Letters to the editor: CPS handling of case is appalling
CPS handling of case is appalling
TO THE EDITOR
St. Croix County's CPS organization should be renamed. It should be called PTA (Protect The Abuser).
Earlier this summer, my grandson was violently pushed into a wall by his father, resulting in a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and resulting neural damage as diagnosed by two physicians. He tells his doctors that dad pushed him because he wouldn't eat the tomatoes on his plate.
After visiting the child, the CPS intake worker — despite the physician's reports — decides there is no injury. She phones his father who tells her he didn't do anything and "that kids get concussions all the time." Strange his concern was not about his son, just that he wasn't guilty.
The intake worker decides that the child lied, completely disregards numerous other reports including one made by his pediatrician about inappropriate genital touching and a report of the father driving over 100 mph with his son in the vehicle which dad denies but, ironically, he receives a speeding ticket the next day with his son present and then threatens to "off" his son if he tells mom. All that evidence but the intake worker closes the nine-month investigation based on the testimony of a child she has seen once in a 15-minute interview.
She also ignores the father's extensive criminal history which includes five DWIs, a felony assault conviction, a child neglect charge for leaving his 9-month-old son alone while he went out drinking at topless bars and the lengthy time he has spent incarcerated.
Then the intake worker appears at a closed hearing, aligns herself with the father, and in response to the court commissioner's question about who was present, says "family members." The final straw is when CPS proposes that the abuser's wife, the woman guilty of failing to protect a child and the only other person present when the child injured, be the "supervisor" in the court-mandated supervised visits.
Why does this intake worker side with dad? My daughter is Hispanic — dad is Caucasian. Yet the CPS website explicitly explains its non-discrimination policy.
The bias and mismanagement of this case is appalling. Why is this caseworker not held accountable by her superiors? I guess a dead child means less work for her. The Wisconsin
statute is very clear: "Whoever recklessly causes bodily harm to a child by conduct which creates a high probability of great bodily harm is guilty of a Class H felony." That CPS has chosen to ignore it is criminal.
Be an informed voted
TO THE EDITOR
So here is what I learned on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. A woman, Ms. Ford, who claimed sexual assault, sat nervously sharing her story shaking and verging on tears throughout the inquiry. A federal judge, Mr. Kavanaugh, now under review for an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, wept and raged as he claimed his innocence.
To determine the truth about this accusation, the Senate Judicial Committee of Republicans and Democrats questioned the woman and the judge peppering their comments with accusations toward the opposing party. The Republicans were accused of refusing to conduct a full FBI investigation for the women claiming sexual assault against the judge. The Democrats were accused of hiding information on the sexual assaults to delay the confirmation thus delaying the Friday vote that the majority Republicans wanted. And after all the drama and fabricated outrage, each senator still voted along his or her respective party line.
"If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell." — Carl Sandburg.
Meanwhile, there will be no positive resolution for either the judge or the woman who both endured death threats and harassment to themselves and their family.
The woman now has a whole world that knows her story and either loves or resents her for coming forward. The judge will be a man forever tainted with accusations of being a sexual predator. Several women who had come forward with other sexual allegations will be ignored and we, the American citizens, still will not be clear about where the truth lies. The only thing that we will have is consequences.
The Constitution is a noble document with a unique system of checks and balances but it isn't working. Unfortunately, there is no interventional check and balance where American citizens can immediately hold all their elected officials accountable for how they behave. What we do have is our vote (and some terrible consequences if we get it wrong) but will we be any less partisan than our elected officials? Be an informed voter. Find out how elected officials voted on issues that concern you (https://votesmart.org), and remember to vote.
Don't be fooled by illusion
TO THE EDITOR
John Emery / Minnesota-based Islamic Research Group posits "greetings of peace."
The take away message: we're just like you.
Emery, a self-proclaimed Muslim, proffered many dubious claims about Muslims, yet, omitted mentioning islamists mislead by those who think we all worship the same God.
We don't, and they know it.
Emery's "hook" was solely and intentionally emotional. Think of the magician's sleight of hand.
