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Issue Date: March 10, 2021

To the Editor:

I am old enough to remember Polio. There were hospitals filled with patients in iron lungs, the precursor to today's ventilators. There were restrictions on what we could do, for example swimming pools were closed. I remember my mother's fear.

Then came the Salk vaccine. We lined up on Sundays in three separate months to be immunized against the three different strains of the poliovirus. What do most people think about Polio now? Almost nothing in my experience. Why is that? Because Polio has been eliminated by vaccination.

In the U.S., we are experiencing the highest number of infections and deaths from Covid-19 in the world. We are 4% of the world's population, but have 20% of the world's deaths. This in the country that brags that it has the most advanced medical system ever. Our Public Health infrastructure is obviously Third World. This can only be seen as failure on a massive scale.

Like Polio, we now have a vaccine. In fact, we have three that are found to be "safe and effective." We are approaching 3 million doses per day in vaccinations delivered. Unfortunately, like Polio, the virus is not one enemy. It is several. The new Covid variants are much more contagious according to reports, and the B117 variant has put several European counties in lockdown for two months. Currently this variant is responsible for 40% of the cases in the U.S.. We are facing a potential 4th wave of infections here.

We are not defenseless. Flu disease and deaths are down dramatically this year due to mask use and physical distancing. The same behavior can reduce Covid disease. Avoiding closed indoor spaces and overcrowding, wearing a mask and basic hygiene help. Moving outside seems to drastically reduce transmission. Ventilating indoor spaces works too.

But the biggest weapons we have are the vaccines. If people are vaccinated before the virus can further mutate, we can get through this in much better shape. We are in this together. If we do the obvious, we can hope to think about Covid much like we now think about Polio. It's not that hard. I know. I did it 60 years ago. You can do it now.

Dr. Paul A. Haupt

Menominee



Editor:

The 2020 elections in our nation took place during a pandemic. Poll workers and election officials all over the nation risked life and limb to ensure that voters could vote, votes were legally cast, votes were accurately counted and rightful winners were declared in races at the local, state and national levels of our government. Postal workers around the nation also risked life and limb to deliver an unprecedented number of absentee ballots during the election. These efforts allowed millions of lawful voters to exercise their right to choose officials to serve in government. These election officials and postal workers are our friends and neighbors. They deserve our gratitude.

Following the election Donald Trump continued a campaign to cast doubt on the results of the presidential election, but not on all of the other elections that were conducted at the same time and on the same ballots. Trump filed lawsuits in state and federal courts across the nation.  Courts all over the nation, including the Supreme Court, concluded that there was virtually no fraud or irregularity in the election. Some states had recounts; there were three in Georgia alone. The recounts showed the election was fair and the count of votes was accurate. Many elected officials in Trump's party, the Republican Party, supported his lies about the election, many still do.

For over a decade there has been an effort by the Republican Party to gerrymander legislative districts, enact rules that make it difficult, or impossible for many legal voters to vote, and lead people to believe that voter fraud takes place in a widespread and organized manner in the United States. The false fraud allegations are the basis for restrictions on who is allowed to vote.

The Republican Party has been and is engaging in an effort to remain in power by minority rule.  By allowing only the fraction of voters who support Republican candidates to vote in elections, Republicans can win elections while supporting unpopular policies. Only donors need be satisfied, not voters.  

In the aftermath of the 2020 election and the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol it is essential that the right of all legal voters to cast lawful ballots in free and fair elections be protected. Instead Republican legislators in states across the nation are now proposing to make it more difficult to vote. Every legal voter should be able to vote in our nation.

Jason Maloney,

Peshtigo





Editor:

Open letter to Country Cousin (and her like-minder readers)

It appears, dear Cuz, that you did not take my husband's advice to Change the Channel. Every week your Soapbox repeats almost verbatim words uttered nightly by aggrieved FOX prevaricators who rake in megamillions by cultivating resentment, outrage, and victimhood with misinformation and falsehoods.

I cannot refute all of their fabrications in a single letter, so let's examine one theme advanced by FOX personalities Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity: "Biden-voters are a mortal danger to you, your family, and the American way of life." Let's evaluate the honesty of that statement by answering the following True or False questions; and yes, there will be a test at the end.

Did Biden-voters approve of an inexperienced president appointing friends/relatives/donors to high level government jobs, then remain silent as many were convicted of being corrupt and/or criminal grifters who used their positions to steal from the American people? Did they court white supremacist groups, telling thugs to stand back and stand by until needed? Did they show undying support for ripping breast-feeding babies from their mothers' arms, mock the disabled, or denigrate Gold Star parents? Did they cheer wildly as fellow rally attendees beat up peaceful protestors? Did they further endanger struggling farmers and hungry children by cutting food assistance programs?

