Letters to the editor: Grateful to city employees; Hudson needs public transportation
Grateful to city employees
TO THE EDITOR
Thank you to all the City of Hudson employees who kept our city running smoothly during the recent bitter-cold weather. While many schools and businesses were closed for safety reasons and students and employees could stay home, our city workers were on the job. Most of us don't realize that their jobs are more difficult due to the weather.
In particular, the police, fire and EMS employees continued to provide services as usual. The Public Works employees were still out making sure our streets were properly maintained. The building inspectors were also working in the cold weather.
The Public Utilities employees had many challenges as water and sewer lines needed to be monitored to prevent freezing. They also helped with thawing frozen pipes in homes.
If you see any of our city employees, be sure to let them know that their dedication is appreciated.
Hudson District 6 Alderperson
Hudson needs public transportation
TO THE EDITOR
Hudson desperately needs public transportation, yet has made little effort to address this issue. Our city is growing so quickly, that it cannot feasibly be considered a small town anymore. We have already built a new school to keep up with population growth, as well as added new housing near Culvers and will soon build St. Croix Meadows alongside the former dog track.
Unfortunately, the places that are growing the most (near Culvers and St. Croix Meadows) are not easily accessible on foot or bike. For the people who live in low income townhomes or apartments on the south side of 94, only Carmichael and 11th Street cross the highway. Both have minimal sidewalks that are dangerous for pedestrians because of heavy traffic. Without transportation, it is difficult for people to live in our low income housing while keeping a job, and therefore hard to fill lower paying positions in our community.
Other affected groups are young and elderly people. Without public transportation, children lose out on opportunities that their school, church and community provide without a way to get to after school activities. Elderly people who have lost their license may be stuck at home for much of the day, without younger family members to give them rides. Both groups, when disconnected with the community, can develop depression and loneliness, and kids can fill their time with less positive choices rather than joining their classmates in a club or sport.
I believe that the solution is a citywide bus, or possibly multiple, that stop at places such as downtown, townhome, and the schools regularly to allow flow between all areas of Hudson. Although our infrastructure may need an update to include wider roads in some areas, this project is well worth the benefit it will have on the community. Despite the extra work and money, the payoff of public transport would greatly outweigh the cost. Hudson needs to embrace a city-suburb mentality rather than a small town one, and continue to be innovative in the face of new growth.
Anna Arthur (age 18)
Hudson High School
Attacks on Christian education must stop
TO THE EDITOR
Vice President Mike Pence defended his wife's decision to teach at a private Virginia Christian school amid controversy over the school's views on homosexuality and transgender identity.
As expected the liberal mainstream media criticized Second Lady Karen Pence's decision to teach at Immanuel Christian School of Springfield, Virginia.
At issue was the "parent agreement," which prohibited students and their families from engaging in conduct that is counter to "the biblical lifestyle the school teaches" including "contumacious behavior, divisive conduct, and participating in, supporting, or condoning sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity, promoting such practices, or being unable to support the moral principles of the school."
In an interview with Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, Vice President Pence said he and his wife "are used to the criticism" due to their years of life in the public sphere.
Pence further stressed "the attacks on Christian education by the mainstream media have got to stop if we cherish the freedom of religion in this country. This [Trump] administration stands foursquare for the freedom of religion of people of all faiths. To see the mainstream media criticize my wife because she's choosing to return to the classroom of an elementary Christian school is wrong. Again, the attacks on Christian education must end."
Notable conservative Christian writer, David French, also took issue with corrupt mainstream media coverage of Second Lady Pence's new job at Immanuel.
French argued "Immanuel is a church ministry applying the church's theology. No one is forced to attend the church. No one is forced to attend the school. It's a voluntary association that is protected by the First Amendment and rooted in the faith that guides the lives of tens of millions of Americans."
Thank God for President Trump and his Administration!