Letters to the editor: Cut down on robocalls; Stop the referendum
Cut down on robocalls
TO THE EDITOR
There is a way to significantly cut down on robocalls that was not mentioned in Steve Gardiner's recent article. The process is simple: go to nomorobo.com on your computer. There you will be asked to identify your internet carrier and list your email address.
In return you will get instructions for stopping these calls on your landline or cell phone. There is no charge for landlines; $1.98/month for cell phones.
This system was invented by Shawn Fossm who won a competition sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission.to stop rob calls Your regular calls will not be interrupted. This system works on an algorithm which only blocks callers with high frequency calling patterns.
Three cheers for peace and quiet!
Thank you from Pack 148!
TO THE EDITOR
A very sincere THANK YOU to Paul and Candice Rode and The Agave Kitchen for their continued support of Pack 148, chartered by the Knights of Columbus, here in Hudson! For the past four years, the Pack has used Paul's truck and/or trailer for the annual Booster Days Celebration parade where we try to have some fun with the crowds with our squirt-guns and come up with a fun float every year that showcases what our Pack gets to do throughout the year.
It would not happen if it weren't for the generosity and assistance provided by the Rodes and The Agave Kitchen, so THANK YOU once again! For more information about Pack 148 and our upcoming activities, please contact Cubmaster Drew Nelson, 612-990-0813
Stop the referendum until more info comes to light
TO THE EDITOR
Did you know there is a state-wide push to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin? While there are only about 10 counties in Wisconsin now considering an advisory marijuana referendum, many counties are unaware of this advisory referendum.
The speed and lack of information provided with this advisory referendum should put a stop to any consideration of this referendum until appropriate agencies weigh in. Those who deal with drug abuse on a day-to-day basis are not being consulted for their expert opinion, and some health and human service county departments are wholly unprepared to even address this issue.
There is a report titled: "Marijuana in Wisconsin by the Wisconsin State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Committee, Marijuana Ad-hoc Committee, June 2016, Research-Based Review and Recommendations for Reducing the Public Health Impact of Marijuana" that should be consulted by all Wisconsin residents before voting on this issue. www.scaoda.wisconsin.gov/scfiles/marijuana/marijuana-072216.pdf. In addition, there is an information web site available at www.WisconsinCannabisReferendum.blogspot.com or go to www.CitizensForTheStCroixValley.com. There you will find additional information from experts regarding this advisory referendum.
Call your county supervisor to ask them to delay voting on this referendum until more research is gathered by health and human services and the public protection and judiciary committee. We can learn from the mistakes of other states before those mistakes become our own. You can find your supervisor at this link: https://www.sccwi.gov/483/Districts-Supervisors. Please educate yourself before voting. There should be no excuse to have to say: "In hindsight, we should have done more research."
An unrecorded 'summit'
TO THE EDITOR
As Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections proceeds, alarming revelations emerge almost daily.
Hacking our voting systems is ominous, certainly, though there's no compelling evidence that direct tampering changed the outcome of the presidential election.
More insidious is the now well-documented psychological warfare Russia has waged against a divided America, using digital and social media to enflame an already polarized electorate and deepen the divisions in American society. Russian trolls and propagandists have targeted voters on both the right and the left with inflammatory messages aimed at intensifying partisan rancor, vilifying and demonizing political opponents, and diminishing constructive civic discourse across political lines.
Where we once viewed contending political parties as "loyal opposition," we now seem to have crossed a line into the destructive territory of political opponent as "enemy."
There is an old saying, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." By that logic, Vladimir Putin, the declared enemy of Hillary Clinton, can be accepted as a friend of Donald Trump and the GOP. We are on dangerous ground when an American president sides with a hostile foreign power against his own country's opposition party. Even more dangerous when that party won't check him.
Every patriotic American should be concerned with the attack on our mutual life by sophisticated foreign manipulators. Party affiliation should not limit our alarm at being kept in the dark regarding agreements made in private in Helsinki by two known pathological liars. Many suspect that Putin is blackmailing Trump with kompramat, compromising information, standard operating procedure in Russian politics and business.
Has Trump secretly blessed Putin's aggression toward the Ukraine? Endorsed Russia's backing of the murderous Assad regime in Syria? If so, how will we ever find out? Such an unrecorded "summit" must not be allowed to occur again.
