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Letters to the editor: Hudson 'ambassadors' shine; What is the right to life?

Hudson 'ambassadors' shine


This past Thursday, July 5, I was on a mission to purchase a very specific item from a specialty store. I found a parking spot a block away and I, a 78-year-old woman, managed to do a fairly decent job of parallel parking in spite of the crick in my neck and the cars passing kind of fast and kind of close.

So I got out of the car and then was faced with the parking meter. The meter seemed conventional (old), but I needed a credit card. Well, I have one of those. I just couldn't figure it out. How do I pay from my phone? I hate to appear confused!

For a moment, I sat on the wall across from the meter, phone in hand, when two lovely women, seeing my situation, stopped and offered help. The one who could have been my granddaughter, took my phone, downloaded something, asked me some questions and soon I have an app that I can use in the future! I just felt so good to have been "rescued."

They were so pleasant. They were sunshine, great ambassadors for Hudson.

I went into Grand Fete, purchased a cherry pitter, the object of my quest, and some other neat things. Upon checking out, I was told Hudson is getting new meters. I just hope I can use the app already installed on my phone and that I can remember my pin number!

Thank you, ladies.

Linda Potton

River Falls

Give St. Croix voters a voice


As a volunteer for the Wisconsin Justice Initiative, I believe an advisory referendum on cannabis makes a lot of sense. There are legitimate reasons to support and oppose cannabis legalization and voters deserve a chance to express their views. Milwaukee and Rock County boards have placed referendum on their ballots and Brown, Dane, LaCrosse, Walworth and Ashland counties are moving forward as well.

With Canada choosing to legalize cannabis and Michigan voters expected to do so this fall, the Wisconsin Legislature will likely consider the issue in the spring. It therefore would be worthwhile to give our state leaders a sense of where Wisconsinites stand on this issue through an advisory referendum.

Some argue that bureaucrats and politicians should make all the decisions about cannabis, implying that voters cannot understand the issue. I would argue instead that Wisconsin citizens can make up their own minds about cannabis. What is wrong with giving people the freedom to make choices about issues that affect them and their families?

Legalizing cannabis makes sense fiscally and medically. Arrests and prosecutions for cannabis waste Wisconsin taxpayer money. As neighboring states increasingly move toward legalization, the economic and health benefits will flow to them while the costs of enforcement will only mount for us. In addition, legalizing cannabis and treating it like alcohol creates economic opportunities for businesses and funding for things like roads and schools. Colorado right now generates over $300 million a year in taxes and fees on legal cannabis and use it to fund K-12 education.

Cannabis also has important medical applications. Studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association show that opioid prescriptions plummet in states where cannabis has been legalized. Further, the FDA has just approved the first cannabis-derived medicine for epilepsy. For these reasons, 30 states across the country have already legalized medicinal cannabis.

With so much at stake, let's give voters a chance to speak this fall. Now with Wisconsinites weighing in on this issue in other counties, why deprive St. Croix voters a chance to voice their own opinion?

The Rev. Elaine Hanson-Hysell

Cottage Grove, Wis.

What is the right to life?


What is the "right to life?" Is it limited to the unborn? Is it limited to the United States?

With President Donald Trump leaving the United Nations Council's Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted in 1948, does that now excuse the U.S. from long-standing asylum guidelines?

Falsely stating that MS-13 gang members are entering the U.S. stokes fear of refugees seeking asylum. In fact, those adults and children are threatened and in fear of their lives at the hands of gangs in their own countries. These families are no threat to our citizens; they are simply seeking the "right to life."

A Supreme Court judge may be chosen around all the "ballyhoo" of the abortion wedge issue, while the lack of commitment to caring for the child once it is born (in any country) continues. The same narrow agenda is often used in elections of our representatives. Please inform yourself on the true meaning of a right to life, including the elderly.

What is the "right to life" and where/why is it being limited?

Norm Matzek

River Falls