Monthly Archives: February 2012

Testimony on SB 345

Note:  Wisconsin Senate Bill 345, otherwise known as the Child Victims Act, was introduced in December of 2011.  It removes the statute of limitations on bringing damages against a perpetrator of child sexual abuse.  Current Wisconsin law precludes a victim/survivor from … Continue reading

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Letter to Peter Barca

Peter Barca finalizing a speech. Photo by Callen Harty. Dear Representative Barca,        First of all, thank you for everything you have done, not only in the past year, but in your entire political career.  I have watched you … Continue reading

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Homeless in the Heartland

(published by forwardingseeking.com, 2/26/12) Let me state the obvious:  Pretending a problem doesn’t exist doesn’t stop the problem; it only delays dealing with it.  Yet there is something in us, or at least some of us, that causes us to … Continue reading

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It’s not the Camera, It’s the Eye.

Bear Claw. This picture won Grand Prize in an Animal Planet contest for unusual animal photos. Photo by Callen Harty.      Often I am asked about what kind of camera I have.  It is usually accompanied by something along the … Continue reading

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Letter to Senator Dale Schultz on the Mining Bill

Dear Senator Schultz,      I do not currently live in your district, but I grew up in southwestern Wisconsin, in the lead and zinc mining town of Shullsburg. Much of my family is still there, including my mother, brother, niece, … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Scott Fitzgerald

(Sent to Scott Fitzgerald and published by the blog, Monologues of Dissent, 2/16/12) Dear Senator Fitzgerald,      There was a lesson that most of us learned very early in our lives. Of course, most of us were not bullies, so … Continue reading

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Holiday Love

Every year on Valentine’s Day there are many people who complain about the holiday. There are different reasons for it, but perhaps the most common is that it is simply a “Hallmark holiday”, a way for card and candy manufacturers, … Continue reading

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