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Letters to the editor: Dementia strikes every 6 seconds; Support for local candidates

Dementia strikes every 6 seconds

TO THE EDITOR

Someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease every 6 seconds in America. That number includes more than 1,200 residents of St. Croix County who are living with dementia and that number does not include those yet to be diagnosed.

Along with that are the thousands more who are living with, working with and caring for those with the disease.

More than 90 caregivers, professionals and volunteers recently participated in the Virtual Dementia Tour in Hudson. The tour is the creation of Second Wind Dreams and is based on 20 years of research into dementia. The tour gave participants the chance to experience what living with dementia and memory loss is like and insight into some of the difficult behaviors that result from the disease.

The tour also included a chance for participants to discuss their tour experience with St. Croix County Dementia Care Specialist Nancy Abrahamson. The National Association of Elder Abuse and Neglect states that caregivers educated about how to provide good care are less likely to physically or emotionally abuse or neglect the person in their care.

WCCO television filmed a report from the tour that can be seen at WCCO.com/links searching Liz Collin/Alzheimer's dementia. The tour was the result of collaboration between St. Croix County Adult Protection and the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), Azura Memory Care, Christian Community Home, Comfort Keepers, Comforts of Home, Woodland Hills, Red

Cedar Canyon and the YMCA and the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson.

There are plans to present the Virtual Dementia Tour in other communities around the county. Information about dementia and memory loss is available county-wide from Dementia Care Specialist Abrahamson through the ADRC where a wide variety of services are available. St. Croix County Adult Protective Services also work in connection with Abrahamson to insure that anyone at risk with dementia receives help. Abuse and neglect may be preventable if families and those diagnosed with dementia seek information and support. For assistance, contact Abrahamson at 715-381-4411.

In addition, Western Wisconsin Journal is airing a series of interviews called Living with Dementia on the River Channel, channel 15, in the Hudson area. The series features interviews with several family caregivers, an elder law specialist, the medical director from an area memory care unit and a dementia care specialist.

Bonnie Edlund and Jo Anne Friedell

St. Croix County Adult Protection Workers

Vote for Jarchow

TO THE EDITOR

Let me tell you why it is important for your readers to get out and vote on Dec. 19 for Rep. Adam Jarchow to fill Sheila Harsdorf's open Senate seat.

I know from personal experience that Adam gets things done. He is hard-working and full of passion for helping the citizens of his district. He is a great listener, a problem-solver, and is very much in touch with what is on the minds of his constituents.

My family struggled in the courts for over 10 years to fight for our property rights. We kept losing our battles because the laws, as written, were not strong enough or clear enough to protect our property rights. After losing our case at the United States Supreme Court last June,

Adam immediately sprang into action to fix the laws in Wisconsin. Adam Jarchow introduced legislation last summer known as the "Homeowners Bill of Rights." It passed the Senate and Assembly with bi-partisan support in early November, and Gov. Walker signed it into law on Nov. 27. It still amazes me that Adam was able to get this legislation passed in less than four months. Like I said, he gets things done!

Since he was first elected to the Assembly in 2014 to represent the 28th District, Adam has had a dozen of his bills passed into law. He is not afraid to stick his neck out, and is willing to take on the hard issues.

The "off-cycle" election in December to pick the Republican candidate is a bit unusual, and perhaps is why it is so important for people to get out and vote on Dec. 19. While Adam Jarchow's opponent, Shannon Zimmerman, is doing a great job in the Assembly, he does not have the necessary experience and, to-date, has not had any bills passed.

If you want to make sure your property rights are protected, and you want great representation by an energetic, passionate legislator, you will vote for Adam Jarchow for Senate, and leave

Shannon Zimmerman in the Assembly. These two, together, make a great team for this district.

Donna Murr

Eau Claire

Hudson summer resident

Support for Patty

TO THE EDITOR

I encourage everyone to vote for Patty Schachtner for State Senator in the Dec. 19 primary. A few years back, I had the great fortune to watch Patty in action when she saw we needed a resource guide to help those struggling with addiction and mental health issues find access to care, and she brought community leaders together to get it done.

