Legalize gambling in Wisconsin

Since 1992, participation in gambling on any sporting event in the United States was illegal (with the exception of four states).

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court revoked the ban, and gave the power to legalize sports gambling to the individual states. According to ESPN.com, since the ban was revoked, a majority of the states have at least introduced a bill to legalize sports betting, but Wisconsin is not one of them.

Wisconsin should legalize sports betting to economically take advantage of the market for gambling on sports.

According to Sean Gregory’s article in TIME magazine from May, national illegal sports gambling has an estimated market size of $150 billion. With a market size that big, it’s foolish that Wisconsin isn’t taking advantage.

Wisconsin already has a lottery, and it would seem that sports betting would be a perfect addition to give a significant financial boost to the state’s economy. Not to mention it is evident that sports betting occurs, despite it being illegal.

A regulated sports gambling market would make it much safer for bettors as opposed to an illegal, underground venue.

Andrew Christopherson

Osseo

Democrats once took similar tack

The Democrats’ main argument about “lame-duck” legislation seems to be that it goes against the United States as being a “democracy.”

What they obviously have forgotten — or never knew — is that the U. S. is not a democracy. Never was. It’s a republic.

Without exception, our Founding Fathers spoke vehemently in opposition to us being a democracy. This is no place to discuss the difference, so if you don’t know, look it up —most of you will be very glad we’re not a democracy.

Aside from that pathetic ignorance (which, truth to be told, probably is just as likely to be found in my Republican friends), I like the fact that Tony Evers apparently hasn’t joined the hue and cry, because he’s quoted as saying, “This is politics as usual.”

Evers clearly remembers how the Democrats fought furiously for lame-duck legislation eight years ago in the months before Gov. Scott Walker took over. It would have been strange if they hadn’t, and if Republicans now weren’t.

Birney Dibble

Eau Claire

Power grab uncalled for in Madison

Shame. That is the only word to describe the disgraceful actions being taken by our state Legislature to stage a coup in the state and strip the new lawfully elected governor of powers that all former governors have had for decades.

Wisconsin used to be known as an honest, progressive state. Now, extreme right-wing Republicans (should they be called Rethuglicans?) are trying to wrest power from the new governor simply because they lost the election in November.

The Republicans in Madison are behaving like spoiled children, who, when faced with losing a game, they kick the table over. Citizens should rally and pressure Gov. Scott Walker to veto any bill that comes out of the state Legislature. Maybe finally, Scotty can do something decent — and right.

If Walker fails, decent folks who truly believe in democracy will have to head to the courts. Maybe our justice system will be able to restore the playing pieces of democracy.

Don Lyons

Chippewa Falls

No call made at least this time around

With little exaggeration, in the last week I have been contacted by every liberal, and some not so, group in the state begging me to call Republicans in Madison about their power mad attempt to keep control.

I thank them for trying, but I didn’t bother. History matters. If a blizzard of emails, letters and 100,000 people marching around the Capitol in freezing temps in 2011 had no impact, I was to believe that this attempt at democracy would?

Back then I was told to not complain because Gov. Scott Walker “won the election.” When does winning an election matter for us? Civics teachers all over the state must be confused. Of course there will be a “next time.” I promise I’ll call then.

Myron Buchholz

Eau Claire

Republicans ignore the will of voters in the state

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Wisconsin voters elected Democratic candidates to serve as our new governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer and attorney general.

Knowing that these progressive leaders will be taking office in January, Republican legislators are in panic mode and frightened of losing their grip on power.

They are planning to use their remaining days in office to hamper the will of Wisconsin voters. Among them is our own 93rd Assembly representative, Warren Petryk.

They called the Legislature into an “extraordinary” session, which began early last week, to push through Republican-backed legislation to diminish the impact of choices made by Wisconsin voters on Nov. 6 before our newly elected leaders take office in Madison.

Several items were on their wish list.

They hoped to restrict the powers of Governor-Elect Tony Evers, they wanted to force work requirements on disabled sick and injured people who receive BadgerCare benefits and, in keeping with past Republican efforts to limit those who can vote, they wanted to put restrictions on early and absentee voting.

Harlen Menk

Ellsworth