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It's time we talk about mental health

TO THE EDITOR

This letter was written by my 24-year-old granddaughter. I have her permission to share it with the community in hopes that others might be inspired by it. She posted this on Facebook. It's time we talk about mental health.

"I'm not usually one for long personal posts or pictures of my face that aren't carefully planned to make it look as skinny as possible, but after two high profile celebrity deaths by suicide, I want to break some of my rules.

"I was diagnosed with clinical depression and an anxiety/panic disorder in 2011. I've been on medication for it ever since and in and out of therapy as well. While my mental health definitely made college really tough for me, it really got bad for me starting in fall 2015. I wasn't able to work from that time until July of last year because of my mental health. It was an incredibly bleak time for me and there were months on end when I spent just about every moment of the day wishing that I wasn't alive. My brain wasn't able to imagine that I could feel better (that's what depression does!) I'm so thankful that I was never actively suicidal—I was so lucky. "Feeling better was a long, slow process. It took months of medication changes with my psychiatrist, lots of therapy, a month of inpatient treatment, and an incredible amount of support from my wonderful family and friends. Today, I'm close to my one-year anniversary at work, I'm on a good combination of meds, I'm going back to school in October to get my BSN and I am thankful every single day that I'm doing so well. I'm trying to think of a meaningful way to end this little essay and I really can't. Just know that if you are struggling, you're not alone, you can get better even if it seems impossible and you are so worthy of all the help you need. Depression is awful and talking about it is scary, but so important."

Judy Folkerth

Hudson

Front page stories

TO THE EDITOR

I see the Hudson Star Observer is running yet another article (most of them on the front page) on the St. Croix County Sheriff and/or the department. I find it really sad that there have been more of these articles in the past two months than the past two years, and all right before an election. I don't know if the press is intentionally manipulating the public, the sheriff is manipulating the press or they are in it together, but it is this sort of thing that makes politics and the media appear to be unfortunate bedfellows who misuse their power to manipulate the public for their own agenda. I'd like to think these articles and the August primary are a coincidence, but I sincerely hope none of us are that ignorant. The people deserve better from both.

And to Nicki Adeladel, I live very near where you crashed. I was just talking with my husband about you a few days ago and we were wondering how you are doing. My prayer is that you are in good spirits and continue to recover. My statement has nothing to do with you. Unless Scott Knudson was the first person on scene to rescue you, then the front page photo is a gratuitous political endorsement that fails to fully recognized those first responders that actually helped you. You have just been used. Another victim victimized.

Stacy Mael

Town of St. Joseph

The cost of security

TO THE EDITOR

How many American citizens would be comfortable with a foreign power having military bases located in the United States? President Trump has made quite a fuss about the amount of money paid by each nation in NATO for defense. One of the things that is forgotten in the equation is the compromise that so many African, Central/South America, Asian, and European nations have made by giving the United States the opportunity to locate U.S. military bases on their national land housing troops, planes, ships, and artillery. We even have bases in Newfoundland (Canada).

The presence of an armed foreign force could be dangerous-a set up for invasion. However, the United States maintains over 737 military bases in over 63 other countries/territories in the world with 325,000 troops in these areas. NATO maintains 30 military bases primarily in Western Europe (J. Dufour, global Research, July 1, 2018; https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-worldwide-network-of-us-military-bases... ).

Strategically, this affords the United States quick access to resources and close proximity to any threat or conflict in the world. It also affords us political and economic influence over the world, its conflicts, and its resources. We have taken on significant responsibility but so have our allies in allowing foreign military to reside in their nations. How much of this authority do we want to give up? How might the dissolution of foreign military bases impact the support needed for our troops in an attack? Would our opinions still be regarded as important in the world? How much more time and money would it take for the U.S. to effectively react to a threat? Given our world economic interchange, we may want to think about what the cost could be to our military and our support of democracy if we diminish our alliances with so many nations.

Deborah Monicken

North Hudson

Just think what we could do

TO THE EDITOR

Like so many people, I have been mesmerized by the powerful story of the boys rescued in the Thai cave. It was so inspiring to see what compassionate, courageous and competent human beings can accomplish. Now, if we could just extend this type of response to the many children worldwide who need help. Just think of what we could do.

Patricia Caponi

Hudson

Join us at The Longer Table Aug. 5

TO THE EDITOR

"When you have more than you need, build a longer table, because everyone deserves a seat at the table."

This quote, admittedly modified, is the idea behind Hudson's first Longer Table event. It's a simple yet powerful idea. Sharing a meal on one continuous and symbolic dinner table This is your opportunity to build meaningful connections with Hudson residents with whom you might not otherwise cross paths.

