Letters: June 6, 2024

For shamelessly channeling Trump’s nonsense, this voter is done with Stauber

To Pete Stauber, MY 8th District Representative: I contacted your office numerous times before and after Jan. 6th, 2021, first asking you to step to the plate and publicly support the results of the 2020 election, then, after Jan. 6th, pleading with you to do the right thing and denounce the attack on our capitol and Trump’s role in it. None of my emails were answered.

Instead, after initially refusing to join the 147 Republican members of Congress who immediately voted to overturn the election results, you caved and signed on with 125 other Republicans in a belated attempt to do exactly that (Texas vs Penn.), even after 90 other lawsuits filed on behalf of Trump had already failed miserably (most of them basically laughed out of court).

And now, true to form, after 3 ½ years of mostly sucking up to Trump, you pull this shameless stunt and parrot Trump’s lunacy about “rigged” trials? So my question to you is this: do you have ANY original thoughts on any of this, or are you just going to continue to shamelessly channel Trump’s delusional nonsense?

Pete, I voted for you twice because I foolishly thought you were a stand-up guy. Well, that ship has sailed – I wouldn’t vote for you again if you were the last candidate on earth.
Lynn Scott
Soudan, Mimnesota        

Lies, lies and more lies 

When MAGA loses elections they lie and attack our electoral system. When MAGA’s Orange Jesus loses in court they lie and attack the judicial system. When MAGA’s lies are exposed in the press they lie and attack the press. When students learn history and critical thinking, enabling them to see through MAGA’s lies, MAGA lies and attacks the educational system. Every institution our democracy depends on is under attack by MAGA gaslighters who think they can invent reality and obliterate objective truth. Their cult must be defeated at the polls even though they will surely lie about that (again.) 
David A Sorensen
Duluth, Minnesota

An informative letter

Peter W. Johnson’s letter about  Phil Anderson’s column “There are no easy solutions to Israeli Palestinian difficulties are informative.
 Abraham brought his tribe from Mesopotamia, todays N.E. Iraq (first civilization in the world) with its capital of Sumer to Middle East and occupied the land of Philistines (Palestinians). Jews were taken into slavery in Egypt and Moses led them back over Sinai Peninsula where he received Ten Commandments.
Israel was occupied by Roman Empire  and Jews rebelled against them. Romans destroyed their Temple and expelled them into Europe. They experienced great discrimination by Christians. Because they could  not get employment, they decided to create their businesses to survive. European hatred against Jews created Hitler, himself an Austrian Jew, who managed to kill millions of Jews during World War II.

       Mike Jaros, Bosnian Yugoslav of German, Polish and Jewish ancestry

Vote like the Earth depends on it!

Earlier this year, members of the Chequamegon Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) attended a Work Party in Stevens Point with CCL-ers from across Wisconsin to develop strategies for turning out environmentalists to vote in this year’s elections. The idea is to use our democratic system of government to address climate change.

Prior to the Work Party, northern Wisconsin had been experiencing a pretty mild winter, and I’m sure I’m not the only person who heard others say, “I don’t miss the snow.” There was less to shovel, it was easier to walk the dog, and heating bills were lower; all good! Some of the warmer weather was caused by El Nino – and some of it was undoubtedly caused by climate change. 

And the thing is, if we don’t act now to reduce our carbon footprint, the climate is going to CONTINUE to change. It’s not like the climate is going to warm to a temperature that’s convenient in northern Wisconsin and then stay put; it’s going to keep warming! 
The result will be more extremely hot days, a longer pollen season for allergy sufferers, more extreme weather events, increased frequency of floods, increased wildfire risk, more algal blooms in our lakes, less ice and less ice-fishing, and more challenges for the winter tourism industry.
I left Stevens Point with a “Vote like the Earth depends on it” pin. As you consider who to vote for in upcoming elections, it is my sincere hope that you will pay close attention to candidates’ positions on the environment. It’s my understanding that this may be our last chance to vote for national leadership to address climate change. And the future of northern Wisconsin depends on it!
Liz Fentress
Bayfield, Wisconsin