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Letters to the editor: We have no legal fees; Guaranteeing paid family leave

We have no legal fees


In response to the several letters to the editor that John Windolff has sent regarding his suit against the Town of Hudson for brushing by his property, the town board turned that into our insurance company immediately after receiving it and the town's insurance carrier assigned a lawyer to handle the case.

Just like if you had a claim at home and you used your homeowners' insurance. We have not paid a penny in legal fees on this matter and as a result, when John Windolff demands copies of all the legal bills we paid on this we have nothing to give him.


Jeff Johnson

Hudson Town Chairman

Reassess rants


It is my opinion that the many letters to the editor published by HSO in the past two months regarding the veracity or intent of the Hudson Inclusion Alliance, the SPLC and the Citizens for the St. Croix Valley have been unproductive at best in furthering dialogue of the issues involved. In fact, I would also state the the Hudson Star Observer has become a pawn for rhetoric of some, versus inclusion of a broader basis for issue discussion. (Yes, I have read and re-read your paper's article of several weeks ago.)

This point is especially true in that 6-8 weeks ago, the HSO went to great length to explain its :Letter to the Editor" policy, which included a statement that letters from any particular writer would be limited as to how often that writer could submit a letter. Yet, week after week, letters are signed by the same few people who argue that they know how all of us should think and live, regardless of what we believe. The HSO has failed in its stated policy, period.

One of this past week's letter writers, Rhonda Davis, went so far as to list the names of Bol, Penn and Geurkink as part of the "delusional 'inclusion' group attempting to advance false narratives," but conveniently excluded the names of Meyers, Grosenick, Sabin and others. What bothered me most about Davis' diatribe was her letter's statement that the Hudson "Inclusion" (sic) Alliance is not inclusive, but is out to destroy Hudson and its traditional conservative Christian views and beliefs." Hmmm!

My Christianity is based on the lifestyle, teachings and espoused beliefs of a Jewish rabbi we refer to as Jesus Christ. This man was both radical and revolutionary in many aspects of his life, just as he was just like us in others. I have yet to find any part of his message that does not call for love and inclusion for all. Maybe the Christianity Ms. Davis advocates is based on some other person than the one I know to be the Christ. In any account, I can say that I am not sure what Hudson's 'traditional Christian views' teach, proclaim or look like.

To that end, I would urge the Hudson Star Observer to reassess its policy that allows rants, raves and rhetoric to be so directed at others that no reasonable solution or outcome can be anticipated.

Rich Timmerman

River Falls

Sweeping it under the rug does not fix the problem


At the Hudson Common Council meeting on May 21, I listened with interest when Mr. Greg Sarno got up to speak about the article, "Hudson-area 'Citizens for the St. Croix Valley' flagged as hate group" that appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press as well as the Hudson Star-Observer. Since Mr. Sarno is a member of the Hudson Police and Fire Commission (whose job it is to handle personnel issues in the police and fire departments), I was troubled by his remarks.

He talked about a high school girl quoted in the article who reported that a group of boys chanted, "Build that wall" and threw garbage at students; she also reported that a boy removed her friend's hijab. His reaction was that it was unfortunate that her feelings were hurt and that kids often say stupid things, but suggested that her parents help her learn to ignore these incidents. The young woman quoted in the article showed maturity and compassion for her friends by speaking up at our council meeting; she should be commended, not told to ignore the problems.

If a police officer displayed similarly inappropriate behavior, would Mr. Sarno have the same reaction, that the target should ignore it? As a Police and Fire Commission member, I would expect him to label these actions unacceptable and administer appropriate discipline to the officer.

Yes, kids often say stupid things, but shouldn't we hold our young people to the same standards as we do adults? When anyone shows inappropriate behavior, sweeping it under the rug does not fix the problem and sends the message that the behavior is acceptable. Instead, it should be handled as an opportunity to teach model citizenship through better ways to handle conflict and how to make amends.

He went on to say that leaders should be setting an example for our children with our actions; in this case, dismissing the issue without action is wrong. When we miss opportunities to teach our children about proper behavior and respect for others, it hurts our community. This is the time for the people of Hudson to step up and show leadership with our actions.

Joyce Hall


Guaranteeing paid family leave


We all rely on our family for care at times throughout our life, from infancy to major illnesses to old age. As a physician in training, I'm particularly appreciative of family's essential role in supporting my patients during times of major healthcare needs.

Unfortunately, I also see families struggling to care for one another due to financial constraints. New parents are torn between ensuring an income for their babies and being home to care for them. Older adults are forced into nursing homes when their children can't risk losing their job to be there helping them recover after a hospitalization. The financial flexibility to care for a sick family member is a luxury most of us just don't have. But a paid family leave program can fix that.

Research shows paid family leave leads to healthier outcomes for children, parents and older adults. It also boosts the economy by allowing workers to stay in the workforce, increasing productivity, reducing turnover and promoting growth. Guaranteeing paid family leave for everyone in Wisconsin would support stronger families, stronger businesses and a healthier community.

It's time we all had the freedom to support our families at the times they need us most.

Ana Pearson


Hudson FFA Dash for Dogs


Last Saturday, Hudson's FFA chapter hosted the inaugural Dash for Dogs event. They raised money for Coco's Heart Dog Rescue with help from Angel's Pet World. This was the first event planned and run by FFA's 2018-2019 officer team.

The walk had a great turnout of dogs and their owners. The weather turned out clear and comfortable for the roughly 1-mile loop beside the river and back to Angel's Pet World. Special thanks to Angel and the other businesses who sponsored the walk and to all who attended. It would not have been possible without the help of the community.

Emilee Vizenor

Hudson FFA