Petition to Renee Wachter
Opposition for the Suspension of Major and Minor Programs at UW-Superior
Many students at the University of Wisconsin Superior are outraged at the recent decision to suspend 9 majors, 15 minors and 1 masters program, as well as put 15 other programs on warning. Students and faculty were not consulted about this decision that was announced October 31st. From this policy's announcement date, no students will be allowed to enroll in the suspended programs. The school has stated that this is not for budgetary reasons. But claim instead that majors/minors must be cut because it makes decisions harder for first generation students. This claim is insulting, and the research cited as evidence is not applicable this University's situation. This statement also implies that the majors on this list would be the wrong decisions for first generation students. This decision also goes against the liberal arts principles on which the University was founded. This policy is not in the best interest of students, faculty, or the University as a whole. More importantly, there was no forum for input from students or faculty before this decision was made. PROGRAMS AFFECTED: Suspended (Graduate Programs) Masters in Art Therapy Suspended (Majors/Concentrations) Broad Field Science Broad Field Science (Teaching) Chemistry: Forensic Communicating Arts: Journalism Communicating Arts: Media Political Science Sociology Theatre Visual Arts: Art History Suspended (Minors) Computer Science Computer Science (Teaching) Earth Science Geography Geography (Teaching) Global Studies Health and Human Performance History (Teaching) Journalism Legal Studies Media Communication Photography Physics Physics (Teaching) Psychology (Teaching) PROGRAMS ON WARNING: Warning (Major Programs) Broad Field Social Science Broad Field Social Science (teaching)Chemistry Chemistry (teaching)Computer science EconomicsHistoryHistory (teaching)Mathematics Mathematics (teaching) Warning (Minor Programs) Biology (teaching)Chemistry (teaching)EnglishEnglish (teaching)Mathematics (teaching) The programs cut have little rhyme or reason. For example, the global studies minor on this list costs almost nothing and is a very popular program, whereas gender studies, which also costs nothing but has half the participants isn’t on this list. I am not advocating that either should be cancelled but rather that these choices seem arbitrary and not dictated by student’s desires. Granted, it was stated that this was not for budgetary reasons. In that case, it must be for the students. The implications of this policy are far reaching and will affect the overall quality of the education UW-Superior has to offer. Please sign this petition if you do not approve of this policy and its implementation.
Petition to Howard Marklein, Travis Tranel, Scott Walker, Ron Kind, Tammy Baldwin, Ron Johnson
Bridging The Gap: Building a highway bridge across the Mississippi River at Cassville, WI
With the closure of both electrical power plants in Cassville, Wisconsin in 2015, it is imperative to find a way to repair the damage done to this once vibrant community. Fact of the matter is the number and quality of those power plant jobs are not coming back. Middle-income families have no reason to move to the Cassville area if there are no jobs. Without jobs, this village in the far southwestern corner of Wisconsin will continue to wither over time. Tourism alone is not going to save it. So what can be done? Finishing the dream of a man by the name of R.J. "Penny" Eckstein of building a bridge across the Mississippi River from Cassville to Clayton County, Iowa is a great start at providing a solution to the problem. Mr. Eckstein was a long-time village president of Cassville, and a true visionary for the community. His tenure on the village board spanned six decades, commencing in the 1920s and ending in the 1970s. He was the reason Cassville became home to two power plants to begin with. Eckstein made a concerted attempt in the 1960s to get a bridge built which follows an earlier attempt that actually dates back to 1935. Eckstein noted during a community-wide meeting held at Cassville High School on August 4, 1966, that the 1935 bridge attempt had passed through the Wisconsin state legislature but failed to receive approval from the governor due to the lack of a tax-free bond at the time. Here we are, over 80 years later, and still no bridge. Why is it imperative that Cassville be granted a bridge? For starters, there is a highway bridge span located approximately every 30 miles on the upper portion of the Mississippi River between the Twin Cities of Minnesota and the Quad Cities of Iowa/Illinois…except at Cassville. There is a 60-mile gap between the bridges that currently exist at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and Dubuque, Iowa. As you can see on the attached map, Cassville is located halfway between Prairie du Chien and Dubuque, so a bridge at Cassville will ease the traffic loads on the existing bridges at those locations. Plus, the Mississippi River's width at Cassville is quite narrow