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Letters to the Editor: Aug. 7, 2014

Thurmes asks for write-in vote

To the Editor:

I’m seeking your support as the Democratic write-in candidate for Clerk of Circuit Court during the Aug. 12 primary election. I believe my 19 years of experience in the St. Croix County legal community (10 in private firms and nine in the District Attorney’s office) make me uniquely qualified for this position.

I’ve had the good fortune of working with remarkably talented lawyers and staff, and have maintained close friendships with my former employers. The Clerk of Court’s office must be accessible and accountable to those it serves – the general public, the judiciary, law firms and businesses. No matter who is standing at that window or who is on the phone, they should expect highly competent, friendly service. That type of customer service is what I’ve always brought to the table, and it’s what voters could expect if I’m elected.

There are also significant changes regarding electronic filing on the horizon in our circuit court system. Changes like these require broad outreach, education and trouble-shooting with those who use the system most. I’d work closely with all stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of e-filing.

I ask for your write-in vote as the Democratic candidate on Aug. 12.

Katie Thurmes, Somerset


Write-in Severson

To the Editor:

Kristi Severson has been an imperative member of the Clerk of Court’s staff for 20 years. Her vast knowledge of the justice system and in-court procedures can only be obtained with her many years of experience. The citizens of St. Croix County have entrusted the Clerk of Court’s position to Lori Meyer for the past 22 years. In Ms. Meyer’s absence, Chief Judge Needham, Judge Lundell, Judge Vlack and Judge Cameron have delegated the responsibility of the Clerk of Court position to Ms. Severson. With her immeasurable experience, Ms. Severson has continued to run the Clerk of Courts office smoothly through this transition. Supporting Kristi Severson for St. Croix County Clerk of Court is beneficial for the judicial system, the staff and all of the citizens of St. Croix County.

Ms. Severson is a write-in candidate for the Aug. 12 primary.

Christa L. Poeschel, Roberts


Severson efficient and dedicated

To the Editor:

I have had a professional relationship with Kristi Severson for over five years and fully back her as a write-in candidate for Clerk of Court for St. Croix County.

Kristi has worked in the Clerk of Courts Office for more than 20 years, and during that time she has been an efficient and dedicated employee. In 2003, Kristi was appointed as the office manager and Chief Deputy. In her years as Office Manager/Chief Deputy, Kirsti has been responsible for the day-to-day operations in the Clerk of Courts Office. Therefore, I feel that Kristi has the experience and knowledge necessary to ensure that the St. Croix County Clerk of Court’s Office will continue to provide services to the citizens of St. Croix County in a prompt and professional manner.

Karen Scobey, Hudson


Severson professional and friendly

To the Editor:

As a resident of St. Croix County, I fully support Kristi Severson as the write-in candidate to fulfill the Clerk of Courts position. With the 20 years experience, working directly with long-time incumbent Lori Meyer, Kristi has the knowledge and experience in every aspect it takes to run the Clerk of Courts office. With her professional and friendly demeanor and expertise, she would be the perfect person to represent the St. Croix County Clerk of Courts

Heather Liddle, Roberts


Severson has impressive work ethic

To the Editor:

Kristi Severson has been a dedicated public servant since 1994. Her impressive work ethic is proven by her appointment to Chief Deputy in 2003 by incumbent Lori Meyer. She works closely with the judges and numerous departments within St. Croix County. Ms. Severson has been an intricate part of the hiring and training process of new employees. She is invaluable to the Clerk of Court office with her knowledge of policies, procedures and expertise in the justice system. She is dedicated to making sure that the Clerk of Court Office runs smoothly.

After the resignation of Lori Meyer, the St. Croix County judges appointed Ms. Severson as Clerk of Court. This shows the confidence they have in Ms. Severson’s ability to handle the responsibilities of this role. I endorse Kristi Severson as the next Clerk of Court of St. Croix County. I respect the person she is, and the many years of dedicated service to the citizens of St. Croix County.

Melissa Benoy and Lisa Webb, Hudson


Severson has 20 years of experience

To the Editor:

I have known Kristi Severson for the past 16 years. Over the years I have seen her grow within the St. Croix County Clerk of Court Office. Kristi has been employed with the St. Croix County Clerk of Court Office since 1994. This past May, Kristi reached her 20th year with St. Croix County. Over the past 20 years Kristi Severson has developed relationships with other departments within the Government Center and other agencies such as Probation, Municipalities, Police Departments and her staff. Kristi makes sure that the public is served timely, courteously and with respect. Kristi has played an essential part of the department becoming more efficient with initiatives such as implementing electronic filing, tax intercept of Wisconsin tax refunds, video conferencing of court hearings and “going paperless” in the traffic and forfeiture divisions. All of these programs have made the Clerk of Court Office more cost effective and less of a burden on the citizens of St. Croix County.

