From your letters to the editor: "It’s becoming clearer every day that one of the top tier candidates to the left of Joe Biden will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020."
Liberal policies will set us back -- David J. Rizzo
Democrats and Republicans are equally patriotic. Members of both parties want to move our country ahead. The challenge is that the two parties have clear and distinct differences as to how to move this country ahead.
It’s becoming clearer every day that one of the top tier candidates to the left of Joe Biden will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020. When that happens, the Democratic platform will feature: a ban on fracking, the implementation of "Medicare for All," the decriminalization of illegal immigration with open borders, elimination of the Electoral College and unrestricted access to abortions.
They will slash defense spending and turn our booming economy upside down by redistributing and confiscating the wealth of successful Americans through higher taxes. (Yes, even for the middle class will pay more, because otherwise they won't be able to raise enough money). They will also increase regulations on small business owners, which will choke off entrepreneurship and job creation.
If you support these planks, then by all means vote for the Democratic candidate. If one or more gives you pause, do some homework and decide which party has your interests in mind and which will move your country ahead.
David J. Rizzo, Fitchburg
Trump ignores our climate crisis -- Terry Schmeckpeper
You've probably seen news stories about a 16-year-old Swedish girl named Greta Thunberg who gave a speech at the United Nations conference.
Thunberg is concerned about the increasing damage from climate change and expressed those concerns in a speech to world leaders. She scolded them for their lack of action to minimize climate change and the danger that the lack of action presents to her generation and the ones to follow.
Thankfully, several countries had set up a meeting at the conference to discuss what each of them was planning to do to help reduce the conditions causing global warming. It's been well documented and over 90% of the world's climate scientists agree that human-caused climate change is happening.
What was President Donald Trump's reaction to the conference and the girl's urgent speech? He mostly skipped the climate conference. But he tweeted the following sarcastic message about the concerned girl who gave that speech: "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see."
Trump came across as sarcastic, ignorant, uninterested and uncaring. It’s embarrassing that he's making America look stupid and refuses to acknowledge a reality that has become common knowledge to the rest of the world.
God help us and our planet if he gets reelected in 2020.
Terry Schmeckpeper, Onalaska
Life is lived in shades of gray -- Rhiannon Tibbetts
About 7.7 billion individual points of view are in our world today, and most of our fellow humans will defend their own point of view with a near life-or-death tenacity. That's been a part of the human condition since the dawn of mankind.
As human strife and suffering worsen political and social upheaval and harm our world ecosystem, we must pull together to tackle the frightening perils before us. We really can accomplish great things through dialogue, empathy and negotiation. We can find win-win solutions. Right and wrong does exist, but the great majority of life is lived within shadings of gray.
I fervently hope that compassion, humility, teamwork, understanding, forgiveness, tactfulness and acceptance can be the tools used as we try to solve the daunting challenges before us. In reality, none of us has it completely figured out. So shouldn't our human bottom line be to seek education and to love one another? To me, our current path of uncompromising, interpersonal confrontation looks disastrous.
It is fairly easy to look on and criticize. But the more arduous and valuable work can be found within the endeavor of collaboratively and creatively finding solutions.
Rhiannon Tibbetts, Madison
Local theater needs support, too -- John Senseman
Being a fan of Broadway musicals, I am happy to see so much interest in "Hamilton" and the near-sellout crowds who showed up this weekend to buy tickets at such high prices.
But I have always been taken by the fact that so few people in the area enjoy the very professional performances put on by our local Four Seasons Theatre company. This company has put on shows such as "Evita," "South Pacific," "My Fair Lady," "Rent" and many others at very affordable prices. Our local theater lovers need to support this great company and enjoy its shows.
John Senseman, Verona
New laws needed for assault weapons -- Wolfgang Risop
We don't have to ask gun owners with automatic military weapons to surrender them.
Just put the sellers and manufacturers at risk by burdening them with the lawsuits by survivors of the victims killed or injured in mass shootings. It wouldn't matter if the shooter was legally eligible to purchase such guns.
Perhaps if such laws existed, the seller or manufacturers would receive bad publicity in the aftermath of mass shootings. This may not put an end to murder, but it will remove this dangerous weaponry from public places in the long run.
I appeal on all public officials to mandate some gun controls other than registering mentally disabled people. Guns with high-capacity magazines should only be available to the public in shooting ranges on a rental basis. They should be left under lock after target shooting, and gun ranges should only be open to members.
Wolfgang Risop, Madison