Did Biden-voters stand mute as ten million jobs disappeared, applaud politicization of a pandemic that has already caused 650,000+ deaths and untold damage to the economy? Did they vehemently oppose wearing a piece of cloth on their faces while health care providers died while tending those sickened by the coronavirus. Did they reject any and all efforts which would have helped to mitigate the mushrooming pandemic? Did they promote quack cures for Covid-19 (hydroxychloroquine, injecting bleach, UV light therapies, etc)? Did they endorse anti-vaxer views and then cut in line or secretly get the Covid vaccine themselves?

Worst of all, do they continue to push the BIG LIE that they won a presidential election which they clearly lost, and then solicit contributions from gullible Americans who think that election can still be reversed? Did Biden-voters attempt to overturn a free and fair election via 60 debunked lawsuits, increasingly ridiculous lies, and intimidation of elected Republican officials? Did they whip up intense outrage against duly-elected political leaders and call for them to be assassinated? Did they encourage an armed insurrection in the Capitol that came perilously close to destroying the American constitutional form of government?

Finished? Okay, here's your one-question test: who is the REAL threat to America? (Correct answer: Not Biden-voters!) Oh, I know, dear Cuz, it's oh-so-difficult to accept the truth when we desperately want to believe a lie. But yes, it was indeed the MAGA-side of the family that did all of the above.

I have heard it said that good cooks are good people. The recipes you share surely put you in that category. So in the spirit of family harmony, I politely suggest you put away your soapbox. I encourage you and all fellow human beings to reject fear, anger, resentment, and violence. I invite all of you to reconcile in the open arms of your estranged kin. Then we call all bask in the sunshine of truth and enjoy the peaceful prosperity of a blessed Biden Presidency.

Kathleen Marsh

Townsend





Dear Editor:

I am writing to support Karl Jaeger, Democratic candidate for the 89th Assembly District. Karl is not a professional politician. He is a working dad that wants to represent the interests of everyday people of NE Wisconsin.  

He wants to fight for the things we all care about - quality healthcare, a prosperous economy, clean air and water, and a promising future for our kids and grandkids.  

I've known Karl for over 10 years. He is industrious, thoughtful, honest, intelligent, and kind. He stands up for the rights of others. He also knows his way around the kitchen and does tons of laundry.  

He will do a great job representing us in the 89th assembly.

Please vote for Karl Jaeger "April 6th."  

Sincerely,

Monica Carter,

Peshtigo



Dear  Editor,

I'm  writing to urge  readers to  join me  in supporting  the   Wisconsin Historical Society's  plan  to  build a  new state history  museum.

The  Society  has  long  relationships with local history organizations across  Wisconsin, including those In  Marinette &  Peshtigo. It  knows our history. It has the resources and  expertise to tell our Stories, and  a  modern new  museum will  provide  the  platform  to  elevate  and  amplify  them.

The  museum  will put Wisconsin  on  the  national  stage but most  excitingly, thanks to new digital Distance learning technology, it will  be able to connect with people in all 72  Wisconsin counties, Including students in classrooms in Marinette County.  This means  that, while the museum may be in Madison, we won't have to travel  to benefit from it.

The people, small  businesses, manufacturers, and industries in  our part of the state have been essential to Wisconsin's success. Our  rural communities, and the financial institutions that support them,  are the Life blood of our state.

Most people  are unaware of how much the Society is respected  across the world.  We're incredibly fortunate to have its resources  here in Wisconsin.  It's time for our people to have a history museum equal in stature.

Please join me in supporting this worthwhile project.  It's a great  thing for all of Wisconsin!

Thomas K. Maxwell

VP Trust & Investment Officer

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust



Dear Editor,

I am writing to express my support for Debbie Sievert as she runs for Peshtigo's Aldeperson (Distrit 3). I have lived next door to Debbie for 6 years and have only had positive experiences with her, personally and professionally. She is very knowlegeable and helpful within our neighborhood, answering any questions or addressing any concerns in a very timely manner. Debbie often seeks out feedback from our neighbors to better serve our community. She has proven to me that she is the right person for District 3 Alderperson position. Debbie works as a great go between for citizens and the municipality, is easily approachable, hardworking, and possesses the effective communication skills needed to best serve our neighbor needs.

Lauren Rose


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