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Duffy's Town Hall meeting


Mr. Duffy's behavior does not match his discussion of equal opportunity and respect. When he misrepresented global warming and individuals quietly disagreed, they were scolded for rudeness.

Manipulating supporters in the audience, Duffy spun issues to play on their emotions. His fans cheered and jeered at his description of democrats' untruths and corruption.

Playing favorites and dividing neighbors distracts from important work.

Families struggle with basic needs in spite of low unemployment. One-third of children here economically qualify for free/reduced school lunch. People sleep in their cars due to homelessness.

Who are we when supporters delight at an official's humiliation of someone who questions tactics? Who is the U.S Representative who answers with rapid-fire questions, accusations and belittling?

At least three women were put down when they inquired about gun control, immigration, gerrymandering, and private interest groups injecting big money into politics.

A woman said past conservatives like Nixon, Truman and Teddy Roosevelt promoted national health care, the EPA, anti-trust legislation, national parks and public lands conservation. She no longer supports republicans' values. She said our economic system was created as socialism and capitalism combined.

It's OK when the government bails out corporations, but is called "Socialism" when we want to take care of people's needs?

Duffy said the questioner wouldn't be claimed by conservatives since she said she was a socialist. She denied saying that. Duffy admonished her for interrupting him.

Lastly, Duffy mocked his mother, as she disagrees with his politics. Is that funny?

Voters take notice.

Carol Jones

New Richmond

Human slavery in the St. Croix Valley


On April 4, Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Hudson House, 1616 Crest View Drive in Hudson, there will be a presentation given by Terry Forliti of Breaking Free! ( In addition to being a survivor of "the life," Terry focused on empowerment of the marginalized while obtaining her degree in Organizational Leadership in 2005. Terry is the Executive Director of Breaking Free! and a member of the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force.

Unfortunately, for many of us, we have lived in ignorance about the human slavery/trafficking crimes against humanity in the St. Croix Valley. Please attend this special event, with opening remarks by St. Croix County District Attorney Michael Nieskes. Young adults and students are encouraged to attend to help identify a potential victim of human slavery in our area and how to avoid becoming a victim of human slavery. Victims are frequently targeted through social media, and we have all seen how our society has disappeared into unfeeling social media to the exclusion of real human contact, especially our youth. If a potential victim leaves their home and takes a bus to somewhere, chances are good that within 24 hours, that potential victim will be held in human slavery. This is in OUR neighborhood.

Breaking Free! offers an opportunity to escape this human slavery, but we can help our community by being educated. This event is open to the public with special invitations extended to churches, schools, businesses, police and local government representatives. The signs of human slavery are not what you would expect. With our community being a major corridor for human trafficking, please attend this event to be educated about this evil in our midst.

Darla Meyers


Tell Sen. Johnson to uphold our Constitution


The U.S. House now has voted to block President Trump's recent national emergency declaration—a declaration that Mr. Trump made in hopes of shifting around U.S. taxpayer dollars to cover the costs of starting construction on his southern border wall, that wall he promised us all Mexico would pay for.

Congress, even when both the House and the Senate were in firm Republican control during Mr. Trump's first two years in office, exercised its Constitutional power of the purse by consistently refusing to appropriate all the money Mr. Trump wanted, whenever he wanted it, to build his wall.

Five of Wisconsin's eight Representatives in the House voted with the majority to nullify Mr. Trump's emergency declaration and to preserve our U.S. Constitution's separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches of our government.

Republican Reps. Gallagher (WI CD 8) and Sensenbrenner (WI CD 5) were among those five, but, unfortunately, our Rep. Duffy (WI CD 7) was not.

Rep. Sensenbrenner, the longest-serving of our current Wisconsin members of Congress and one who helped manage Republican efforts to remove Bill Clinton from office, supports a border wall but disapproves of Mr. Trump's executive overreach; he said: "insufficient action—however frustrating it may be—is still the prerogative of the legislative branch. It is imperative that no administration, Republican or Democratic, circumvent the will of Congress." (NYT, Feb. 26, 2019)

Next, the Senate will take up a resolution of disapproval regarding Mr. Trump's emergency. Tell our Sen. Johnson to vote, like Rep. Sensenbrenner, for nullification and for upholding our Constitution's system of checks and balances in government.

Celeste Koeberl

Town of Hudson