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* Hunger Task Force Food Bank, 1240 Clinton St. La Crosse, provides food to 64 programs in western Wisconsin. Food items in need are tuna, canned or boxed soups, peanut butter, jelly, breakfast cereals, canned fruit (in water), pasta and sauce. Please drop off your donations 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon.- Fri. or by appointment (608) 793-1002.

* Onalaska Food Basket, (next to the Onalaska American Legion Club), 731 Sand Lake Road, (608) 783-7722 is in need of hamburger/tuna helper, stew, canned tomato products, peanut butter, cream soups, vegetable soups, tomato soups, beans and pasta. Thank you for your generosity.

The Wisconsin legislature is debating a bill that will finally put an end to the practice of treating law-abiding citizens who carry firearms like criminals.

As a Christian, father, and husband who lives his life according to the Ten Commandments and the Holy Bible, it has always bothered me that my government treats me like a criminal when it comes to my possession of a firearm for the defense of myself and my family. Today, when I drop off or pick up my kids from school, if I forget to disarm and place my firearm in a vehicle safe, the moment I step foot onto school property I am committing a felony. How does that make sense to anyone who isn’t living in a world of unicorns and fairy dust? I’m a God-fearing, law-abiding, upstanding citizen and then suddenly transformed into a criminal just for taking that one, extra step onto a school property?

I started volunteering at the La Crosse office of Americans for Prosperity last year and I attended their first class of the Grassroots Leadership Academy.

What I like most about AFP are the people and their dedication to restoring Liberty in America. Everyone I have met through AFP, whether they are high level executives, state directors, local field directors, or just grassroots volunteers; everyone has a level of Patriotism and love of Liberty that is a joy to be around. Don't ever let liberal/progressive/Marxists make you feel like you are alone and isolated for believing in the founding principles of our country and the conservative, Christian ideas that make America great. This nation is full of Patriotic Americans who go about raising their families, attending their churches and performing their jobs without making any noise about it.

I think I finally nailed down just what it is that bothers me so much when Obama insists that average citizens like me shouldn't be allowed to carry firearms.

Every time he talks about gun control measures I get this pit of fire in my belly and it has to do with the authoritarian nature of Obama.

You see, Obama hates Liberty. He hates the notion that an average citizen can live his life without bowing down and worshiping his god, the federal government.

He told us from the start that he was going to 'fundamentally transform America' and he is doing that by diluting the meaning of our Civil Rights and outright shredding some sections from the Bill of Rights including the Fourth and Tenth Amendments.

The fact that he hates Liberty really bothers me but it is his authoritarian nature that makes me sick to my stomach. He acts like a king instead of the leader of free people. It's his way or the highway. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.