A collection of recent letters to the editor published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Don't let Bernie Sanders ruin our Democratic Party -- Jill Borsuk
Why are we Democrats surrendering our party to Bernie Sanders? We should be teaching our young people to be Democrats, not tricking them with Sander's lies.
Capitalism needs a fix, but that does not mean we become socialists. My parents taught me to be a Democrat, not a socialist. We have other answers besides Sanders. Can we do more with the Earned Income Tax Credit? What about the $15 minimum wage? We have been working for health care for many years. We can handle one big program like, that but I am afraid the Green New Deal goes way too far.
Let's lead as Democrats and teach our children not to follow Sanders down the road of no return.
Jill Borsuk, Baraboo
Our Supreme Court is a laughingstock -- Kenneth Axe
When I attended UW Law School in the 1970s, the Wisconsin Supreme Court was respected nationwide, and often cited by others. While its jurists were not uniform in their politics, they looked to the law, and the center.
The court is unrecognizable and has become a laughingstock, populated by rigid right-wing ideologues who no longer even pretend to hide their orthodoxy and bias. Their seats were purchased by out-of-state dark money in elections that have set record spending levels. Targeted advertising is the order of the day.
Recently the court issued an opinion reversing its decision of just three years ago, concerning the authority of superintendent of schools. The state constitution has not changed in the interim, nor the facts, nor the parties. Only some of the justices are different.
This court would fail first-year law school, where one is taught the centuries-old rule of "stare decisis," or the value of precedent to enable certainty in the law. In other opinions, they have improperly found facts, misstated the law and sought to obscure evidence.
The only thing predictable, like their recent lame-duck case, is the outcome. In years past, this case would have been tossed out.
Shame on them.
Kenneth Axe, Stoughton
Politics is a real life 'Game of Thrones' -- Pat Goldschmidt
Are you having 'Game of Thrones' withdrawal?
Do not despair. Season nine is playing out now.
We have Houses Lannister and Stark (Democrats and Republicans), the Night's Watch (border patrol) and a mad king. Immorality is common. We see scheming aides, lies and cowardice, flip-flopping and revenge seeking.
We certainly have less actual beheading and betrayal in our politics today. Still, no one is willing to take a bullet "for the Realm,” and no politician has the courage, willingness, compassion or selflessness to perform a true act of bravery.
This country deserves better, but methinks the long winter is just beginning.
Pat Goldschmidt, Verona
Climate is like a disaster movie -- Steve Lewis
Remember those disaster movies from the 1970s such as "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno"? Well, reading the paper these days reminds me of watching those back in the day.
Recently, the State Journal reported Antarctic sea ice is melting. We also seen reports that Arctic sea ice is melting, glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, extreme weather is increasing, wildfires are on the rise, species are going extinct, and coral reefs are dying.
I'm not sure I want to watch this movie to the end.
But maybe the good guys will save the day. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act would slow the disaster. U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Black Earth, isn't a cosponsor -- yet.
I'll keep writing him telling him to get on board. I'd like a happy ending.
Steve Lewis, Fitchburg
Impeach Trump for border actions -- Stephen Austin
The House of Representatives should take note: The worsening humanitarian crisis in progress at our border with Mexico was initiated by President Donald Trump's executive order making it harder for Central American refugees to seek asylum in this country, and should constitute one of multiple articles of impeachment.
The premeditated inhumane treatment of refugees includes the forced separation of thousands of children from families, gross crowding of detention centers, overtly unsanitary living conditions, inadequate medical care, and the locking of human beings in cages. Such actions are clearly violations of human rights as defined by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
These crimes against humanity surely fulfill the definition of "high crimes and misdemeanors," and contradict the very core values of this nation.
Stephen Austin, Madison