Issue of the Week: Rescuing the Mental Health Complex
Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week
looking forward to seeing how Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker will
respond to the growing revelations. He can’t solve them with a promise and a
press release. Walker must fix what has been
broken on his watch before another vulnerable Milwaukee County
resident suffers when placed in the care of the county.
Hero of the Week
In August 2009, two
vehicles struck Rasheed Markis while he was riding his bicycle on the city’s
South Side. In addition to a broken pelvis and crushed lung, Markis suffered
the loss of a kidney, his spleen and part of his liver, and lost large amounts
of blood in emergency surgery. Incredibly, he survived, earning the apt
nickname “Miracle Comeback Kid.”
Inspired by the
generosity of strangers who helped to save his son’s life, Bilal Markis wanted
to give back to others and raise awareness of the importance of blood donors by
organizing the “Miracle Comeback” blood drive. Now in its second year, the
drive will take place Friday, June 25, at CORE/El Centro (611 W. National Ave., fourth floor) from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those interested in taking a few minutes to make a potentially
life-saving donation can call Markis at (414) 578-0735, or register online to
donate blood at www.bcw.edu/miraclecomeback.
Jerk of the Week
Few would accuse the Obama administration of being too tough on BP after its disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. But among this unenlightened minority is Menomonee Falls Republican Jim Sensenbrenner, a multimillionaire who just happens to own more than 3,000 shares in BP (and those shares just happened to have lost a healthy chunk of value since the spill, shrinking to the paltry sum of roughly $114,000 as of this writing). “How is the president publicly chastising and threatening BP with criminal actions…helping to stop the oil?” Sensenbrenner whined. Worse still, the longtime incumbent has no plans to recuse himself from a congressional investigation into the spill.