Column makes strong points

I started reading Don Huebscher’s “Fairness issue never goes away” opinion (Feb. 3) with trepidation, expecting it to make me feel angry. Quite the contrary. He nailed it.

To his list of excellent examples, I will add the recent high school boundary change. For decades, administrators (understandably) avoided the strong emotions connected with moving addresses from Eau Claire Memorial to Eau Claire North, even when the facts and equity demanded the move. Huebscher’s observation that “perception is reality” captures the most important reason for such decisions.

Each of our students and parents need to believe that they are as valued and deserving as other families who live across the river, are more comfortable advocating for themselves or have more resources. Before seeing it in the paper or on the local news, I heard about the athletic proposal from North parents. The reaction was exactly what Huebscher describes.

The school board needs to look beyond the expectations of the donors and the pressure from administrators to their own commitment to equity and the needs prioritized in the district capital improvement budget before deciding if they should accept this gift. They have mechanisms like the naming rights policy and education foundation to channel the generosity of local donors into the wants and needs that are in the best interest of all students and schools.

Wendy Sue Johnson

Eau Claire

Both sides deserve media coverage

While I generally appreciate the Leader-Telegram’s efforts to inform of local happenings, the one-sided nature of your reporting requires examination.

In response to the recent “partial government shutdown,” this newspaper printed a variety of stories about its adverse effects on people. Readers learned of farmers not receiving government checks, women not being able to feed their children, traveler delays and fish not being studied. Informative, particularly since the majority of Chippewa Valley residents were entirely unaffected.

While ugly politics cloud so many things these days, the nub of the reason for the “shutdown” was illegal immigration and the porous southern border permitting massive drug trafficking.

Should readers assume the Chippewa Valley and state of Wisconsin are entirely unaffected by the flow of illegal aliens and drugs?

Is this region unaffected by drugs flowing into the country?

Have wages not been depressed in any sector of our economy by illegal aliens willing to work for less?

What are the monetary costs of education, courts, medical care and other services?

Are there no illegals committing crimes?

Are there no inmates held by local jails with immigration detainers?

Has no one in Wisconsin died due to actions by an illegal alien?

All of these issues seem likely to be of interest to readers and timely insofar as the “shutdown” was concerned. Yet no such stories appeared in this paper.

No doubt this issue is complicated, even emotional for some, but it seems that a news organization, such as the Leader-Telegram, wholly ignoring one side of an issue so important to many, may result in damage to the product and to your brand.

Anthony Dodd

Eau Claire

Action needed on climate change

There have been several articles recently published relating the polar vortex to climate change. The articles cite studies on how a wavering jet stream might be caused by global warming and allow the polar vortex to divide and plunge.

During our bitter cold weather, it was raining in Anchorage and Australia was experiencing extreme heat. The short-lived polar plunge was not evidence to prove, or disprove, warming of the planet.

I am fortunate to have a signed copy of “North to the Pole,” a documentary on an expedition led by Minnesotans Will Steger and Paul Schurke to the North Pole from Ellesmere Island, Canada. Eight people and 50 sled dogs crossed the Arctic sea ice between March and May, 1986, unsupported, through unbearable conditions to reach the North Pole.

They attributed their success to the resolve of the human spirit. The expedition was only accomplished one other time, in 1909, but will never be accomplished again. Not because the human spirit isn’t capable, but because of the retreat of polar ice.

Ice in the Arctic, Antarctica and Greenland is melting at accelerating rates.

Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached unprecedented levels.

Global temperatures are setting records virtually every year.

Catastrophic weather events are symptoms that the climate is warming and support scientific evidence that burning of fossil fuels is warming the planet.

Action is needed; there is no hoax involved. Solutions are being debated, such as a carbon fee, and various regulations. If there is a fee, should it be rebated to customers or invested in new, green technology?

The no-action alternative, though, is not acceptable. Individual and political resolve is needed to formulate a plan. It shouldn’t be as hard as a trip to the North Pole.

Steven Reusser

Eau Claire

Thanks go out to charitable youths

You know, we hear a lot about how kids are “married” to their devices, and some of that is true.

But during this last bunch of snowfalls, we were delighted to watch the neighborhood kids clear our driveway without being asked.

Being on the “elderly” side, this was an unexpected gift.

Thank you, parents, for passing that kindness to your children and thank you, kids. You will go directly to heaven.

Louise Roach

Eau Claire

Taxpayers on hook for the border wall

Trumpty Dumpty wanted a big wall,

But Trumpty Dumpty couldn’t pay for it all.

And when he couldn’t blame Mexico, Obama or Hillary,

Trumpty Dumpty took it out on you and me.

John Penn

Radisson