A collection of recent letters to the editor published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Democrats should let Trump govern -- Jerzy Matian
After the failed Russian collusion fiasco, now Democrats are after President Donald Trump's tax returns.
The investigation and fights are never over. And because nobody is perfect, sooner or later the Democrats with find "something."
Nowadays it's always political party interest before country. And I thought we elected our president to govern.
Jerzy Matian, Mauston
Support for Trump is unbelievable -- Jeff Seltz
I am in disbelief that we allow a self-serving, lying, bigoted and cruel person to be our president. And I can't believe he has the support of a majority of the U.S. Senate, as well as about 40% of voters nationwide.
I just can't believe it.
Jeff Seltz, Middleton
Sacred Feather building was a gem -- Charlie Rogers
I worked at and took care of the building at 417 State St. It was home to the Sacred Feather for over 30 years.
When the Badame family bought the building, it was the Ethel Woods Intimate Apparel and in rough shape. We wanted to return it to its 19th century glory. We researched what the buildings and architecture looked like at that time, viewing photos of the original building from the 1800s.
I cleaned the Milwaukee "Cream City" bricks by hand. I repainted the facade with colors to highlight its style, and almost every year the natural redwood windows were cleaned and re-oiled.
The damage that was done to the bricks and mortar and the natural redwood is probably not reversible and certainly degrading to the history of the building.
The Sacred Feather building used to be included on the walking tour of the architecture of State Street. It will probably now be included on how you damage and degrade the last setback house on State Street.
We all have now witnessed the first nails being placed in the coffin of that wonderful historic building.
Charlie Rogers, Cottage Grove
Get rid of stigma of mental illness -- Jeffrey L. Brooks
Have you ever seen films that mistakenly depict and exaggerate those who suffer from mental illness, such as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"? Almost every patient in that film was wrongfully portrayed as severely mentally ill and out of touch with reality.
Mental illness, like diabetes, can be treated. Patients' symptoms can be regulated with a combination of psychotherapy and compliance with medication.
Society sees people with mental disorders as crazy, dangerous, delusional and psychotic when experiencing symptoms. What society fails to realize is that, when treated, most people with mental health issues are high functioning, very intelligent, exceptionally remarkable and gifted innovators of the 21st century.
The stigma behind mental illness depreciates the ingenuity of those with mental defects, which society incompetently fails to explore.
Jeffrey L. Brooks, Madison
NRA antics don't deserve support -- Daniel Berns
Following many years of membership, I left the National Rifle Association.
I agree with the Second Amendment and oppose the registration of guns. So what is wrong with the NRA?
First, I don't like the "any gun, any time" mentality. Someone can purchase a new gun and sell it immediately at a gun show as a used weapon without limits.
Second, I don't agree with the NRA's view of assault weapons. These have a military appearance and can't be used for hunting, which leaves the reason for purchase questionable. They are clip fed with up to 30 rounds of high-caliber ammunition. They are designed for killing people. Wisconsin hunting regulations prohibit having a gun with over three rounds capacity when hunting migratory birds. How can we prevent wanton slaughter of waterfowl while we allow the terrorists to fire multiple rounds into children huddled behind a pleading teacher?
The NRA sponsors a lockstep mentality that condones these killing tools. I suspect many people buying assault weapons are insecure individuals hiding their personality deficiencies behind their gun. Home protection does not require an assault weapon. A shotgun and a handgun will suffice.
Don't accuse me of a lack of patriotism. My great-grandfather walked 50 miles to volunteer for the Civil War, and my older brother was a 19-year-old tail gunner on a B-24 bomber in World War II. He ended the war as a German prisoner of war. Of my extended family, several were killed or severely wounded on three continents in our country's wars.
Daniel Berns, Hillpoint