From your letters to the editor: "Struggling small dairy operators would better serve themselves and society if they recognized and accepted that the paradigm for profitability has changed."
Sonny Perdue was honest about small farms -- Jim Bolitho
I sympathize with the plight of many family farmers whose traditional livelihood is threatened by change.
Change is not easy to accept, especially when one's livelihood is involved. I know firsthand the emotional toll it can take on a person's sense of well-being and self-worth. In mid-career, technological change, market forces and elimination of redundant production capacity forced me out of the work I loved at a company I loved to work for. But, over time, I adapted and life went on.
Critics of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's comment that "the big get bigger and the small go out" ignore economic reality. And no, family farms are not "a benefit to society" that warrants government subsidies.
Struggling small dairy operators would better serve themselves and society if they recognized and accepted that the paradigm for profitability has changed. They have the land, and they can still keep farming in some form. They may even find that a different form of farming, combined with "work in town," is a better way to make a living than the grind of 24/7/365 dairy farming.
It worked for my former dairy farming country cousins, and it can work for them.
Jim Bolitho, town of Middleton
Vote for a better life for everyone -- Gene Bier
Take time and think about our priorities in life.
They probably include:
- A healthy world with clean air and water, and a stable environment for future generations.
- A world safe from violence and hatred at all levels, local to international.
- A future with opportunities for people in all nations to provide for their families.
- A world in which constructive and honest relationships exist between those same nations.
Our future depends on these goals.
We must each realize our responsibilities to make this happen. Unfortunately, too many nations led by dictators and tyrants prevent the citizenry from influencing their future. Their only goal is personal enrichment and maintaining their power.
We have to hope that enough citizens and leaders in the democratic countries will steer us toward our goals. While I realize much of our time is consumed with the daily tasks that confront us, we need to stay informed. We have to make sure we elect leaders who recognize and value our priorities.
In too many countries, the voting rate is below 40%, news sources are slanted, and honesty is at a premium. Stay informed, value those priorities and vote.
Gene Bier, Milton
GOP talking points must be fact-free -- Scott Whitney
After a bit of flailing, Republicans appear to have settled on a few fact-free strategies for muddying the waters. These are now appearing across all media, so injecting some facts into the discussion seems appropriate.
First, the identity of the whistleblower is protected for the whistleblower's safety. Accusations of partisanship by the whistleblower are wishful thinking on the part of Republicans. Even if the whistleblower were a partisan, it would be irrelevant because the information in the whistleblower complaint matches perfectly with the information President Donald Trump himself revealed.
Second, it is not a problem that the whistleblower did not have firsthand information. Secondhand information opens the door for further investigation, assuming a corrupt administration doesn't block the investigation at every turn.
Finally, it is ridiculous to claim that accusations don't matter because calls for impeachment came early in Trump's presidency. Voices will always be calling for impeachment in any administration. Trump called for President Barack Obama's impeachment. It just so happens that Trump has been committing impeachable offenses since his first day in office resulting in more voices pointing out just how unfit for office he truly is.
Scott Whitney, Platteville
Madison will always be a target -- Larry Steinborn
In response to the Sept. 26 letter to the editor "F-35s will make Madison a target" and many others, I have a simple reply: Madison has been a target for decades, and will be for the long term.
The city has been a target since the 1950s when Truax was a active duty military installation. We, along with 49 other state capitals, will always be a target. UW-Madison and its research also makes us a target.
So even if the new aircraft is not assigned here, that doesn't change anything. I personally support the 115th Fighter Wing, its personnel and mission. The work and help to the state by these citizen airmen is an undeniable asset.
Larry Steinborn, Madison