Issue of the Week: Small Businesses Get Health Insurance Relief
Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week
when you hear tea partiers and Republicans decrying “Obamacare” and the
“government takeover of health care,” think about the small-business owners and
entrepreneurs who will benefit this year from health care reform. They—and
their employees—will thrive, thanks to the government’s help.
Event of the Week
Riverwest Neighborhood Association
Bordered on the north by
the west by Richards Street,
and the east and south by the Milwaukee
River, Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood is a
diverse, eclectic, mixed-income enclave. Home to some of the city’s most
popular events, such as Locust Street Festival, Rockerbox Motorcycle Show &
Street Party (Aug. 7) and this weekend’s 24-hour bicycle race (RW24), Riverwest
is a vibrant residential community.
Neighborhood Association (www.my-rna.org) will host a fund-raiser Friday, July
30, at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn (1001
E. Locust St.). Beginning “around 8:30 p.m.” and
featuring music from Uncle Larry, the event aims to raise money for a color map
and guide to the many unique businesses and events in this one-of-a-kind
Hero of the Week
The Salvation Army of
Greater Milwaukee relies on volunteers to help with its many programs and
services, such as its “Feed the Kids” summer meals program that delivers more
than 90,000 lunches to area children. For the past seven years, Sherry Allen,
together with her husband and eight children, has been helping to distribute
food to those in need.
Salvation Army Community
Relations Director Faithe Colas says Allen is “extremely committed to the
community.” In addition to working a full-time job, Allen makes time to
volunteer at the Salvation Army’s food pantry, assist in the Christmas Family
Feast, help with the “Coats for Kids” drive and wrap toys for children of
incarcerated parents. “I can’t begin to describe her level of volunteerism,”
Readers who wish to join
Allen and her family of super-volunteers in staffing the Salvation Army’s
programs are encouraged to call (414) 302-4300 or visit www.samilwaukee.org.
Jerk of the Week
Senate Candidate Ron
So much for principles! Multimillionaire businessman Ron Johnson, who told a reporter he supports drilling for oil “where it is”—including the Great Lakes—also happens to own between $116,000 and $315,000 in BP stock, a company he’s defended since its disastrous oil spill in the Gulf. So the right thing to do would be to sell the stock or to put it in a blind trust just to prove that his investment doesn’t have any impact on his political views, right? Well, not so fast. Johnson has toyed with selling the stock and the blind trust concept, but he has done neither. His latest line is to say that he might sell the stock to help finance his campaign (which he’s already loaned at least $1.4 million to). “I think that’ll eventually happen,” Johnson said to Wispolitics.com about selling the stock, “but I’m going to do it based on market conditions.” So he may do the right thing—provided the price is right.