Issue of the Week: Rising Costs of Family Health Insurance
Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week
Hero of the Week:Pat Morrissey of MargaretAnnâ€™s Place
After she retired from her teaching career, Pat Morrissey still felt she had plenty more to give to area children. So she took a position at MargaretAnnâ€™s Place, a nonprofit organization serving the needs of grieving children and their family members. Morrissey wears many hats at MargaretAnnâ€™s Place, including that of school coordinator. Founded in Kenosha in 1998 (now with sites in Milwaukee and Racine), the center sponsors peer support and education groups, outreach programs, and telephone support and referrals for children coping with the loss of a family member. Morrisseyâ€™s exemplary dedication to area youth and families makes her our Hero of the Week. Readers wishing to volunteer or donate needed items to MargaretAnnâ€™s Place are encouraged to call 414-732-2663 or visit www.margaretannsplace.org.
Jerk of the Week: Sheriff David Clarke
Remember the â€śTea Partiesâ€ť organized and heavily funded by members of right-wing special-interest groups who tried to pretend that these events across the country were just spontaneous grassroots uprisings? Well, theyâ€™re back: The Tea Party Movement Continues is their Part Two, and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is one of their scheduled speakers. Clarke, as usual, will rail against government and government spending. Does this man not realize that he has spent his entire career working in the public sector and being paid by the taxpayers, and that he personifies exactly what he seems to despise? Currently, he earns about $130,000 a year, in addition to a very generous health benefits package, to mismanage the sheriffâ€™s department. His mismanagement has resulted in several lawsuits that have cost taxpayers even more money. Now, Mr. Clarke, if you are so upset with government spending and taxes, why donâ€™t you have the integrity to give back a percentage of your salary to help cover the additional taxpayer costs incurred by your mismanagement and resultant lawsuits.