Here are today's letters to the editor from readers of the Wisconsin State Journal.
Schiff won't lead fair investigation -- Larry Holterman
Democrats voted to continue their ongoing impeachment investigations. They gave House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., total control over which transcripts will be made public. Democrats have already leaked selective testimony.
Rep. Schiff repeatedly misled Americans when he said he personally saw "Russian collusion” evidence that proved Russia stole the election from Hillary Clinton. Now we are expected to trust Rep. Schiff?
The resolution gives the impeachment investigation solely to the Intelligence Committee, stripping it from the Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees. Why? Because Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who have asked pointed questions during depositions, will no longer be allowed in the interviews.
Democrats will continue to do secret depositions, asking one-sided questions, and then decide which depositions to make public, with no interference from Republicans.
Rep. Schiff will control the witnesses. The resolution only gives the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the right to ask Schiff to call a witness. Rep. Schiff will not allow a witness he doesn’t think will help his impeachment cause.
Democrats will hold a few public hearings showcasing a few witnesses they believe will be most effective on television. They will exclude the rest.
Larry Holterman, Milton
Researcher's death was truly tragic -- Jane M. Allen-Jauch
I was deeply troubled by news of the suicide of UW-Madison research student John Brady. I mourn for Brady's family and friends who will never see him again.
John Brady faced a stressful work environment under an engineering professor before taking his own life.
Professor Akbar Sayeed created an untenable work environment at UW-Madison, according to graduate students, and it is tragic that an important life has been lost. Many student researchers were being paid part-time, yet faithfully working 60 to 70 hours per week in a workplace filled with degrading taunts and hostility, according to a university report. Brady persevered until he could take it no longer.
It is an embarrassment that our own university failed to alert the National Science Foundation to the evidence supporting the toxicity of Sayeed’s lab environment. The NSF may have severed ties with the professor, but UW-Madison hasn't.
I just hope "outing" professor Sayeed’s treatment of those in his employ will help to prevent any such behavior in the future.
Finally, if you or someone you know seems depressed or has expressed thoughts of doing harm, please know help is out there waiting for you. Reach out.
Jane M. Allen-Jauch, Madison
Pfaff should have been confirmed -- Daniel Smith
I serve as a member of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection board of directors. I had the privilege of working with DATCP Secretary-designate Brad Pfaff over the past few months, as well as throughout my career in agriculture.
I wholeheartedly endorsed Pfaff’s confirmation as secretary of this vital agency. He demonstrated the experience, knowledge, leadership and commitment necessary to lead Wisconsin agriculture during these difficult times.
Given the current struggles Wisconsin agriculture is enduring, Pfaff’s qualifications and commitment were ideal for DATCP. The state Senate was wrong to vote down his confirmation. This will hurt DATCP's ability to better Wisconsin agriculture.
Daniel Smith, Arena
Statements on F-35 weren't misleading -- Rep. Chris Taylor
Susan Schmitz's Oct. 25 letter to the editor, "Taylor is misleading people about F-35s," disputes the validity of comments I made during my Oct. 10 Assembly floor speech against stationing F-35s in our dense, residential community.
I would encourage the public to listen to my speech on wiseye.org. As the video shows, I state that the Air Force’s Environmental Impact Statement for Burlington, Vermont, where F-35 military jets are now arriving, estimated that the F-35s would be four times louder than the F-16s currently being flown.
My statement that F-35s have been flown in afterburner is also correct. There is significant doubt, however, from noise experts and even within the Air Force itself, as revealed in a leaked email, that F-35s will only use afterburners 5% of the time. This is important because increased afterburner use increases noise intensity and can change the area impacted.
Schmitz is pushing a proposal the U.S. Air Force warns will not just significantly disrupt some of our neighborhoods on Madison's East and North sides, but result in significant, disproportionate negative impacts on communities of color, low-income communities and children. As the Air Force concludes in the impact statement for our community, “impacts to environmental justice associated with the proposed action would be considered significant.”
Rep. Chris Taylor, 76th Assembly District, Madison