My wife and I have a 16-year-old son who has been having seizures since he was 7 months old ("Make It Better," 11/2/2012). My wife, Dawn, is co-chair of MOM, a group of moms here in Lancaster whose sons have epilepsy. They have done great things to bring awareness to epilepsy; in the last two years they have raised enough money to fund two different studies, one at UW-Madison and one at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. They have an annual fundraiser 5k run/walk in March, followed by an adult casino night. If you would like more information about this group please feel free to contact my wife at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-723-6157.
Frank Riley, Lancaster
Not my LWV
I read the League of Women Voters' "Candidates' Answers" (included in Isthmus, 10/26/2012) and was also puzzled why most Republicans did not respond (Letters, 11/2/2012). Then I remembered that the League of Women Voters brought a lawsuit contesting the Republican-passed legislation regarding Wisconsin voter ID. No wonder Republicans did not respond to their "nonpartisan" questionnaire. This group is partisan and does not represent me as a woman voter.
I am writing in response to the article about bus passes ("Why Do City Employees Get a Free (Bus) Ride?" 11/2/2012). As a library employee I can confirm that I receive a bus pass. I have no health insurance, however, and because the library can't afford to hire more full-time staff, I work two library jobs in two different municipalities, commuting (by bike) between them every day.
The bus pass isn't wasteful spending or a luxurious benefit. It is a simple perk designed to retain employees while reducing traffic congestion. Is a bus pass that costs 1/20th of 1% of the city budget really worth attacking?