Happy Labor Day

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This was taken a few weeks ago. My crab apply tree (I think) was blooming again.  I hope you all are enjoying a long and relaxing Labor Day weekend.  I am fortunate this year, I have a relatively new job that I don’t have to work this weekend.  Let’s all remember this weekend all the people that worked hard in the labor movement and those that are continuing to work hard for us in the labor movement so that we may continue to enjoy the social and economic achievements that have been hard fought.  I also want to remind everyone, while you’re enjoying your long 3 day weekend, most people are not and to be kind and courteous to those working in the service industry.  As a worker in the retail industry, I’ve had my share of rude and inconsiderate people.  Be kind, people, no matter what day of the year it is.

Enjoy the flower and I hope it reminds you to be kind and courteous.  We’re all fighting battles that we cannot see.

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What is the fascination Wisconsin?

I over heard recently about Wisconsin lawmakers proposing a new bill that would allow people of Wisconsin to carry concealed weapons without a permit and without training.  You can read about it here:

Wisconsin bill would allow concealed weapons

I am trying to wrap my  head around this.  Why?  Why would anyone think that this is a good thing?  What is the state of Wisconsin lawmakers fascination with weapons, open carry and concealed carry?  Are we living in the wild, wild West?  Do the people of Wisconsin feel so threatened that they need to carry around guns?  And since there doesn’t seem to be any restrictions on this bill, is it really wise to say, allow an 18 year old to carry a gun with no training?  I like the comment, in the article, by Police Chief Todd Thomas when he said “…founders also made it clear that they were not unrestrained rights.”

I believe in responsible gun laws.  As a non gun owner, I see nothing wrong with having people having to go through background checks, registering your gun(s) and getting training on how to use one properly.  They make kids go through a hunter safety course before they can go hunting, but if they want to carry a concealed gun you don’t have to have training!?  WTH Wisconsin!  Have all just gone completely mental?