From your letters to the editor: "Our young people have no appreciation that our ancestors fought and died to give them the freedom that is the envy of every young person in Hong Kong."
Our freedom is the envy of Hong Kong -- Joe Tripalin
I think it is powerful to see the young people in Hong Kong demonstrating and demanding the same freedoms we have in America. These young people risk everything including arrest and maybe death to gain what we have here and so often take for granted.
In contrast, our young people -- led by progressive elites -- demand more government and more government control. On campuses and in classrooms across the country, they take away people's rights to speak freely about subjects they object to. They attack the campuses until the college administrators back down and deny individuals the right to speak.
Our young people have no appreciation that our ancestors fought and died to give them the freedom that is the envy of every young person in Hong Kong. Be careful what you wish for. Maybe some day the government will be in complete control, and our freedoms will be gone.
Joe Tripalin, McFarland
Trump's minions accept dictatorship -- J. Denny Weaver
Our nation denounces dictators, however, a dictator cannot function without minions who obey orders. With that in mind, consider Donald Trump’s Washington.
Republican minions echo his “no collusion” mantra in spite of significant evidence from Robert Mueller that the president welcomed Russian interference in the 2016 election, and more evidence of ten possible instances of obstruction of justice by Trump. Republicans refuse to consider any legislation on gun control without a dictate from President Trump.
Now, following a “suggestion” by President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence stayed at a Trump golf course 180 miles and a jet flight away from his meeting in Ireland. An Air Force crew did the same -- thus putting taxpayer money in Trump’s pocket.
Then there's the response to Trump’s erroneous tweet that Alabama would be hit hard by Hurricane Dorian, and his follow up that included falsifying a government map. We now know that at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- the agency responsible for official government weather data and weather warnings -- subordinates were instructed not to contradict Trump.
If it looks like a dictator, and acts like a dictator, and the minions accept being dictated to, what is it? Answer: Trump’s Washington.
J. Denny Weaver, Madison
Recognize officers' work in community -- Patrick Malloy
There has been a lot of uninformed criticism of law enforcement recently.
A Madison School Board member compared law enforcement officers to Nazis. A mild apology was issued by the board member after the story was reported in the press. The response from other local elected officials has been timid. They have not called for censure or resignation of the School Board member.
I was thinking about this as my son and I were traveling along North Avenue in Milwaukee recently. A Milwaukee County Sheriff's squad car was in front of us. The squad car stopped with its emergency lights activated. The deputy exited his vehicle and then opened the car's back door. He gently assisted an elderly man out of the squad car and safely over to a bus stop. The tall, physically fit African-American deputy and the small, frail elderly white man smiled, waved and went their separate ways.
This is what law enforcement officers do on a regular basis with no recognition. It would be helpful if elected officials acknowledged the importance of this common law enforcement role. Kudos to the deputy involved.
Patrick Malloy, Madison
Gun laws can deter casual crime -- Peter Sobol
Regarding his column in last Sunday's State Journal, "Push for gun control hypocritical, unwise," if state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin, were as wise as he believes his father to have been, he would recognize we take frequent precautions to keep honest people honest.
Fences, locked doors and security cameras may not stop a determined bad guy, but they do discourage more casual crimes. They may even ensure that someone who wakes up in the morning with a clean record doesn't end the day as a thief or a vandal.
Restricting access to guns won't stop all gun crime. The loss of a job or the poison of white supremacist hysteria can always turn Wayne LaPierre's "good guy with a gun" into an indiscriminate or racist shooter. But restrictions may prevent someone who wakes up honest from ending the day as a murderer or a suicide victim.
Robert Frost said it: "Good fences make good neighbors."
Peter Sobol, McFarland