THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From our readers
Issue Date: October 12, 2016
To The Editor:
"Only An Echo of Yesterday"
(Dedicated to Mary Beth Steffens)
The pines tremble in autumn's wind,
The songbirds hide from the misty rain,
The ravens caw as I stare at the water,
A new season's beginning, the old's dying in vain.
The brown trout are spawning by Twelve Foot Falls,
Struggling hard to swim upstream.
And as I sit on the rocks and watch their journey,
I'm reminded of a time when life was a dream.
For forty years I too have come here,
And watched the seasons drift away.
What once was is no longer,
It's only an echo of yesterday.
A doe kneels down to sip the water,
But a noise in the woods frightens her to run.
Autumn's become a time of reflection,
And poems peek out from behind the sun.
The sounds of Canadian geese in the sky,
The mist of the waterfall on my face.
We once sat here and talked of forever,
Like an Erich Segal novel that can never be erased.
A leaf falls in the river and floats on teardrops,
Where it goes to I can not say.
For dreams and time have turned into memories,
But it's only an echo of yesterday.
What is being tyrannical?
The Webster dictionary defines it as "characterized by oppressive, unjust, or arbitrary behavior or control". This is what Abraham Lincoln I believe could have meant when he said that the country if it fails will fail from within. I believe he feared that the country could become willing to exchange democracy with all its frustrations for the simple easy promises of a tyrant.
What would a tyrant do in a campaign? Germany is an example of a country electing a tyrant that discarded a democracy. The tyrant generally supports his beliefs and conclusions over judicial outcomes. The Republican nominee has done that twice recently. First is in the case of five black men who were proven innocent of committing rape of a girl in Central Park. The Republican nominee wants them back in jail at a minimum. The second is ignoring a yearlong FBI and Justice Department investigation. The second thing a tyrant does is destroy physically and/or psychologically any disagreement with him. The Republican nominee has tried to do that with Republicans, Democrats, and others psychological. A tyrant believes he has all the right answers "I know better than the Generals". A tyrant is only loyal to himself, not to Party or country, which appears to be the case of the Republican nominee.
I hope democracy and the judicial rule of law, not one man's belief of justice, wins.
As a Vietnam veteran, I am writing in support of Senator Tom Tiffany's re-election to the Wisconsin state senate and his efforts on behalf of veterans.
After only being in office a few months, then-Representative Tiffany voted to provide $5 million to the veterans trust fund (VTF), the first time such an infusion from the state's general fund had occurred since 1988. The VTF has been the main source of providing Wisconsin's veterans and their families essential services and benefits.
Beyond the VTF, also during his first year in office, Tom voted to provide nearly $7 million, which helped to finally open the Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls. Northern Wisconsin is now home to two of Wisconsin's three veteranshomes.
Most recently, during the previous budget and legislative session, Senator Tiffany voted to: align veterans with training and jobs through our Wisconsin Technical College System; create the Wisconsin Veterans Employment Initiative; and improve the Veterans Employment and Entrepreneurship Grant.
While some choose to politicize veterans and veterans issues, Senator Tiffany quietly goes about his business as the adult in the room and listens to the concerns of veterans.
Senator Tom Tiffany has been a strong advocate for northern Wisconsin and our veterans. He will earn my vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8th.