Letters to the editor: Choose the minority; Negative strong-hold on Hudson
Choose the minority
TO THE EDITOR
I have noticed the Inclusion Resolution has inspired several letters to the editor lately. I have also noticed that the majority of the letters have been in favor of the resolution. Could it be that the majority have it right? Or is possible they could dead wrong?
I am reminded of a few historical events. I would like to share with the readers of this paper, especially those in positions of power who will decide the outcome of this resolution. In Genesis 6:5, God saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth and they had evil thoughts continually. Except for Noah and his family. (Gen. 6:8-10) So God destroyed the majority, sent a great flood, and spared the minority in the ark. (Numbers 13:25-33).
The Israelites arrived at the Promised Land, and Moses sends in 12 spies to search out the land and report back. Forty days later they returned. Ten of the spies (the majority) said we cannot take that land, there are giants in the land. Two (the minority), Joshua and Caleb, said, let's go in at once and possess the land for we are able to overcome it. The people listened to the majority and ended up dying in the wilderness, except for Joshua and Caleb.
Genesis 19: We see Lot going along with the wickedness and sexual perversion in Sodom. Not something we as Christians are willing to do. So God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah. Please read these: Col. 6:5-6, 1 Corr. 6:9-10, 2 John 1:9-11 and Romans 1:26-32.
As Christians we are to love our neighbors and pray for them and give to those in need. We are also to set a good example and spread the good news of the Gospel. But as John wrote, we are not to condone their sin.
Please read Matthew 7:13-16. This tells us in Jesus' own words that the majority of people on earth will enter the wide gate that leads to destruction. And narrow is the way which leads unto life eternal, and few there be that find it!
Please read the verses I mentioned and decide if you choose to be in the majority or minority. As for me and my house, we choose to be in the minority.
The truth about corporate income taxes
TO THE EDITOR
The U.S. corporate tax rate is one of the highest in the world and stands well above the worldwide average. This is why U.S. corporations are relocating their headquarters to lower taxed countries and they are not bringing their profits made outside the U.S. back to the U.S.
The average worldwide corporate tax rate has declined significantly since 1980 from an average of 38 percent to 22.96 percent. The U.S. corporate tax rate is 35 percent federal, state and local taxes are additional. There is a worldwide competition among countries to attract corporations. They are doing this by lowering their corporate income tax rates.
For example, Ireland's corporate tax rate is 12.5 percent. Canada has recently dropped their rate to 15 percent. Hungary is dropping their rate to 9 percent. If the U.S. does not lower its corporate tax rate our corporations will relocate to countries with attractive lower rates.
Corporations in lower tax countries are able to retain more of their profits making them more competitive. Corporate profits are used to buy new equipment, expand, conduct research, build new factories, pay higher wages, hire more employees, pay dividends. If you want to live in a prosperous country with a rising standard of living the corporate tax rate must be cut. It must be competitive.
RoxAnn Klugman, J.D., LL.M. (Master of Tax Laws)
Dementia strikes every 6 seconds
TO THE EDITOR
Someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease every 6 seconds in America. That number includes more than 1,200 residents of St. Croix County who are living with dementia and that number does not include those yet to be diagnosed.
Along with that are the thousands more who are living with, working with and caring for those with the disease.
More than 90 caregivers, professionals and volunteers recently participated in the Virtual Dementia Tour in Hudson. The tour is the creation of Second Wind Dreams and is based on 20 years of research into dementia. The tour gave participants the chance to experience what living with dementia and memory loss is like and insight into some of the difficult behaviors that result from the disease.
The tour also included a chance for participants to discuss their tour experience with St. Croix County Dementia Care Specialist Nancy Abrahamson. The National Association of Elder Abuse and Neglect states that caregivers educated about how to provide good care are less likely to physically or emotionally abuse or neglect the person in their care.
WCCO television filmed a report from the tour that can be seen at WCCO.com/links searching Liz Collin/Alzheimer's dementia. The tour was the result of collaboration between St. Croix County Adult Protection and the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), Azura Memory Care, Christian Community Home, Comfort Keepers, Comforts of Home, Woodland Hills, Red
Cedar Canyon and the YMCA and the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson.
There are plans to present the Virtual Dementia Tour in other communities around the county. Information about dementia and memory loss is available county-wide from Dementia Care Specialist Abrahamson through the ADRC where a wide variety of services are available. St. Croix County Adult Protective Services also work in connection with Abrahamson to insure that anyone at risk with dementia receives help. Abuse and neglect may be preventable if families and those diagnosed with dementia seek information and support. For assistance, contact Abrahamson at 715-381-4411.
