A collection of recent letters to the editor published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Legislature is will of the people too -- John Voss
In Wednesday's letter to the editor "GOP should heed will of the people" the writer believes that when there is divided government, the governor's agenda should prevail and the Legislature should simply defer to that agenda. Why?
Why is a governor's election more important than legislators' elections? Why is one the "will of the people" and the others are not?
Does the writer believe Tony Evers' 1% victory was somehow a huge mandate? Certainly, his election reflects the will of the people on one side of the political aisle.
But the will of the people who voted in the Republican majorities in the Legislature is just as important.
I liked it when there was full Republican control at the Capitol. Now I support a Republican Legislature who is trying to govern according to conservative principles and who is defending the conservative agenda of the Scott Walker years.
According to the will of the people in Wisconsin called Republicans, the state has and will be well-served by the governance of our Republican Legislature.
John Voss, Madison
Mom was vital to understanding work -- Mary Foote
My mother started teaching in rural schools when she was 17 and retired at 65. Then she worked as a substitute teacher until she was in her 70s.
Mother always put her student’s welfare first and was invested in their lives while they were in her classroom, and for the rest of their lives. Her students were always welcomed in her life, and everywhere in the small community former students greeted her.
She cultivated an unlimited extended family. Many former grade school students attended her 90th birthday party -- sadly, her last.
My mother was not financially rewarded for her teaching, but she was noble about her profession and, having grown up in the Depression, always appreciated her salary. She sometimes needed a second job because both of her children were expected to receive an advanced education. When she received her retirement pension, she also depended on Social Security and Medicare benefits.
We are a long way from the days when rural school teachers were entrusted with the development of young minds. I’m just glad that her work was intrinsically rewarding, and she made a difference.
Mary Foote, Madison
GOP has no plan for health care -- Robin Carre
By now it should come as no surprise that a study produced for the state insurance commissioner directly refutes Republican claims that accepting Medicaid expansion would raise health insurance rates on the individual market.
During their more than 10-year, post-Obamacare tantrum, Republicans have spun a tangled web of deceit: from death panels to the death spiral, while offering no solutions of their own.
Even less surprising is that the spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, Kit Beyer, responded to the report by blaming the messenger, attacking "highly paid bureaucrats ... promoting a big government agenda."
What is painfully clear is when it comes to heath care policy, Republicans have no game except for lies and partisan finger-pointing.
Robin Carre, Madison
We must sacrifice to save our planet -- R. Martin Smith
Tuesday's article about the toll humans have taken on "nature" implies what I think has become true -- we as humans do not see ourselves as part of nature.
"Nature" is something "out there" -- all those other animals and plants. It is something to be experienced, manipulated, harvested, even trashed and abused. We think we can controlled nature. Then we noticed the warming climate and the permanent disappearance of many types of plants and animals, and we saw we might be responsible. And more to the point, we realized it might be affecting our lives and future.
We evolved as a species from the natural world. Yes, we became perhaps the wisest and smartest and most self-aware of all living creatures, but I am not convinced that this necessarily makes us either wise or smart. Over the course of the history, living creatures have faced periods of population booms and busts, mostly for events over which they had little or no control. Now, a species may become willfully and consciously responsible for its own demise. And that species is us.
Reversing this trend will not be easy. It requires sacrifice. It will be uncomfortable. It will probably require that you change your lifestyle, scale back and do without. How many of us have the will power to make these changes? I wonder.
R. Martin Smith, Madison