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E DITOR Capital rally shows why we need to reopen state

To the editor: On Friday, I attended a Re-Open Wisconsin rally at the state Capital. What an uplifting experience to be part of a group of people that cherish liberty and the Constitution. By Gov. Evers’ actions of late, he obviously values neither.

The lockdown is illegal, period. Where is it written in the Wisconsin or U.S. constitution that the government can force a legitimate business that has done nothing wrong to close and everyone has to stay locked up inside their house? Someone, please point it out to me.

To hear the stories of the people affected by the illegal lockdown was absolutely heartbreaking. Business owners are facing financial ruin. The one speaker that affected me the most was a 28 year old dairy farmer who is losing $20,000 a month. He is a fourth or fifth generation farmer and he will not survive if this goes on another month. If we lose this generation of farmers, who will be left to produce our food?

I can hear the naysayers now, “but what about all the people who will die if we are allowed to open everything back up?” A doctor at the rally said it best when he stated that, with the side-effects of the lockdown, we are just substituting one death for another. That is amoral.

Also, if you look at statistics between states and other countries, there is no correlation between lockdowns and the number of deaths. In fact, since the first of January, the weekly death rate in the U.S. has been steadily decreasing!

Are we “safer” when businesses fail and the owner can no longer support him or herself? Are we “safer” when someone’s income has been ripped away from them and they have to choose between food and life-saving medicine? Are we “safer” when kidney stone surgery is deemed not necessary for an 89 year old woman? These were all testimonials I heard last Friday.

Just a few side notes. When a company tried to drop off porta-potties for the thousands of participants, the Capital Police told them they would be fined and arrested. Dictator Evers, that is not playing politics, that is endangering public health. And then there were the snipers on the rooftops of the buildings surrounding the Capital. I’m not sure who they were planning to shoot, since there was not a hint of violence and many of the speakers quoted scripture, like the Beatitudes — you know, “Blessed are the Peacemakers...”

The bottom line is that Wisconsin’s economy is on life-support. We need to get back to work. Should we use extra precautions for our most vulnerable citizens? Of course. If you still want your business to stay closed or stay in your home, that’s your choice. But give other people the choice to earn a living.

Open Wisconsin Now!

Pamela Jaffke Owen

Who does the attorney general really work for?

To the editor: With the general election in November still more than six months away, Attorney General Barr is looking for ways he can infuse confusion and scandal in an effort to help re-elect President Trump. Watch for his efforts to rehash the Mueller investigation and threats to sue governors if they do not reopen their states on the president’s schedule.

Just last month, a federal judge questioned whether Barr had redacted portions of the Mueller report in order to protect the president. Two weeks ago, Barr said the FBI’s investigation into the president’s campaign “was one of the greatest travesties in American history,” and suggested it was an effort to “sabotage the presidency.”

The attorney general has been working hard to assemble any information to bolster his assertions while ignoring the results of the investigation. It produced 37 indictments, seven convictions and 14 criminal referrals to other parts of the Justice Department. It produced evidence the president obstructed justice on multiple occasions and that Trump associates repeatedly lied to investigators about their contacts with Russian agents.

Over 1,000 former federal prosecutors said if any other American had acted in a manner similar to that outlined in the report, they would be indicted for multiple charges of obstruction of justice. The report also resulted in the president’s impeachment.

Barr knows proving the investigation was frivolous is not possible, but the purpose is to “stir the pot” by planting the idea of a conspiracy and sowing discontent. He also knows that threatening governors with lawsuits if he feels their efforts to protect their citizens “impinges on the national commerce” is a publicity stunt in an attempt to bolster the president’s ratings. We have come to expect lies and deceit from President Trump, but shouldn’t we expect more from the Justice Department?

Bryce Luchterhand