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13
Jun

9/11 heroes shouldn’t have to wait for Congress to care

We all know Murphy’s Law, where if anything can happen, it will.

Now, I’m wondering if there should be a Stewart’s Law — one that says, if a comedian starts getting serious, you’d better pay attention.

The naming of the law would be appropriate as Jon Stewart testified Tuesday before a House Judiciary subcommittee regarding the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund. The fund is due to expire in 2020, and already money is running out, with the fund’s administrator, Rupa Bhattacharyya, claiming that the first responders and others who were at Ground Zero for the 2001 terrorist attacks and are dealing with ongoing and chronic health issues can expect to have future claims paid at a fraction of what they’re worth.

Thu
13
Jun

Convention speakers provide inspiration

Conventions can be educational, inspiring and just plain fun. It is a time to renew friendships and have spirited conversations.

The Wisconsin Democratic Convention was held at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee on June 1-2. The mood was upbeat as all the newly elected state constitutional officers including Gov. Tony Evers, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Attorney General Josh Kaul and Treasurer Sarah Godlewski spoke about their forward visions for Wisconsin. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who was reelected in a landslide in 2018, and Congresswoman Gwen Moore also attended and gave inspiring speeches.

Thu
13
Jun

It is time to declare war

It is time to declare war on radical jihadi Muslims. Every race color and religious group around the world has been exposed to radical Muslim atrocities.

There is a lot of reporting anytime Muslims around the world are attacked, but not as much reporting for other religions due to political correctness. The Qur’an contains 109 verses with graphic instructions that reference war with nonbelievers and how to eliminate or convert nonbelievers. Muslims who do not join the fight are called hypocrites and are warned that Allah will punish them. Radical Muslim jihadis intimidate and kill these Muslims.

Sri Lankan Christians were attacked on Easter Sunday by a radical Muslim group. This radical Muslim-coordinated attack has similarities to international terrorists like the Islamic State and al-Qaida. Women and young girls suffer most, especially in many third world cultures. Remember, radical jihadi Muslims attack all non-believers, not just Christians.

Thu
06
Jun

History of fight for freedom that should be preserved

They say that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

I would think that’s very likely to happen if the history in question was erased.

Thirty years ago, the Tiananmen Square Massacre took place in China. The State Council declared martial law on May 20, 1989 after thousands of protesters attempted to bring Democracy to the country. The council mobilized as many as 300,000 troops to quell the protesters on June 4 of that year.

Troops fired at demonstrators and bystanders with assault rifles and tank cannons. Beatings, tear gas, shooting people in the back — you name it, and they did it just to preserve the status quo. There are no precise figures on how many died that day, but estimates range from hundreds to thousands.

Thu
06
Jun

Resurrecting leases a loss for America

Americans lost big-time on May 15 when the Trump administration renewed two expired mineral leases for Chilean mining giant Antofagasta to mine sulfide-ore copper right on the edge of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, the most-visited wilderness area in the United States.

The leases, vital to Antofagasta’s Twin Metals mining project, had been terminated in 2016 by the U.S. Forest Service because of the threat of “irreplaceable harm to this unique, iconic, and irreplaceable wilderness.”

Immediately following President Donald Trump’s victory in 2016, Antofagasta’s billionaire board member, Andrónico Luksic, bought a mansion in Washington, D.C., that he turned around and rented to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Thu
06
Jun

Poppy sale helps hospitalized veterans

To the editor:

Memorial Day has come and gone, but the memories live on. Who could forget what our veterans have done to keep America the land of the free and the home of the brave?

As a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 117 and the American Legion, there aren’t enough words to express our appreciation for the support we received for our poppy drive. In order not to forget anyone, we would like to extend to the business places who have contributed to this program for many years, a heartfelt thank you.

To everyone else who gave so much, whether it was a penny, quarter or dollars, this money will support hospitalized veterans and their families. So it is with a grateful heart we thank each and every one who gave so generously.

Rosemary Koeller and Armondo Llamas,

American Legion co-chairs

Fri
31
May

Task force highlights need for connections

Our state’s license plates proudly read “America’s Dairyland.” Football fans often wear foam cheese heads at Green Bay Packer games.

Wisconsin is known for its dairy and cheese around the world, but are especially important to residents of our state. The 31 members of the Dairy Task Force 2.0 considered this topic and recommended several ways to strengthen connections between farmers and consumers, processors, rural communities, and residents in our state’s urban and suburban areas.

Fri
31
May

Trump’s personal character a disgrace

To the editor:

It is one thing to be divided as to the effect of government regulations or how much to spend on the budget, and a completely different thing to be divided over immoral or corrupt personal behavior.

Donald Trump is a divisive issue for many Americans. These same people believe they are arguing over politics, when they are, in fact, arguing about the character of president of the United States.

There has never been a time that the character of the president didn’t matter. When we take a close look at Mr. Trump, beyond the tweets, juvenile name calling and constant jabs at the press, we see he is not really concerned with domestic or foreign policy or the economy or educating our kids. Donald Trump’s essential focus and number one concern is — himself.

Fri
31
May

Trade over aid is best for ag producers

Editor’s note: Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, one of the largest dairy co-ops in the country, issued a statement today after the announcement of the Trump administration’s new trade aid program for farmers affected by retaliatory tariffs.

There is no sugarcoating the fact that rising production costs, low milk prices and disrupted markets continue to inflict serious pain on our dairy farmers. So we welcome and appreciate this new financial assistance.

We also recognize that the aid will provide only partial and short-term relief for farmers, many who have been barely breaking even or operating at a loss for many months now.

Our farmers are looking for the sort of long-term stability and success that can come when we have access to foreign markets for our dairy products. We much prefer trade over aid.

Fri
31
May

Real life about to hit grads — and that’s a good thing

Graduation season is upon us, as hundreds of area teens are saying goodbye to one level of education and moving into the next chapters of their lives, whether it’s further education or starting new careers. It’s something that arrives before anyone realizes it, and there’s a reality check that hits grads hard. Things will change, for better or for worse. In most cases, Mom and Dad have done their parts to guide them and are now letting them soar — or possibly crash — on their own.

Real life will not be giving out trophies for participation, and in many cases, there will be no do-overs when our young adults fail a test. Some have been well prepared for this eventual change in life and therefore will be able to face those challenges and be better people for it, but it’s going to knock others for a loop because some parents either didn’t have time to brief their children on the facts of life or chose to shield them from the harsh world we live in.

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