Letters: Our Wisconsin Revolution; I will defend myself and my dog
TO THE EDITOR
It's no exaggeration to say that our political system is severely broken. Popular opinion of Congress hovers just above single digits, yet reelection rates top 90 percent. Chronic problems handicap any effort to achieve meaningful reform. Lobbyists and wealthy financial donors claim more representation in the halls of Congress than "We The People" do. Our government has ditched the best interests of the people for corporate and elitist demands, much to our detriment. This is, of course, nothing new.
But we can renew our contract with meaningful self-governance. It starts right here in Hudson — with Our Wisconsin Revolution (OWR). OWR is part of the larger family of Our Revolution, a nationwide organization launched by Sen. Bernie Sanders after his 2016 presidential bid to carry on the political revolution. We are an independent, statewide, membership-driven, democratic-populist political organization that aims to take Wisconsin government back from corporate elites and make it of, by, and for the people. Throughout the state, OWR works alongside progressive allies in the work of resistance. But OWR takes the fight a step further with the express goal, woven into the organization's DNA, of electing progressive champions to enact change. And that change comes in the form of eliminating money from politics, establishing health care as a right, ending gerrymandering, and making our planet great again, to name a few. We are action-oriented and goal-focused in all we do.
You are invited to an informational meeting about starting an OWR chapter in Hudson. The meeting will take place on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Hudson Library starting at 1 p.m. We would love to have you (and a friend!) join us as we discuss more about OWR and how to establish a permanent chapter in Hudson.
The political revolution has never been about just one person. It's about the hope of a people and the undying spirit driving this nation toward a more perfect union. We will begin to move in that direction again, because at the end of the day this is our revolution, our fight.
TO THE EDITOR
I recently walked my dog when another dog ran up, growled at and bit my dog. To my astonishment, the owner did nothing. I yelled at and hit the dangerous dog for it to let go; luckily, it worked and the dog backed off. I yelled for the owner to come get the aggressive dog but the owner did nothing. The owner did not say one word or take any action.
Simultaneously, three more dogs ran up. I'm now forced to defend myself and my dog from four dogs at one time and one of them is biting my dog! I reported the attack to police as the irresponsible dog owner needed to be held accountable. The officer contacted me after speaking with the owner and stated the owner apologized and asked about my dog.
If the owner was truly apologetic, as soon as the dogs ran towards us (two came from that property), the owner would have run after the dogs, got the aggressive dog off mine, disciplined the dogs, brought the dogs back to their property, securing them, asked if myself or my dog was hurt, and apologize to me. I will never walk this road again, which is a shame because it has a beautiful view of Lake Mallalieu.
Keep in mind dog owners, I don't know your dog and don't appreciate charging dogs when I'm walking my dog who is always kept on a short leash next to my side. I have my conceal and carry and will be taking my stun gun on all walks to protect myself and my dog should a dog appear to be aggressive/dangerous. I wouldn't need to take extreme measures if dog owners were responsible and kept their dogs on a leash or on their property...after all, it's the law.