Thomas R. Smith
The media against Trump
TO THE EDITOR
It's obvious now that agents in the FBI conspired with US intelligence executives to frame Donald Trump by alleging he colluded with Russians. The entire story was made up as an insurance policy to impeach Trump in the event he was elected. This fact has been established in congressional hearings about communications between FBI agent Peter Strzok and others.
Counting the months before the election, when the FBI secretly inserted agents into the Trump campaign, and the time since the election, there have been nearly two years of investigations into this president. They have nothing on him. And yet the investigations go on and on and on.
Has any president in history ever been investigated to the degree Donald Trump has? And for what reason? It's simple. Because a few government agents and the media do not approve of him.
Whether you agree with Donald Trump or not, what is the future of our free election system if we allow a few bad actors in our own government and the media to discredit a duly elected president to the point he is so embroiled in made-up scandals that he cannot work? If this can happen to Trump now who's to say it won't happen forever after Trump? If the media and FBI are allowed to undermine a president because they don't agree with his policies and personality, can we ever again elect someone who is not on their list of acceptable candidates?
If you don't agree the media is against Trump simply search Youtube for "Media reaction to Trump win" and see how distraught they were on election night. No doubt they were personally disgusted that we would elect Trump over Clinton and now they're doing everything they can to refute our choice.
We need to stand up and flush out those biased individuals who have positions of power and influence that can use that power to invalidate the will of the voter. And we need to show the media it is our choice, not theirs. If we don't stop this now they will become even more entrenched and emboldened and we may never have a fair election again. Voting Republican this fall will show the media and elected officials that you meant what you voted for.
TO THE EDITOR
The purpose of this letter is to remind people that the primary is coming up in Wisconsin Aug. 14, 2018, and the General Election will be held on Nov. 6, 2018; and people can vote either by using early voting or at their local clerk's office; or they can go to the polls.
A variety of things may be on the ballot this year including various federal offices such as U.S. Senator, Representative in Congress, and others. I firmly believe everyone's vote counts, and I would like to encourage all U.S. citizens 18 years or older who are able to vote to participate in the process. Wisconsin has a great disability vote coalition that provides resources for people with disabilities to vote. This is a non partisan effort, and more information about the coalition can be found at www.disabilityvote.org. The purpose of the website is for educational purposes about the process, and it is not meant to endorse any candidates or party. If people have questions about the voting process, they may contact the Wisconsin Election Commission at 1-866-868-3947, or if a person has questions on the voting process for people with disabilities, they can contact the Voter Hotline at 844-347-8683. Once again, this letter is purely informational and not meant to endorse any candidate or political party.
The difference between correlation and causation
TO THE EDITOR
A recent letter to the editor cited unfilled jobs and the gateway myth as reasons to support continued cannabis prohibition.
Gov. Walker continues to peddle the myth that cannabis is the gateway drug. Combined with the personal experience of "I once knew someone who used marijuana before using harder drugs"
and it's a powerful false narrative. Murder rates are highest when ice cream sales are up. Since it is obvious that ice cream doesn't cause murder, it's a good example of the difference between correlation and causation. (Both happen during the summer when weather is warm and more people are outside).
For those who use hard drugs, the overwhelming majority started with alcohol and studies have repeatedly shown that the move to hard drugs is a function of socioeconomic status and exposure to persons using hard drugs and or the drug dealers who sell them. The vast majority of persons who consume cannabis never move on to hard drugs.
As to unfilled jobs as a rebuttal for the economic boom that would be the Green Rush, it's sadly
misinformed. In a time where dairy farmers are struggling and tariffs are stressing our agricultural economy, farmers now more than ever could use a stable source of revenue. Cannabis is a multi-billion dollar agricultural industry in Canada. Why would anyone deny rural Wisconsin communities the ability to produce a product that would fund their schools, roads and general infrastructure by growing a crop that is drought and pest resistant and can be used for everything from ink to nutritional supplements to toilet paper to making homes?
This is coming whether we're ready or not. We can either get out in front of it and set policies that best suit our community or try to chase it after the cat leaps out of the bag.
Genesis 1:29 "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food."
Republicans: Stop spinning excuses
TO THE EDITOR
What has become of the Republican party? Ron Johnson spends the 4th of July in Moscow instead of Madison or Milwaukee. Scott Walker poses with a woman currently under indictment as a Russian intelligence agent — a spy. Sean Duffy votes to block funds meant to bolster upcoming election security. And worst of all, our "very stable genius" cowers next to Vladimir Putin in front of the whole world, lauding a thug, refusing to call him to account for invasions, poisonings, downing an airliner and the documented Russian attacks on our democracy that continue to this day. Despite an uproar, Putin is then invited to visit Washington, while Trump
ponders forcing American diplomats to Moscow for interrogation. What?