In addition, Western Wisconsin Journal is airing a series of interviews called Living with Dementia on the River Channel, channel 15, in the Hudson area. The series features interviews with several family caregivers, an elder law specialist, the medical director from an area memory care unit and a dementia care specialist.
Bonnie Edlund and Jo Anne Friedell
St. Croix County Adult Protection Workers
Vote for Jarchow
TO THE EDITOR
Let me tell you why it is important for your readers to get out and vote on Dec. 19 for Rep. Adam Jarchow to fill Sheila Harsdorf's open Senate seat.
I know from personal experience that Adam gets things done. He is hard-working and full of passion for helping the citizens of his district. He is a great listener, a problem-solver, and is very much in touch with what is on the minds of his constituents.
My family struggled in the courts for over 10 years to fight for our property rights. We kept losing our battles because the laws, as written, were not strong enough or clear enough to protect our property rights. After losing our case at the United States Supreme Court last June, Adam immediately sprang into action to fix the laws in Wisconsin. Adam Jarchow introduced legislation last summer known as the "Homeowners Bill of Rights." It passed the Senate and Assembly with bi-partisan support in early November, and Gov. Walker signed it into law on Nov. 27. It still amazes me that Adam was able to get this legislation passed in less than four months. Like I said, he gets things done!
Since he was first elected to the Assembly in 2014 to represent the 28th District, Adam has had a dozen of his bills passed into law. He is not afraid to stick his neck out, and is willing to take on the hard issues.
The "off-cycle" election in December to pick the Republican candidate is a bit unusual, and perhaps is why it is so important for people to get out and vote on Dec. 19. While Adam Jarchow's opponent, Shannon Zimmerman, is doing a great job in the Assembly, he does not have the necessary experience and, to-date, has not had any bills passed.
If you want to make sure your property rights are protected, and you want great representation by an energetic, passionate legislator, you will vote for Adam Jarchow for Senate, and leave Shannon Zimmerman in the Assembly. These two, together, make a great team for this district.
Hudson summer resident
Support for Patty
TO THE EDITOR
I encourage everyone to vote for Patty Schachtner for State Senator in the Dec. 19 primary. A few years back, I had the great fortune to watch Patty in action when she saw we needed a resource guide to help those struggling with addiction and mental health issues find access to care, and she brought community leaders together to get it done.
She reached out to our local hospital boards and clinics, made her case for the need for the guide, got commitments for funding the initiative, and had this multi-page, full color guide printed and mailed to every household in St. Croix County without using a single penny of taxpayer money. She accomplished this task within two months, from beginning to end.
The resource guide was titled "We Are All In This Together," and that's exactly how Patty feels about everyone she meets—and those she hasn't yet met.
Patty has the right priorities and talent to be the voice of our communities. When she sees a need, she finds a way to bring people together to meet it. We need her working on our behalf in the state legislature. Please vote for Patty Schachtner on Dec. 19.
A systematic problem exists
TO THE EDITOR
When Hudson churches attempted to provide a safe haven for Syrian refugees, Citizens for the St. Croix Valley organized to stop this effort. When our public schools were teaching the history of world religions, this group persisted to successfully modify curriculum relating to Muslims. When our neighbors LGBTQ flags were burned, this group suggested that it was the work of gay neighbors. Recently, when a group of us proposed an Inclusion Resolution to Hudson's Common Council, CFTSCV proposed multiple resolutions that caused the city to pass an ordinance prohibiting public requests for resolutions. This ordinance (no. 17-17) was passed at the last Common Council meeting and recorded in last week's paper.
Just several weeks after the Inclusion Resolution was proposed in early Fall, CFTSCV presented three resolutions to the Common Council all within less than a month of each other and threatened to propose more. They overwhelmed our city's leaders with an inundation of bogus resolutions, retaliating against an Inclusion Resolution. Their tactics to obliterate it and any other public resolutions in the future worked, and once again Hudson has been adversely impacted by CFTSCV.
Issues about welcoming diversity is a national concern, and Hudson is a clear example of how a prejudicial group is succeeding with a proven track record to their credit. We can't allow them to bulldoze their hate-filled agenda here any longer. Join me by getting involved in the Hudson Inclusion Alliance today.
Negative strong-hold on Hudson
TO THE EDITOR
Muslims use Christians as sex slaves? That's ridiculous!
Last week, a member of Citizens for the St. Croix Valley wrote a viewpoint that explains how modern Muslims intend to use Christian women as sex slaves. The writer sites ancient text from the Qur'an and feels confident this evidence is indisputable.
The literal interpretation of ancient text is tricky business. The Christian Bible has many outlandish instructions that include the abuse of women and asking parents to kill their children. For example, the Bible instructs "Whoever utters the name of the Lord must be put to death. The whole community must stone him, whether alien or native. If he utters the name, he must be put to death." (Leviticus 24:16)
We know an updated, culturally educated person understands that these Bible instructions need contemporary insights. We have Christian leaders who help us come to terms with the Bible's outlandish text and so do Muslims. If you actually want to know how Muslims think, live and worship, you actually need to talk to Muslims.
