I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
I had a lively discussion with my wife after the news that Milwaukee County will have to supply Spanish ballots for elections. One of her main problems is that there is the cost factor. During the discussion, I reminded my wife that my hope is to have a picture ballot available when my son is eligible to vote (I have had somebody float this idea to the Government Accountability Board). My son may or not be able to read, but he can make his own choices in life when he has pictures. I realize that there will be a cost to this, but I feel that it is a fair way to allow him the ability to make an educated decision when he votes. As most of you know, my kids get both side of the story in my home. There have been those that commented to me when I bring up the topic of a picture ballot, that it would probably help a lot of people in the electoral process. What is wrong with giving voters the tools that they need to make an educated choice?
My understanding for the Spanish ballots is based on The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/intro/intro_b.php) Section 203 (http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/sec_203/203_brochure.php.
A month or so ago, I was talking with a City official. I mentioned that I had not seen or heard much about what was going on in town. The official replied "that was because there really was not much happening". As we continued to talk, I got the impression that the various groups in our City all have their own agendas.
Since this conversation, my travels around the state have taken me to Madison, Kenosha, Racine, New Berlin, Brown Deer, Menasha, Sheboygan and many other communities in between. I have also been down to the area I grew up in in Northwest Indiana. I am seeing development happening in these communities. I do not stop and talk to people and ask what is happening, but I am seeing development happening. Buildings going up. Some appear to be apartments. Others appear to be strip malls. There is development happening.