From your letters to the editor: "We can make our mark in this world plenty of ways, but “leave no trace” means we value our natural spaces. We can put in a little effort to ensure beautiful places are pristine for generations."
Make the effort to leave no trace -- Jill Pfeiffer
During Labor Day weekend, my family visited Devil’s Lake State Park on Saturday night. We scampered up the East Bluff Trail for the sunset. At our idyllic viewing area, bottle caps littered the ground. I pocketed them.
As dusk fell, we walked toward the beach, passing ancient effigy mounds. Nearby, the grass was littered with fast food bags, water bottles and wrappers. We picked up what we could and put it in the dumpster.
We walked across the beach to the Tumbled Rock Trail. Nearly every bench had a can or crumpled napkin on it. (Kudos to the folks who brought their own trash bags.)
We found a big rock by the lake to view the emerging night sky. We gazed up at the great mystery.
Nature gives us so much joy and tranquility. We take from the planet every day -- we must also give to it.
We can make our mark in this world plenty of ways, but “leave no trace” means we value our natural spaces. We can put in a little effort to ensure beautiful places are pristine for generations. This isn’t the most pressing issue facing humanity, but it’s something each of us can do.
Jill Pfeiffer, Madison
UW must train more in-state doctors -- John Gillis
The State Journal's August 31 article, “White coats mark special entry", noted that 71% of the class at the UW School of Medicine hailed from Wisconsin.
If the administration of UW-Madison cared about meeting the state’s medical workforce needs, the percentage would have been over 90%. Aside from federally funded M.D./Ph.D. candidates, the UW School of Medicine should stop admitting nonresidents. Severe limits on nonresidents are a common practice at many state medical schools.
Since 2004, the Wisconsin Hospital Association has rung alarm bells concerning Wisconsin’s physician shortage. Based on our share of the U.S. population, Wisconsin is about 100 medical school seats short. In the fall of 2018, 37% of the total first-year medical school seats at UW and the Medical College of Wisconsin were filled by nonresidents. Including osteopathic medical students, around 190 bright young people left the state in the fall of 2018 to go to medical school.
The result in Wisconsin of this misfeasance is physician shortages in rural areas, some of the highest physician salaries in the country and the highest physician charges in the Midwest.
John Gillis, Maple Bluff
Sanfelippo used GOP dog whistles -- Mark Condon
Sunday's column "Push for gun control hypocritical, unwise," by state Rep. Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin, accused progressives with hypocrisy in the gun rights debate and used the same conservative dog whistles that Republicans always rely on.
President Richard Nixon's ran as the "law and order" presidential candidate in 1968. Ronald Reagan ran against "welfare queens." George H. W. Bush used images of a black parolee to scare white people. The Republican well needs fresh water.
The growing dismay with mass shootings does not ignore all aspects of the growing public health crisis that guns represent. Whether it is death by suicide, accident, domestic violence or crime -- the great common denominator in the United States is guns. The proliferation of mass shootings, however, is where attention is currently focused.
Sanfelippo's phrase "crime epidemic sweeping the urban centers of our state" means dark-skinned people and poor people, mainly in Milwaukee. These are pathetic diversionary tactics, just like increasingly blaming mass shootings on mental health and not guns. By that reasoning, we are the most mentally ill nation in the developed world.
Mark Condon, Madison
Shooting crane raises lots of questions -- Terri Shewczyk
On hearing the reports of a male sandhill crane shot in Portage over Labor Day weekend, I am both sickened and concerned about this incident.
Citizens must be told clearly why the police department handled this incident and not a wildlife expert team. They must also be clear on what permit they were given and by whom, and give clear reports of what “numerous non-lethal methods” were used as they supposedly stated to the press.
Were organizations such as the Crane Foundation contacted? Clarity is a trust issue, and they should be very clear about why they came to the use of force as a solution.
I must also address the incident of car damage. If one has a valuable vehicle, why is it left on the street on not parked in the garage? Storm damage, vandalism, theft and potential accidents from other vehicles are also likely. Knowing that particular residential area, I assume most residents have garages. Damage to a vehicle left outside is the fault of the owner, not some rogue crane.
And most importantly, it is the responsibility of decent citizens globally to begin accommodating dwindling wildlife populations whose habitats we continue to consume and destroy.
Terri Shewczyk, Roberts