compared to other stretches of the river. The narrow river width at Cassville would reduce construction and maintenance costs in this situation. In addition, there is existing road infrastructure on both the Iowa and Wisconsin sides of the Mississippi River at Cassville which would reduce environmental impact from the construction of a bridge. A bridge would put Cassville closer to the Dubuque metropolitan area and its economic vitality. A bridge puts Cassville closer to Guttenberg and access to basic services such as quality healthcare which includes a hospital, several clinics and a pharmacy. Other services such as an auto dealership, a dollar store and a hardware store are located at Guttenberg, all within a quick 10-minute drive of downtown Cassville. Currently, it takes a Cassville resident between 20-30 minutes at minimum to obtain access to those services elsewhere in Wisconsin. A bridge at Cassville would open the door for local residents to find jobs in Dubuque, Delaware and Clayton counties in Iowa that would have commute times of 45 minutes or less. Right now, without a bridge, it takes a Cassville resident nearly one hour to commute to a workplace located at Dubuque’s west end. A 20-minute reduction in commute time would be extraordinary. A bridge makes Cassville and adjacent areas of Grant County in Wisconsin, and Clayton and northern Dubuque counties in Iowa more attractive to employers because a skilled workforce can be drawn from four directions on *both* sides of the river. There will be huge advantages to both Wisconsin and Iowa businesses and employers since a bridge will open up economic opportunities across state lines, especially with agribusiness, that are currently difficult to achieve due to the sheer highway distance between both areas. Needless to say, having a bridge would allow tourism to skyrocket in this region, leading to more restaurants, shops, hotels and motels. A bridge gives people a reason to drive through Cassville and patronize its businesses, not bypass it because the village happens to be located in a corner of the state with no major highways running through it. A bridge will allow this beautiful area and our Iowa neighbors' real estate on the other side of the river to develop and become home to countless others, increasing the tax base for Grant County, Wisconsin and Clayton County, Iowa. You may remember that Alliant Energy wanted to expand the Nelson Dewey Generating Station at Cassville in 2008, but that attempt was thwarted by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission during Governor Jim Doyle's tenure. This expansion and upgrade to Nelson Dewey would have *added* jobs to the Cassville economy. Instead, no jobs were created and, in fact, jobs were going to be lost once Alliant Energy announced in 2012 that the Nelson Dewey plant would be closed at the end of 2015 since the plant was too old and it would be too expensive to install the necessary controls to meet Environmental Protection Agency pollution guidelines. In regard to the DTE Stoneman Station plant, the conversion to biomass fuel to meet clean-air requirements was doomed from the start, but it gave the village high hopes for the future. Those hopes were shattered once the plant proved not to be cost-effective in the long run and was abruptly closed in 2015. There should have been an incentive provided by our state and federal governments years ago to convert the plant from coal to natural gas. Natural gas conversion at DTE would have likely meant the plant would still be operating today. Essentially, politics killed Cassville's economy with the closure of both power plants, and with approximately 100 jobs lost (10% of Cassville's population) Cassville will be unable to weather this storm without government assistance. So far, government officials have generally turned a blind eye to providing a *permanent* and *adequate* solution to the economic problems Cassville and the region face as a result. Think about this, 10% of this community's population lost their job. 10% is the equivalent of the city of Madison losing 24,000 jobs. If Madison lost 24,000 jobs in the same calendar year, this would be a news-worthy headline. That is why we need YOUR help to SIGN and SHARE this petition with friends, family and anyone else who wants to see the state of Wisconsin do something positive for its rural residents. Rural communities need adequate infrastructure to survive and compete with their urban friends and neighbors. Through this petition, hopefully Cassville's representatives on the state and national stages will better understand the region's dire need for a highway bridge to a successful future, and elect to work with the state of Iowa and the federal government to make this long-sought vision a reality. As the federal government rolls out a national infrastructure plan in the near future, a bridge spanning the Mississippi River at Cassville will be a great shovel-ready project to have sitting on the docket. After 82 years of waiting, it is time for a change, and southwestern Wisconsin most certainly deserves it!