ILLUSION. The more you think you see, the easier it will be to trick you. The goal of the unrelenting drumbeat to the unsuspecting and uneducated in America and other countries is acquiescing and swallowing it all --- hook, line and sinker! Dangerous.
Very dangerous, indeed.
(1) Why did Emery omit any mention of the Qur'an, the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims believe to be a revelation from Allah?
(2) Why did Emery omit any mention of or condemnation of the terrorist groups, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Brotherhood, groups with connections to his Islamic Resource Group?
Read the Bible and Qur'an rather than dumbing down and accepting a smooth, spoon-fed narrative from anyone. WARNING: Swallow at your own peril!
The United Arab Emerites' ministerial cabinet listed CAIR as one of 83 proscribed terrorist organizations, up there with the Muslim Brotherhood, Taliban, al-Qaeda and ISIS. CAIR incites, funds, and does much more vis-à-vis terrorism.
Board members at CAIR have been arrested, denied entry to the U.S., or were indicted on or pled guilty to (or were convicted of) terrorist charges.
Federal prosecutors in 2007 named CAIR (along with two other Islamic organizations) as "unindicted co-conspirators and/or joint venturers" in a criminal conspiracy to support Hamas financially. In 2008, the FBI ended contacts with CAIR because of concern about its continuing terrorist ties.
Muslim Experience in Minnesota. Keith Ellison is currently running for Minnesota Attorney General. In 2017, Park Nicollet's medical notes specifically named Ellison and documented emotional and physical abuse of his girlfriend, yet, it's ignored by the complicit media, then and now.
"Greetings of peace." What rings true? What rings false? Don't be fooled by illusion.
What does the Qur'an really say?
TO THE EDITOR
John Emery stated in a letter to the editor that he encourages people to ask a muslim about islam. Most muslims don't even read the qur'an, so I suggest that all people read the qur'an, hadith and sira. To start, here are some questions for Emery. Maybe he'd like to answer them through the letters to the editor?
Does Emery denounce the use of sex slaves? He neglected to mention the permissibility of slaves in islam. Dr. Bill Warner: The Hadith, Page 34 "...Mohammad himself was involved in every single aspect of slavery. He had non-believing men killed so that the surviving women and children could be made slaves; he owned many slaves, some of them black; and he gave slaves away for gifts; he passed around slaves for the purpose of sex to men who were his chief lieutenants. Mohammad stood by while others beat slaves; he captured slaves and wholesaled them to raise money for jihad. He shared the pleasure of sex with the captured women after conquest. One of his favorite sexual partners was a slave who bore him a son. ..."
Does Emery denounce Hamas and Hezbollah? Qu'ran says: 9:29 Make war on those who have received the Scriptures (Jews and Christians) but do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day. They do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden. The Christians and Jews do not follow the religion of truth until they submit and pay the poll tax (Jizya) and they are humiliated. Qu'ran: 9:63 Do they not know that whoever opposes Allah and His Messenger will abide in the fire of Hell, where they will remain forever? This is the great shame.
Does Emery denounce female genital mutilation? Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri: Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the clitoris (this is called Hufaad).
In the interests of interfaith dialogue, when may we arrange to have a priest or pastor speak in mosques? What might be some additional questions? Read the qur'an to find out.
The world our grandchildren will inherit
TO THE EDITOR
Recently the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that if the world doesn't seriously address the threat of runaway climate change, we may lose our chance to avoid the worst consequences of our inaction. Guterres sees the window closing by 2020. Time is running out.
Meanwhile the Washington Post has just reported a jaw-dropping study by the Trump administration concluding that the world is headed toward "climate disaster²" by 2100.
Irony runs deep here. The 500-page report was released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) according to the Post, "to justify President Donald Trump's decision to freeze federal fuel standards for cars and light trucks built after 2020."
Though Trump himself has called climate change a hoax, his NHTSA predicts a worldwide rise of 7 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century, in agreement with scientific consensus on the worst-case scenario should we fail to meet the challenge of climate change.
In essence the administration's study argues that nothing can be done to turn aside the disasters ahead, so let's further weaken environmental regulations to allow companies to make as much money as possible while they can.
This is a breathtaking betrayal of not only America but of a world that has already begun to face proliferating superstorms, wildfires, and the beginning of destabilizing climate-driven human migration.
