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Letters to the editor: Generosity from all corners of the county; Proposed marijuana referendum is a political ploy

Generosity from all corners of the county


Thank you for your article in the July 26 editions of the St. Croix County RiverTown Multimedia publications regarding celebration of full funding for the St. Croix County Fair's Horse Barn. As reported, the successful fundraising campaign was a joint effort of the St. Croix County 4-H Horse Committee and the Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds along with continuing support from the St. Croix County 4-H Dairy Committee.

However, the St. Croix County Fair Board, not the Friends as implied, was responsible for the design and construction management of the project. The total project cost was significantly reduced due to the cooperation and generosity of the contractors plus support from St. Croix County in installation of a water main all of which allowed retirement of the bank loan an estimated year early.

Thanks to the generosity from all corners of the county fully funding the Horse Barn, the great news is the launching of the fund raising drive for the Livestock Barn which will contain animal housing and a show arena. The campaign, which has already raised substantial funds, is a joint effort of the St. Croix County 4-H Livestock Committee and the Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds.

Chris Libbey

Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds

New Richmond

Proposed marijuana referendum is a political ploy


On June 18, 2018, and just over four minutes of discussion, the majority St. Croix County Board Administration Committee voted to recommend placing a non-binding referendum item seeking public opinion on the legalization of marijuana onto the November election ballot. No other input was gathered from any other County departments, such as the Sheriff's office, District Attorney, or any standing committees such as Public Safety or Health and Human Services.

They recommended the referendum go to the full County Board Aug. 7 for discussion and inclusion on the November ballot. The proposed referendum will have three possible options:

Should cannabis:

(a) Be legal for adult use, taxed and regulated like alcohol, with the proceeds from the taxes used for education, healthcare, and infrastructure in Wisconsin?

(b) Be legal for medical purposes only and available only by prescription through a medical dispensary?

(c) Remain a criminally illegal drug as provided under current law?

What we are witnessing is political theater at its best with the St. Croix County Administration Committee as the director(s). Those sitting in the wings of the stage (although not so willingly) are the Public Safety and Health and Human Services committees. Additionally, playing a major role without knowing the script are the police departments, county sheriff's department, health, human and social services departments (those most highly impacted by legalized marijuana). All this to pump up votes with a specific segment of the population being targeted

This referendum, similar to the "Citizens United" referendum on the April 2018 ballot, is a "do nothing," "go nowhere" referendum. Senseless time and energy is being expended at the expense and alienation of taxpayers. Knowing that marijuana is illegal in Wisconsin, is this a ploy towards making St. Croix County a sanctuary county?

How can citizens support this when thousands are being spent to fight drug use and addiction. School districts should be vehemently opposed to this referendum.

If the SCC Board was so concerned about taxpayer input at a "grassroots level," why wasn't there a referendum on a $27 million maintenance building OR on constructing a $33 million plus taxpayer-funded bike trail that will require continued maintenance.

The SCC Board of Supervisors DOES NOT HAVE jurisdiction over the recreational OR medical use of marijuana. Attention should be given to the suffering of the unborn during abortion procedures, the suffering caused by criminal illegal aliens and those being victimized by illegals, the list is never ending.

Please call your St. Croix County Board of Supervisors.

Dianne Joachim

New Richmond

Why is the St. Croix County Board harming St. Croix County?


According to the St. Croix County website, the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors' responsibilities are to exercise policy supervision of county activities through its committee system and adopt the annual county budget which establishes a tax rate for the support of county services.

So please tell me how putting forth a non-binding resolution on the November ballot to legalize marijuana in St. Croix County is beneficial and helps the families who live, work and play in our beautiful county. This resolution does not help the people who live in St. Croix County but causes them harm.

The St. Croix County Law Enforcement Committee has come out strongly opposing this resolution stating the negative impact it will have on our communities. Also, St. Croix County businesses already are facing a labor shortage. Why encourage our young citizens seeking employment to smoke or ingest cannabis. Many jobs do drug testing as a condition of employment. Even if it is legalized, companies still will have a drug free policy.

Also why bother with the resolution if it doesn't even matter anyway? Is this a political antic?

If you are outraged like I am, please attend the Public Protection and Judiciary Committee public meeting on Friday, Aug. 3, 7:50 a.m. in the County Board Room, 1101 Carmichael Road, Hudson.

Speak up and protect our families in St. Croix County!

Vicki Beebe

New Richmond

Government paid sex change?


Dissatisfied with the person looking back at you in the mirror? Maybe a few too many wrinkles around the neck or face? Don't like the shape of your nose or the bulk on your thighs? How about breast augmentation?

Well, if you can get before U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison, an Obama appointee, you've got a good chance at convincing him how much these optional procedures would improve your lot in life. And get someone else to pay for it to boot! On July 24, he ruled against Wisconsin denying coverage for sex change surgeries (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 26, 2018).

According to Conley's ruling, Wisconsin's Medicaid is required to pay for the sex changes of the two plaintiffs in this case. Now maybe these people need a sex change, maybe they don't, but I don't think they should expect taxpayer funding of sex change surgery.

Lee Brown