Division a concern Though in practice partisanship has always played a real-world role in how any given president would execute policy decisions, most presidents have adhered to a public show of respect for the “loyal opposition.” Now all of that seems quaintly old-fashioned, ancient history. Trump is our first president to openly conduct a never-ending re-election campaign, intent on whipping his base into a frenzy of anger and resentment instead of promoting national unity for
Following the law key How is it possible that some of those who have been elected and sworn “to protect and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America” would wantonly advocate for criminals? Apparently, there are those who wish to drop the operational word “illegal” from any discussion related to the question of entry to this country. Never mind, evidently, that this nation has laws concerning immigration to this country. With the exception of a
A call for vets Some good men who served in Vietnam have run for president — Al Gore, Bob Kerrey, John Kerry and John McCain. None made it. No Vietnam veteran will. I hope the day comes when a new firebrand — Democrat or Republican, man or woman — who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan grabs the ring, with a clear view of the world, the environment and human rights — and leads this country with dignity and compassion for all. For those currently running for office and
Legalized pot ill-advised The 2018 Democratic Party has put the legalization of recreational marijuana on its slate. Because THC stays in the body for days, many job-seekers will fail entry and surprise post-employment drug tests. Any politician or political party seeking passage of recreational marijuana must not want people to hold jobs. DOUG LANSING Maiden Rock President Trump ‘rough’ Definition of rough: not smooth, likely to hurt others, not gentle, harsh, rude,
Vote for a better life Imagine needing to walk a mile to bring clean water home to your family, or going through your day with no restrooms or public sanitation. Imagine making it through last summer’s heat and humidity without air conditioning or adequate housing. We enjoy a better life than millions of others on this planet due to our leadership and investment in public water supply, wastewater treatment, rural electrification and modern roadways. We Americans made it happen
SeniorCare at risk Just before I turned 65 this year, I attended one of those “Learn about Medicare” meetings at a local health care clinic. People there were all approaching Medicare age and were understandably worried about their future health care. One of the bright spots of the meeting was the revelation to all of us that Wisconsin is one of the few states (if not the only one) that has a state-run, state-funded program in place called SeniorCare. This vital program —
Blaze under way in D.C. If your house was afire, would you not focus intensely on the course of the devastation and efforts to extinguish the flames? So it is with the singular attention news media are paying to the burning issue front and center in the minds of most Americans — the ongoing investigation into the alleged illegitimacy, criminality and traitorous conduct of the Trump administration. Each broiling eruption of news garners attention, and not until an impartial and detailed
Debt, deficit rise a key concern I would like to discuss the elephant in the room, our national debt/deficit. Our national debt is $21 trillion with an annual deficit in 2018 of $800 billion. In 2019 the annual deficit will be $1 trillion. Surprisingly, the tax cuts did not help the deficit. About 325 million people live in the U.S., which amounts to each man, woman and child owing $65,000, and it is increasing by $3,000 a person a year. If you want to see something scary, go to usdebtclock.
Morality at risk today At one of the late Billy Graham’s crusades, he summed up Amercia’s moral decline in this manner. “We have sexual expression on a scale unknown in modern times. We thought it would make us happy, but ... we have found it destroying not only our morals, but our souls.” What a difficult time for parents to raise their children. Sadly, animals are sometimes treated better than babies and small children. There are so many evil temptations out there.
Voting system suggested Since I began college at UW-Stout, I have had to register to vote three separate times. The United States is built on democracy, the idea that every member is represented. Being able to vote is a way that citizens get to have their voices heard. In Wisconsin alone, there are 1.2 million residents that are unregistered to vote. That is where Automatic Voter Registration comes in. AVR places eligible voters on voting rolls when they interact with state agencies, such as