Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Oshkosh Police Collect Unwanted Cell Phones (From Email Update)

From Oshkosh Police Dept's Team 2 Newsletter:

Just a reminder that OPD, along with other law enforcement agencies in Winnebago County, collect unwanted cell phones. We realize three benefits:
* Discarded cell phones are processed/recycled by a company who returns a fee to us for each phone. The income goes to the Winnebago Crime Prevention Fund at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. This fund helps to support a wide variety of crime prevention projects and equipment needs.* The recycling company provides us with refurbished cell phones that are distributed to senior citizens or others in the community who may not be able to afford a cell phone for emergency use. The phones are programmed for 9-1-1- use only.* By donating the unwanted cell phones to OPD, we keep the discarded phones out of the local landfill.
It's a win-win-win opportunity. You can drop off your unwanted cell phones to Officer Nichols' office anytime. Thanks

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Bishops to Senate GOP: Don't Vote For "Morally Indefensible" Ryan Budget

"Unlike the Good Samaritan, who stopped to care for a wounded stranger on the side of the road, the House budget turns its back on the most vulnerable at a time of grave economic uncertainty even as it endorses policies that gives tax breaks for the privileged few."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Winnebago County Exec Mark Harris: Cut in child support program hurts children

From the OshNW:

Winnebago County Exec Mark Harris: Cut in child support program hurts children

I read with great disappointment of the state joint finance committee's 12 to 4 vote in support of a $4.25 million cut in funding for county child support enforcement. Nationally about one fourth of all children are raised in one parent households. It is in the public interest that the non-custodial parent help to support their children. Some of these parents only will pay with child support orders and county enforcement efforts. Counties collect six to ten dollars of otherwise uncollected child support for every dollar spent on enforcement. The cut in state funding for the program also reduces the amount of federal funds available for child support enforcement. Winnebago County stands to loose over $370,000 or about 30 percent of its child support enforcement budget because of this decision. The impact on the children in these families is potentially devastating. The legislature should not allow this cut to stand.

Mark L. Harris

Winnebago County Executive