From your letters to the editor: "Sen. Warren would be more than equal to the task of debating President Trump. But Warren needs to clarify her plans."
Warren needs to clarify fiscal plans -- Mark Quinn
Conservative columnist Marc Thiessen's column in Saturday’s Wisconsin State Journal, "Warren’s nomination would turn election into existential threat to economy," brings up some valid issues with Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s economic positions.
While Sen. Warren’s proposals are admirable and do benefit a broad spectrum of society, such as "Medicare for All" and eliminating college debt, her detailing of paying for these is not apparent. Sen. Warren, D-Mass., a front runner to secure the Democratic nomination, has many notable and needed plans to improve this nation’s economy that will level the playing field.
Our middle and working-class incomes have been largely stagnant for decades while the wealth held by the rich has increased dramatically. The inequality of wealth is at the embarrassing levels of the 1920s.
Although Sen. Warren’s plan to tax the ultra wealthy another 2% is popular, that alone will not bring in the tax dollars to pay for her many economic plans. She needs to simplify and verify the feasibility of these progressive proposals. Because of President Donald Trump’s unpopularity and his continued disregard for presidential and leadership norms, he is eminently beatable.
Sen. Warren would be more than equal to the task of debating President Trump. But Warren needs to clarify her plans.
Mark Quinn, Madison
District needs to review 'zero tolerance' -- Nick Jackson
I was glad to see the Madison School District and the Madison School Board reverse their position and reinstate security guard Marlon Anderson to the staff of Madison West High School. It appears the public outcry and national attention caused our leadership to rethink their past "zero tolerance" policy and consider context in his situation. Good for them for seeing their error and correcting it.
Now, how about we use the same rationale and consideration of context to review other recent staff firings or incidents. There have been a number of recent incidents where district staff used or referenced racial terms. Some were at West High School, where Anderson works. Shouldn't the district review these incidents again and determine if context would have changed their position or actions? And even if the staff members made mistakes, shouldn't they be able to apologize to their students or staff and have an opportunity, like Anderson, to come back to their school?
Our teachers work in a very dynamic and challenging environment. We can't expect them to be perfect. They need room to make mistakes, correct them, and keep their job. Even the School District and the School Board make mistakes.
Nick Jackson, Madison
Trump makes us 'get over it' often -- Bob Vetter
President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, recently said the president withheld funds from Ukraine to pressure them into investigating Trump's political foes.
When pressed on how widely Trump uses quid-pro-quo tactics Mulvaney said "we do it all the time with foreign policy. I have news for everyone: Get over it." Mulvaney's admission represented a reversal of Trump's claims that his "perfect" call with Ukraine's president included no quid pro quo.
This is not the first time Americans have had to "get over it."
When President Trump's promise that Mexico would pay for the wall became the postponement of many U.S. military projects to fund the wall, Americans had to "get over it." When Trump repeatedly threw key advisers, like former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, under the bus because they held view points that differed from his, Americans had to "get over it." And when Trump redeployed troops he withdrew from Syria to Iraq after saying the troops were coming home, Americans again had to "get over it."
Throughout his presidency, Trump has lied about critical issues, ignored key advisers, and done whatever the heck he wants. If impeached for his actions, I guess Trump will just have to "get over it."
Bob Vetter, Madison
Liberal policies level the field -- Michael Pomeroy
I would commend the author of the Oct. 7 letter to the editor "Liberal policies will set us back." His recognition that most everyone wants the best for our country often gets lost in the turmoil that is our politics today.
But I take issue with virtually every other statement in the letter.
His prognostications are inflammatory and one-sided. I consider Democratic positions to be completely commendable.
A ban on fracking simply says we value our environment and the health of our children more than the oil industry. "Medicare for all" is an attempt to rein in this country's health care mess. Immigration reform would ensure that our country never again treats people like animals. The dissolution of the Electoral College gains support from whichever party considers it favorable. Abortion decisions should never be made by a government official.
Do we really need to spend more on national defense than China, Saudi Arabia, India, France, Russia, United Kingdom and Germany combined? Rich people and big businesses already have obscene power and amass wealth by stacking the deck. Without proper regulation, a business can do great harm and nothing can be done until it's too late.
Do your homework, then vote.
Michael Pomeroy, Poynette