From our readersIssue Date: October 25, 2018
To The Editor:
I want to share my preferences and encourage everyone to vote as an important election approaches.
For the 36th Assembly District I support Jeff Mursau. Jeff addresses issues of concern in the district, responds to constituent concerns, and is not a hyper-partisan.
I support Mike Gallagher for Congress. Mike has bucked his party when proposals would negatively affect us and works on bipartisan efforts to solve problems.
I'm voting for Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate. While I don't agree with all of her positions"particularly right-to-life, her pragmatic approach and record benefit Wisconsinites. Leah Vukmir would give preference to party and special interests ahead of public interests if experience in the Legislature is an indication.
I support Tony Evers for governor. Despite a late avalanche of truth-stretching ads by Walker and out-of-state supporters, the record of his eight years in office is abysmal. His priority on self-promotion and neglect has left our public schools and university, our transportation infrastructure, our prison system, and health care in turmoil. That view was recently reinforced by an open letter by three former Walker administration cabinet secretaries critical of his motives and management, and urging support for Evers. Tony Evers is minimally partisan and is pragmatic in his approach to solving problems. As governor, I believe he will guide state government to support traditional Wisconsin values that have been trampled the past eight years.
As the November general election nears, it's important to talk about what's at stake.
It's easy to forget where our state was before Governor Scott Walker was first elected. Under the Democrats, Wisconsin was in rough shape. In fact, in Marinette County, where I live, unemployment peaked at an astonishing 13.4%. Democrats put even more burdens on Wisconsinites by passing massive tax increases, raising tuition at UW schools, and raiding transportation funding to pay for their big government spending spree.
Since those dark days, Wisconsin has come roaring back. Unemployment has reached a record low of 2.9%, funding for our schools is at an all time high, and the tax burden is the lowest it has been in 50 years!
Just like your family, our state should run on a balanced budget. With an over $500 million surplus, the state's finances are in order. Instead of balancing budgets on the back of the taxpayers, we have provided over $8 billion in tax relief, while at the same time investing $11.5 billion into K-12 education and freezing tuition at UW schools for 6 straight years.
The contrast this election couldn't be clearer. What Tony Evers and the Democrats mean to you, your wallet, and your personal freedoms. From his calls for higher taxes, support of government-run health care, and big government ideology; it's crystal clear: Tony Evers does not share the same values we have in northeastern Wisconsin.
Now is not the time to turn back the clock on all the progress we have made. Tony the taxer is too extreme for Wisconsin. Please join me in continuing the Wisconsin comeback and voting for Governor Walker and Republicans on Tuesday, November 6th!
Representative John Nygren
Letter to The Editor
Re: Exercise Your Right to Vote
All we have to do is pay attention to the news going on in the rest of the world to appreciate the amazing freedom of expression we have here in the United States. People get blown up while standing in line to vote in Afghanistan or lose their life for publishing articles in opposition to the government of Saudi Arabia. Thanks to our constitution and its amendments (15, 19 and 26) we can safely and confidently vote if we choose to.
The operative word is choose. We need to choose to become informed about the local issues in our city, county and state and not get sucked into just believing the paid media from either side. We need to choose to talk to our local candidates and ask them pertinent questions on the issues that are meaningful to us personally. Asking a candidate to explain their position on an issue does not mean you have to accept their point of view. However, if we disagree we still have the moral obligation to remain civil and listen carefully. We might learn something of value. The candidate might not be aware that there is another point of view on the issue. An informed and actively voting electorate might reduce much of the bickering that seems to emanate from our politicians on both sides of the river.
We need to talk to our friends and neighbors about our local issues and ask them to please exercise their right to vote " even if it means they might not vote "our way". We have no right to complain about the politics and actions of those in political authority in our city, county, state or federal government if we do not choose to take the time to be informed and then make the time to vote on Nov. 6.
For many years the Republican Party, Republican elected officials and Republican candidates have advocated steep tax cuts at the federal, state and local levels of government. In pubic speeches they say this is to stimulate the economy and let we, the taxpayers, keep our money. In simple terms this proposition sounds pretty good. In reality the economy was goof prior to recent tax cuts and tax cuts end up costing us, the taxpayers, more in terms of both money and daily misery.
