Support local artists The Oxbow Hotel has hired an artist from Chicago to paint a mural on an outside wall. Whoever she is, I’m sure she is very talented and will make that wall fascinating to look at. However, Eau Claire is full of artists who could do just as great a job. Many, many of them would jump at a chance like this, and they would probably cost a lot less, since Oxbow could cut the travel costs. Whenever I see art created by an Eau Claire native, I feel very proud to have it
Thanks go out to 4-H A special heartfelt thanks to all the 4-Hers who were putting American flags on the graves in Lakeview Cemetery on Saturday, May 12, the day before Mother’s Day. As I began to put flowers on graves of the women on my mother’s side of the family, two darling little girls popped by and quickly placed the flags on the graves of my mom, my aunt, my grandmother and great grandmother, as well as my dad, a World War II veteran. I learned shortly thereafter from an
Gaza conflict a tragedy In the last five Fridays, 40 to 50 unarmed Palestinians in Gaza were murdered in cold blood by Israeli military sniper fire. Another 1,700 have been severely wounded. What horrible crime have the people of Gaza committed that they should be mowed down so brutally? They are peacefully protesting on their own land the fact that the Israeli government, which has total control over Gaza, is slowly starving the 2 million residents of Gaza and poisoning them with undrinkable
Pruitt’s record dreadful Hardly a day passes that we don’t hear some bad news about Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and his efforts to undermine the mission of his agency. These news items fall into two categories: personal and departmental. In the first category, for example, Pruitt has grossly exploited the perks of his office with expensive travel junkets thinly disguised as official business. He has indulged luxurious tastes in restaurants and
Mother’s Day wishes I would like to extend my warm wishes to the mothers throughout the globe following a delightful Mother’s Day. Beyond any doubt, happiness knows no bounds when a mother holds her child for the first time. As in all other religions, Islam too honors and recognizes the extremely important role that a mother plays in the upbringing of the children and shaping the future of mankind and of societies. Owing to this fact, it accords women a high status as mothers. In
Local musician lauded Mary Ferber has been playing music around the Chippewa Valley for years. She is known for her “howdy” in the Chippewa Valley. She goes out of her way to get to know the residents she plays for. Ferber makes certain they feel included and has them join in and sing in the microphone. She constantly has a joke or 10 to tell. It never fails that we have a room full of people laughing. A little over a year ago she lost her husband, Thomas. One of the last things
Public schools lauded This letter is in rebuttal to a Leader-Telegram letter on May 11. The writer contends that public schools do not teach history, ethics, civility, etc. I taught science in a public school alongside social, history and various other studies. I observed them teaching ethics, respect, civil discourse, which I also taught my science classes. Religion need not be taught in public schools in order to instill respect and good manners in students. Which religion is to be taught?
Separation of church, state important It is time to eliminate the pastoral position for members of the House and Senate in the United States. Members should be consulting their own pastor for spiritual counseling and a private counselor for other services possibly covered through their health insurance. It is highly unusual for an employer to provide paid spiritual counseling for its employees. For public employment, such as in the case of a federal employee, providing such services should
Priorities off target In an effort to keep Eau Claire Leader-Telegram readers fully informed, I again share this supplemental news that broke (May 4): “Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 211,000 for the week ended April 28, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims dropped to 209,000 in the prior week, which was the lowest level since December 1969. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims rising to 225,000 in the latest week.
Carbon tax key to CO2 issue Regarding “Robins tough it out” (Leader-Telegram, April 20). Robins and other birds that migrate and depend on finding food sources in new territory are naturally affected by the changing weather, i.e. snow instead of sunshine in late April. We can’t say for sure that unusual weather such as the extreme snowfall we had recently is due to the deflection of the upper air currents secondarily to the decrease in arctic ice — but there is a