All are welcome, regardless of your background, political or religious views, or the people you love. Members of the Hudson Inclusion Alliance are sponsoring this event to encourage the community to have a conversation.

This free event will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5 at Lakefront Park from 11 — 2, with lunch being served at 12:30. We will supply some interesting African food, lemonade, water, plates and utensils and entertainment. You supply a potluck offering! Space is limited so to make sure you have a seat at the table, please register at Eventbrite.com and search for The Longer Table Hudson.

Kerry Geurkink

Hudson

Dictatorship

TO THE EDITOR

President Trump admires dictators like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. They have complete control of their people and government. Trump is turning Democrats and Republicans against one another with his rallies, lies and tweets.

We are being pulled into his madness. He now has control of the Supreme Court and will continue to appoint judges to gain further control of the justice system of the United States.

Once that task is complete, the media will come under attack. Broadcast licenses will be revoked using fabricated allegations. Print media will collapse using the same methods.

A crippling recession will follow exacerbated by global trade wars and tariffs. All this will occur while we are being fed lies that the real danger is immigration.

America was created by immigrants fleeing from oppression. All Americans should want the America that our immigrant ancestors worked for, fought for, and died for, not the Donald Trump America of hatred, fear, and bigotry, certainly and most positively, not a dictatorship.

Roger Schlemmer

Hudson

Referendum requires deep thinking

TO THE EDITOR

I read in your paper that the County Board will vote on whether or not to put a referendum on the ballot in November. I would ask the board members to do some deep thinking, and pray about voting on this.

Roy Sjoberg cited data that 86 percent of the people jailed in Milwaukee County for second-time

drug use are black. What difference does it make what color they are? So let's make it legal and

the taxpayer saves money by not housing there nearly 39,000 per year. And then you can tax

the drug. So the state saves $39,000 per person per year and collects tax revenue. While we're

at it let's legalize prostitution, again the state could save $39,000 per year in housing those

caught, and we could tax the business. More revenue flowing into the state coffers. But what

about the cost in human lives, and families?

Sarah Yacoub claims legalizing marijuana would be worth 2.4 billion in economic activity and 18,000 new jobs in a single year. Employers cannot fill the jobs that are out there now. Where

are you going to get the 18,000 people for those new jobs? She also claims that marijuana is

not a gateway drug. I have seen some start out with marijuana and end up on meth or other

hard drugs. Then even after they have been clean for a few months they are still not mentally

alert. They would have a hard time holding down a job, if they could even get one.

Is it good to raise children up in a household of drug use? I think not. The Bible says to train

up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6.

Glenn Malcein

Woodville

Poor road conditions

TO THE EDITOR

In February 2018, US News and World Report ranked Wisconsin 44th in the country for its road conditions. The report, based on 2016-2017 data, noted that 31 percent of Wisconsin's roads are in poor condition compared to Minnesota's 10 percent.

The National Bridge Inventory rates the structural fitness of bridges from 0 to 9; 0 indicates the bridge is closed, 9 is a superior rating. Wisconsin's average bridge rating decreased from 6.5 in 2008 to 6.3 in 2016. If this trend continues, we will have increased numbers of bridges closing or imposing weight limits, negatively affecting industries that haul heavy loads. A former County Highway Commissioner notes that 20 years ago he would have 10 or 12 bridge projects going at once, and now it's common for a county to have only one or two.

Most main roads are in good condition now, but smaller rural roads are in dire need of repair. Failure to establish a source of funds for regularly scheduled maintenance and replacement of roads and bridges sets the State up for a crisis in the future with a sudden need for a huge sum of transportation dollars.

Federal and state stagnant funding has failed to keep up with increased maintenance and construction costs. In the last six years Wisconsin's Republican legislature hasn't formulated a long-term, sustainable transportation funding solution, relying instead on increased borrowing to meet minimal needs. In 2018, 20 cents of every transportation dollar goes to pay interest on that debt, with the cost expected to be 22 cents per dollar by 2019.

Sources:

"Deteriorating State of Wisconsin Bridges Adds to Transportation Budget Woes," Wisconsin State Journal, August 13, 2017

"The Transportation Debate: Critics Say Scott Walker's Record on Road Funding Will Be an Issue This Fall," Cap Times, April 4, 2018

"Candidate for Governor Running on Common Sense Solutions," Monroe County Herald, Dec. 11, 2017

Jeanne Larson

Phillips

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