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Letters to the Editor: May 22, 2014

Thank you NR School District

To the Editor:

Congratulations to the New Richmond High School teachers, administrators and staff for their outstanding achievements as one of the very best high schools in the State of Wisconsin. This achievement is also a testament to the hard work of all faculty and staff throughout our district who have contributed to preparing our students for high school. Thank you to Jeff Moberg for his excellent leadership over the past many years as a teacher, principal and now superintendent.

Susan and Jon Ronning, Village of Star Prairie


Five Loaves grateful

To the Editor:

The 22nd annual National Association of Letter Carrier’s “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive was the largest one to date. New Richmond and Star Prairie postal carriers hauled an unbelievable 5,551.5 pounds of food from your mailboxes to our shelves!

Fives Loaves would not only like to thank the public for its generous food donations, but also all the postal workers who carried, drove, then unloaded over 2.5 tons of food to our food pantry! Our shelves were getting bare, so the amazing volunteers who helped stock the food were so excited to fill them back up again.

Thank you for helping make sure that all people in the New Richmond area get the food they need.

Heidi Herron, Five Loaves Food and Clothing Center


Focus on what went wrong

To the Editor:

Americans died in Benghazi. Were there mistakes made? Certainly, but mistakes are not rare in war zones. Shouldn’t we be focusing on what went wrong so the same thing doesn’t happen again? Instead, the Republicans are using this tragedy as a fundraising tool, showing their conservative base that “They’re not going to let Hillary, Obama and Democrats in general get away with covering up the whole sordid mess, because we know they’re hiding something, because that’s what we’d do, even though it’s been investigated about eight times already.”

Why didn’t our Republican friends want get to the bottom of anything, when the whole world found out that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Saddam’s Iraq, that the whole thing was a lie, that cost America more than 5,000 of our best and brightest? Where was the outrage when Bush and Cheney got us into that war of choice? I guess they didn’t get the memo on that one.

George Richard, New Richmond


Rich by default

To the Editor:

During the last five years or so, you and I have watched one disaster after another roll out of Washington. But it goes back farther than that as you well know. In the last 50 years we’ve seen huge boondoggles coming out from the political industry, because that’s what it has become, and at taxpayers’ expense. Everything from education to social services to the military have all had their share of special projects that have gone awry.

Recently it’s been determined that school testing was tampered with to get failing students better grades and more money for the school district. The military has spent billions on airplanes that fly like tanks and wonder why nearly all of them are grounded for repairs and recalls — the Osprey in particular. The auto industry, GM in particular, has had it seems more recalls than cars they’ve made. And those are just a few of the minor examples. This doesn’t include the huge ones like bank bailouts, health care, credit ratings agencies and so on.

And with every example one political party complains that not enough money is being spent while the majority of another political party sits back and seems to stay silent. Yet in this mix there is a small group that tries to do something, even if it’s wrong.

Because I’m on the conservative side of things I’ve wondered why our side stays quiet in times when loud voices should be halting the efforts of others to do harm to the people in the form of tax dollar expenditures. Then as I looked closer I started to see a pattern, or ‘method to madness’ as they say.

Let’s take Obamacare for example. Huge costs created, people who self-insure lose their insurance policy, the costs at hospitals rise even more, and big pharmaceuticals keep getting bigger. Still Humana and other insurance companies run by Republicans are seeing huge profits and included in Obamacare is a bailout if they go under as a result of new medical policies.

Then there’s the housing crises where banks were bailed out, most run by Republicans, not to mention developers who are getting loans to build more new houses to replace the thousands of already built new houses they can’t sell because they’re too expensive and banks aren’t lending to new buyers.

The pattern I see is that when one side makes some new legislation the other side wins in terms of making more money. Sell houses to those who can’t afford them, then create a huge industry of recycling those houses after foreclosure. Start a new medical system to duplicate the one we already have. It’s like having two doctors for every one patient and who can’t agree on what’s bothering you.

I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who once said he would create no new law that would prevent a man from being rich. Today, that’s exactly what we are doing and we are paying for it.

Robert Pike, Town of Stanton


Click It or Ticket

To the Editor:

Hundreds of law enforcement agencies from all over Wisconsin will participate in the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign from May 19 to June 1. Click It or Ticket is the largest law enforcement mobilization in the state.

Law enforcement agencies participate in Click It or Ticket because their officers know all too well what happens to unbuckled drivers and passengers in crashes. They’ve seen people who’ve been ejected from vehicles. They’ve seen people who’ve been thrown around violently inside a vehicle and have smashed into other vehicle occupants with massive force. And they know that these people likely could have escaped a violent death or serious injury if they would have buckled up.

Fastening your safety belt every time you drive or ride in a vehicle provides proven protection against serious and fatal injuries. Buckling-up also is quick and easy, so it’s hard to understand why approximately one out of five Wisconsin motorists does not wear a safety belt.

During Click It or Ticket and throughout the year, law enforcement agencies and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation are striving to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to “Zero in Wisconsin.” To achieve this life-saving goal, all of us need to buckle up — day or night, and every trip, every time.

Mark Gottlieb, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation