Wrong teams to play in Super Bowl LIII

My daughter and I recently watched the Patriots and Chiefs game.

The Chiefs got robbed again due to the officiating in the game. There was no roughing the passer on Tom Brady at all.

The call that irked the Chiefs the most was the grazing of the New England Patriots who said it didn’t touched his fingers or forearm. It did. The officials are going to take care of this stuff in the offseason. All of this stuff should’ve been taken care of last offseason.

It looks to me the Chiefs and the Saints should be in the Super Bowl on Sunday — not the Patriots and the Rams. Roger Goodell should fix this but he won’t.

It reminds me of the 2002 game between the Lakers and Kings, and we don’t know who really won that game. I have talked to a lot of different people and they all said the same thing — that the Chiefs won that game. I guess I’ll see a movie with my daughter during the Super Bowl instead of watching a game where both teams that are in it can cheat.

Ruth and Carissa Bach

Favorites among Dem comments

From my collection of “Lies & Stupid Statements by Politicians,” I offer these gems.

• “If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.” Bill Clinton.

• “The Great depression. I don’t know what was so great about the depression, but that’s the name they give it.” And this: “We should only deport illegal aliens if they do something illegal.” Nancy Pelosi.

• “A zebra does not change its spots.” Al Gore.

• “I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.” Barack Obama.

• “They don’t call me Tyrannosaurus Sex for nothing.” Ted Kennedy.

• “Chicago always has and will be a sanctuary city. You are safe in Chicago.” Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

• “Get this thing straight once and for all. The policeman isn’t there to create disorder. The policeman is there to preserve disorder.” Former Chicago mayor Richard Daley.

• “Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.” Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.

• “You don’t understand. I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen.” And this: “Homicide is the leading cause of murder.” Sheila Jackson Lee.

• “I don’t recall.” Hillary Clinton.

Sadly, some of these revered Democrats are still with us and still holding leadership roles in our government. God help us.

David Hanvelt

Eau Claire

Budget item will pay dividends

I’m writing to thank the Eau Claire City Council for its budget amendment in November providing resources to fund two new library positions. The first position will help people experiencing homelessness get needed services and provide a supportive and secure library environment, and the second will focus on improving literacy for at-risk youth.

In the long run, these positions will more than pay for themselves. It’s far cheaper to help people early, and enable them to become contributing members of society, than to wait until problems arise. This is especially true for young children where future crime rates are partially predicted by childhood literacy rates.

Eau Claire is a place where we look out for each other. Thanks to these new positions, we anticipate that fewer individuals in our community will remain homeless, and more children will grow up to live productive and fulfilling lives. That’s what local government is all about, building a place where we all do better. In addition, these positions fit the library’s mission and represent tangible steps in combating the impacts of poverty in Eau Claire.

This City Council, under acting President Andrew Werthmann, has provided dedicated, compassionate and fiscally knowledgeable leadership. A special thank you to council members Catherine Emmanuelle and Emily Anderson for authoring this budget amendment and for keeping the promise to build an Eau Claire that lifts up everybody, and where no one is left behind.

Bob Eierman

Chair of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Board of Trustees