Northwoods Residents Voice Opinion at Budget Listening Session
Story By Shardaa Gray
Photos By Shardaa Gray
WAUSAU - It can be easy to feel like you don't have much of a say in politics.
But several Democratic state lawmakers wanted to hear what their constituents think of the state's checkbook.
Northwoods residents voiced their opinion at a budget listening session in Wausau.
One of the main issues was Governor Walker's Education funding.
Representative Mandy Wright is a former teacher.
She's worried school in her district, Wausau, won't get a fair shake.
"All of the schools actually that were failing have high levels of poverty and high level of needs for their students and families," Wright said.
"So as we see job loses, as we see our economy not recovering the way we'd like to, we're very concerned about seeing voucher expansion which pulls money away from our public schools and funds an entirely separate school system."
Representative Wright says there will be another listening session Tuesday at Northcentral Technical College starting at 6:30 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE - The art of violin making dates back hundreds of years, and Brian Derber is carrying on the tradition. He wanted to go into furniture making, but fell into instrument design after taking a class in college. In 1999, he opened his own school. It's the only violin making school in Wisconsin.
"The program itself is modeled after a German school of violin making," said New World School of Violin Making Owner Brian Derber. "Students have to fulfill a certain requirement before they can apply to graduate. So the minimum time they are with me is three years."
Students start out by making the body of a violin in their first year. As they progress, they add the scroll and varnish, which can take months for students to finish. Nearing the end of their stay, they can even try to make a cello.
"In the time that I have with students in the school here, I can only give them so much, and then it's time for them to go someplace else and get more knowledge," said Derber.
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