Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Ron Johnson: a Profile in Courage

 From the website Huffington Post:

GOP Sen. Ron Johnson Says Capitol Riot ‘Didn’t Seem Like An Armed Insurrection To Me’

Integrity and honesty all over the place.

Tips from the Treasurer: Your Last Gift to Your Family

We're all bound to move on from this life, hopefully sometime in the distant future.  One thing you can do for yourself and for your family is to wrap things up before then.  It's important to make sure that things are done the way you want them done.  I made my own estate planner when I was in my 40s.  I update it every few years, and when the time comes, my niece should have all the information she needs to settle everything.






































I shared my own book with my mom about five years ago and managed to talk her into letting me make one for her.  She has Alzheimers, and I was determined to have all the paperwork done before she lost the ability to make decisions for herself.  

There are all sorts of places to find a format to use for your information.  My lawyer suggested a book form Amazon, Peace of Mind Planner.  It's very good, and only $12.  I would suggest ripping it apart and putting it into a three-ringed binder.  That makes updates easier, and you can also delete sections that aren't relevant.

My own is a three-ringed binder with dividers.  The sections are:

  1. Vital Information
    • contacts
  2. Documents
    • will
    • memorandum
    • ids
  3. Finances
    • Power of Attorney, finances
    • accounts
  4. Medical
    • Power of Attorney, Power of Health Care
    • health care notes
    • insurance
  5. Final Disposition
  6. Beneficiaries
  7. Insurance
  8. Shut it Down
    • what to pay, close, cancel
It's important to update your information each year.  I keep a copy at home in my fire-safe box.  My niece has my both Power of Attorneys.  Being young, she preferred her copy to be on a memory stick. 

UWSP is offering an Estate Planning Workshop online on March 2, 2021 .  Find out more about it at: UWSP Estate Planning

And, yes, I do have a touch of OCD.


 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Surprise! It's all the Teachers' fault!

From the website Crooks and Liars:

Fox News Lie: Teachers' Unions Are 'Power-Hungry Science Deniers Who Clearly Hate Kids'

Blaming problems on the victims was a honed into an art form by a certain European group during the thirties.  After one particularly brutal night of arson, vandalism, assault, and murder committed on the victimized group, a certain Mr. H.G. was upset by all that property destruction.  All that lovely property should have been confiscated instead.  Mr. H.H. came up with the brilliant idea that the victimized group be fined the cost of the destroyed property.   Problem solved!   They may not have invented the concept of "blame the victim", but they certainly perfected it.  

Politicians have learned that lesson well.  Lately, the GOP and its social media and journalistic sources have done nothing but.  Covid-19 making a mess of our schools.  But don't take responsibility for the inaction and deliberate misinformation spread by our "president" for most of a year; instead it's those greedy, powerful teachers who don't want to work and are doing all they can to corrupt and ruin the children they teach.  Selfish, lazy teachers!  












Good-bye to One Who Helped Hold up the Sky


 Link to Pisarski website





On Sunday, February 7, 2021, Leigh Meta Allgaier, loving mother of three and grandmother of two, passed away at 74 years of age.  Leigh was born on October 9, 1946 in Wausau, WI to Jacob and Lucille Zinkevcz.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison.  On September 6, 1969, she married Jack Allgaier.  They raised three daughters together, all of whom became college graduates.


On Sunday, February 7, 2021, Leigh Meta Allgaier, loving mother of three and grandmother of two, passed away at 74 years of age.  Leigh was born on October 9, 1946 in Wausau, WI to Jacob and Lucille Zinkevcz.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison.  On September 6, 1969, she married Jack Allgaier.  They raised three daughters together, all of whom became college graduates.

Leigh loved to cook and provided meals to volunteers at the Portage County Democratic Party as well as lunches for the local Warming Center.  Leigh loved to travel and explored China, Africa, India, Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and Russia with her traveling companions Pat, Louise, and Debby.  She traveled the United States with her family visiting the Outer Banks, Key West, the Olympic National Park, and Washington, DC.  

She enjoyed antiquing and collecting Hall teapots and Christmas pins.  Her pins were often displayed at the Lincoln Center and the Portage County Public Library during the holiday season.  Leigh was an avid card player and enjoyed playing duplicate bridge and sheepshead the most.  Leigh was a prolific reader and enjoyed her days working at the Portage County Public Library.  While spending winter months in Arizona, she loved getting and using her library cards throughout the Phoenix area. Leigh took special pride in her arrest during a protest against Scott Walker at the state capitol. 

Leigh was a strong person who battled multiple illnesses with strength and determination. A better future is what fueled her, she appreciated casting her last ballot in the Presidential Election, and she was thrilled to see the Biden and Harris inauguration.  The family wishes to thank the nurses, therapists, and doctors at St. Michael’s Hospital who provided superior care.

Leigh was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Jay Allen Zinkevcz (Minnesota).  She is survived by her husband Jack, her three daughters, Meta (Jef Schobert), Millie, and Rose, grandchildren Orion and Sapphire, and sisters-in-law Mary (Ronald) Stroik and Louise Zinkevcz.

Leigh enjoyed nothing more than a good party with friends and family.  Leigh wanted her celebration of life to include food, stories, conversation, and no sorrow.  There will be such a celebration in the future, once this horrid COVID-19 is under control. 

If you wish, please consider a donation in her name to Evergreen Community Initiatives, 1948 Church St, Stevens Point WI 54481 with warming center in the memo or a membership or donation to the Portage County Democratic Party, 2220 Division St, Stevens Point WI 54481 with Allgaier Memorial in the memo.

Pisarski Funeral Homes are honored to be serving the family. For online condolences please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com



Monday, January 11, 2021

Unless there's a coup...

 

 

 

      coup |ko͞o|
      noun (pl. coups |ko͞oz| )
     1 (also coup d'├ętat)a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of  power     from a government: he was overthrown in an army coup.

Well, called that correctly.  There's so much to say about events of January 6, 2021.  These say it well:

 From The New York Times:

The American Abyss by Timothy Snyder

A historian of fascism and political atrocity on Trump, the mob and what comes next.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/09/magazine/trump-coup.html?smid=em-share

 
 

Apology: more computer challenges

Sorry that it's been so long since the last post.  The new laptop came, and, of course, the connecting cords that were needed to transfer data from the old computer to the new weren't among the thousand in the electronic graveyard bin.  Apple, as always, changed the ports.  Once the needed cords arrived,  the transfer was made.  However, the Microsoft Office software that had been used successfully since 2008 finally gave out.  So now we await delivery of the new Microsoft package.

And the transfer lost the access to this editorial site for our blog.  Luckily, it was still alive on the old computer.   Macs are a high maintenance indulgence.