It's time to hold every elected official accountable on the issue of climate change and vote all deniers and do-nothings out of office. We must elect leaders who care about and will pledge to protect the country and world our grandchildren will inherit.
Thomas R. Smith
Tell your senators to vote NO on Kavanaugh
TO THE EDITOR
During my nearly four decades as an attorney in good standing, I have followed the Senate
confirmation proceedings of many nominees to the Supreme Court of the United States, including those of Brett Kavanaugh.
Nominees have been rejected by the Senate because their record of political actions, legal
writings and judicial opinions were considered too far out the mainstream (Robert Bork); have
withdrawn from consideration because of revelations about long-prior personal actions, such
as the recreational use of marijuana (Douglas Ginsburg); have withdrawn from consideration
because of limited related professional experience (Harriet Miers); or have never had their
nomination considered by the Senate at all (Merrick Garland).
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the
SCOTUS have been deeply troubling.
It was alleged that he sexually assaulted a younger girl. The sexual assault of a 15-year-old
girl by a 17-year-old boy is a crime—it is far outside of the category of high school high jinks.
The allegation is not that he toilet-papered her house, but that he tried to rape her.
In addition, there was his possible commitment of perjury resulting from his apparent
misrepresentations about his previous behavior, made while he was under oath at the Senate
Judiciary Committee hearings. Remember, former President Bill Clinton faced impeachment
not for his consensual sexual activities with an intern or a hairdresser, but for lying about it
But regardless of whether one comes to believe Christine Blasey Ford or Brett Kavanaugh,
what this nominee most demonstrated by his words and behavior at the Senate Judiciary
Committee hearings is that he currently, as a 53-year-old, entirely lacks the judicial
temperament required to serve on any court, let alone the SCOTUS.
Brett Kavanaugh now sits as a US Circuit Judge, and in that position he is subject to the Code
of Conduct for United States Judges. Its Canon 1 directs that a Judge should uphold the
integrity and independence of the Judiciary, and its Canon 2 directs that a Judge should avoid
impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all activities. The Commentary to these Canons states that deference to the judgments and rulings of courts depends on public
confidence in the integrity and independence of judges. This nominee has lost that public confidence.
Town of Hudson
Mother Nature and the election
TO THE EDITOR
A second 500-year rain event within three years in Ashland and Bayfield counties; record rainfalls and flooding in southern Wisconsin; unprecedented wildfires in California and British
Columbia; extreme drought and wildfires in northern Europe; record temperatures in many parts
of the world; unprecedented rainfall and flooding in the Carolinas; and all of this within the past
six months. Hmmm ... is Mother Nature trying to tell us something?
According to recent polling by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications, a substantial majority of Americans think so. Over 60 percent of U.S. adults have concluded that climate change is affecting our weather, are worried about it, and want Congress to take effective action to address it. So why isn't Congress doing so?
Certainly, part of the problem is that addressing climate change has become a victim of political
tribalism, but recent polling also indicates that substantial majorities of Republicans, Democrats
and independents all favor congressional action. Perhaps a better explanation is that all of us have not given high enough priority to the issue to insist that our congressional representatives
address it without further delay. Climate change has routinely ranked well down the list of issues of importance to voters.
But now Mother Nature has slapped us in the face. In light of the suffering that has resulted, "Thanks, we needed that," is probably not an appropriate response, but we do need to urgently
wake up and demand that those seeking to represent us in Congress commit to addressing this
increasingly severe threat before it's too late. Business as usual is no longer an option.
Climate change has no business being a partisan issue. It impacts all of us regardless of party affiliation. And there are bipartisan proposals for effectively addressing it. At this critical time, we need political leaders with the courage to rise above tribal politics and embrace such bipartisan solutions.
Fortunately, this election season provides us with a timely opportunity to impress upon our prospective representatives the critical importance of addressing climate change in the next
Congress. We need to raise the issue whenever possible, ask candidates what actions they're
prepared to take, and let them know that in this election, Mother Nature's warnings will not be
ignored. Then, for the sake of the one big tribe that we all belong to, we need to vote accordingly.