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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.

Fostering Self-Determination

My son Tyler will be attending his first Self-Determination Conference this week.  This year's theme is "People Power: Learning, Connecting and Making Change"  

The Waisman Center just released a new guide for "Fostering Self-Determination Among Children and Youth with Disabilities. Ideas from Parents for Parents."    http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/naturalsupports/pdfs/FosteringSelfDetermination.pdf

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Support the Arts at Cudahy Middle School

Cudahy Middle School will be performing "King Midas and the Palace of Gold" on Thursday November 10 at 7:00 in the Cudahy Middle School gym.  There is a small admission fee to see this fine performance.

I know from personal experience that the kids have put in a lot of time on this performance.

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Medicaid Thoughts

Having been a part of some of the Medicaid hearings, I was disappointed, but not overly surprised by the Department of Health Service’s decision to possibly remove up to 65,000 individuals from the Medicaid programs. 

What this decision does not do, is find out the reasons that the health care costs are rising. It is only putting a band aid on the problem. Not working on a solution to the problem. Not identifying the cause that results in the effect of higher cost.

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Happy Thanksgiving

The entire Fech Family would like to wish everybody a Happy, Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving.

If the Packers Can Make Adjustments, Why Can't Government?

As I watched bits an pieces of the Packer game on Thanksgiving, I noticed it was a tight game going into the half.  The Packers came out of half time, making their adjustments and pretty much dominated the second half.   If the Packers had not made any adjustments at half time and continued to play as they did in the first half, would they have still won the game? The eye test shows that they were the correct adjustments.

The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, otherwise known as the Bush Tax Cuts, are examples of the Federal Government not looking at any change.  If circumstances have changed, then why have there not been changes to the plans?  If after 8-10 years it appears that something is not working as it was intended to, why do we keep holding out hope that it will eventually work. If the Packers can realize that changes need to be made to succeed, why can't our Federal Government.  These plans today do not pass the eye test to me as having been succesful based on their titles. 

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Christmas Caroling by Candlelight

Clare Oasis is hosting an outdoor community event, "Christmas Caroling by Candlelight" this Friday evening, December 2nd from 6:00pm - 7:30pm on the Marian Center for Nonprofits Front Lawn (3211 South Lake Drive, St. Francis). This a FREE, family friendly event and open to the public. Come for part of the time or come for the entire event (this is an outdoor event so make sure to dress for the weather).

Please feel free to bring your lawn chairs and blankets to sit around the fire as we sing Christmas Carols together. There will be cookies and hot chocolate to share during the event, too. Free will donations are appreciated. Parking is available in the parking lot directly to the south of the Marian Center. For additional information, please call (414) 530-0916 or go to www.clare-oasis.org.

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