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Shame on the governor

To the Editor:

Did you know that, starting around 1888 and continuing for four decades, the word "tornado" was officially banned from use in weather forecasts? (  --History of Tornado Forecasting).  

Hence, it was the infamous New Richmond "cyclone" rather than a tornado.

Also, the informed reader must know by now that the DNR communications office is officially banned from using the terms "climate change" and "global warming" when writing publications or talking with the public, though using the term "our changing climate" is apparently OK.  

Ah yes, "a rose by any other name,” indeed.  Or is it a skunk by any other name?  Regardless, it's the same principle.

Which brings me to the governor’s desire to kill Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.  

According to former WNR editor, Natasha Kassulke, since Gov. Walker took office in 2011, every article has had to be reviewed by his appointees and DNR heads (you mustn't print those naughty words).  Also, an article on climate change and another on endangered species near a proposed mine site were actually scuttled. (Guv puts plan on WNR Magazine, April 2017, Silent Sports magazine, pg. 7).  

When contacted, Rep. Jarchow misinformed me that WNR shouldn't be supported by taxpayers ( it isn't, it's solely supported by an approximately 88,000 readers subscription base) and that the government shouldn't be in the business of publishing this magazine anyway.  Yup, environmental information, in the hands of the public is a dangerous thing, indeed, Rep. Jarchow.

Upon contacting Sen. Harsdorf about WNR, well, as I expected from past experience, she's a seasoned, career politician who's quite skilled in the art of providing non-committal, information-free replies.

This attempt by the governor is, me thinks, but another partisan, political move regarding "realigning" the DNR to become "more efficient and effective.”

This, of course, is simply political speak for we're going to force the DNR to do it my way.  

The plan to kill the self-supporting, 100-year-old WNR magazine is a kicking and screamingly childish political ploy.  Shame on you, Gov. Walker, and shame on those state legislators who will unthinkingly and sheepishly do your bidding regarding this plan.  

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is possibly the longest running and best ambassador that this state has ever had or will have, again (a significant number of the subscribers/gift subscription receivers are out-of-state readers).  

Talk about "throwing out the baby with the bath water ..."

Kurt SrokaSomersetChange the law

To the Editor:

Domestic violence restraining orders in some other states play out as follows: Police obtain the emergency restraining order after the arrest; the district attorney requests a temporary restraining order (which stays in place until the resolution of the case) at the first appearance; a permanent restraining order is then put into place at sentencing.

In Wisconsin, police obtain the temporary restraining order at the time of the arrest but victims then have to carry the load thereafter to make that order permanent.

Domestic violence victims have to go to court within two weeks, taking time off of work and or away from their kids, often requiring the need for a babysitter. They have to tell their story again, after having just told the police and possibly the district attorney. The abuser then gets to cross examine the victim, potentially re-victimizing her all over again.

Here’s why this is a disaster: Imagine the victim has been married for over a decade; imagine she and the abuser have kids; imagine she’s terrified of him and doesn’t want to die but also is afraid to leave for a plethora of reasons; imagine she’s getting pressured not to cooperate with the charges; imagine she knows that he’ll make her pay if she gets up in open court and tells everyone what happened; imagine she realizes that a restraining order is just a piece of paper, whose worth is limited by the extent to which the police and DA want to take violations seriously.

It’s so much easier for her not to show up for the injunction hearing. It’s so much easier for her to believe the promises that he’ll get help, that it will never happen again, that things will get better.

We need to do better for families. The laws need to change.

Sarah YacoubHudsonGiving away to keep

To the Editor:

Thank you to all who donated for the ESR Easter Dinner.

MODERATOR: Among the four paradoxes listed in the Second edition of the big Book is “We give away to keep.”

The author defined a paradox as a statement which appears to be false but which, upon examination, can be true in certain instances.

“Giving away to keep” certainly sounds like a contradiction, especially because most of us want to improve our material conditions and don’t like to give up what we have. But the AA program isn’t aimed at persuading people to give up money or material possessions of any kind. Its focus in on giving up self-centeredness by learning to help others and become a useful part of the AA community.

With this kind of giving, we can’t lose anything that’s really worth keeping. What do we gain in the process? One thing most of gain by giving to the program is a great deal of self-worth. We will feel good if we’re doing something that’s constructive in promoting our common welfare. We will be better people, far better than in the wretched self-seeking that accompanied our drinking.

We can also gain more courage in our relationships with others. When we are trying only to be helpful, we lose any fear of being swindled or abused. If others use us to a certain extent, nothing is really lost because we are giving away to keep.

As time passes and we look back on our personal records, we should be able to see that our giving gave us much that we couldn’t have gained in any other way.

Bill WellsNew RichmondAllowed to Happen

To the Editor:

In the past two weeks, many changes have happened without most people realizing what their elected official Congressman Sean Duffy has allowed to happen.

Recently, Congress has defunded Planned Parenthood without mention of replacing services for: Treatment and testing for STDs, contraception education, mammograms, cancer screenings, and many other services.

Another item slipped through Congress was making it legal to hunt and kill hibernating bears and wolves. With all of the great concerns facing our state right now. Was the money spent on this issue most wisely spent?

Another interesting point that Congressman Duffy continually fails to address is the state of the roads in Wisconsin. While it’s easy for him to ignore this issue, we the people in the state, demand that our roads and bridges are upgraded and safe. While I am talking about safety, how about Congressman Duffy’s continual silence on the cuts to senior citizen programs and to

Medicaid, again his silence is deafening. Congressman, the aging population is paying attention and have had enough.

Mr. Duffy, it’s time to do your job. Stop allowing cuts to public schools. Stop allowing attacks on the elderly. Speak up against budget cuts to people with disabilities. Fix our crumbling infrastructure.

Mark Struble

Star Prairie