Petition to Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, Wisconsin State Senate, Wisconsin State House, Lena Taylor, Scott Fitzgerald, Jennifer Shilling, Luther Olsen, Leah Vukmir, Frank Lasee, Mark Miller, Robin Vos, Alberta Darling, Thomas Tiffany, Robert Wirch, Sheila Harsdorf, John Nygren, Romaine Quinn, Sean Duffy, David Bowen, Jonathan Brostoff, David Crowley, Steve Doyle, Jason Fields, Evan Goyke, Rob Hutton, Frederick Kessler, Dale Kooyenga, Jim Ott, Daniel Riemer, Christine Sinicki, David Steffen, Leon Young, Tyler August, Jim Steineke, Gordon Hintz, JoCasta Zamarripa, Josh Zepnick, Christopher Larson, Milwaukee Sheriff, Paul Gessner, South Shore Park Watch, The Garden District Neighborhood Association, Wilson Park Neighborhood Association, OAAA , BHD Ethics Committee, Milwaukee County Supervisor, John P. Hayes Center, Marcelia Nicholson, Marina Dimitrijevic, Tom Barrett, Robert Bauman, Tony Zielinski, Susan Gadacz, Pete Carlson, John Litchford, Milwaukee Fire Department, Captain Daniel Sandberg, Captain Keith D. Deneys, 12 News Milwaukee, Fox 6 News Milwaukee, Milwaukee TMJ 4, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, CBS 58 Milwaukee, Milwaukee Patch
Suicide Prevention on the Milwaukee Hoan Bridge
According to an article published in May 25, 2016: More than 30 people have jumped to their deaths in the last 15 years.(http://www.wisn.com/article/could-barriers-stop-suicides-on-milwaukee-s-hoan-bridge/6332793). There are no official statistics for 2017, the year isn't even over. There have been numerous media reports on persons attempting or contemplating jumping from this bridge. One wonders 'how many also have not been made known to the public'. In recent years, Milwaukee officials and departments have considered and abandoned interventions for suicide at the Hoan Bridge. Milwaukee should again examine what options are available. Interventions can be low cost, such as a sign with a crisis line number. If not for advocacy, we can also consider the time and cost our police are absorbing when a sign may prevent those calls. Saving lives is the job of our officials - and our own personal responsibility - especially when our population has one of the highest rates of mental health illness. 2017 dates of police encounters on the bridge according to media reports: April 25, 2017: off-duty fireman and FBI agent, police intervention June 2, 2017: completed suicide August 31, 2017: Samaritan intervention *September 18th, 2017, 7:30am: off-duty police intervention *September 18th, 2017, 2:30pm: (separate incident) police intervention November 29, 2017: police intervened
Petition to Joseph P. Moore, Karyn Merkel, John Redmond
Stop The Use of Roundup in Fond du Lac City Parks and Playgrounds
Dear City Manager of Fond du Lac, Joseph Moore, Superintendent of Fond du Lac Parks and Forests, John Redmond & City Council President, Karyn Merkel “We," the families of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and the surrounding area, respectfully ask that you immediately cease the use of Roundup being sprayed at all the Fond du Lac Parks, where children and families are present daily. After many studies of the ill-effects of Roundup, cities, parks, and schools across the United States are taking steps to rid the use of this chemical being used. Pesticides like Roundup contribute to cancer, asthma, and learning disabilities. In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer found glyphosate, Roundup's main ingredient, to be linked to cancer. There are many safe, organic alternatives to this weed killer. Please join this petition to lead Fond du Lac parks in the right direction for our children. See the articles below for the ill-effects Roundup has on our children and the environment. Statistics showing how pesticides contribute to children's asthma, cancer, and learning disabilities: http://relandscapes.com/relatedsciences/media/childrenandlawnchemicalsdontmix-1.pdf California judge rules Roundup's ingredient, glyphosate, could be classified by state officials as a cancer risk and schools stop using: http://www.latimes.com/socal/burbank-leader/news/tn-blr-me-busd-round-up-20170320-story.html Study of toxicity of pesticides on human cells: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/yesmaam/pages/680/attachments/original/1407922513/Mesnage_et_al_2014_Major_Pesticides_are_more_toxic_to_human_cells_than_their_declared_active_principles.pdf?1407922513 How pesticides harm honey bees: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/yesmaam/pages/680/attachments/original/1490490756/Herbicides_and_metals_affect_redox_system_in_honeybees.pdf?1490490756 Study linking pesticides and non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/yesmaam/pages/680/attachments/original/1490157272/Non_Hodgkins_Lymphoma_and_Glyphosate.pdf?1490157272 Study showing pesticides cause wheeze among farmers: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/yesmaam/pages/680/attachments/original/1468158684/Wheeze_Among_Farmers_and_Pesticides.pdf?1468158684