Letter to the Editor
The SPLC's Yellow Star of Hatred Campaign
TO THE EDITOR
For those who don't remember or choose to ignore history, the Brownshirts, according to Wikipedia, were: "...The Sturmabteilung (SA), literally Storm Detachment, functioned as the original paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party (NSDAP). It played a significant role in Adolf Hitler's rise to power in the 1920s and 1930s. Its primary purposes were providing protection for Nazi rallies and assemblies, disrupting the meetings of opposing parties, fighting against the paramilitary units of the opposing parties, ... and, especially, Jews — for instance, during the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses. ..." Read and learn about the Night of the Long Knives when Hitler executed his "own" Brownshirts, and continue your history education by reading about Kristallnacht.
According to a recent article in the Hudson Star Observer, "...the Southern Poverty Law Center says it added the group (Citizens for the St. Croix Valley) to its nationwide list (hate map) after receiving a local tip and investigated the group's website and social media presence. ..."
What is it about the Constitutional Republic the tipster wanted classified as hate? Maybe the SPLC, a known hate group (www.splcexposed.com) is taking the place of the Third Reich. The Hudson Inclusion Alliance will not stop at demonizing the CFSCV. Anyone reading the HSO article would expect the HIA to sprout angelic wings, while the Constitution supporters are boogeymen. The HIA and media are using Alinsky's 7 Rules for Radicals: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it; Ridicule is man's most potent weapon; If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rules_for_Radicals).
Watch the Hudson Common Council videos to observe the "anything-but-love demeanor" of some of the HIA people.
Flyway Bird Celebration was wonderful
TO THE EDITOR
It was my great pleasure to speak at the St. Croix Flyway Bird Migration Celebration sponsored by Tropical Wings and held at the Phipps Center for the Arts.
I enjoyed spending time with the wonderful folks who gathered there. Those in attendance were way beyond nice. The children's artwork on display was breathtakingly good.
The area is fortunate to have such a tremendous celebration. It is likewise gifted by having those whose hard work and foresight made it the important event that it is.
My thanks to everyone associated with the St. Croix Flyway Bird Migration Celebration for all the good work they do and for allowing me to spend time in their midst.
I had a swell time!
Kiwanis Club passes resolution regarding violence and children
TO THE EDITOR
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Hudson is a member club of Kiwanis International which is in 81
countries throughout the world. The motto of Kiwanis International is "Serving the Children of
the World." Fred Dietze, the Club's immediate past president stated, "The Club is a not for profit
organization primarily providing service to Children in the Hudson area and takes no political
position makes no political statement. However, we are aware of what occurs within the
community, the nation, and the world." At the Club's annual meeting in May a resolution was
proposed and approved by the Club membership:
Purpose: To clearly show that the Kiwanis Club of Greater Hudson stands against violence
directed at children in our communities.
The club advocates this resolution for the following reasons:
The Kiwanis motto is "Serving the Children of the World."
The Kiwanis defining statement includes the phrase, "improving the world one child and one
community at a time."
The Fifth Object of Kiwanis is: "To provide, through Kiwanis clubs a practical means ...to build
The Sixth Object of Kiwanis is: "To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public
opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER HUDSON
STANDS AGAINST VIOLENCE DIRECTED TOWARDS CHILDREN.
Approved by the Membership of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Hudson, May 1, 2018.
For more information regarding the Kiwanis Club of Greater Hudson, please email:
The Clubs Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/kiwanis.greaterhudson.
Kiwanis Club of Greater Hudson
The next step to get the town to comply
TO THE EDITOR
The Hudson Town Clerk's failure to turn over the documents I requested in my last three public records request is a criminal offense. Wisconsin Statute § 946.72: Tampering with public records and notices states : "Whoever with intent to injure or defraud, destroys, damages, removes or conceals any public record Is guilty of a Class H felony".
