A collection of recent letters to the editor published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Rastafarian church raid went too far -- Molly Carey
I have been troubled about the city of Madison’s handling of the Rastafarian church on Mifflin Street and the legal troubles of church leaders Jesse Schworck and Dylan Paul Bangert.
The city has used SWAT team tactics to close the church, and leveled serious criminal charges against the church's leadership. As more news of the investigation is released, we find out a police officer was assigned to infiltrate the church. A large amount of taxpayer money has been wasted by the criminal justice system. These resources could have been put to much better use on violent criminals or child sexual abuse.
Wisconsin is behind the times on the issue of marijuana. Almost all of our bordering states (Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Canada) have legalized medical marijuana and taken steps toward decriminalization or legalized recreational use.
Time has shown early adopters of marijuana decriminalization have reaped major rewards. Colorado has generated hundreds of millions in extra tax revenue, while not seeing increased crime. It is time for the Wisconsin, to allow legalization for marijuana.
Molly Carey, Madison
Trump is clearly unfit for office -- David Vogt
My opposition to President Donald Trump has nothing to do with an inability to get over the 2016 election, as claimed by the June 1 letter to the editor "World should thank us for Trump."
The May 25 letter to the editor “We owe world an apology for Trump” is yet another example of hyperbolic, hand-wringing rhetoric by one of the…
President Trump wasn't fit for public office the day he stood onstage and mocked a disabled reporter, or the many times he beckoned his followers to commit acts of violence against those who didn’t share his beliefs. The misogynistic put-downs of women over their appearances, the lies, the philandering, the fawning over dictators, the shunning of our allies -- the list goes on and on.
Many choose to overlook his behavior by pointing out the state of the current economy. But despite the massive stimulus created by tax cuts and deficit spending, growth has been nowhere near the 4% to 6% promised by the president. The vast majority of the tax cuts went to the super-rich, and many, including myself, have experienced a large increase in federal income taxes.
The budget deficit, once the all-consuming villain to the GOP, is back to record levels. Many American jobs are still leaving to foreign countries offering cheap labor. Any objective analysis proves he has neither the character nor the competence to be president.
David Vogt, Fitchburg
Frac sand mine will enable pollution -- Tim Melin
Meteor Timber is going to court so it can operate a frac sand mine in Monroe County. In the process, it would fill in and destroy 16 acres of rare wetlands.
This case illustrates what is wrong with the whole way humankind has treated the planet on which we live. To extract more money for its owners, the Meteor Company wants to destroy a rare habitat we cannot afford to lose. Scientists warn we will lose over a million species of life within two decades. Species loss is accelerating, and many of these species are vital to our food chain.
This frac sand mining will lead to the extraction of more fossil fuels, which isn't life sustaining. Burning fossil fuels is heating up our world at unprecedented rates. Soon our planet will become inhabitable unless we stop. Plastics are choking our oceans and causing hormone disruption.
The Meteor Timber legal fight shows the folly of our values. We can't continue down this path.
Tim Melin, Verona
Incentives spur clean energy growth -- Kermit Hovey
I echo Tuesday's letter to the editor "Fossil fuels cost more in the end." Renewable energy is not only clean but indeed increasingly less expensive. Unfortunately, it's complex to deal with existing utilities as we transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean renewables.
Thanks for Monday's article, "Solar, minimum users targeted," highlighting the financial complexities of transitioning utilities to renewable energy.
Because of the need to sort through such complications swiftly, we need to get to work now. And anything we can do to incentivize and speed up the transition should be considered.
One such option is the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, introduced in the House as HR 763. I and nearly 60 Wisconsin citizen volunteers will join hundreds of others next week from around the country and globe to advocate for this bill and its upcoming Senate twin at the Tenth Annual Citizens' Climate International Conference in Washington, D.C.
People can help by letting Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, and Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, as well as your U.S. representative know today that you want action to fix the climate and protect our common home.
Kermit Hovey, Middleton