It seemed absurd that our Wisconsin Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker would commit public funds to help build a new arena for the privately-owned Milwaukee Bucks franchise, but the $3 billion Foxconn "deal" really takes the cake.

We ought to insist that lawmakers responsibly address the many more pressing -- and ultimately life-threatening -- needs that Wisconsin's people will face in the next 25 years. These include mitigating and adapting to a much more erratic and damaging climate, which we are now, unfortunately, beginning to experience.

The state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau says it will take 25 years for Wisconsin to recoup its investment. But if our state continues its failure to come to grips with the reality of climate change, it will be many more billions of dollars in debt in 2042 and its people will suffer much more significant and higher losses in the future.

Mike Neuman, Madison