“For the good of the country and the Supreme Court, this moment demands a compromise nominee,” Ezra Klein wrote last week on the liberal Vox.com. That’s not going to happen. But here’s something that might: Congress should mark the start of a new administration by recognizing that Supreme Court justices have too much power. Key reforms can change that, and polls suggest strong support for the reforms.
Hudsonites, who are we? Dear Editor, I am pleased to report that Hudson is a community filled mostly with many welcoming and friendly residents that make me very proud. My wife and I hosted a young man from Ghana at the Hot Air Affair. His descriptive words to me were, “This is really wonderful. Does everyone know you?” (Because so many people came up to us and introduced themselves).
MidWestOne Bank of Hudson recently received bronze-level certification as a Family Friendly Workplace from United Way St. Croix Valley. This certification recognizes businesses that actively invest in practices and programs that support employees and their families. MidWestOne Bank was recognized for family-friendly practices including an employer contributed health savings account, employee flexible spending accounts, offering flexible schedules for employees and more.
The recent community debate about whether to welcome Syrian refugee families to Hudson’s St. Patrick’s Parish Church was left seemingly unresolved. Then a comment made by St. Croix County Supervisor Roy Sjoberg at January’s County Board meeting ignited renewed debate. “I also wanted to have a discussion about being open and fair to refugees and immigrants,” Sjoberg said. “While I’m not going to propose that on the agenda, there are certain things called safe sanctuary cities.”
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The Hudson Common Council decided to implement a citizen committee to discuss a potential increase for council members and the mayor. Council member Randy Morrissette said at Monday’s meeting that the council has been committed, collectively, and the meetings are getting longer, which justifies an increase in pay. Council Member Tom McCormick said at the meeting it’s a privilege to serve and it’s not for the money. Both are right.
Getting tough on OWIs Dear Editor, Warren Buffet said, “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” As creatures of habit, we do not change because it is fun or easy. The path to more of the same is the path of least resistance. Unless and until we’re internally motivated to choose the harder path, we’re stuck.
Agnes Ring, president of St. Croix Economic Development Corporation (EDC), announced the EDC’s selection of Oliphant Brewing LLC (Village of Somerset), Wisconsin Lighting, Inc. (City of New Richmond), and Croix Gear and Machining (City of Hudson) as recipients of the 2016 Business of the Year awards in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. The EDC board of directors also named Trudy Popenhagen as the recipient of the 2016 EDC Directors Award.
Back in December, the Star-Observer printed a number of stories related to the possibility that Syrian refugees could be moving here. A link to one of those stories was posted to our Facebook page and a lively debate ensued. We’re happy to see that debate take place, but shortly after the discussion began, comments took a turn for the worse. To put it bluntly, hate spewed forth from the mouths of some residents.