Every week, the Ripon Commonwealth Press runs Hearts & Darts and/or Quote of the Week on one of its opinion pages.

Here is what made Hearts & Darts for the Aug. 5, 2021 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

Hearts & Darts

No darts this week. Just hundreds of Hearts to Ripon residents who courageously and industriously survived last week’s dangerous storm, and for those neighbors and friends who gave others a helping hand in the form of chainsaws, trucks, meals and encouragement.  

Hearts

To state Rep. Alex Dallman, R-Green Lake, for voting last week to override Gov. Evers’ veto of a bill encouraging unemployed state residents to return to work as businesses in Ripon, from fast-food restaurants to major manufacturers, operate through an intense worker shortage. The bill Evers vetoed would have ended Wisconsin’s participation in $300 a week federal unemployment money enhancement programs that discourage able-bodied adults from returning to work. One Ripon company, with more than 40 positions open, noted that no applicants had darkened its doorway while folks received enhanced benefits and free cash. Now some have been coming in to apply for jobs, but none return, having fulfilled their requirement to be actively looking for a job. The override attempt failed on a 59-37 vote.

Hearts

To Ripon Troop 735 Boy Scouts, their parents and Scoutmaster Mike Bair for giving up their Saturday morning last week to help haul brush out of residents’ yards and transport it to the recycling center.

Do you have a Heart or Dart you want to submit for consideration in next week's paper and online story? Send it to news@riponpress.com. Pictures are welcome as well.

Darts attacking specific private citizens or local businesses will not be allowed.

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