Here are today's letters to the editor from readers of the Wisconsin State Journal.
Biden deserves to be investigated -- Jon Nelson
Joe Biden should be investigated for malfeasance in office while he was vice president of the United States. His official involvement with Ukraine appears to coincide with his son's otherwise inexplicable enrichment.
President Donald Trump asked for an investigation in his now-famous telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. You can read the transcript.
Trying to shift the focus from Biden’s potential malfeasance in office to petty “digging up dirt” on Biden is a pretty convenient way to take the heat off Biden and transfer it to President Trump. Degrading an investigation into “digging up dirt” seems to be gaining traction with our political set.
The fact that Biden is now running for president doesn’t shield him from investigation or prosecution if he didn't something wrong while in office. And Biden’s actions in Ukraine occurred before he became a candidate for president. Running for president is not a “get out of jail free” card.
Jon Nelson, Verona
We can't ignore unethical behavior -- Sue Kies
Why will we humans blindly condone people of power, however unethical, if they are leaders in institutions we support? Abuse of power does nothing to help that institution, be it abusive Catholic priests, Boy Scout leaders, coaches, doctors or corrupt political leaders. Corruption like this corrodes and destroys.
Imagine any previous sitting president bragging about grabbing women’s private parts, tweeting threats to witnesses, calling people malicious names, or proposing deals with foreign countries for his own personal gain.
Imagine a child in school doing the first three. When a person acts abusively, we call that person a bully. And we don’t tolerate it.
While gathered around Thanksgiving tables during "Bible Week" and celebrating under Christmas trees, hopefully Wisconsinites will consider the ethical meaning of these holidays spent with family and friends: Treat each other with respect -- and support those in power who do the same, even if they don’t espouse the same groups or institutions that we do.
Sue Kies, Platteville
President deserves to be impeached -- Brian Parks
After two weeks of public testimony in the House impeachment hearings, we clearly see that our executive branch pursued two disparate diplomatic channels with Ukraine.
One was a path furthering tangible support for a developing democracy, Ukraine, struggling with an aggressive and powerful neighbor, Russia. The other concerned the Trump administration combating corruption by pressuring the Ukrainian president to announce investigations of a single company with the son of a political rival on its board. This latter agenda was improper.
If a meeting in the Oval Office and possibly the release of approved military support were likely conditional on Ukraine announcing investigations, President Donald Trump should be held accountable.
It is "beyond a reasonable doubt" that Trump knew and approved of the latter agenda. Regardless of his involvement in its planning, this is impeachable if "a favor" was required of Ukraine.
But let’s really stretch reasonable doubt momentarily and accept that the latter channel was pursued without President Trump's knowledge or approval. Shouldn't we expect the Justice Department to seek charges against those working behind the president’s back?
White House materials and testimony from others, which have been blocked by the president, could answer this clearly and also address whether this agenda constituted bribery. Not releasing these materials is obstruction of justice -- also a “high crime.”
Brian Parks, Madison
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin should drop support for F-35 -- Allen Ruff
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, should be commended for coming to the defense of Air National Guard Master Sgt. Jay Ellis. After all, he apparently is being penalized and retaliated against for being the whistleblower who exposed the toxic environment of sexual harassment and abuse within the Air National Guard 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field. Clearly, she is doing the right thing, as did he.
In the same vein, the senator would be equally worthy of praise if she would withdraw her support for the arrival of another form of environmental toxicity proposed for Truax -- the “beddown” of the F-35 fighter jets at the base under the care of the same Air National Guard unit that Ellis exposed.
Allen Ruff, Madison
Packers need better mental preparation -- Patricia S. Rogeberg
Having watched the Green Back Packers game Sunday night, I am stunned by the waste of talent on the team.
All of these men are incredibly athletes, some of them arguably the very best in their field. Regardless, they performed miserably. When that much talent is present, one can only blame a lack of psychological readiness.
You could see that as the players walked out of the tunnel, before the game. They looked like they were planning their Thanksgiving grocery list. They were totally lackluster even before taking the field.
The psychology of sports, having athletes ready at the right time, is up to their leadership -- the coaching staff.
Sadly, head coach Matt LaFleur and the rest of his staff are just not doing the job.
Patricia S. Rogeberg, Madison