We need to be responsible
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the Editor: I can’t decide what is more disturbing… the COVID-19 pandemic, or the fact that so many people think it is a hoax.
How many times have you heard that it will magically disappear the day after the election? It’s one thing to hear it from the general public, but to have it foolishly perpetuated by various leaders of businesses, schools, and governments is alarming. The mountain of evidence that the pandemic is real is overwhelming. In case you have your head in the sand, Wisconsin is having a major COVID-19 surge right now, which could overwhelm health care systems in the near future if left unchecked.
Do you deniers need to wind up in the hospital gasping for air to take this seriously? Many say it really only affects very old, frail people who were going to die anyway, so it’s not a big deal. First, that is a cruel approach. Their lives have value too. Second, they are not the only ones succumbing to this disease. According to CDC statistics, as of Sept, 23, about 80,000 people aged 35-74 have died from complications of COVID-19 in the United States. And nearly 2,000 people aged 0-34 have died from it in the U.S.
The impact of COVID-19 goes way beyond deaths. There are many documented cases of young adults getting serious blood clots and strokes from COVID-19, which may leave difficulties for the rest of their lives. Even people who exhibit mild or no symptoms may have longer term organ damage according to recent studies.
I personally know several healthy young folks who recently had COVID-19 with what is considered mild symptoms. Even that was not pleasant, with a solid 10 days of flu-like ailments and fatigue. It is estimated that at least 40 percent of the adult U.S. population has underlying health conditions that put them a greater risk for more severe outcomes from COVID- 19.
Northcentral Wisconsin has been one of the last places in the U.S. for the pandemic to really settle into. In the many months it took to get here, have we learned anything from the trials and mistakes from those areas that had it before us? Based on how many people refuse to wear masks, socially distance, or avoid high risk indoor gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19, it doesn’t seem like it.
I get that it isn’t fun or convenient to maintain such health measures. It stinks that we can’t do all the things that we find enjoyable right now. It stinks that so many of us have been struggling financially during this pandemic, my business included. But, in the end, what is more important? Is it activities, money, and stuff or is it human life?
If we can’t work together to tackle this pandemic, what is going to happen when an even greater pandemic or non-medical calamity comes along? Come on, we can do better than this! Let’s not live in fear, but let’s be socially responsible.
Tony Schumacher Stetsonville
To the Editor: The arc of American history tends to be in a progressive direction. Over time, the United States has become a more inclusive democracy. The last four years have been a deviation from this progress.
This makes the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg even more tragic. RBG was a remarkable person. A champion of the disenfranchised. She was a brilliant student of the Constitution. RBG’s genius was in writing dissenting minority opinions that laid the framework for future paths to be taken for achievement. All women and men have benefitted from her intelligence.
The current president and the Republican controlled Senate are the epitome of hypocrisy. In 2016, February was too close to a presidential election to even hold hearings on President Obama’s nominee. In 2020, the sanctimonious leader of the Senate proclaims the need to move swiftly on the next Supreme Court nominee. It’s sing along with Mitch as the other GOP senators, except for Collins of Maine and Murkowski of Alaska, repeat his hypocritical lines. Truly a sad day for democracy.
So when someone regurgitates “Make America Great Again,” ask them to what point in America’s greatness do they want to return to.
Do they want to return to when only white male property owners could vote? Do they want to return to when Native Americans, whose land was stolen from them, were denied basic human rights and refused the right to vote?
Do they want to return 100 years to when women were denied the right to vote? Do they want to return to pre-1965 before Congress passed a voting rights law designed to ensure voting rights for everyone regardless of a person’s pigmentation?
We all need to thank RBG and those who came before her who worked to extend the American dream to everyone.
Gary Fergot Town of Wien
We disregard Commandment
To the Editor: I thank Sister Wagner for her recent letter to the editor.
I, too, am a senior Catholic and have supported both parties during my 85 years.
I am in total agreement with your summation of the Trump presidency.
Sadly, I believe the pressures of the office have created serious personality disorders with the President. As a result, he has placed us all in grave moral COVID-19 danger as we disregard the greatest of the Commandments: “Love Thy Neighbor.”
John DeLaPorte, Sr. Wausau
Trump causes writer to wonder
To the Editor: The Trump organization has done a great job of getting lawn signs out around rural Wisconsin. Seeing them makes me wonder what motivates the property owner that displays the sign.
It might be because they do not like Social Security. President Trump has a plan in place to destroy Social Security. After all, why should people that have worked long and hard be allowed to retire with a plan that helps pay the cost of living?
It might be Trump’s immigration plan that they like. Obama sent more immigrants back than Trump has, but he didn’t lock kids up in oversized cages, take infants away from their mothers or allow hysterectomies to be performed on immigrant women without their permission, the way the Trump administration has. Do people actually support such a policy?
