Censorship dangerous

History shows the way to topple a country is first attack the media, then the judicial system.

It’s not rocket science. It’s been proven by many leaders for their own gain or ego before.

The very thought of a leader to suggest that state-owned media topple traditional media that doesn’t agree with the lies and personal agenda of greed and gain in their leadership is insulting to the intelligence of Americans. I’m speechless.

Trump says he wants “my people” to “sit up at attention” like North .... .

I just don’t understand how Americans are accepting this train of personal grudge-driven leadership with no regard to anybody other than the almighty dollar. Is it lack of acceptance, knowledge or, “If I’m going down, everyone is going with me”?

Tony Huppert

Spring Valley

A reference to the ‘swamp’

Here’s a little back story to the origin of the phrase, “drain the swamp.”

During the early 1970s, there was a popular radio show on Saturday night, and a lucky caller would win a prize. Anyone remember WLS Chicago Boogie Check?

Well, my sister, Janet, called long distance on a rotary dial wall phone and was the lucky 10th caller. Not an easy feat. She won a poster that read, and I quote: “When you’re up to your (expletive) in alligators, it’s hard to remember that your main objective was to drain the swamp.”

Hmm, is it possible that our president plagiarized a decades old poster? Just putting it out there.

Donna Gavin

Eau Claire

Support helps UW-EC team

The 2018 season was historic by many standards for the Blugold volleyball program — a conference title, WIAC tournament championship, our first-ever regional championship and inaugural trip to the Final Four.

As we approached the postseason, our team rallied around the South African concept of “ubuntu,” which means “I am because you are.” So much of what we are as a volleyball program, and especially in 2018, is because of the support from our families, alumni, Blugold athletics, the UW-Eau Claire campus and the Eau Claire community.

We are humbled by the support and love we’ve experienced throughout this memorable season, and we’re excited that we gained a few more fans along the way. I am so proud of how this team exemplified excellence and how they represented UW-Eau Claire and our community with class and grace at home, on the road and on the national stage.

Thank you to everyone who cheered us on either at McPhee, on the road or online, and to everyone who reached out with words of encouragement and congratulations down the stretch. We appreciate you. Go Blugolds.

Kim Wudi

UW-Eau Claire women’s volleyball head coach

Persistence the key to a healthy future

From space, we look like one blue planet without boundaries, except by human hands.

Who are we?

What do we need?

Could it be safety, shelter, food, healing, to be loved and understood, and to have knowledge?

If we have all that, could we have more art, music, poetry, literature, architecture and everything else of beauty?

Don’t give up. We can get there.

Kim Kelly

Eau Claire

Moratoriums warranted

When the town of Cleveland had a meeting with the people who were planning on building a large hog farm in our township, someone asked Dan Masterpole, head of the land conservation and forestry committee, if they were able to regulate this large farm. He said no. So Chippewa County is not ready for these large farms to come here.

I have been trying to convince our county supervisor to put a one-year moratorium on these large farms. It looked like we were getting closer when the land conservation and forestry committee voted to put a moratorium in place. It next went to the zoning committee that refused to vote on it.

It went back to the land conservation and forestry committee where county counsel said since we have so many unzoned townships, it might not be such a good idea. Strange, since a majority of unzoned townships said they wanted a moratorium. Unzoned townships I’m sure don’t want to become zoned just to have a moratorium.

Eau Claire County put a six-month moratorium in place with the ability to extend to a year. What do they know that our supervisors don’t know?

Chippewa County has areas that have become polluted from large farms. We need this moratorium so people can come forward with our concerns. We need to get to the point where we can regulate these large farms. Please call your local supervisor and tell them to please vote for this moratorium.

Our town board is thinking about putting zoning in place without the approval of the people in our township. I don’t think Cleveland should be zoned. Please call the town board members and say, “No, we don’t need to be zoned,” to keep these people out.

Jan Morrow