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Issue Date: October 14, 2021

To the Editor,

To think that parents should not have an overwhelming interest and obligation in their children's education is both silly and inherently wrongheaded. As a member of a local school board for nine years I did everything I could to encourage parents to take a more active interest in their children's schooling, since it was my opinion that too many parents were not engaged enough. Now we observe the NSBA (National School Boards Association) writing to President Biden asking the feds to consider if threats and acts directed at school boards "could be considered equivalent to domestic terrorism and hate crimes". This action by NSBA deserves one of Mark Twain's quotations when he said: "In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards". While in my experience, the many school board members I served with, both locally and statewide, were far from idiots, the idea of using the FBI, itself an organization whose members are accused of or proven to be corrupt, to investigate people who disagree with board actions is ludicrous. First it is not a federal offense, and second local and state law enforcement are more than adequate to keep order at board meetings. The incumbent Governor of Virginia apparently does not think that parents should have any say in their children's education, therefore Twain's quote may be more apropos of him.

Members of local school boards serve their constituents in what is sometimes a thankless job, attempting to improve K-12 education throughout the country. Many Teachers and Administrators are both competent and devoted to our kids, but some may not be, and that is a shame. School Boards should be non-political, but some may not be, and that is also a shame. Violence against any person is inexcusable but spirited objection to what many people consider to be wrongheaded or harmful teaching should not be outside the purview of parents. The local control of K-12 education is imperative and federal meddling should not be allowed to interfere. Parents, continue to stand up for what you think is best for your children, regardless of what the feds say. Washington D.C. has proven time and again that it does not have a clue, in spite of being "woke" and full of elitist proclamations.

N. David Kipp,

Wausaukee



Editor:

The statements by Mr. Robert Davis in last week's "From our readers" column regarding the COVID vaccines are not credible. Except for two items ?? Joe Biden was sworn in as the president and the CDC has a website - nothing he says is verifiable. Regarding the use of ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, regeneron, or any other drug; clinical trials have not proven these drugs to have the same effect on large segments of the population as one of the FDA-approved vaccines. And there is no proof that "Over ten thousand people have died from the vaccine and over 500,000 people had severe reactions". If Mr. Davis can provide the direct link to the source of his numbers, it would lend credibility to his argument. Yes, people have died after receiving the vaccine, but this does not mean that the vaccine caused the deaths. It simply means that a person was vaccinated and later died. The exact cause of death could have been for any number of reasons ?? cancer, stroke, etc. For information on the reports of the adverse reactions related to the vaccine, check out the Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System (VAERS) website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/vaers.html.

And his befuddlement at the speed at which the vaccine was developed fails to take into consideration that the vaccines for polio, measles, rubella and chicken pox were developed between 1950 and 1981. The polio vaccine was developed 70 years ago. That's when most airplanes had propellors and TVs were black and white. Certainly, he must realize that scientific and medical technology has improved since then. He also asserts that "People up to twenty-years-old are "bullet proof". This is an opinion and not supported by facts. The CDC reported 587 deaths of unvaccinated children ranging in age from infants to 18 years of age. So much for being "bullet proof". He also asserts that ""the left said it (the vaccine) was poison and wouldn't have anything to do with it until Biden was elected." I'm not sure what that means. Researchers have been working on vaccines to combat the Corona virus family (there are multiple types of corona viruses) for years. Then there is a friend of mine who won't get the vaccine because "a nurse said that 99% of the people who get COVID recover." "Recovery" is a relative term. Some people recover in the comfort of their home after a few days of sickness with no apparent affects. Others, like State Representative Andre Jacque, will require months of rehabilitation after month in the hospital with a tube down his throat and a bedside commode for a toilet. Another person isn't going to get the vaccine because you can get sick anyway. This is also a relative term because you don't get to choose how COVID will affect you. So, before you believe the musings of non-medical "experts", do your own research by going to competent, medical authorities.

Bob Kleba,

Crivitz



Editor:

What is the National Debt?

It is the difference between the money collected (generally fees and taxes) and the money spent. The last time we had no debt was in 1835. Most economist feel zero US debt would cause a global financial meltdown. In comparing the budget deficit to the total debt, the Presidents with the highest percentage increase were FDR(1050%) fighting the Great Depression & WWII, Woodrow Wilson(724%) fighting WWI, Ronald Regan(18.6%), George W Bush(101%), Barack Obama(74%) fighting the Great Recession, George H W Bush(54%), Gerald Ford(47%), Jimmy Carter(43%), Richard Nixon(34%) and Donald Trump(33%). I notice that four Democrats and six Republicans make the top 10. I also note that debt will substantially increase in times of world wars and extreme Depression or Recession as happen in the terms of FDR, Obama, and Wilson. It should also be noted that FDR served for 12yrs, George W and Donald Trump only served for 4yrs. The last point is the Republican economic idea was trickle down ?? giving money thru low taxes and lots of exemptions to wealth and hoping that grows the economy so the middle and working classes have more taxable money thru income and sales taxes. A good example is the last Trump tax bill that gave most of the tax breaks to corporation, LLCs, and people able to manipulate the code adding $6.7 trillion in four years to the Debt.

Gilbert Engel

Niagara



To the Editor:

I am frustrated with the review of the 2020 election in Wisconsin.  The excuse is to regain public trust in our elections.  Except for hardcore partisans I don't believe there is concern for the conduct of the election.  County and municipal clerks I know are dedicated to and take pride in following the rules to conduct open and fair elections.  Accusations have already been investigated and debunked through legitimate election audits and court decisions.

Why are taxpayers funding this duplicative, biased, politically motivated, and incompetent review?  Speaker Vos and legislative leadership chose to spend $676,000 of taxpayer money on this gambit.  At least the recently concluded "audit" in Arizona was paid for by those who wanted it??not by taxpayers.

Michael Gableman, who Speaker Voss chose to lead this investigation has demonstrated he does not approach the review with an open mind, but in word and deed has demonstrated he is extremely partisan and given to acceptance of baseless conspiracy theories.  This leads me to conclude this review is less a legitimate quest for knowledge than a political stunt.

The only reasons I see for this charade are to feed false narratives of election irregularities which further threaten our democracy and to attempt to gain political advantage on the part of the majority party leadership, on the public's dime.

I urge all rank-and-file members of the Legislature to work on the leadership to cancel Gableman's contract and end this travesty.  I further call on all citizens to contact their legislators to demand an immediate end to this flawed, unnecessary review.

Ken Harter,

Oconto Falls


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