A collection of recent letters to the editor published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Visitors deserve better treatment -- Kay Ziegahn
I was appalled by President Donald Trump’s outrageous tweets exhorting the new young congresswomen to return to their countries of origin. He is, after all, the chain migration instigator-in-chief, having married several foreign born wives and brought the parents of his latest trophy wife to live here.
This stings particularly because our son, who was born here but now lives in Germany, recently landed in Chicago (with return tickets) for his brother’s wedding with his German wife and their daughters ages 3 and 6. They were grilled for hours late into the night by customs officials asking whether his wife was planning to have her parents come here to live.
Perhaps this was because my daughter-in-law had a current tourist visa, as well as her expired green card from when she had lived here between 2008 and 2010. Or perhaps it was because my granddaughters have dual citizenship?
In any case, this treatment of visitors to our country, especially traveling with small children, is another example of our so-called president’s general bullying and inhumane treatment of foreigners, whether seeking residency or not.
Kay Ziegahn, Richland Center
Lines can deliver clean energy now -- Allen Gleckner
Recent coverage of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission project proposed for southwest Wisconsin overlooks a key argument central for project supporters: the climate crisis.
Scientists around the world agree we have just 12 years to dramatically cut carbon emissions or we face dire and irreversible consequences. The Midwest needs clean, low-cost renewable energy, and we need it quickly. Building the energy system of the future fundamentally depends on new transmission lines.
Wind and solar projects across the region are ready to go -- and they are counting on this project. Thousands of megawatts of future wind and solar development in the Midwest are in jeopardy without Cardinal-Hickory Creek. The Citizens Utility Board’s opposition discussed in a recent article unfortunately ignores this connection and fails to account for the carbon-reduction benefits of clean energy.
Transmission lines are not a “1990s approach,” as opponents argue. Rather, they are an essential component of a complex energy network, vital for the delivery of massive amounts of renewable energy to our homes and businesses. Battery storage and localized solar arrays alone won’t get us there. Our region needs clean energy at scale and a robust transmission system capable of making that happen.
Our future is depending on it.
Allen Gleckner, Saint Paul, Minnesota, senior director of energy markets and regulatory affairs, Fresh Energy
Stand against Trump's inhumanity -- Marge Anderson
Racism is never OK in the United States, and it is time to show intelligence and class. We must condemn President Donald Trump for what he said about congressional opponents. Also, my country is a country of immigrants. Most of us in Wisconsin are included in that group.
It is wrong to cage people who come to the United States to seek asylum. And it is inhumane to separate children from their families and also to hold them in cages under such dire conditions. They will suffer permanent damage.
If you still support Trump with his racist comments and inhumane treatment of people at the southern border, you must also be racist. People must step up and oppose his words, which are mostly lies, and his immigration policies, which are unconstitutional and inhumane.
Marge Anderson, Madison
Focus on climate, not the president-- Susan Michaud
I appreciate the thoughtful response from the Wisconsin State Journal editorial board to criticism of the newspaper's headline "Trump wants apologies."
The two main headlines on the front page of the newspaper July 16 did seem oddly juxtaposed. The Trump headline seemed frivolous, and the other headline, "Deadly heat waves on the rise," seemed very significant. The editorial response to the "apologies" headline defended a reporting of facts. But another thing must be considered within this dichotomy of fact versus political opinion.
We know what President Donald Trump wants the most is headlines. And how he gets them is by his inflammatory, juvenile and too often racist and sexist insults and taunts. These comments most often do not deserve a headline and should not be on the front of the newspaper. They should be on the back page if reported at all. Policy statements and attacks on the character of people do not deserve the same prominence.
When President Trump throws well-designed temper tantrums, he should be treated as the child he appears to be -- and ignored. He loves attention and will continue to construct outrageous statements to get it. That leads us away from the truly important thing -- the climate crisis which, if not addressed, will be the only issue that matters.
Susan Michaud, Black Earth