Kristi is running for the St. Croix County Clerk of Circuit Court in the upcoming Aug. 12 primary election. I am asking you to support and vote for Kristi Severson as a write-in for your next Clerk of Court. I believe she is the most qualified candidate and will continue to serve the citizens of St. Croix County.

Melissa Warrick, Hammond


Severson ensures seamless transition

To the Editor:

Due to my professional relationship with Kristi Severson, I can attest that she has a wealth of knowledge for the St. Croix County Clerk of Court Department. Her leadership and determined work ethic will ensure a seamless transition for the county. She truly cares about the residents of St. Croix County. Be sure to write in Kristi Severson for the St. Croix County Clerk of Court!

Angela Tomars, Prairie Farm


Severson offers leadership

To the Editor:

Twenty years of St. Croix County Clerk’s office experience makes Kristi Severson the best candidate for the Clerk of Court position. Kristi’s excellent leadership skills along with her strong work ethic are two of the many reasons why she was appointed by St. Croix County judges to complete long-time incumbent Lori Meyer’s current term. In my opinion and through my work experience with Kristi I believe she is the most qualified candidate to fill this position. Please join me in supporting Kristi Severson as a Democratic Party write-in candidate for St. Croix County Clerk of Court.

Gina Evenson, Baldwin


Severson endorsed by Meyer

To the Editor:

I am excited that Kristi Severson is running for St. Croix County Clerk of Court. Currently Kristi is the Chief Deputy to Clerk of Court Lori Meyer. She has been employed by St. Croix County for 20 years, and for nearly the last 11 years she has served as the Office Manager under Lori Meyer, who recently resigned. Lori announced her endorsement of Kristi Severson to succeed her as St. Croix County Clerk of Court. Since Kristi has worked closely with Lori for so many years, I think Kristi would make a smooth transition into the St. Croix County Clerk of Court position. Effective Aug. 1, Kristi has been appointed by St. Croix County judges to assume the duties of Clerk of Court, which is a true testament to her capabilities. I know Kristi is truly honored that the judges appointed her as Clerk of Court to finish Meyer’s term. Not only has Kristi been a long-term employee of the County, but she has been a St. Croix County resident for more than 25 years.

In Kristi’s current position, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the Clerk of Court among other things. Kristi works hard, and I believe with her experience, loyalty, dedication, attention to detail, drive and ethical approach toward her work, she is an excellent candidate for the Clerk of Court position.

On Aug. 12, when I go to vote, I will write-in Kristi Severson as the Democratic candidate for St. Croix County Clerk of Court! I encourage other St. Croix County residents to do the same. I am very confident that Kristi Severson will do an excellent job in this position.

To find out more about Kristi Severson and read Lori Meyer’s endorsement, please refer to Kristi Severson’s website at

Andrea Legut, New Richmond


Severson well prepared

To the Editor:

Kristi Severson is running for Clerk of Court as a Democratic write-in at the primary election on Aug. 12. Kristi Severson is hard working and well prepared for this position. She has been instrumental in leading the Clerk of Court office and knows what is necessary as we head into the future.

Her dedication and commitment to her employees, the courts and the citizens of St. Croix County will ensure a seamless transition and continued success.

Shelly Fox, Hudson


How do they do it?

To the Editor:

Have you ever seen the program on the Discovery Channel called “How do they do it?” and also called “How It’s Made?” It’s a program that goes behind the scenes around the world into factory production lines, fields or anywhere things are made. They have covered airplanes, candy bars, campers, ice skates, hand tools, jelly beans, tomato paste, circuit boards, snow plows, soda pop, catsup, light bulbs, rubber tires and just about anything you can think of. When the show is finished, you are amazed. They give you an email address where to contact them with ideas on future programs.

Have you ever seen a police car driving through the streets here in western Wisconsin? Have you ever heard it said that all the police do is eat doughnuts? Are we really safe? What is it like inside of a police department? Is there a jail? What do they do with fingerprints? How do they get them? How do they put on handcuffs? Is it really like they do it on TV? What’s all that stuff on their belts? How big are their guns? Do they use computers?

Would you like to find out what life is like as a police officer? Meet the officers, find out who they are. People who have hobbies, wives, husbands and children. But most of all see how safe the community really is. Sign up for the Citizens Police Academy this fall. You will be amazed! You will know what they are doing when you see them on the street. Check them out. Find out how they really do it!

Rex DeSmith, New Richmond


At what cost?

To the Editor:

What’s the impact on a state’s economy when hundreds of thousands of citizens see their take-home pay slashed by an average of $3,000? Would this stimulate the economy and help create more jobs? That was the thinking of Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin’s Republican legislative majority when they passed and signed Act 10 in 2011. Act 10 not only amputated the legs of public employee unions, but it also sucked $1 billion of annual spending power from people employed by schools, communities and the state.

