Opinion | WisCommunity

Don’t Be Duped by Deceptive Labeling

Articles that are opinion, or op-ed based

Jeff Smith - Helping Students Reach their Dreams

State Senator Jeff Smith
October 6, 2021

If you ever asked a kid what they want to be when they grow up, I’m sure you heard a good answer. Kids dream of being an astronaut, firefighter, teacher or doctor. With all the confidence in the world, a kid can assert they want to grow up to be the President of the United States. Kids have big dreams and see endless opportunities in their future.

 

Jeff Smith - Enough Talk, Let’s Act

State Senator Jeff Smith
September 22, 2021

I find that participating in a task force or study group can be an eye opening and enriching experience that helps me grow as a person. Without better understanding an issue, state leaders can be flailing in the dark, but hearing from experts and reading about solutions that have worked in other states can help guide our work.

 

Jeff Smith - Redistricting: The Responsibility of a Lifetime

Senator Jeff Smith
September 16, 2021

Imagine what it must be like to have a job that carries with it a lifetime guarantee. No matter what you do, no matter how you behave, your job can’t be taken from you until you decide to give it up. Make terrible choices that hurt the clients you’re supposed to serve? Ignore calls from customers? Don’t bother showing up to your job for nearly a year? You face no consequences and you keep your job.

 

Jeff Smith - Homework to Start the School Year

State Senator Jeff Smith
September 1, 2021

We’ve reached that point of year again when kids are excited to return to the classroom, see their friends and begin a new school year. As adults, we can understand their excitement, but it’s up to us to make sure kids can have a safe and successful school year.

 

Jeff Smith - Less for Rx Affects Us All

State Senator Jeff Smith
August 27, 2021

Nobody should have to choose between paying for groceries or lifesaving drugs. Many people even ration their drug to save money and end up putting themselves at greater risk. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 37% of individuals taking four or more medications per day could not afford their prescriptions.

 

Jeff Smith - Family fun at the fair

State Senator Jeff Smith
August 4, 2021

Summer is all about family fun. It’s the season with plenty to do outdoors. Family vacations are planned around national parks and monuments. Campgrounds fill up and lakes are busy with boats, kayakers, anglers and swimmers.

 

Jeff Smith - The Facts About the Birds and the Bees

State Senator Jeff Smith
July 29, 2021

Where does our food come from? It’s a question we think of a lot while grocery shopping or sitting down for a meal with our family. Of course, the answer is our farmers. Farming is hard, but satisfying work. They play a critical role in feeding the world and they rely on climate conditions for a productive crop. Farmers are also aware of pollinators’ essential role in helping them do their job.

 

Jeff Smith - A Workforce for Everyone

State Senator Jeff Smith
July 22, 2021

Long before I entered politics, I worked in the private sector. From an early age, I was needed for my father’s business to mop floors, empty trash and eventually clean windows. As high school graduation approached, my father sat down with me and laid out why he wanted me to forgo college and continue working with him, hoping someday I’d buy the business from him. Thus, my future, as owner and manager of Bob Smith Window Cleaning, was set.

 

Jeff Smith - The Budget is Just the Beginning

State Senator Jeff Smith
July 13, 2021

Like many households and businesses, the state operates on a budget. We have a biennial budget in Wisconsin, meaning it begins July 1st of each odd numbered year and ends June 30th of the following odd numbered year.

Don’t Be Duped by Deceptive Labeling

July 7, 2021

Misleading ‘Product of the USA’ Label is Hurting American Farmers

It’s a rite of summer to fire up the grill and enjoy burgers and steaks cooked to sizzling perfection. Or, in sadder cases, charred to an unrecognizable blackened blob. Whether you’re one of the lucky folks feasting on a grillmaster’s gourmet handiwork or instead find yourself chomping charred protein, do you know where the beef on your plate originated?