Subject: I OPPOSE senate bill 22 and so much more
Dear Scott Walker,
I OPPOSE senate bill 22 and so much more. Did you have a chance to testify at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in West Allis today? Robin Vos said there were 3 ways for the voters voices to be heard. I disagree because there are actually many more ways for our voices to be heard; whether or not people are listening is another matter all together. Here is an excerpt from the University of Minnesota Duluth handbook:
Hearing vs. Listening
Do you think there is a difference between hearing and listening? You are right, there is! Hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear. If you are not hearing-impaired, hearing simply happens. Listening, however, is something you consciously choose to do. Listening requires concentration so that your brain processes meaning from words and sentences. Listening leads to learning.
Most people tend to be "hard of listening" rather than "hard of hearing."Go ahead and read it twice. Maybe even have someone read it to you, and make sure you are listening, not just hearing! :) Did Marquette have anything like this for the time you attended there? I wonder if this is a handbook that is given or recommended to freshman as they begin their university careers. Perhaps it is used to assist students in developing study habits and/or interpersonal communication skills throughout their careers. I wonder if students are given this tip as they approach graduation to keep them focused on the goal of graduation and encourage a more well-rounded, productive, educated member of society.
Anyway, I get sidetracked, if you were unable to attend the Joint Finance Committee's budget public hearing because you were preoccupied with attending the Department of Natural Resources' Spring Wildlife and Fisheries Proposed Rules and Annual Conservation Congress County Meeting, you can email your thoughts to email@example.com or United States Postal Service mail them to committee clerk Joe Malkasian, Room 305 East, State Capitol, Madison, WI 53703. You might even know Joe because it seems like you work nearby or quite possibly in the same building. I know that it goes without saying that using company time, money, resources, letterhead, postage, etc. would be frowned upon. Oh, you might want to let some of your co-workers know that I was looking at the DNR's website to find out about this important meeting they were chomping at the bit to get to and found out that "individuals interested in natural resources management (would) have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony." Now I understand the urgency that many of the elected officials felt when they were leaving! The last statement was sarcastic, just incase it is misinterpreted. I would have made the choice to stay and listen to the testimony of the citizens standing before me instead of attending a hearing filled with non-binding votes and testimony. I would have made the choice to stay and listen to the testimony of the citizens standing before me instead of reading a list of names and stances. I would have made the choice to stay and listen to the testimony of the citizens standing before me instead of rushing through disingenuous "thank-you"s. I would have made the choice to stay and listen to the testimony of the citizens standing before me instead of concerning myself with the ticking clock. Who am I kidding? I would have never let this debacle go this far in the first place. I would have never compromised my integrity. I would have never scapegoated the most vulnerable. I would have never forgotten who I represent.
I OPPOSE senate bill 22 and so much more,
The world is full of two kinds of people, the givers and the takers. The takers eat well-but the givers sleep well. ~~~Modern Maturity~~~