Gov. Walker also rejected hundreds of millions of federal dollars that would have been spent in Wisconsin by abandoning major projects such as high-speed rail and the expansion of Medicaid. Top it off with budget cuts, which sucked blood from local governments, medical care, help for the elderly, child care and protection, park and environmental maintenance, and on and on.

All this made it possible to lower the state budget and reduce taxes, but at what cost to the economy and job creation? In January of 2011, Scott Walker said, “We will work tirelessly to restore economic growth and vibrancy to this state. My top three priorities are jobs, jobs and jobs.” It didn’t work. He failed miserably, and so did the legislature. Wisconsin trails behind most other states in job creation. Why?

Money circulating throughout the economy — cycling among businesses, households and governments — makes for prosperity. But when huge amounts of money are taken out of the economy, as Gov. Walker’s Republican policies have done, it hurts almost everyone. Businesses have fewer customers. Workers have fewer jobs. State and local governments have less revenue. In tough times, the worst thing that the governor and the legislature can do is to starve the economy, but that’s exactly what has happened in Wisconsin.

Harlen Menk, Ellsworth


Israel in Obama’s crosshairs

To the Editor:

For those of you who still remember the Little Big Horn, you might recall Gen. George Custer who got massacred there. Now what would the story be if Custer said to his men, “Boys, we got guns and the Indians don’t, so let’s give them a bunch of guns to make it more fair.” Even though the odds were 10 to one, wouldn’t that have made the liberals happy?

Probably not, and the truth is the Indians had guns from all the other soldiers they killed.

So now we have some liberals claiming that Israel should hand over their ‘Iron Dome’ technology to the Palestinians so it would be more fair. A man by the name of Teddy Roosevelt once said about diplomacy, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” The liberals would say, don’t say anything at all and get rid of the stick. Works great if you live on an island and your closest neighbor is 10,000 miles away.

In Vietnam one of the battles that took place was called Hamburger Hill. It was a hilltop firebase that had to be taken because the NVA controlled the area from it. The U.S. had 72 killed and 320 wounded, the NVA lost over 600 men. The battle lasted 10 days and at the end of it the U.S. pulled out just so the NVA could take it back.

This battle became the focal point of a lot of debate in Washington. The liberals all said we never should have done it and we shouldn’t be in Vietnam. The hawks on the other hand said they needed to win the war in Vietnam, and this was how it was going to be done.

Liberals are great at diplomacy. Recently John Kerry brokered a cease fire agreement that lasted 90 minutes, and that’s a record for the former Vietnam vet who put himself in for his own medals, which he tossed over the White House fence. And if that wasn’t good enough, he went over to the NVA side to help them win the war, along with Jane Fonda, Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a hawk from birth, but even I know that talking things out works better than having kids carry satchel charges into markets and setting them off to prove a point. But diplomacy is a toothless tiger evident by North Korea, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa and nearly all the Middle East at one time or another. War is the mistress of poor diplomatic efforts and she always will be.

But if you want diplomacy to really work, you have to have sound and firm leadership at the top levels of government, and that’s something we haven’t had for many years. There has to be evidence that there will be serious repercussions for wrong doing and not some ridiculous excuse that some film maker is an idiot. This is the difference it makes.

Robert Pike, Town of Stanton


Racism alive and well

To the Editor:

I’m sure most of us have heard about the rupture of the water pipe in Los Angeles. As serious as this incident is, it’s just a symptom of a much larger problem, not just in L.A. or California, but in the whole country. Our infrastructure is failing and has been for decades. I’m not just talking water pipes, I mean the whole she-bang, sewers, highways, bridges, dams, our electrical grid, is falling apart. I guess somebody thought that if we built these things they would last forever.

Oh well, I guess we can take solace in the fact that these things can be fixed. It won’t be easy mind you, but it can be done. Think about it, by getting busy fixing our infrastructure we could solve our unemployment problems. More jobs in the construction industry will translate into more jobs for manufacturing, which leads to more jobs for the service industry and so on down the line. And we’re not even talking about the tax revenue these new jobs will create. It’s a win-win for everybody.

All we have to do is get the Republicans in the Senate and House to give up on what they vowed to each other as Job No. 1, to do all in their power to make this president a failure, even if that means doing great harm to the very people that elected them. I must say that once these Republicans put their heads together on a strategy, they can really get things done (like shutting the government down at a cost of $24 billion).

My wife asked why do Republicans treat this president with so much disrespect? All birther stuff, and he’s a Kenyan, a socialist, a communist, a Muslim? I pondered that question for a while (three seconds) and said because he is black. There, I said it. The elephant in the room is uncovered, so we can talk about it. Sorry to drop the race card on anyone, but I had hoped that we, as a nation were past that period in our history? I was wrong. Racism is alive and well. We all know it. So let’s be at least honest with ourselves. The truth will set you free.

George Richard, New Richmond