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Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009

Event of the Week: Buy Local and Win Great Prizes

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To encourage our readers to shop locally this holiday season, the Shepherd Express and the local business alliance Our Milwaukee have teamed up to reward those who promise to spend $100 at local establishments in the next few weeks. Just go to expressmilwaukee.com and take the Buy Local Pledge. When you sign up, you’ll become eligible for gift certificates and items generously donated by Our Milwaukee members.

But wait—there’s more. When you send in receipts totaling at least $100 in purchases from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 from Our Milwaukee members, you will be entered to win a grand-prize trip we’ll announce shortly. The deadline is Jan. 15, 2010. Send your receipts to Shepherd Express Buy Local Pledge, 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 410, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

Hero of the Week
Jeff (Doc) Dentice

Unfortunately, with the announced escalation of troop deployments to Afghanistan to fight what President Barack Obama has termed a “necessary war,” American casualties will inevitably rise in coming months. Most of our injured soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen are treated locally at the Zablocki VA Medical Center. For the past 20 years, Vietnam veteran Jeff (Doc) Dentice has been mobilizing volunteers to help ease the journey back to a normal life for wounded servicemen and women with a festive Christmas party to show our community’s support and gratitude. We salute Dentice for his military service and his efforts to organize “Christmas With the Vets,” and urge our readers to support our wounded service people by bringing food or cash/check donations from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the south entrance of the VA Medical Center (enter from 46th & National), where volunteers will be on hand to accept donations. Those with questions are urged to contact Dentice directly at (414) 218-3030.

Jerk of the Week
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Patrick McIlheran

While every legitimate scientific body in the world acknowledges the effect of human activity on global warming, especially by inefficient corporate agricultural practices, automobile emissions and industrial pollutants, there are still those carrying the water for corporate interests that deny any human culpability for the well-documented rise in global temperatures. Milwaukee’s resident flat-earther and non-scientist Patrick McIlheran seized on some controversial e-mails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Britain that, by his own admission, “do not in themselves disprove man-made global warming” to propagate the corporate line that somehow human activities do not impact global warming and that global warming may not actually be happening. Next we can assume that McIlheran will start questioning evolution and the existence of the Holocaust.

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