The current Republican led Congress and President cut taxes for corporations and individuals at the Federal level. Now our nation is running a much larger budget deficit. To finance deficit spending the Federal government sells bonds to investors. The bonds promise repayment of the cost of the bonds plus interest. Our Republican Governor and the Republican led Wisconsin Legislature have cut taxes for corporations and individuals. Those taxes fund state and local government. To balance the state budget with the tax cuts our state government issues bonds to investors. These bonds also promise repayment of the cost of the bonds plus interest. Who buys the bonds? Wealthy investors, wealthy investment management companies, corporations and foreign nations buy government bonds. Who ends up paying the investors the face value of the bonds plus interest? We, the taxpayers, end up paying the investors the value of the bonds, plus interest. When our government borrows money by selling bonds, we, the taxpayers, pay investors who buy the bonds the cost of each bond, plus interest.
Most people are in favor of public education, good roads, health care, infrastructure like public parks, feeding hungry people and caring for veterans. When Republican tax cuts increase our budget deficit Republican leaders advocate cutting programs that educate people, provide health care, provide infrastructure like roads and parks and feed people. They cut veterans programs too. They say they do this to balance the budget to eliminate the deficit; the deficit their tax cuts created. The Republican leader of the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, is advocating many such cuts already to pay for the corporate and individual tax cuts the Republican led Congress and President just enacted.
Could it be Republican leaders create large budget deficits simply as an excuse to cut programs they do not favor?
Think about it. You can pay taxes and have good schools, roads, parks, health care, care for veterans and feed hungry people. Or you can have tax cuts, but then you pay wealthy bond holders instead and you don't have funding for education, roads, health care, veterans or nutrition. Either way we, the taxpayers, end up paying. If we pay taxes we get things we need. If we pay wealthy bondholders they get our money and we taxpayers get day to day misery.
Letter to the Editor
As we acknowledge American Pharmacists' Month, we're also celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Wisconsin Pharmacy Quality Collaborative (WPQC). WPQC is a network of accredited pharmacies with certified pharmacists who provide face to face medication reviews to patients who take multiple medications to treat or prevent chronic conditions including high blood pressure or diabetes. We are proud to serve the area communities as a WPQC-certified pharmacy.
WPQC is founded on the principle that pharmacists have a specialized skill set and expertise that complements and supplements team-based care. More specifically, we help resolve medication therapy problems or negative reactions to medications, provide solutions to help them take medications as prescribed, and create efficiencies that reduce costs.
Our goal is to deliver the highest quality of care and better medication outcomes. We've seen great examples among our colleagues and within our community of how WPQC helps patients transition back home after a hospital stay; complements public health initiatives; ensures greater continuity of care between pharmacies and prescribers; and creates important connections between the organizations that care for our community members " especially those who are underserved.
Visit us at ValuCare Center Health Mart Pharmacy to learn more about WPQC.
Steve Wilke, R.Ph.
In response to the paid opinion by Chantae Lessard Director Social Performance and Engagement, Aquila Resources regarding her letter "Township should follow rules, not personal feelings". I ponder whether Ms. Lessard is just ignorant of the issues or is she being misled by the people at Aquila who tell her what to write / say? Webster's defines "ignorant" as "Lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about something in particular." Ms. Lessard did not present all the facts. Those facts include that a large percentage (hundreds of acres " plus+) of a potential mine site is made up of land owned by the taxpayers of the State of Michigan. Land that was leased to Aquila for only $3 per acre! Repeat: $3! There is a signed lease that is a valid and enforceable contract that was signed by the president and CEO of Aquila. This contract states under Section 7. Laws, Rules, and Regulations: a. "Any operations under this lease shall be subject to all applicable federal, local and State laws, rules, and ordinances now or hereafter in force. This lease is not in itself an authorization to explore or mine. In addition to compliance with the provisions of this lease, and particularly Sections I and J thereof, Lessee must obtain all permits which may be or are required under federal, local, and State law or any rules or ordinances adopted thereunder."
Aquila signed a contract assuring the State of Michigan and Lake Township that they would adhere to all State, local and federal laws. BUT; now the paid spokesperson for Aquila is trying to say what? That Aquila is a company that refuses to adhere to provisions in their contracts? Aquila is a company that refuses to follow laws they agreed to follow? Ms. Lessard's message should scare everyone in our community and should put any agreement with this company into the category: fool me once shame on you; fool me twice shame of me - for trusting you!
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