She reached out to our local hospital boards and clinics, made her case for the need for the guide, got commitments for funding the initiative, and had this multi-page, full color guide printed and mailed to every household in St. Croix County without using a single penny of taxpayer money. She accomplished this task within two months, from beginning to end.

The resource guide was titled "We Are All In This Together," and that's exactly how Patty feels about everyone she meets—and those she hasn't yet met.

Patty has the right priorities and talent to be the voice of our communities. When she sees a need, she finds a way to bring people together to meet it. We need her working on our behalf in the state legislature. Please vote for Patty Schachtner on Dec. 19.

Barry Urbas

Hudson

Murtha for Jarchow

TO THE EDITOR

It was a true honor and sincere pleasure to represent the people of the 29th Assembly District. During my tenure, the Legislature had many accomplishments. We stuck to our conservative principles, we created an environment for small businesses to grow, and we have been seeing many positive results.

I am proud of the work we accomplished in the Legislature, but there is always more work to be done. Thank you for putting your trust in me. Now I am asking you to place your trust in Adam Jarchow.

Adam is running to replace Sheila Harsdorf in the State Senate. I served with Adam in the State Assembly and I believe he is the best person to fill our State Senate seat. Adam is hard working, dedicated, and isn't afraid to tackle the tough issues. Adam currently represents the 28th Assembly District, just north of the 29th Assembly District. He is a true conservative who believes in limited government and individual liberty. He was excellent to work with while I was in office, and the people of the 10th Senate District would be lucky to have Adam represent them in Madison.

Outside of the Legislature, Adam is a small business attorney, a small-business owner, and a volunteer firefighter. He lives with his wife Barbara and their set of twins just outside of Balsam Lake. He truly represents what it means to be a citizen legislator.

On Tuesday, Dec. 19 please join me in voting Adam Jarchow for State Senate.

John Murtha

Former Rep. 29 th Assembly District

Baldwin

Jarchow for Senate

TO THE EDITOR

Adam Jarchow, assemblyman from District 28 since 2015, is running for the seat previously

held by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf.

Adam graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1997. Since age 12 Adam has been an avid hunter. Adam attended the University of South Florida earning a degree in finance. Adam then attended the University of Florida earning a law degree.

Adam and Barbara, his wife of 15 years, live outside of Balsam Lake with their twins Megan and Bo. As an attorney Adam has spent his career working for small businesses, farmers, community banks, and local communities. Adam is a volunteer at the Apple River Fire Department and he serves on the Board of the Polk County Economic Development Corporation.

Adam has delivered conservative results. In his first two terms in the Assembly, a dozen of

Jarchow's bills have been signed into law by Gov. Walker, that cover homeowners bill of rights, the right to hunt act, ATV / UTV reform, property rights protections, and modernizing business law. Gov. Walker in late November signed into law three bills authored by Adam. Adam recently received "The 2017 Property Taxpayers Champion Award."

Adam has been endorsed by a number of current and former Republican State Representatives from the 10th Senate District including sitting Rep. Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond) and former Reps. Erik Severson (R-Osceola), Dean Knudson (R-Hudson), John Murtha (R-Baldwin), Andy Lamb (R-Menomonie) and Mark Pettis (R-Hertel). Adam is also endorsed by a number of local government leaders including former St. Croix County Board Chair Daryl Standafer and former Polk County Board Chair, Bob Blake.

Adam wants to lower taxes and support smaller government. Adam did not like the spending increases in the recently passed state budget. Adam has been a watchdog for taxpayers, gun owners, property owners and small business owners. His legislation aims to "get government out of the way." Please join me in voting for Adam Jarchow on Dec. 19.

Elise Walker

Amery

Vote Calabrese for Senate

TO THE EDITOR

Dec. 19! State Senate District 10 primary vote! I support John Calabrese for the Democratic ticket, and here's why: he has spent the last several years working with legislators in Madison to get money out of politics. John is an anti-corruption activist, and the first step in this anti-corruption campaign is to make campaign finance reform happen, indeed it is the only way to "drain the swamp."

John also powerfully supports wilderness conservation, clean air, clean water, equitable financing for public schools as well as maintaining healthy infrastructure.