If you believe that Citizens for the St. Croix Valley teaches bigotry and has a negative strong-hold on our community, please join us. We are the Hudson Inclusion Alliance. We have organized to support our Hudson institutions as they take steps forward for diversity. If you support inclusion and want to challenge the messages of hate in Hudson, we invite you to our meeting. The Hudson Inclusion Alliance is gathering supporters on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at the old library on Fourth Street. This private meeting welcomes inclusion advocates only and we hope that's you and your family.
Comparisons are amazing things
TO THE EDITOR
After eight years of a president that spent taxpayers' money as if it came from a bottomless pit. How much did his "family vacations" cost us? Latest numbers were in the multiple millions! Truly necessary, right?
Now we have Americans working to impeach our current president, ignoring the enormous amounts of money he has saved us already! According to the Magazine of the Association of Mature American Citizens (AmacAdvantage), President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security report an almost 75 percent decrease in illegal border crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border while the U.S. Customs and Border protection data reflects a 17-year low in apprehensions at this point of entry. Doesn't that save taxpayers money?
In June, Trump released his annual report to Congress on White House office personnel, showing he's far better at saving money than Obama was. There are 110 fewer employees on the White House staff under Trump than under Obama at this point in their presidencies, at a savings of $5.1 million!
Add the report revealing that instead of taking his salary, Trump donated all $400,000 to the Department of the Interior where it will be used for the reconstruction of military cemeteries around the world of nations that our military has protected!
Comparisons can be amazing things!
Money out of politics
TO THE EDITOR
In 2010, U.S. Supreme Court decided to grant organizations like unions, nonprofits, corporations, and other artificial entities, the constitutional rights that had been reserved for ordinary Americans. This decision was referred to as "Citizens United."
As a result of this ruling, big organizations with large amounts of money have been allowed to act like individual citizens and donate money (considered freedom of speech) to our politics. The consequence of this ruling is that the U.S. now has extended political campaigns with lots of money donated by large organizations in order to buy campaign advertising, make phone calls and deliver mailings to influence the vote. This is occurring within all political parties. How can the contributions of an individual American voter compete with the millions of dollars donated by these organizations? Is the individual American's voice even being heard?
In order to get rid of this Supreme Court decision, we must pursue an amendment to clarify what "We the People" and "Free Speech" mean in the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment would specifically define who is considered "We The People" and clearly state that money is not part of free speech as defined in our Constitution. A nonpartisan group called United to Amend has been working nationwide to initiate the Amendment process. Go to Wisconsin@unitedtoamend.org or call 608-316-1792.
St. Croix County has now authorized a Referendum so voters can decide for themselves whether they support having corporations, unions, nonprofits or other artificial entities considered human beings and whether money is freedom of speech. If passed, this will be a first step toward seeking an Amendment to this part of the U.S. Constitution. Nationwide, over 700 communities and 18 state legislatures have passed this resolution to amend. The Resolution will appear on the April 10, 2018 ballot.
Vote for Zimmerman
TO THE EDITOR
On Tuesday, Dec. 19 there will be a very important Republican primary election for the 10th State Senate seat vacated by State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. Our current State Assembly Rep. Shannon Zimmerman has the background, experience and vision that we need in our next State Senator.
As a businessman, Shannon and his wife Angel grew their business Sajan over the last 20 years in River Falls, providing hundreds of good paying jobs for local residents. Shannon is cognizant of the need for solid education for our upcoming workforce, a tax environment that draws companies to our state, and the need for fiscal responsibility in Madison.
I am proud to support Shannon Zimmerman in the election for our next State Senator District 10.
Former Hudson City Council and St. Croix County Board member
Murtha for Jarchow
TO THE EDITOR
It was a true honor and sincere pleasure to represent the people of the 29th Assembly District. During my tenure, the Legislature had many accomplishments. We stuck to our conservative principles, we created an environment for small businesses to grow, and we have been seeing many positive results.
I am proud of the work we accomplished in the Legislature, but there is always more work to be done. Thank you for putting your trust in me. Now I am asking you to place your trust in Adam Jarchow.
Adam is running to replace Sheila Harsdorf in the State Senate. I served with Adam in the State Assembly and I believe he is the best person to fill our State Senate seat. Adam is hard working, dedicated, and isn't afraid to tackle the tough issues. Adam currently represents the 28th Assembly District, just north of the 29th Assembly District. He is a true conservative who believes in limited government and individual liberty. He was excellent to work with while I was in office, and the people of the 10th Senate District would be lucky to have Adam represent them in Madison.
