A collection of recent letters to the editor published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Trump won't win Wisconsin again -- Mark Quinn
Our moderate Wisconsin State Journal was right on the money in Wednesday's editorial citing President Donald Trump as the problem for Republicans and their election prospects.
President Trump’s bluster, behavior, divisive methods and bullying demeanor are not popular with most Americans, including most Wisconsinites. This never was more clear than last November when, although Trump wasn’t on the ballot, his negative presence helped the Democrats win every statewide race. The voters chose Democrats over Republicans because of their rejection of Trump. Severe gerrymandering by the Republicans here disallowed for further Democratic victories.
This State Journal’s editorial was challenged by Matt Batzel, the leader of a far-right conservative advocacy group in a column on Saturday, "Trump is great for Wisconsin and the Republican Party." Apparently, he has forgotten Wisconsin farmers who are devastated by the Trump tariffs. Batzel also cites questionable and somewhat irrelevant figures to disguise Trump's shortcomings.
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Yes, Trump did win Wisconsin in 2016, in part because of a flawed, unpopular opponent. But President Trump has dramatically receded in popularity in most of the red states, including Wisconsin. So 2016 will not be repeated.
Mark Quinn, Madison
Republicans ignore Evers' mandate -- Tim Melin
The state government budget standoff between Gov. Tony Evers and the Republican Legislature is nearly criminal.
What's more, GOP lawmakers and Evers, a Democrat, haven't been discussing what to do about it.
Gov. Evers was elected by a majority of the voters on a platform of great public schools, good roads and a clean environment. The Republican Party, led by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, is doing everything it can to stop this voter mandate.
The Republicans are against every working taxpayer in the state. They serve only the rich, lavishing tax breaks on them. Meanwhile, the working people fall further behind economically.
Our roads in many areas are impassible because, unbelievably, the Republicans don't want to pay for roads. They don't want to fix lead pipes that poison thousands in Milwaukee, either. They refuse to accept federal Medicaid money -- tax money we sent to Washington -- because it might help poor people get health care. They don't want to fund public education, yet they lavish money and tax breaks to private and church-based schools. They only want power and control.
Sen. Fitzgerald, Speakers Vos and the Republicans are terrible. Let us never forget this.
Tim Melin, Verona
Madison should consider light rail -- Jim Cole
Together with thousands of others I have traveled to Downtown Madison for work, dining, entertainment, shopping and other activities for the last 45 years. I have experienced the traffic and commuting concerns that I know everyone is struggling with in searching for a workable solution.
The city is refining details of an initial BRT route roughly from East Towne through Downtown to West Towne that will require an $80 million to $100 million capital outlay and cost about $3 million annually to operate.
After reading Sunday's State Journal article "BRT on city’s front burner," about proposals for bus rapid transit in Madison, I am reminded of the past consideration given to placing light rail or commuter rail on the existing rail corridors through the Isthmus from all regions of Madison: east, west, south and north. In particular, I recall the train sets brought here for demonstration using those corridors.
A major concern raised with the current BRT proposals is the impact on the limited existing vehicle and parking lanes. We all recognize and appreciate the attractiveness of the Isthmus and the desire to preserve as much access as possible. The rail corridors are already in place. Negotiating rail access and timing presents challenges, but not insurmountable ones.
Moreover, the costs of developing such a rail system cannot be that variant from the $80 million to $100 million projected for the BRT system.
I urge consideration of the rail alternative.
Jim Cole, Waunakee
Convention speech wasn't impartial -- Vicky Rosenbaum
I am writing to express my anger at incoming Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn.
During the campaign we heard he would be impartial and uphold the law with partisan politics being put aside. Yet he spoke at the Wisconsin Republican Party's convention over the weekend to thank Republicans for helping him get elected.
While Hagedorn's affiliation with the Republican Party is well known, the appearance of a Supreme Court justice or justice-elect at a political party convention is relatively rare.
This is disgusting behavior for an “impartial” judge. He should not be speaking to one party gathering over another. I’m certainly hoping I will see that he is also speaking to a Democratic gathering in the near future. The entire campaign was fraught with partisanship on both sides, with accusations of such being levied by both parties. Judge Hagedorn was the one who really promoted himself as being impartial.
As a voter, I am outraged by this behavior and disgusted at the way our courts are being manipulated by the political parties.
I certainly hope Judge Hagedorn and the GOP leaders read this and understand that the citizens of Wisconsin are watching.
Vicky Rosenbaum, Mount Horeb
Religion stifles rights of women -- Russell W. Pope
A letter to the editor in Monday's newspaper contended that "Men must stay out of the abortion debate." I am a male and have been for 75 years. I also am a firm supporter of a woman’s right to choose.
In my view, the real culprit here is religion. "Freedom of religion" is and has been a national motto since the origin of our nation. Unfortunately, too many citizens seem to misinterpret this idea. It does not mean that you can impose your religious beliefs on others, but rather that you have a right to your beliefs. For religious freedom to work, you may not impose those beliefs on others.
If you feel otherwise, perhaps you might read the Bible. Jesus was a reformer of the church: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
Russell W. Pope, Madison