County seeks drivers to take veterans to medical appointments

County seeks drivers to take veterans to medical appointments

of The Northwestern

The Winnebago County Veterans Department needs more drivers to transport the growing number of aging veterans.

The office runs a program to transport aging veterans to appointments at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities located in Madison, Milwaukee and Tomah, and clinics in Appleton and Cleveland, said Wendy Conger, benefits specialist for the county's Veterans Department.

Read and volunteer here or here

Funny Story (unless you happen to be the 'victim')

Postal workers attacked by wild turkeys
About five to 10 of the birds have been pecking at the postal workers as they make their rounds, and some of the birds have attacked the letter carriers with the sharp spurs on their legs. One of the birds went through the open door of a mail truck and scratched the driver.

Growing up on the farm in Princeton, that used to be me... Dad had several turkeys that would swarm me when I was 6.

They usually won.

Strike back, Postal Workers!

Petri Votes Against Global AIDS Funding

House Roll Call: Global AIDS Bill
By The Associated Press

The 308-116 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a global AIDS bill authorizing $50 billion in spending over five years.

A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the bill.

Voting yes were 230 Democrats and 78 Republicans.


Democrats Baldwin, Y; Kagen, Y; Kind, Y; Moore, Y; Obey, Y.

Republicans Petri, N; Ryan, N; Sensenbrenner, N.


The US House of Representatives passed a 5-year, $50 million reauthorization of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) on Wednesday. President Bush originally asked for $30 million for the program in his proposed 2009 budget, but the House expanded the PEPFAR funding by $20 million. The money will be used to fund programs in countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

A provision requiring one-third of funds to go to abstinence-only programs was removed by the House. However, the bill still requires prevention program funding to be "balanced" between abstinence, fidelity, and condom programs. According to the Daily Women's Health Policy Report, countries spending less than half of their funding on abstinence-only and fidelity programs would have to "explain their decision to Congress." PEPFAR money still may not be used for abortion services; though some funding for HIV services can go to family planning clinics.

The Kaiser Network reports that the reauthorization bill is intended to shift PEPFAR from an emergency relief program to a long-term program. It aims to train 140,000 new health care workers, add nutrition services like clean water programs, provide loans to women widowed by AIDS or who are ostracized because they have AIDS, increase the number of people receiving antiretroviral drugs, and prevent 12 million new HIV cases.

Poorly Named?

Last weekend the Winnebago Peace and Justice Center sponsored an event they titled 'Music and Mayhem'

From Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈmā-ˌhem, ˈmā-əm\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English mayme, mahaime, from Anglo-French mahaim mutilation, mayhem, from maheimer, mahaigner to maim, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German meiden gelding, Old Norse meitha to injure
Date: 15th century

1 a: willful and permanent deprivation of a bodily member resulting in the impairment of a person's fighting ability
b: willful and permanent crippling, mutilation, or disfigurement of any part of the body

2: needless or willful damage or violence

(Emphasis mine)

Could have probably found a better word for the PEACE and JUSTICE Center...


Doonesbury on GOP Fiscal Responsibility...

Too far?

I am all for public information, but do we need a search able pet inventory of all of Oshkosh?

Want to find a rare breed? Look it up. Go get it!

Ex-girlfriend break-up and take your pet? Look up the name and find out where they are now!

I agree that we need to have this information public in the case of an attack. But does it need to be search able to any curious cat in Oshkosh.

I believe the Northwestern has gone a step too far on this one.

Some of their other databases are great... But I think this one could be cut out.

Find it on your own, I'm not linking.