Outside of the Legislature, Adam is a small business attorney, a small-business owner, and a volunteer firefighter. He lives with his wife Barbara and their set of twins just outside of Balsam Lake. He truly represents what it means to be a citizen legislator.
On Tuesday, Dec. 19 please join me in voting Adam Jarchow for State Senate.
Former Rep. 29 th Assembly District
Knudson for Jarchow
TO THE EDITOR
I strongly support State Rep. Adam Jarchow to replace Sheila Harsdorf in the Wisconsin State Senate. Jarchow has proven to be a strong advocate for northwestern Wisconsin. In our hyper-partisan era, Jarchow has shown he is willing to buck the establishment in Madison to stand up for his district. He is bright and principled, with a record of accomplishment in Madison, but what sets Adam apart is his political courage. Join me in voting for Adam Jarchow on Dec. 19.
former state representative
Vote Calabrese for Senate
TO THE EDITOR
Dec. 19! State Senate District 10 primary vote! I support John Calabrese for the Democratic ticket, and here's why: he has spent the last several years working with legislators in Madison to get money out of politics. John is an anti-corruption activist, and the first step in this anti-corruption campaign is to make campaign finance reform happen, indeed it is the only way to "drain the swamp."
John also powerfully supports wilderness conservation, clean air, clean water, equitable financing for public schools as well as maintaining healthy infrastructure.
We can begin right now to change the face of politics by voting for candidates who will be the voice of the people. Your voice! If you live in State Senate District 10 then I'm asking you to vote for John Calabrese on Dec. 19.
Carbon fee and dividend
TO THE EDITOR
The cost of this year's hurricane and wildfire disasters is staggering. With an overwhelming scientific consensus that the magnitude of these disasters is related to climate change, one looks for a solution to combat global warming. A carbon-based fee approach has bipartisan support. Increasing the cost of burning fossil fuels will drive the market to seek suitable green alternatives, some of which exist today.
The Citizen Climate Lobby (CCL), a nonpolitical organization, has a unique market based on a revenue neutral approach to carbon fees that is worthy of investigation. Known as Carbon Fee and Dividend, the policy works like this: Assess a fee on the amount of carbon dioxide (or CO2 equivalent) that fuel will emit when burned, starting at $15 per ton and increase it by $10 per ton annually.
Return the revenue from that fee equally to all households as a dividend. Protect American businesses by assessing a border adjustment tariff on imports from nations that do not have an equivalent fee on carbon. Revenue from the tariff would be used to pay American businesses exporting to nations that do not have a similar fee on carbon.
This policy corrects the failure of the marketplace to hold fossil fuels accountable for the damage done to the environment and society. By correcting that failure, investments in cleaner forms of energy such as solar and wind and purchases of low-carbon emitting vehicles will accelerate, eventually reaching a level necessary to stabilize our climate.
Returning the revenue to households will ease the burden of fossil fuel cost increases everyone pays. Most people will actually receive more from the dividend than they will pay for increased energy costs. The border adjustments, which maintain a level playing field for U.S. businesses, also provide the economic incentive for other countries to follow our lead and initiate their own carbon-pricing policies.
With the cost of this year's disasters reaching into the hundreds of billions of dollars, the CCL approach is a worthy solution as it combats climate change while not adversely affecting our economy. More information can be found at www.climatechangelobby.org.
Please contact your representatives in Congress, Sean Duffy 202-225- 3365, Ron Johnson, 202-224- 5323 and Tammy Baldwin 202-224- 5653 and tell them that you are concerned about climate change and suggest the CCL solution.
Children and abuse
TO THE EDITOR
I am too young to speak for myself. My dad has abused us. He is so normal in public situations that no one would believe what he does at home. If my mom and sister were to say what he does to us, you would think they were mentally ill, but they are telling the truth.
How do we get the court system to trust the words of the deeds hidden at home? How do we get the Guardian Ad Litems to trust the words that seem totally unbelievable, but in truth, happen?
The trauma the children go through is horrendous when the legal system grants 50/50 placement. Abusers should not get the automatic benefit of 50/50. With the severe abuse, sometimes the placement should only be for the abuser to get professionally supervised visitation. This allows for much less trauma for everyone. When a child is made to go back to the abuser, the trauma they experience goes on far longer than the time period they have with that parent.
Everyone else suffers — the child and the parent who has to deal with the fallout of that encounter that lasts for days and sometimes weeks — and they get revictimized again for having to spend time with the abuser. These victims, adult and child alike, need a personal advocate, not more condemnation from the legal system. When you see someone that seems to be hurting in an abusive relationship, they probably are. Are you a safe enough person for them to tell the truth to?