Here are today's letters to the editor from readers of the Wisconsin State Journal.
Amy Klobuchar with Paul Ryan would be invincible in 2020 -- Tom Raschke
Want to elect a female Democrat as president?
Have former Vice President Joe Biden drop out and throw his support to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. That may be enough.
But the sure way for her to secure a landslide victory, win every state, give Republicans and conservatives an excuse to vote against President Donald Trump, and get her agenda through Congress is to pick Paul Ryan, the former speaker of the House from Wisconsin, as her vice president.
Tom Raschke, Madison
City must provide services to support shelters -- Scott Favour
The redevelopment and expansion of the Salvation Army property on East Washington Avenue looks like a nice upgrade to its current facility.
I understand the need for homeless services in Madison is great, and the Salvation Army is responsible for the behaviors on their own property and less so for the associated behaviors surrounding it.
But I am opposed to the project because the city hasn't addressed the added need for services this project will create.
The current budget does not add police or fire services. Have more public health workers been added? How about more mental health specialists? What about parks staff to deal with issues in nearby parks caused by those drawn to increased services?
The city has done this before. Look at the problems around Rethke Avenue and Tree Lane. The city has been adding density at a rapid rate of all kinds of housing without adequately addressing the need for services associated with that density and growth.
I support the mission of the Salvation Army. It's too bad the city fails time and again to adequately support the neighborhoods where these buildings are sited.
Scott Favour, Madison
Trump insulted Gold Star family -- Maggie Thomas
The letter to the editor last Sunday "Trump defies the deep-state swamp" sang President Donald Trump’s praises by repeating multiple right-wing conspiracy theories: A deep state intelligence apparatus is tasked with taking out Trump, Hillary Clinton’s name is prefaced by the word “crooked,” and Joe Biden and his son Hunter did something illegal.
The writer then went on to suggest that ungrateful Americans who don’t love the flag and are not proud of our country should tell that to a Gold Star family and perhaps find another country of choice.
Donald Trump did just that when he insulted Captain Humayun Saqib Muazzam Khan's Gold Star family in 2016. Through his repeated actions, Trump also has appeared to pledge his allegiance to Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and North Korea.
To the detriment of our nation and America’s national security, it would appear as though President Trump has taken this writer’s advice.
Maggie Thomas, Madison
Citizens deserve debate on guns -- Jane Noffke
Recent polls show about 80% of Wisconsin citizens favor universal background checks and red-flag laws. But Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, has declared that such common-sense gun safety measures will not be so much as discussed by the Wisconsin Legislature.
Gov. Tony Evers has called a special legislative session to discuss them, but Fitzgerald promises he will adjourn it as soon as it is called to order.
I would never suggest that he or any other legislator vote against his conscience simply because a piece of legislation is popular. But this is a democracy. We deserve to hear our representatives discuss this issue publicly, to hear their rationale for rejecting it against the apparent will of the people.
It is important that we know where each of them stands so we can vote our consciences at the next election.
If our representatives in the Legislature oppose background checks for any reason other than political cowardice, they need a chance to make their case. Unfortunately, it is likely Sen. Fitzgerald chooses to avoid the discussion only to protect his fellow Republicans from being forced to take a public stand that might hurt them in the next election.
Jane Noffke, Madison
Year-round daylight saving time is best -- Sara Roberts
Tuesday's article about daylight saving time was biased against the idea.
Those who live in Arizona and Hawaii live closer to the equator than we do, so they don't have as much variation in daylight and darkness as we do here. If we get rid of daylight saving time, the sky would begin to lighten far too early during the height of summer. To make the most of our summer sun, we would have to rise up much earlier in the morning to enjoy the daylight we can now enjoy because it stays light so long in the evening.
I know which I would prefer.
So let’s have daylight saving time all the time because that should address some of the issues raised. I am sure my circadian rhythm will adjust.
Sara Roberts, Fitchburg