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.
We as citizens will make choices and have control over our lives as well. We also need to be more included in the community by directing public resources to supports of our choice. We must be willing to become part of the community though. If we are not willing to become part of the community, then we have nobody to blame but ourselves if we do not like the outcomes.
We need to ensure that our local, state and national elected officials are providing us with correct knowledge of the issues. We can’t allow them to leave any stone unturned. Poor information provided to us can only produce poor outcomes. How can anybody make a sound decision when we are not given all of the facts? As elected officials, it should be their obligation to just present the material and not present it in a way that will sway people one way or the other. Just present the facts.
After the city evacuation during the Patrick Cudahy Fire, which I thought was handled very well, Carol Wantuch and her staff went to work to look at the process of how everything was handled. At a Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting a couple of months ago, Carol mentioned that they have already had a number of meetings reviewing how things went and how to improve them in case of another emergency.
I recently asked Carol if her plan included people with disabilities. Carol told me that she has been engaged in talks with the Preparedness Consortium as well as the Milwaukee County Emergency Management program on just this issue. The group recently met with Badger Association with the Blind and learned of their needs. They have other groups as well to meet with. I applaud Carol for being pro-active in including people with disabilities in the City plan. This is the kind of pro-active approach that is needed in all of government today.
As I have mentioned before, we need to hold all of our elected officials accountable for their actions. Unlike some of the harsh antics that have been going around concerning the Anti Health Care Reform dissidents, we must make our voices heard in a civil manner. At the same time, government needs to remember that their job is of Public Service and they must have interaction with their public, not just those who give them the most money, but those who they represent.