Maybe they like Trump’s environmental plan that ignores climate change, allows automobile and power companies to discharge more pollutants into the air we breathe, reduces regulations for discharging effluent into public waterways and opens previously protected national parks and monuments to coal mining and drilling for oil and gas. If they think the air and water is too clean, Trump will fix it.
It could be they like Trump’s economic plan. He started a tariff war and declared it would be easy to win. Wisconsin leads the nation in farm suicides, and we have lost well over 1,500 dairy farms in the last two years, but maybe winning the tariff war is easy if you live by Wall Street instead of on Main Street. Only 890,000 people applied for unemployment insurance last week. That is up a little bit, but not as high as the 6.5 million in March. Trump says he wants companies to bring jobs back from overseas. That sounds good, but how many overseas companies owned in part or in whole by the Trump family have moved back to this country?
A Trump sign might indicate a family that does not like the idea of having complete, affordable health insurance. Are cookie sales and golf tournaments to help cover expenses for family members facing insurmountable medical costs better than having those costs covered like they are in every other industrialized nation in the world?
Maybe a Trump sign means the people do not like high quality public education. Trump’s plan is to spend more money on vouchers for private schools. Not a single one of Trump’s policies help make the lives of working Americans easier, so when I see those signs I am left to wonder why?
Darlene and Dennis Bucheger Greenwood
Trump has done a poor job
To the Editor: President Trump was in the state recently and gave himself high marks for how his administration has handled the pandemic. He said “We’ve done an incredible job.”
Look at the numbers, then you decide. That was the same day Wisconsin set a record with 2118 new COVID cases, with almost 20 percent of those tested showing positive results. The 45,313 new cases reported in the U.S. that day also showed an upward trend.
With only four percent of the world’s population, COVID-19 killed 863 Americans that day, 16 percent of the world’s 5,414 deaths. That was the day the U.S. Department of Labor announced 860,000 new applications for unemployment insurance and said the numbers indicated a slow recovery. Over 50 million Americans have lost their jobs since March and many of those jobs are not coming back.
President Trump has demonstrated an astonishing lack of concern for the American people during the pandemic. I could agree with his statement if he would add a single word. He has done an incredibly poor job! Thousands of people have died and millions are unemployed because of it.
President Trump seemed almost happy to hear of Judge Ginsburg’s death. Everyone is talking about the Supreme Court instead of how he has mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic. Is it any wonder why he welcomes the change in conversation?
Bryce Luchterhand Unity
Biden is only election choice
To the Editor: I will vote Biden. Not my first choice but the only choice.
I am opposed to an authoritarian fascist takeover by a mentally unstable racist lying criminal. If the Republicans wish to have a dear leader, try to pick one that’s not dumber than a bag of hammers. The incompetent handling of nearly everything has been just too much.
Joseph Feiten Colby
Ballot fraud is a real thing
To the Editor: Democrats and the media keep repeating to us that voter fraud is rare and there are no problems with voting by mail. If they say this often enough, people may be brainwashed into believing it. However, there are problems that negate people’s votes we’re not being told about.
California election officials reportedly rejected more than 100,000 mail-in ballots from the March primary election. Of these, 27,525 were rejected for signature issues.
In New Jersey, a sitting city council member, a councilman-elect, and two others were charged with multiple counts of voter fraud. Ballots bearing names of residents who said they didn’t vote and never saw their ballot were delivered and counted.
A West Virginia mailman was charged with voter fraud, admitting changing mail-in ballot requests’ party affiliation.
Former Pennsylvania Rep. Michael Myers (D) was indicted on multiple counts, including conspiracy to violate voting rights by fraudulently stuffing ballot boxes, bribery of an election official, falsification of records, voting more than once in a federal election, and obstruction of justice. It took six weeks to declare a winner in a Democrat primary in New York. Candidates were only about 3,000 votes apart, but 12,000 of 60,000 mail-in ballots (20 percent) were disqualified. A lawsuit also states election officials mailed out around 34,000 ballots only one day before the election.
Two Washington Post reporters determined that 17,800 non-U.S. citizens voted in the 2008 election, just in North Carolina, possibly tipping their electoral votes. They also cited that one in 16 noncitizens in the U.S. voted in the 2008 election. Nearly 1,000,000 illegal votes may have been cast.
In an ongoing investigation, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations office in Raleigh, North Carolina, charged 19 more illegal aliens with illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election.
This is just a sample. Voter fraud and mail-in voting problems are going unreported. In the past, many Democrats were warning of the dangers of mailin voting, but are now pushing for this. Many countries around the world have banned mail-in voting because of the obvious and wide-open opportunities for voter fraud.
Absentee ballots have built-in protections in most states, but voting in person ensures your vote will count.
Tim Kamphamer Colby