A collection of recent letters to the editor published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Notre Dame is a beacon of hope -- Joe Tripalin
My wife and I were blessed to have visited Notre Dame in Paris on several occasions, the last being a Sunday service in the cathedral.
Notre Dame was beautiful, iconic and a beacon of light and hope for millions of people around the world. It was filled with incredibly beautiful art and medieval stained glass. And now much of it is gone.
This is so incredibly sad, and I can only hope there is some way to rebuild it. While you can never replace the lost art, Notre Dame can stand again as a symbol of love and hope.
Joe Tripalin, McFarland
Wind must make mathematical sense -- Dwight Ziegler
Wind farms are always fascinating news, which leads to lots of questions. But it seems like the reporting is murky and short of facts.
The NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) concept is front and center, understandably. But how could we make better decisions, based on credible costs, rather than just personal opinions justifying the visual blight in the name of our environment? We need mathematical answers.
Residents in Green County are battling over a proposal to erect 24 nearly 500-foot-tall wind turbines. The Sugar River Wind Project has literally pitted siblings against one another.
How much does an individual tower cost? What is the income for that tower? How long is the life of the tower and the income stream? Is it a winning investment? Can we get a win-win-win outcome where the utility company, consumer and environment all benefit? Or are the only winners the tower supplier and the environment?
What are the math facts? It seems like this is never published in plain English. When we make decisions that affect thousands of acres of land and livability within those acres, it would be comforting to see positive mathematical models paralleling our efforts to protect our environment. If the math is not prudent, then we need to keep searching for reasonable electricity production.
Society really needs to know the cost-versus-income facts from the industry. We need to be reassured that our utilities are prudent.
Dwight Ziegler, DeForest
Democrats aren't upholding laws -- Joyce McRoberts
Anyone entering the United States without permission the first time can be fined or imprisoned for up to six months, or both. The moment these immigrants stepped onto our soil, they became criminals.
Some research estimates the border patrol is only able to apprehend about 50% of those who trespass our border illegally. This alone should sound the alarm about the crisis at our border. They are now already apprehending 100,000 illegal immigrants per month.
Though it might be sweet payback to those sanctuary cities who defy our laws and don't cooperate with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, I don't want illegal immigrants in this nation. Even pop icon Cher said, “I understand helping struggling immigrants, but my city (Los Angeles) isn't taking care of its own.” She echoes the sentiments of the majority in America.
When our nation's leaders take the oath of office they swear to uphold the laws and defend the Constitution. Democrats are not upholding the laws. They are actually subverting the law by encouraging sanctuary cities that defy our immigration laws. They are thumbing their collective noses at our nation's laws.
Joyce McRoberts, New Glarus
Madison feels more like Las Vegas -- David Wandel
Las Vegas has come to Madison. The newly developed and opened Springhill Suites near Hilldale Mall lights up at night and is an eyesore for the homes bordering it off Midvale and other parts of the neighborhood.
As an individual retired from a lifetime of business, I would be the last one to discourage a company from touting its wares. Yet when it comes to a blaze of lights every evening shining in my kitchen window, I draw the line. When coupled with the Target store light structure, it is reminiscent of Las Vegas in my backyard.
When did Madison fall so far from grace that it now allows garish light structures to offend the local neighborhoods in the evening hours? Where will this go next? Will we see musical interludes blaring from future buildings?
I guess we will find out as we “progress” with forthcoming structures. Heaven help us. Oh yeah, at least heaven is star studded.
David Wandel, Madison
Democrats must unite to beat Trump -- Lucetta Kanetzke
Some people are concerned about candidates for president advocating for “Medicare for All.” They think that plank in the platform could toll the death knell for a 2020 Democratic victory.
Keeping the Affordable Care Act and making improvements where logic and experience could improve it would be better. Knowing that members of Congress and other federal government employees have excellent health care plus good salaries makes their roadblocks for health care of the rest of us even harder to condone.
Hopefully, Democrats will soon choose one outstanding candidate and unite to support that person. Taking the best ideas from all current candidates, as well as Joe Biden and other elder statesmen, to make a successful platform may be the only way to defeat the White House’s current occupant.
Donald Trump may live there, but House Speaker Nancy Polosi, D-Calif., was right when she said he knows he shouldn’t be in office now or later.
Lucetta Kanetzke, Madison