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Madison, Wis., Vs. Tuscaloosa, Joplin And The Mighty Mississippi

May 29, 2011
By Dr. Marvin Folkertsma ( , The Post-Journal

Madison, Wisconsin's winter follies relinquished their national attention to Tuscaloosa's tornado in April, events along the Mississippi in May, and finally to the most recent twister in Joplin, Missouri, where genuine suffering puts into perspective tenured teachers who are learning that they must actually pay a fraction of their healthcare costs. Fitting substitutions, these last two; call this a progression from decadence to renewal and resilience, in that order. While public-sector unions' diatribes against Gov. Walker don't exactly bring to mind the turpitude of France's pre-revolutionary aristocracy, whiffs of decadence radiate from their collective persona.



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