A collection of recent letters to the editor published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
County will soon need more jail beds -- Jerry Darda
The multimillion-dollar renovation proposal for the Dane County Jail to improve safety and provide alternatives to incarceration for the mentally ill is a good plan. But reducing the number of beds by 10% appears to be a political ploy to get the anti-police lobby to support the project.
Meanwhile, a growing number of bad parents refuse to accept responsibility for the disrespectful and criminal behavior of their kids, most likely because these behaviors reflect those of the parents.
It's also clear that a failed discipline policy in Madison schools is contributing to developing a disrespectful and abusive class of young people who will be unemployable and most likely head directly to jail in the near future.
It should be obvious that more, not fewer, beds will soon be needed in the new jail.
Jerry Darda, Madison
If you don't like GOP, vote them out -- Thomas Schaub
Recent letters to the editor have complained of Republican chutzpah for defying the results of the election making Democrat Tony Evers our governor. But these complaints are misguided.
In our system of government, the will of the people must be expressed in its choice of legislators and judges, as well as the governor. That means voting more than once every four years, and making our preferences known at every opportunity. If we don’t, we are very likely to end up in our current situation, with a governor whose policies we voted for unable to implement those policies because we haven’t voted out the opposition in the Legislature and the courts.
Just this spring we elected Brian Hagedorn and guaranteed a right-wing state Supreme Court because not enough people voted. Yes, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and their ilk are the self-righteous servants of ideas most Wisconsin citizens reject, and they are indeed obstructing the Evers administration. But they are exercising the power we have given them.
If you don’t like it, vote them out. (And support an end to gerrymandering.)
Thomas Schaub, Verona
Patriots must not dismiss meddling -- Brent Nicastro
I'm really tired of the Republican refrain that President Donald Trump has been exonerated by the Mueller report. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Robert Mueller's investigation resulted in 34 indictments against individuals, six of whom were former Trump advisers. Seven have pleaded guilty and have either served time, are in prison or are awaiting sentencing.
The evidence of direct collision between President Trump and the Russians was insufficient to warrant charges. But more than 700 former federal prosecutors -- Republicans and Democrats -- have signed a statement citing numerous instances of obstruction of justice by President Trump that would result in charges were he not a sitting president and therefore immune.
It is indisputable that the Russian government interfered with our 2016 elections in favor of President Trump. Any so-called patriotic American who doesn't view this as an assault on our democracy should consider trading their stars and stripes for a hammer and sickle.
Brent Nicastro, Madison
State care program isn't working -- Allan Wessel
When the state's Family Care was implemented in Dane County, the general view of the care organizations was that Dane County had a local system worth keeping and should be implemented throughout the state.
Rate cuts for providers ranged from 5% to 60%.
Fast-forward to this month and now parents, guardians and clients are finding out that Dane County's model was not sustainable under current state rules, regulations and funding. Some clients are no longer being supported for jobs due to reclassification by the state. Managed care organizations are running deficits and have cut rates to both housing providers and to support organizations.
Dane County has now joined the rest of the state in taking away the dignity and aspirations of many people with intellectual disabilities. Many parents and guardians voiced their concerns that this would happen, but were assured their fears were unfounded. We can give away billions to corporations, but can not support our people in need.
Allan Wessel, Madison
We must check our reckless president -- Joe McClain
Recklessness has been a hallmark of Donald Trump’s career both in business and politics. It is the latter that puts us all at risk. It is a palpable threat.
In commerce, Trump’s bad decisions can be seen in six bankruptcies, countless court cases and money lost in amounts that it is hard for the mind to conceive. He has been terrible at business, at deals.
In politics and governing, we see that sources of key information are rejected or never confronted. We see our alliances trashed, our international agreements reneged. Our relationships based on short-term goals rather than anything resembling strategy.
Democracy is fragile -- recklessness is a threat. The guardrails built into checks and balances must work. We as voters play a large role in whether there is an effective response to the inevitable outcome of unchecked recklessness.
Joe McClain, McFarland