From your letters to the editor: "The buses have to pull up at the curb, jockeying for position with bikers, drivers and pedestrians. The passengers get off on a city sidewalk where there is no shelter, not even a bench to sit on to wait for a pickup."
Madison needs a real bus station -- Judith Landsman
My grandson took the bus from Minneapolis to Madison the other day. My husband and I met him -- not at a bus station or a dedicated terminal, but on Langdon Street, across from the Memorial Union.
The buses have to pull up at the curb, jockeying for position with bikers, drivers and pedestrians. The passengers get off on a city sidewalk where there is no shelter, not even a bench to sit on to wait for a pickup. The drivers load and unload baggage from the street.
Luckily, it was not raining or snowing or sleeting. The sidewalk wasn't covered in ice and the temperature was not brutally cold or shockingly hot. But all of those conditions will occur and the buses will still be pulling up on the side of the street. What an introduction to our city.
We need a bus station for intercity buses.
Judith Landsman, Madison
Roots of violence need research -- Douglas K. Ward
"Guns don't kill people, people kill people." Or do they?
When I was 13, I acquired a .22 rifle. I had no interest in hunting rabbits until I got the rifle. But once I possessed the gun, I wanted to use it for its intended purpose -- hunting small animals often referred to as varmints.
When I was 16, my dad gave me his old bolt-action, 16-gauge shotgun, and suddenly I found I wanted to hunt ducks. I had no interest in hunting rabbits or ducks until I obtained the firearms intended for such activities.
Admittedly, my personal experience with guns represents a single sample and is statistically insignificant. But it also offers a theory that is worth considering. Perhaps the possession of weapons designed primarily to kill people does, in fact, motivate murderous behavior in certain susceptible individuals.
There is no sense in arguing this theory without data to support one's views. I would propose, therefore, that Congress and the White House immediately take action to gather the data that would support or refute this theory.
The logical federal organizations to head such an effort are the National Institutes of Health and the FBI.
Douglas K. Ward, Middleton
When we live in fear we are not free -- Robert Capridette
As our country has once again been scarred by horrific acts of large scale violence committed with assault rifles. The facts are inescapable: Doing nothing has accomplished nothing.
The responsibility for this failure belongs to the extremists who scream about their twisted definition of freedom while serving the gun manufacturers who flood our communities with these weapons of unspeakable violence. It also belongs to those who know change is needed to keep us safe, but are too afraid or too cynical to take action.
The overwhelming majority of Americans are not fooled. We know that when we are forced to live in fear, we are not free.
Robert Capridette, Madison
Legal immigrants will be welcomed -- Ray Stalowski
The definition of “illegal” is "contrary to or prohibited by law." The definition of an “illegal alien” is "a foreign national who is living without official authorization in a country of which they are not a citizen."
Apparently, illegal aliens and people who support illegal aliens in the United States don’t understand the meaning of these words. All illegal immigrants should not be in the United States. If they want to be here, they should return to their country of origin and apply to become a legal U.S. citizen.
If their application is accepted then they will be welcomed into the United States with open arms. Why is this so difficult for some people to understand? Why do people who knowingly break the law feel they are entitled to anything?
Ray Stalowski, Oregon
Power lines key to climate fight -- Chris Kunkle
Wisconsinites are at our best when we come together to take on shared challenges. And it's time for us to take on one of the greatest challenges of our time -- climate change.
To combat climate change, our state needs to increase its dependence on clean energy. Driven largely by declining costs, renewable energy is becoming a larger piece of the region’s energy mix, but we need more infrastructure to efficiently deliver that power to consumers. For this reason, I strongly support the proposed Cardinal Hickory Creek transmission line.
I work in the renewable energy industry and have seen firsthand how important projects like this are to our transition to an energy system powered by carbon-free wind and solar. There are “bottlenecks” across the grid and until we address those, there is a ceiling to what we can accomplish. We can and will continue to see growth in the production of in-state wind and solar, but Wisconsin customers also need access to these resources from states to the west.
As the father of two young children, I know we have to act now to tackle this challenge and we must move quickly. The Public Service Commission should approve the Cardinal Hickory Creek project.
Chris Kunkle, Sun Prairie