My dad, two brothers and I worked at Oscar Mayer in Madison back in the '60s and '70s. Work in a meat processing plant was the kind of work that made you want to "stay in school," as my dad would say. But it was union work and it paid good money, and we were glad to have it. Work in a chilly, smelly meat processing plant is not a problem for me. So it is hard for me to get my mind around the worker shortage at the Turkey Store and many other factories around here. Why are there four pages of help-wanted ads in the paper; why is everyone so desperate for employees?
At the recent state Rep. Romaine Quinn, R-Rice Lake, town hall meeting, many people expressed concern about new Wisconsin laws meant to encourage the spread of voucher schools to rural Wisconsin. It is not just a big city program anymore. Wisconsin now requires local school districts to pay voucher schools around $7,500 per qualified voucher. As a result, the number of voucher schools increased substantially this year. Most of these are church affiliated.
Earlier this year Bryan Rude wrote that he would "hold his nose" and vote for Trump. He could hardly have anticipated the ugly chaos at the top of the Republican ticket. He's a voter of conscience, like many moderate Republicans around here, and I suspect he will do the right thing now.