awareness of the impact of weather events on the health of area water resources.

Local officials as well as people knowledgeable of water resources, engineering, and strategic planning have been invited.  Though the Community Foundation's Great Lakes One Water (GLOW) Resilient Future Committee has been the catalyst for this initiative, it is time for local officials; elected, appointed, or career, to pick up the mantle of leadership for the protection of this resource so critical to our economy, livelihood and way of life.

The Council of Michigan Foundations has praised our local efforts and has promised continued support providing our communities continue to work together, and local officials step up to the plate.  The leadership discussion on September 25th is just the beginning, providing an opportunity for learning more about what we as local leaders can do to build community support, initiate collaboration, and ultimately secure a partnership of common interest. 

The management of water resources is critical to our future.  The severe weather events we have experienced this summer " here and elsewhere, are likely to intensify and become more frequent. 

It is time to start paying attention!  Citizenship is everyone's responsibility.  I would like to thank our Board, staff, the GLOW ad hoc committee, and the generosity of those individuals willing to express citizenship through action.  We are looking forward to an interesting evening and a productive discussion

Dan Ward

President, M&M Area Community Foundation



"A Rose Petal:

It lies colorless now

Cold upon the ground,

Nothing can bring it back

Or mend any of it's wounds.



And there it lays silently

Without even a memory,

Of the blissful summer days

When it soaked in the sun's rays.



No longer will it's scent

Fill up the air I breathe,

No longer will it's beauty

Ease my restless heart.



Like every living thing

It's life too must end,

So I mourn it's death with sadness

Now that it is gone.

Roger Lanich,

Wausaukee


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