Letters To The Editor

Stand up for our democracy

Sandy Whisler, Lake Mills
Our democracy is built on the freedom of everyone — regardless of zip code, color of skin or economic status — to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives. Our democracy works when our leaders value the input of everyone and, through robust discussion, pass laws that the majority favors.

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Fight for our voting rights once again is urgent

Ken Eimers, Lake Mills
In a few days the Senate is expected to debate and hopefully pass the Freedom to Vote Act. This will decrease the influence of money in politics, curb partisan gerrymandering, and enable practical national standards for access to the ballot.

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Encourage our Senators to put country over party

Lynn von Huben, Waterloo
Since 2011, we in Wisconsin have witnessed how partisan gerrymandering created a more lopsided, polarized legislature that lost its ability to work together and solve problems. This divide and conquer philosophy now is being applied across the country as 19 other states have enacted more than 33 bills that make it harder for people to vote and sometimes to allow partisan state legislatures to not certify the votes actually cast.

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This is a Disgrace

Kelli Rowley, Fort Atkinson
This pandemic has taught us so much about what’s important. Most people now see that community schools are vital places of learning and emotional support for children. But the lawmakers who control the state’s Joint Finance Committee are blocking an entire $77 million allocation of federal relief funds because not every school was able to provide an early plan for full in-person learning.

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Judgement at Washington – January 6, 2021

Ben Adams, Watertown
On January 6, 2021, the USA experienced the most serious challenge to our democracy since the Civil War–an insurrection against our democratic process and the peaceful transfer of power. There were violent, pre-planned disruptions in the normally mundane process when we formalized the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our chief executives.

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Guarantee All Eligible Citizens the Freedom To Vote

Leslie DeMuth, Lake Mills
Almost nothing is more important to a democracy than voting. Yet across our nation, the very right to vote is under attack. Thankfully, Congress is working to pass two bills that will guarantee all eligible citizens the freedom to vote, with no exceptions.

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One Year Ago Wisconsin Voted

Ben Adams, Watertown
The WI GOP sowed the seeds of mistrusting election results by questioning the legitimacy of the large number of absentee ballots in the largest cities. And then they reap the benefits of the mistrust claiming they need new laws to restore trust! And it is ongoing.

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It’s Time Rigged Maps are Eliminated

Steve Bower, Lake Mills
The 2011 maps are widely regarded as among the most partisan gerrymandered maps in the country. Drawing legislative maps should and must be removed from the legislature and placed it in the hands of a nonpartisan commission. The party in power – which ever one – cannot be trusted to draw fair maps.

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It’s Never Too Late to Make Things Less Bad

Alyson Schmeisser, Citizens’ Climate Lobby
What perfect timing for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to release their latest assessment of the climate crisis: this summer’s wildfires, drought, floods, and heat personally confirm the report’s conclusion that hair-on-fire time is here.  The report also tells us that we have to move faster. So, now what?

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Put the “Big Lie” to Bed Once And For All

Joe Kallas, Watertown
It has been 8 months since the presidential election and state Republicans are spending more taxpayer dollars to audit the election results. Assembly speaker Robin Vos has hired 3 former police officers and a former supreme court justice to conduct an “independent” audit.

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