From your letters to the editor: "Like Kabamba and countless refugees before him, if accepted here these asylum seekers will work hard and contribute much to the strength and success of our country."
Refugees help make America great again -- Nancy Sanborn
Thank you for the July 28 guest column by Joseph Kabamba, "My journey from Congo to Wisconsin."
Kabamba’s courage and persistence in the face of horrendous suffering and struggles was both heart-rending and inspiring. His efforts paid off -- he eventually arrived in the United States, worked hard to adjust to a strange culture and language and began giving back to his new country.
The great majority of refugees now appearing at our southern border seeking asylum have stories similar to Kabamba’s. Like him, they experienced conditions in their home countries so intolerable that in desperation they left behind everything familiar and risked the long, treacherous journey to find refuge and begin a new life. And like Kabamba and countless refugees before him, if accepted here these asylum seekers will work hard and contribute much to the strength and success of our country.
Expressing gratitude for help he received from World Relief, Kabamba said, “They treat me as a human being with great value.” Is that not how we should treat every refugee -- man, woman and child -- looking to us for justice and compassion?
Restoring these basic values would be an important step toward making America great again.
Nancy Sanborn, Madison
Evers' picks need to be confirmed -- Pamela Woodruff
Gov. Tony Ever's was elected by the people of Wisconsin and sworn into office eight months ago. It is his job to appoint cabinet secretaries and it is the state Senate's job to complete the confirmation process.
When former Gov. Scott Walker took office in 2011, the Republican led Senate confirmed Walker's appointments within a few months. Currently the Republican-controlled Senate, led by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, is dragging its feet and has not yet confirmed Gov. Ever's appointments.
This lack of confirmation is being held over the heads of the appointees, causing instability and potential lack of confidence and hesitancy to take action on controversial positions. In other words it is harder for Wisconsin's appointed officials to do their jobs and serve the citizens of Wisconsin, because Sen. Fitzgerald and his Republican-controlled Senate are not doing their jobs.
Sen. Fitzgerald, stop your shameless power grab and manipulations and do your job. Lead the Senate and complete the confirmations now.
Pamela Woodruff, Madison
Cartoon completely missed the mark -- Bruno Fuller
I am usually a fan of Phil Hands' cartoons, but I was dismayed by his Aug. 4 editorial cartoon which depicted a Democratic donkey spouting racist and derogatory comments about voters in the Midwest.
He was 180 degrees off the mark of reality. The cartoon only would have made sense if a fat elephant in a red cap were shown making such remarks. Doesn't Hands read, listen to, or believe the actual national news?
Bruno Fuller, DeForest
Cronkite knew how to console nation -- John McCarthy, Madison
It had been another long, dark American weekend when, on the night of President John F. Kennedy's funeral in 1963, Americans turned to Walter Cronkite of CBS news to make sense of the horror that had so unexpectedly shattered their lives.
The hope was that this "most trusted man in America" would somehow explain to us how we could move forward from this tragedy. We were asking a lot of Cronkite, but he delivered. In summation, this is how he signed off on that long ago November evening:
"Were these dark days the harbingers of even blacker ones to come, or like the black before the dawn, shall they lead to some still as yet indiscernible sunrise of understanding among men that violent words, no matter what their origin or motivation, can lead only to violent deeds?”
True then, and true today. Are you listening President Donald Trump?
John McCarthy, Madison
Johnson must deal with guns deaths -- Tom Scott
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, is chair the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.
Under his guidance it has become even less safe to simply go shopping, or socialize, or even pray in this country. People -- adults and children -- are being murdered by right-wing American terrorists. What is he doing? How many more must die?
Billions for a wall? Seriously?
How about billions to buy back every "AR-style" gun in this country and every high capacity clip. We should then impose huge fines, plus jail time, if these items are found on an individual after the buy back.
Tom Scott, Middleton
Nation needs a better president -- Glen Ecklund
We need a president who doesn’t deny and excuse racism, but works to eliminate it.
We need a president who unites us as our best selves, rather than dividing us with hatred.
We need a president who recognizes the climate crisis, and works to solve it.
We need a president who works to provide healthcare to everyone, as candidate Donald Trump promised to do, rather than working to take coverage away from people, as President Trump and the Republicans in Congress have done.
We need a president who appoints qualified people to the Cabinet, rather than unqualified supporters.
We need a president who works with our allies and other democratic countries, and doesn’t prefer dictators.
Glen Ecklund, Madison