We can begin right now to change the face of politics by voting for candidates who will be the voice of the people. Your voice! If you live in State Senate District 10 then I'm asking you to vote for John Calabrese on Dec. 19.

Stephanie May

Downing

Vote for Zimmerman

TO THE EDITOR

On Tuesday, Dec. 19 there will be a very important Republican primary election for the 10th State Senate seat vacated by State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. Our current State Assembly Rep. Shannon Zimmerman has the background, experience and vision that we need in our next State Senator.

As a businessman, Shannon and his wife Angel grew their business Sajan over the last 20 years in River Falls, providing hundreds of good paying jobs for local residents. Shannon is cognizant of the need for solid education for our upcoming workforce, a tax environment that draws companies to our state, and the need for fiscal responsibility in Madison.

I am proud to support Shannon Zimmerman in the election for our next State Senator District 10.

Lori Bernard

Former Hudson City Council and St. Croix County Board member

Knudson for Jarchow

TO THE EDITOR

I strongly support State Rep. Adam Jarchow to replace Sheila Harsdorf in the Wisconsin State Senate. Jarchow has proven to be a strong advocate for northwestern Wisconsin. In our hyper-partisan era, Jarchow has shown he is willing to buck the establishment in Madison to stand up for his district. He is bright and principled, with a record of accomplishment in Madison, but what sets Adam apart is his political courage. Join me in voting for Adam Jarchow on Dec. 19.

Dean Knudson

former state representative

Hudson

Money out of politics

TO THE EDITOR

In 2010, U.S. Supreme Court decided to grant organizations like unions, nonprofits, corporations, and other artificial entities, the constitutional rights that had been reserved for ordinary Americans. This decision was referred to as "Citizens United."

As a result of this ruling, big organizations with large amounts of money have been allowed to act like individual citizens and donate money (considered freedom of speech) to our politics. The consequence of this ruling is that the U.S. now has extended political campaigns with lots of money donated by large organizations in order to buy campaign advertising, make phone calls and deliver mailings to influence the vote. This is occurring within all political parties. How can the contributions of an individual American voter compete with the millions of dollars donated by these organizations? Is the individual American's voice even being heard?

In order to get rid of this Supreme Court decision, we must pursue an amendment to clarify what "We the People" and "Free Speech" mean in the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment would specifically define who is considered "We The People" and clearly state that money is not part of free speech as defined in our Constitution. A nonpartisan group called United to Amend has been working nationwide to initiate the Amendment process. Go to Wisconsin@unitedtoamend.org or call 608-316-1792.

St. Croix County has now authorized a Referendum so voters can decide for themselves whether they support having corporations, unions, nonprofits or other artificial entities considered human beings and whether money is freedom of speech. If passed, this will be a first step toward seeking an Amendment to this part of the U.S. Constitution. Nationwide, over 700 communities and 18 state legislatures have passed this resolution to amend. The Resolution will appear on the April 10, 2018 ballot.

Deborah Monicken

North Hudson

Children and abuse

TO THE EDITOR

I am too young to speak for myself. My dad has abused us. He is so normal in public situations that no one would believe what he does at home. If my mom and sister were to say what he does to us, you would think they were mentally ill, but they are telling the truth.

How do we get the court system to trust the words of the deeds hidden at home? How do we get the Guardian Ad Litems to trust the words that seem totally unbelievable, but in truth, happen?

The trauma the children go through is horrendous when the legal system grants 50/50 placement. Abusers should not get the automatic benefit of 50/50. With the severe abuse, sometimes the placement should only be for the abuser to get professionally supervised visitation. This allows for much less trauma for everyone. When a child is made to go back to the abuser, the trauma they experience goes on far longer than the time period they have with that parent.

Everyone else suffers — the child and the parent who has to deal with the fallout of that encounter that lasts for days and sometimes weeks — and they get revictimized again for having to spend time with the abuser. These victims, adult and child alike, need a personal advocate, not more condemnation from the legal system. When you see someone that seems to be hurting in an abusive relationship, they probably are. Are you a safe enough person for them to tell the truth to?

Darlene Bochman

Menomonie