A collection of recent letters to the editor published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
World should thank us for Trump -- David J. Rizzo
The May 25 letter to the editor “We owe world an apology for Trump” is yet another example of hyperbolic, hand-wringing rhetoric by one of the many who exist in a perpetual Groundhog Day-like fog. They relive Nov. 9, 2016, in a pathetic and desperate effort to rewrite history. It’s been two-and-a-half years. They really need to move on.
Prior to that mind-boggling morning, we had experienced eight years of President Barack Obama's foreign policy apology tour. How’d that work out? Now our position on the world stage is strong. Peace through strength isn’t just a catchy phrase. It works.
By the way, when our economy experiences robust growth, then our friends and even some countries that don’t particularly like us benefit. The United States provides economic and security aid to many countries in the world. An occasional "thank you" seems like a reasonable ask.
The writer suggests that due to President Trump’s abrasive bullying and massive ego, we should apologize to our friends, or they’ll look elsewhere for solutions in the future. Yeah, right.
My advice is to come out of the fog and start living again. The next election is just 18 months from now.
David J. Rizzo, Fitchburg
It's time to take our country back -- Patricia S. Rogeberg
As a proud and lifelong independent voter, I have a message for each of the major parties.
To the GOP: Your utter disregard for women, education, the environment and the sanctity of our electoral process has driven me to believe that I could likely not vote for a Republican again.
To the Democratic Party: Your consistent support for the above named issues is considered weakness by the GOP. It is time to man or woman up and fight the battles that need fighting, not for the sake of politics, but because it is the right thing to do.
To the electorate: It is time to face that we have a corrupt government that cares little (if at all) for the needs of the citizens. It is all about the game of power and money. It is time for us to stop being sheep, to stand up, to get involved and to take back our country.
Patricia S. Rogeberg, Madison
We forget what soldiers fought for -- Preston Schutt
Monona’s annual Memorial Day parade honors our fallen soldiers from all wars and asks us to “never forget.”
Sadly, it appears that many Americans have indeed forgotten. In World War II, over 200,000 U.S. soldiers died in Europe, fighting against an ideology of fascism and race-based nationalism spawned in Germany and Italy.
Let’s fast forward to the United States in 2019.
Fascism is defined as movement that “exalts nation (and often race) above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”
How does this not mirror the words and actions of today’s White House and Wisconsin’s Legislature?
As last week's parade went by, I wondered what would soldiers who died fighting European fascism and white nationalism think about America’s political leaders who support and practice what they died fighting to end? How would they feel when their president defends neo-Nazi white nationalists as “very fine people”? What did they die for?
I don’t have cable TV, so I don’t receive daily instructions from Fox News on whom and what to hate and fear, plus reasons why selfishness and bigotry are patriotic. I’m woefully uninformed and only have questions.
Preston Schutt, Madison
Clean water can't be compromised -- Dan Johnson
We are continually being told by Republican politicians that we can have both a clean environment and a robust business climate unfettered by pesky regulations.
A Gov. Scott Walker spokesperson once said, "It’s possible to protect our clean air, clean land, and clean water while enacting policies that improve our business climate and spur economic growth." Meanwhile, the governor, the state Department of Natural Resources and the Legislature went about killing environmental regulation. They called these rules “job-killing.”
We need to ask ourselves and our leaders if this is really true. Is this kind of balance even possible? Won’t we have to draw the line somewhere? Won’t we have to someday tell a business, even in Wisconsin’s important agricultural sector, that we will not allow our drinking water to be endangered in any way? We must demand that that no amount of poison in even the most minute concentrations is acceptable.
That time is already here. We must support Gov. Tony Evers' plans to finance clean drinking water projects, including the detection of toxic PFAS. No delays, no pushback -- we are drawing a line here and now.
Dan Johnson, Madison