Letters to the editor: Disability Advocacy Day Info; Rise Together is doing great work
Disability Advocacy Day Info
TO THE EDITOR
I hope everyone is having a safe and happy new year! I am writing as a citizen and not as part of any organization. I wanted to tell individuals and families about Disability Advocacy Day happening on March 20, 2019 in Madison.
Disability Advocacy Day is designed to connect individuals with their legislators so they can talk about things that matter to them, and it is a great opportunity for Wisconsinites to network with other families and tell their stories to policymakers. It is presented by the Survival Coalition, which is a group of 30 disability organizations.
Issues that impact people with disabilities this year are ending the waiting list for children services because I believe all children deserve to get the services they need without having to wait. In addition, it is important to fully fund our schools so that students and staff have the resources they need to succeed. For this reason, I support Department of Public Instruction's recommendation to increase categorical aid funding to 60 percent of costs. Wisconsin has very strong school systems in the state, and with the right support, every student, faculty, and staff should be given the right tools and support to succeed. After all, we are educating the future leaders of Wisconsin, and if we work together, everyone, regardless of zip code can and will succeed in Wisconsin.
Rise Together is doing great work
TO THE EDITOR
Sincerest of gratitude to Rise Together for their recent work on the issue of the dangers of drugs and alcohol at Hudson High on Jan. 10. The statistics among teens, namely the 76 percent who reported that they would be more healthy if less stressed, are quite telling.
Stress is an inherent part of life. Can we as adults say we're modeling healthy coping skills in dealing with our own stress? How often have our kids heard, "What a day, I need a drink"? How often have our kids watched us mistreat others in furtherance of our own stress? How often have our kids watched us drink to excess in the face of life's stress? Is it any wonder our kids are struggling and turning to unhealthy outlets?
While Rise Together is doing great, much needed work educating our students, calling on the adults to take it a step further to do the work, have the hard conversations, make the uncomfortable changes to be better as adults so as to stop hurting our kids.
Response to remember 'the dream'
TO THE EDITOR
In the fine article from the Jan. 17, 2019 Hudson Star-Observer titled: Remembering the dream [Martin Luther King Jr.], it quotes singer Jearlyn Steele: "... the story is not taught anymore." Likewise, rarely are his writings found in popular publications.
For the last two years around MLK Day, I've searched newspapers and magazines, including the Hudson, St. Paul and Minneapolis papers to see if any published King's "I Have a Dream" Speech. I didn't find any. In earlier years, I would find varied edited versions, or just snippets from his speech.
Of the many omissions, two are quite telling:
"In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was the promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
The other omission: "In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protests to degenerate into physical violence."
Similarly, in many publications of King's Letter from the Birmingham Jail, the following line is often omitted: "... thereby bringing our nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in their formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence." King condemns certain competing civil rights groups (they're still here) for their "bitterness, hatred and violence."
The Atlantic put out a 99-page memorial without mentioning King's appreciation of the Founders, Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Many of the contributors are hyper socialists; contemptuous of Constitutional values. And, others still accept violence as a justifiable means.
Town of Hudson