In Juneau County Star vs. Juneau County the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that legal fees paid by the Town are not protected by attorney client privilege even if paid by insurance. The Town Clerk has denied me access to the Town's legal fees stating attorney client privilege. The Town Board paid an outside litigation law firm to cover up their illegal brushing of Jacobs Lane in the spring of 2016.
Spending $50,000 of the good people of Hudson Township's money on an outside litigation law firm to defend a $7,000 small claims suit seems beyond stupid. When you're in a position of power and you're morally bankrupt and ethically void the misappropriation of a few dollars is child's play. The Town Board has gone to felonious levels to hide what they did. I don't think asking to see the legal bills we paid to protect corrupt officials is asking too much.
The next step to compel the Town to comply is a report to the District Attorney and then the Attorney General of Wisconsin. The report to the local D.A is a courtesy (something to put under their drinks at parties.) No local attorney wanted to take on the Town Board. I just assume the D.A would be no different. It is the Attorney General who will more than likely end up forcing the Town to comply. Washington has the swamp to drain, Hudson has the pond.
Town of Hudson
Thoughts from the sidelines
TO THE EDITOR
What a stark difference between two letters last week about the meaning of Memorial Day. One was from a high school freshman, Calvin Douglas, who talked about the unthinkable sacrifice our service members make for the love of family and country. The other letter was from local business owner, Dan Bruch, who reminded us that on top of remembering our loved ones who served, we should also think about all the innocents who have died and/or have been displaced at our hands, and how our military intervention is affecting the world, especially the Middle East. While we can debate drone strikes and our country's foreign policy any other day of the year, Memorial Day is set aside for remembrance of our friends and loved ones who served and sacrificed. All gave some, some gave all.
Now I've been reading with interest for some time the back and forth between the Inclusion Alliance, and the CFTSCV, but that interest has turned to concern. The Inclusion Alliance, in an effort to stifle any idea or view other than their own, has basically stated that if you don't believe like we do, you are a racist, bigot, homophobe, misogynist, etc. We can all have different ideas and different solutions to different problems, but when you start labeling people, and playing identity politics if you will, you become the one that is doing the marginalizing.
I'm not for or against either organization: what I am for is a healthy debate of the issues, not the
demonization of either side. As other readers have said, we have great people here, and I'm proud to call Hudson home. We all want the same thing, but may have different ideas how to get there. Let's value those differences (inclusion).
Town of Troy
A city divided
TO THE EDITOR
After many weeks of constant attacks on Citizens for St. Croix County by Hudson Inclusion Alliance, what a breath of fresh air it was to read Calvin Douglas' article, "The Unknown Soldier." Kudos to Calvin for "getting it" at such a young age and writing such a heartfelt piece showing honor and respect to our veterans. I'm hoping his teacher gave him an A+. Calvin, you are an honor to yourself, your parents and your community.
Let's note the difference between Calvin's article and the bullying that immature teenagers do daily. Bullying is never right and is never acceptable, there is no good reason for it. Instead of seeing the bullying as Mary Sikula sees it, I see it as immature teenagers. We need to pray for those teenagers who would try to demean a person by bullying for whatever their reason may be.
Re: Kerry Guerkink's take on woman saying she was offended by a woman wearing Muslim garb. Not sure how Ms. Guerkink takes a leap from what the woman said to showing a fear reaction. Really? I have been offended many times in my lifetime and I don't ever remember that there was a fear component connected to it. Maybe, just maybe could it be that the woman feeling offended reacted because she saw it as being disrespectful to Aynaz Anni Cyrus who has suffered so greatly by the evils of Islam and Sharia Law. That's how I see it.
The power of deception
TO THE EDITOR
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive."—Walter Scott
The true power of the Citizens for the St. Croix Valley is their ability to repeat misinformation over and over again until group followers say it and then believe it. We know most people don't fact check, but rather repeat statements from those who share our affinity.
