Besides the contested race between Shaughnessy Murphy and Sarah Harless in Eau Claire County’s Branch 5 judicial election, other judge races will be featured in five area counties on April 3. Two of those judicial elections will be in Eau Claire County. Eau Claire attorney Emily Long will run unopposed for the Branch 3 seat being vacated this year by Judge William Gabler, who intends to retire when his term ends this summer. Long has been in private practice with Weld Riley law office
Australia got it right Australia’s new gun laws in 1996, passed after a shooting rampage: • Banned semiautomatic and automatic rifles and shotguns. • Set up 28-day waiting periods. • Conducted thorough background checks. • Instituted a mandatory buyback program for newly banned weapons. • Required that all weapons be individually registered to their owners. • Required that gun buyers present a “genuine reason” for needing each weapon at the
Amendment assessed Despite what some gun advocates would like us to believe, the Second Amendment was not created to defend against an over-reaching or tyrannical government — it was created to support “a well regulated Militia.” In addition, Article I, Section 8 states that Congress has the power “to provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.” In short, the Second Amendment is intended to
Teacher on point Thanks for the essay on school violence by Rachael Harry, who teaches theater in an Oregon school thousands of miles from Parkland, Fla. Her high school students are likewise traumatized by bullets shot in Parkland. Her message of teaching empathy and a call to adults to grow up and be responsible needs to be heard by everyone. We should all be theater students. PETER WHITIS Eau Claire A worthy candidate It is with great pleasure that I am able to endorse Lyndsey Boon
Action needed It is now clear the adopted strategy of Republicans following a mass shooting is to offer prayers and dismiss it to mental illness, as if that’s all we have at our disposal in dealing with the ongoing national tragedy of gun violence. These spineless politicians are unwilling to challenge the NRA, but all too willing to let children die from guns in the hands of those who should not have them. Every country has citizens with mental illness, but no other country experiences
Eau Claire County Judge Shaughnessy Murphy has a large lead in campaign fundraising and spending over his challenger in the April 3 election. Campaign finance documents filed with the state show Murphy has raised $42,800 since starting his run last year while Eau Claire attorney Sarah Harless has netted $14,300 in campaign contributions. In addition to the 3-to-1 fundraising advantage shown in the filings that cover campaign activity through Feb. 5, Murphy also outspent his challenger 5 to 1.
Candidate fair, professional As retired probation and parole agents with over 75 years of combined experience, we are proud to endorse and support Lyndsey Boon Brunette for the office of Clark County Circuit Court judge. As probation and parole agents in Clark County, we worked closely with the previous and current circuit court judges. We know that Lyndsey has what it takes to be a great judge. She has consistently demonstrated her ability to be fair and professional. She is a “local
WTL too influential A columnist on Sunday expressed concern over the possibility of Wisconsin lowering the permissible blood alcohol content of a driver from .08 to .05 percent. Since the Wisconsin Legislature is so tightly in the grasp of the Wisconsin Tavern League, there is nothing to fear. You only have to look at the fact that Wisconsin remains the only state in the nation that does not treat first-offense drunken driving as a crime. While 49 other states have decided that driving drunk