Here are today's letters to the editor from readers of the Wisconsin State Journal.
GOP deserves Evers' profanity -- Peter Davis
It was a pleasure to read Gov. Tony Evers' profane description of Republican legislators’ latest stunt when they refused to confirm Gov. Ever’s pick for agriculture secretary.
Bull excrement is an apt description of the Republicans' disinterest in any matter that will advance the common good. It may be time for Gov. Evers to directly confront Republican obstructionism in any way possible.
Peter Davis, Madison
Honor flight restores faith in mankind -- Phil Speth
I want to thank everyone associated with the Nov. 2 Badger Honor Flight.
The enthusiastic volunteers, the generous sponsors and the wonderful patriots at the airport all contributed to a unique and uplifting experience. The Dane County Airport was filled with veterans, honor guards, family members, friends and children who thanked us for our service. Every veteran was stunned at the turnout. Complete strangers were sincere in their appreciation.
An unexpected surprise at Washington's airport was the greeting from well wishers there. These fine people spent their time and money to honor us. It restored some faith in mankind in these tumultuous times.
Some tears were shed, some feelings were dispelled and some hearts were mended. The Badger Honor Flight is an excellent organization, and I encourage veterans to sign up for it and others to volunteer their services.
Thank you all.
Phil Speth, Oregon
Fitzgerald bullies the Legislature -- Kathryn Klement
Regarding the special-session fiasco pulled by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, I simply cannot understand why anyone would vote for someone who bullies his way through the Legislature.
I am appalled by the number of other Republicans legislators who stand behind him and this immature behavior that has no place in our government. To end a session immediately after it started to control your interests, and not the 80% of the state that supports some measure of gun control, is beyond belief. The bully controlling the Legislature refuses to hear our voice. Wake up, Wisconsin.
Kathryn Klement, McFarland
Downtown doesn't need more development -- Gary L. Kriewald
How dispiriting to read of a proposed development on Langdon Street in Madison. It's yet another monstrous, uninspired, overpriced eyesore being considered for the campus and Downtown area -- an event that seems to occur on a weekly basis. One would think that the (many) existing examples of this architectural genre would be enough to dissuade more, but apparently not.
Not long ago, I walked past the now vacant lot and imagined the unimaginable (at least in Madison): a serene little tree-filled space instead of a multi-story paean to excess -- in everything but taste. Instead of carping about insignificant details -- like the amount of metal panel siding or the number of parking spaces -- try this little mind game:
Look at a photo of the 1960s-vintage building that used to stand there and put it side-by-side with a rendering of the proposed building. Then ask yourself this question: What is gained?
Gary L. Kriewald, Madison
Include faculty in president search -- Kathy Brady
Faculty in the University of Wisconsin System are many things -- underpaid, undervalued and working under former Gov. Scott Walker-era policies that continue to wreak havoc on universities across the state.
But what faculty are not is under the illusion that they are "valued" in the search for a new System president. Without a single faculty representative on the search committee, UW Board of Regents President Drew Peterson can tell the press all he wants that, "We’re very focused on making sure faculty, staff, students have tremendous engagement in this process."
Over half of all UW System employees are faculty and academic staff. To ensure not one of them has a seat at the table says more than any prepared, press-spin statement ever could.
Kathy Brady, Whitewater