At last week's City Council meeting one of Hudson's leaders spoke sighting his fears of Sharia Law, defending the Citizens for the St Croix Valley and announcing that the Southern Poverty Law Center is no longer an official FBI source for hate group identification. Greg Sarno is a member of the Hudson Police and Fire Commission and guilty of believing the misinformation generated by the Citizens for the St. Croix Valley. The FBI website clearly states (https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/civil-rights/hate-crimes) that the Southern Poverty Law Center is a partner that helps track hate activities in America...Sarno stands corrected.
Greg Sarno has a proud list of civic contributions to our city. He cares about our community, but he also is a Hudson leader who has let himself be influenced by Citizens for the St. Croix Valley. CFTSCV is now an established American hate group that knowingly publishes misinformation to generate prejudicial narratives about Muslims and others who challenge their limited view of a white-biased Christianity.
Citizens for the St. Croix Valley successfully influence our civic leaders. The danger of these repeated lies/falsehoods is that they are able to direct our decision makers. We all need to fact check - I make mistakes too - but let's all pause, then verify, and hold each other accountable for accuracy. It is tempting to just repeat what we hear, but we can all do better.
"A lie told once remains a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth." —Joesph Goebbels
A call for compassion
TO THE EDITOR
After reading about the Exodus House in last week's edition of the Hudson Star Observer, I was reminded how important it is that we look at drug and alcohol addiction through the lens of mental health. Our society places a strong negative stigma on mental illness which often keeps a person struggling with addiction from getting the help that addresses their underlying issues.
I have learned to talk openly and non-apologetically about the struggles I and countless others have had with depression stemming from personal trauma. If we avoid labeling mental illness as a character flaw and instead as a treatable illness, we change the dialogue from one of shame to one of hope. Much like a physical disease of the body, mental health issues are treatable and not evidence of a personal weakness or character defect. All you have to do is listen with a non-judgmental and open heart. See MakeItOK.org for additional resources.
Homepage headline says it all
TO THE EDITOR
The following are just some of the current headlines that link to articles on Citizens for the St. Croix Valley's homepage on their website. "Muslim Brotherhood Infiltration", "St. Croix County is a Major Corridor for Human Trafficking", What Does the Quran Really Say", "America Will Not be Safe as Long as Your County is at War with Islam", "SPLC: Radical Evil Posing as Good", "A Label that Sticks" (against homosexuality), "Coming to Hudson? or Already Here" (Islamic influences), "Infectious Diseases Spreading as Migrants Move In" (Germany as example of what happens), "Resources for Same Sex Attraction."
How CFTSCV go about disseminating information to further their agenda has placed them on Southern Poverty Law Center's "hate map," not CFTSCV's list of beliefs shared by Dianne Joachim in last week's letter titled "you must be a hater if...". Some of those points resonate with me and no matter our differences, we both care deeply about making our country a better place. CFTSCV have made the choice for themselves to be exclusionary, as a result of their website's prejudicial content, their propaganda-styled social media posts and their conspiracy theory approach to activism. All these things together have stirred up division in our community, for which CFTSCV blame others. What CFTSCV perceive as educational for their base is viewed by many from the outside as hyperbolic, paranoid and often factually inaccurate.
Aside from trumped-up headlines on CFTSCV's homepage, there are many, many examples of exaggerated or fake information that CFTSCV publicly share. One recent quote from their Facebook page says, "Syria was Christian, Iran was Zoroastrian, Pakistan was Hindu, and Afghanistan was Buddhist. These people lost their country and lives because of hyper secularism. Now all these nations are Islamic!" During the 7th century Islam was introduced in Syria, Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The modern-day concept of hyper-secularism did not exist over 1300 years ago, and attributing this idea to the birth of the Islamic religion would be historically inaccurate. Reposting false information for the sake of shock value is wrong, and CFTSCV sharing it to supposedly "educate" others is wrong too.
These reasons are why CFTSCV have been officially identified as a hate group by a national organization.