Where is the outrage from supposed patriots on the right? Where is the call from Sen. Johnson, the head of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, to hold hearings to get to the bottom of Trump's dealings with a foreign antagonist and his stubborn refusal to condemn Putin's bad behavior? Bashing NATO while on foreign soil and humiliating the prime minister of our oldest ally — while a guest in her country no less — hardly seem like the actions of a president who has the safety and security of our homeland uppermost in his mind.
The current occupant of the White House is presiding over a disheartening, debasing surrender of the party of Lincoln to the cult of Trump. Where Barry Goldwater proclaimed The Conscience of a Conservative, Trump shamelessly spews lies almost faster than they can be tallied. While Ronald Reagan welcomed anyone with the will and heart to get to our shining city on a hill, Trump separates children from parents seeking legal asylum and wonders "why are we having all these people from sh__hole countries coming here?" George H.W. Bush held up community organizations doing good throughout the country as a thousand points of light, but in Trump's dark vision of America "I alone can fix it." To George W. Bush, "Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character."
Apparently recovered from the bone spur that allowed him to dodge military service, Trump fends off lawsuits from porn stars and investigations of potential money laundering and obstruction of justice. Character.
With ex-spymaster Putin admitting he favored Trump to be elected, is it possible Trump is indeed Russia's "useful idiot?" We need to find out — immediately — before interference in the upcoming election causes lasting damage to our country.
Republicans, who for now control most of the government, need to stop spinning excuses and take the lead. GOP used to stand for Grand Old Party. Today it seems more like Grifters, Opportunists, Putin.
County Board: Think about this
TO THE EDITOR
So now, little man, you've grown tired of grass, LSD, cocaine and hash, and someone, pretending to be a true friend, said, "I'll introduce you to Miss Heroin."
Well honey, before you start fooling with me, just let me inform you of how it will be.
For I will seduce you and make you my slave, I've sent men much stronger than you to their graves.
You think you could never become a disgrace, and end up addicted to poppy seed waste.
So you'll start inhaling me one afternoon, you'll take me into your arms very soon.
And once I've entered deep down in your veins, the craving will nearly drive you insane.
You will swindle your mother and just for a buck. You'll turn into something vile and corrupt. You'll mug and you'll steal for my narcotic charm, and feel contentment when I'm in your arms. The day, when you realize the monster you've grown, you'll solemnly swear to leave me alone.
If you think you've got that mystical knack, then sweetie, just try getting me off your back.
The vomit, the cramps, your gut tied in knots. The jangling nerves screaming for one more shot. The hot chills and cold sweats, withdrawal pains, can only be saved by my little white grains. There's no other way, and there's no need to look, for deep down inside you know you are hooked.
You will desperately run to the pushers and then, you'll welcome me back to your arms once again.
And you'll return just as I foretold! I know that you'll give me your body and soul.
You'll give up your morals, your conscience, your heart. And you will be mine until, death do us part.—Anonymous 1970s.
My first husband lived and died this way.
Falling behind other states
TO THE EDITOR
I keep hearing from state politicians like Gov. Walker how proud they are of their accomplishments, such as the economy. We'll be hearing this spin until the November elections. But let's look behind the facade.
True, Wisconsin's economy has improved over the last ten years, but so has the economy of every other state since the Great Recession of 2007 ended. More relevant is how Wisconsin's economy is doing compared to other Midwest states. Here things are not so rosy.
In the period 2011-2017, Wisconsin ranks 34th in the country job growth (WPR June 7). If Wisconsin's job growth kept up with the national rate, we would have over 100,000 additional jobs today (Wisconsin State Journal, June 17). If we had gained only a fraction of that, we certainly wouldn't need to throw billions of hard-earned tax dollars to a foreign corporation to build a factory near the Illinois border.
Gov. Walker promised 250,000 new jobs during his first term. Despite the national recovery, and even after seven years, his policies have still failed to deliver that number (BizTimes June 4). Not a great source of pride.
The economic policies that Gov. Walker and the state legislature have supported have caused us to fall behind other states around us in terms of wages, new business startups and overall job growth. We need a new direction, a new governor, and a new legislature.