Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Is Milwaukee Hero-in or Hero-out?

The Wisconsin Assembly passed a quartet of bills (AB 445, AB 446, AB 447 & AB 448) yesterday that are concerned with heroin abuse.  The bills passed unanimously and will head to the Senate and should be signed by Gov. Walker soon.

In a related matter, James Causey penned an opinion piece in the MJS asking "What about when heroin devastated Milwaukee's streets?"  It's a fair question, but it seems a bit misdirected if you take into consideration the timing of the inquiry.

Causey though not dismissive of upcoming heroin summits in Waukesha and Ozaukee Counties wonders how people in Milwaukee will feel when they hear about these summits.  Well I have an idea of how they will react, but their misplaced complaints will run hallow.

You see according to the MJS article the summits will "bring together parents, law enforcement, business leaders, treatment providers and others to develop strategies to address what many describe as a growing epidemic."  The question Mr. Causey should be asking or zoning in on is why aren't the leaders in Milwaukee doing the same as those in Waukesha and Ozaukee.

At some point in time the Milwaukee community will need to hold its leaders accountable for their actions or lack thereof, instead of being satisfied as being an afterthought to others actions.

A case in point are the bills mentioned above.  Here's a list of sponsors and co-sponsors:

Introduced by Representatives Nygren, Petryk, Bernier, Krug, Nerison, Tranel, Born, Czaja, Endsley, Jagler, Kapenga, Kaufert, Kleefisch, Knodl, Knudson, LeMahieu, Marklein, Murphy, Mursau, Murtha, A. Ott, Petersen, Ripp, Swearingen, Strachota, Tauchen, Tittl, Berceau, Bernard Schaber, Bewley, Doyle, Genrich, Kahl, Kolste, Johnson, Richards and Smith, cosponsored by Senators Harsdorf, Cowles, L. Taylor, Darling, Jauch, Gudex, Grothman, T. Cullen, Ellis, Leibham, Kedzie, Petrowski, Lazich, Miller, Erpenbach, Schultz, Hansen and Risser.
Notice the lack of Milwaukee area legislators on this list?  Only Republicans Rep. Dan Knodl and Sen. Alberta Darling along with  Democrats Sen. Lena Taylor and Rep. Jon Richards stood up for this positive change.  Where are Reps. Kessler, Young, Barnes, Goyke, Zepnik, Zamarripa, Johnson, Sinicki, Reimer, Pasch and Sens. Carpenter, Larson and Harris?

Rep. Nygren took the issue, personalized it and got the bi-partisan legislation on the fast track.  Instead of blaming "they and them" he and his family took responsibility for their actions and proposed beneficial changes to state law.

My question to James Causey would be, where are those who campaigned to fight for Milwaukee?  Why haven't they coat tailed these summits in the city or are drugs not an issue here?

Maybe it's time to ask Milwaukee area politicians and their supporters what the consequences are of doing nothing or maybe it's time to change the dismal leadership.

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