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Family and Children’s Center

The Family & Children’s Center building on Franklin Street in Winona.

CHEER: To the Family & Children’s Center, featured in our weekly Stories for Good series, for operating nearly 25 programs, serving more than 3,000 clients from seven regional locations across western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota. Its services work to prevent child abuse, help individuals achieve recovery from serious mental illness, find healthy and stable homes for children whose parents can no longer care for them, and keep youth on track for graduation. “We believe that helping to resolve problems where they occur results in greater long-term success and improved individual well-being,” wrote Jamie Korn, for the Daily News.

CHEER: To volunteers of all ages and in all communities, who are coming together to make sure fundraisers, concerts, festivals and other events turn out just right. It’s been a great summer for activities, and we’re enjoying them with big ones — Ashley For The Arts and Irish Fest La Crosse — coming next week. We should remember to thank the volunteers and sponsors who collectively are making it all happen.

JEER: To Sen. Steve Nass and the Republicans on the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules who decided that the University of Wisconsin System must get the committee’s approval before imposing mandatory masking, COVID-19 testing and vaccination policies. The 6-4 vote was carried out by paper ballots and without a formal meeting or public comment. Nass is the ringleader, and you might think he has some kind of medical background. Not so. The committee’s vote, which cannot be overturned, is dangerous for public health.

CHEER: To the 42 new officers of the Wisconsin State Patrol, sworn in as the 66th Recruit Class in a recent graduation ceremony in La Crosse. The officers completed 26 weeks of comprehensive training in courses covering traffic and criminal laws, emergency vehicle operations, firearms proficiency, communications, crisis management and lifesaving skills. “From responding to emergencies on the road, to promoting safe driving practices, to building relationships with the communities they serve, the State Patrol does important work to keep Wisconsinites and visitors safe as they travel across our state,” Gov. Tony Evers said.

JEER: To the United States falling behind Canada in vaccination rate after its great start. You might have been surprised by Doyle McManus’ column on our Opinion Page pointing this out. How did this happen? “The simple answer is that in Canada, the pandemic didn’t become a politically polarized issue, as it did in the United States,” McManus wrote. “Canada’s major political parties, including the opposition Conservatives, joined early in full-throated support of mass vaccination.” Imagine that — bipartisan working together on something that could save lives.

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