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Letters to the editor: Feeding the fish; Now the elites are in utter turmoil

Feeding the fish


A high school teacher in California years ago began his annual Holocaust unit with an experiment at the front of the classroom. He outfitted an aquarium with water, shells, plants, and a bubbler but no fish. Each day he shook a little fish food into the water while launching into his lesson for the day.

After several days of this, he began to hand the food to one of his students, and the student would jump up and do the feeding. Eventually, students began volunteering at the start of class. Everyone knew there were no fish, but most were willing to act as though there were, the point being that it is possible through repeated iterations of a lie to make people act as though it is the truth, particularly when others are doing so.

There isn't much in life that is more important than being willing to do the right thing at a crucial time. Hitler proved that he could actually manufacture fear and rage by "scapegoating" the Jews for Germany's weakened condition following WWI. In the wake of the Holocaust, tens of thousands of Germans spent the remainder of their lives hoping their grandchildren would somehow understand and forgive how quietly most had watched their leader feed the fish, nurturing the blame and hatred of minorities in their country.

I can only believe that the Trump years will one day be looked back upon as the time when an American president actually lied, threatened, bribed, bullied, persuaded citizens to mistrust the free press and our own judicial system, abused and demeaned women, endangered the health and stability of our only planet, disgusted our allies, coddled inhumane and tyrannical leaders, and stirred up a fear of "the other" that victimized multiple minorities.

Each of us will then have to remember where we were, how we were responding, when all this was occurring.

The immigration policy of this administration has now brought us to a new low, as thousands of Central American parents have been forcibly separated from their children after fleeing to the United States of America for protection from violence. This is only possible under an administration that thrives on the scapegoating of entire immigrant groups. Feed the fear. Feed the hatred. Feed the fish.

Vickie Cobian

River Falls

Remarks were as a citizen


In response to Joyce Hall's letter to the editor in the June 14, 2018 Star-Observer, regarding remarks attributed to Mr. Greg Sarno at the May 21 Council meeting, I would like to clarify that his remarks are his opinions as an individual citizen. They are not connected in any way to the Hudson Police and Fire Commission as a body.

Robert Staebell

Chair Person

Hudson Police and Fire Commission

An inevitable snafu


After four vacation weeks on the road to our son and daughter-in-law's home in Burkhardt to see our new grandson, it was inevitable that a snafu would happen. It occurred royally for us in our rental car. We had brought along laundry detergent for the usual and kept it in the back of the SUV for easy access. Unfortunately, upon arrival, we found it had tipped over and spilled a considerable amount of liquid detergent on the carpet. Scrubbing was fruitless so I started calling the Hudson area and was referred finally to Hudson Ford who immediately referred me to Adam in their Detail Shop as the "go to guy!"

Early Monday morning I met Adam and found a very pleasant and understanding guy who knew just what to do, albeit thankfully it wasn't milk!

An hour later Adam had us back on the road after he and another knowledgeable and friendly assistant got the spill cleaned up. My wife and I can't thank Hudson Ford and, especially, Adam and his crew for getting us out of this mess! Thank you!

Terry and Nancy Ryan

Tallahassee, Florida

Now the elites are in utter turmoil


President Trump was very tough with our oldest allies at the G7 Summit while he was cordial to Kim Jong-un. The elites are whirling in confusion at this kind of swirling maneuvering in a three- or four-day period.

President Trump correctly understands that our allies have been happy because the United States have carried the allied military burden for 73 years (since the end of World War II), accepted bad trade deals, and one-sided protectionist regulations on their part. They are offended that America finally has a president who actually wants them to pay their fair share for defense and they do not want to change their tariffs and regulations to have honest, open trading that isn't biased against America.

For decades Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama complained ineffectively as the North Koreans marched resolutely toward nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

President Trump spent more than a year talking with the leaders of Japan, China and South Korea and consulted regularly with his senior foreign policy and national security advisors. He implemented a maximum-pressure campaign of much tougher sanctions — and even tougher language! President Trump's (a) Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, communicated that a war with North Korea would be catastrophic, (b) Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, gave a strong speech outlining how much tougher sanctions could get if North Korea did not agree to denuclearization, and (c) National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton, has a long track record of being tough on North Korea.

Most impressive is President Trump's speed, decisiveness and willingness to take risks repudiates the tradition of [former Presidents'] S L O W work by incompetent subordinates to gradually develop an "agenda."

President Trump has consistently been a dealmaker and a very patient, tough negotiator setting big goals and working relentlessly to achieve them.

President Trump is changing history through a combination of toughness and boldness, aggressiveness and flexibility, and resolution and an amazingly fast grasping of tactical opportunities. He has accomplished more with North Korea than Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined. It's just the beginning — MAGA!

Mary Grosenick