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Adam Jarchow for Senator


I was disappointed to hear that our State Sen. Shelia Harsdorf was resigning her seat to become the DATCP secretary. She has served our district well for quite some time and deserves our thanks.

However, I am encouraged to hear that Adam Jarchow was throwing his hat in the ring to replace her. I believe Adam would do a great job as our next state senator.

Adam is a hardworking family-man that has done a great job representing our area in the State Assembly. He is truly a citizen legislator who is able to balance his duties as a state representative while staying grounded in the "real world" running a small business and working as an attorney.

Somehow, Adam is able to balance his work in the "real world" and still deliver results for western Wisconsin. It's remarkable how many times I've seen Adam's picture in the paper over the last three years due to a bill he's authored being signed into law. Even if you stand on the other side of the aisle from Adam, you have to admire his ability to get things done.

He is rock-solid on protecting sportsmen, small business owners, farmers, and property owners from the long arm of government overstep. I know, if elected, Adam will continue to deliver results for the people of the 10th Senate District and everyone in western Wisconsin. On Dec. 19 I will be voting Adam Jarchow for State Senate.

R J Hartung


Air quality regulations could be eliminated


As if the Trump administration's attacks on public health and the environment weren't enough, Wisconsin Public Radio reported on Nov. 21 that the Wisconsin State Assembly is considering a bill to eliminate all of our state's air quality regulations by the end of next year.

Wisconsin regulates 293 pollutants not covered by federal law, including 94 which have been found in Wisconsin's environment. Our legislators argue that the DNR can reintroduce regulations subject to approval by the legislature. Rep. Jimmy Anderson of Fitchburg objects, "It seems that we're sweeping away the entirety of the regulations that are above the federal level and asking the DNR to re-do the work."

Sarah Barry of Clean Wisconsin explains that the extra regulations are especially important in protecting Wisconsin residents from the emissions of smaller plants not regulated by the federal government, which may have the most damaging effects on health and the environment.

This irresponsible move on the part of the Assembly may reflect an alarming trend toward what some call "air pollution denialism" now influencing government policy. Professor Robert Phalen at the University of California at Irvine has mind-bogglingly claims that "Modern air is a little too clean for optimum health." He asserts that a certain level of pollution somehow immunizes us against dirty air. This man is a current nominee for science advisor at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Meanwhile, the American Lung Association has joined with other organizations to sue the EPA for delaying the implementation of smog standards. The EPA's manifest neglect of its mission blows holes in any argument for trusting the agency to enforce even its minimal standards.

It appears that any policy in which Wisconsin has proudly led the nation is now threatened by powerful moneyed interests with a stake in undoing our laws.

Thomas R. Smith

River Falls