Opinion Archives for 2018-06

Letter to the Editor: Pressure Gas Project

I am writing on behalf of my friends Sue and Tom Kurtz and their neighbors on 18th ave in Sturgeon Bay, the sight of the proposed gas regulator station proposed by WPS. After inspecting the existing station in the Sturgeon Bay industrial park, I cannot fathom why WPS would inflict this potentially dangerous eyesore into the midst of a residential area. With other viable options that would  locate the regulator at a RESPECTFUL distance from neighbors there can be no sound rationale to park the  regulator within throwing distance of the Kurtz home. An effort to save a buck at the expense of any family's greatest asset is irresponsible corporate citizenship.

Sincerely,

John D. Witteborg

Letter to the Editor -- Against Pressure Gas Project

By Morag Hornsby   


I am writing to oppose High Pressure gas project in Sturgeon bay WI.  Especially the location of the regulator station on S 18th Ave.  The regulator station should not be in a neighborhood of residential homes.  The health and lifestyle and enjoyment of the property owners will be in jeopardy. People work hard to provide a safe and inviting home for the friends and families and this certainly would not encourage it.  These property owners have been long time residents and have equity in their property and homes.  This, again, is not conducive to the maintenance or increase of such properties.

The regulator station will devalue these properties due to noise, odor, fear, ascetics now imposed and the anxiety that it will produce for potential explosions.

There are alternate site, some even more desired by the WPS.

Please don't approve this project as presented.  This may just be a piece of property to you, but to my friends it is their home, their safe space, their  sanctuary and their continued dreams.

Thank you.

Morag Hornsby

Sturgeon Bay

Editorial--Wisconsin Government Infected With Political Equivalent of Emerald Ash Borer

Editorial Comment by Roger Utnehmer
DoorCountyDailyNews.com President and CEO

All three branches of Wisconsin government continue to be infected with the political equivalent of emerald ash borer. The Supreme Court, Legislature and governor's office are under the influence of far too much special interest money and the corruption it breeds.

Our state Supreme Court refuses to adopt rules that would require justices receiving significant sums of money from special interests to recuse themselves from voting. When cases impacting those donors come before them, justices who benefit from massive expenditures should not vote on the case. An IQ exceeding room temperature is not required to question if a justice benefiting from millions of dollars of campaign spending really will be objective when voting on matters that impact the donors. It appears that special interest groups have discovered it is easier to buy a Supreme Court than a legislature.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Robin Voss, took a four-day trip to London in 2017, accompanied by and paid for in part, by lobbyists for the pay-day loan industry. Voss claimed he did not discuss pay-day loans with industry lobbyists on the trip. A junket paid for by the insidious industry that preys on the poorest among us smells worse than the stale cigar smoke surrounding their secret deal-making meetings.

Robin Voss should avoid the appearance of conflict of interest and pay for his own British vacation. The former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives resigned after accepting the interest-group-financed travel.

In Wisconsin elected officials pick their voters rather than voters picking their elected officials. Taking the power to determine legislative district boundaries away from partisan politicians will be one step of many to restore trust to a troubled government. Reapportionment reform is long overdue.

Governor Scott Walker holds an office once admired and emulated throughout America for progressive reform. Today it is referred to as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Koch Brothers and big money special interests. Massive campaign donations, travel at special interest-group expense by Robin Voss and big money to elect Supreme Court justices are nothing but sanitized corruption.

Call it what it is. The sanitized bribery of big money is infecting every branch of state government and threatening democracy more than emerald ash borer is threatening Wisconsin forests.

The day will come when Wisconsin voters remember our lost pride in Progressive tradition and clean government. The smell of corruption reeks from our state capitol. Bipartisan corruption, dependence on campaign cash, refusal of justices to recuse themselves from cases that involve their donors and a globe-trotting Assembly speaker who should pay for his own vacations will hopefully cause voters to finally get fed up and vote those abusers of public trust out of office.

That's my opinion. I'd like to hear yours.

Roger Utnehmer
DoorCountyDailyNews.com President and CEO

Editorial Comment: Wisconsin Government Infected With Political Equivalent of Emerald Ash Borer

By Roger Utnehmer   

All three branches of Wisconsin government continue to be infected with the political equivalent of the emerald ash borer. The Supreme Court, the Legislature and the Governor's office are under the influence of far too much special interest money and the corruption it breeds.

Our state Supreme Court refuses to adopt rules that would require justices receiving significant sums of money from special interests to recuse themselves from voting. When cases impacting those donors come before them, justices who benefit from massive expenditures should not vote on the case. An IQ exceeding room temperature is not required to question if a justice benefiting from millions of dollars of campaign spending really will be objective when voting on matters that impact the donors. It appears that special interest groups have discovered it is easier to buy a Supreme Court than a legislature.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Robin Vos, took a four-day trip to London in 2017, accompanied by and paid for in part, by lobbyists for the pay-day loan industry. Vos claimed he did not discuss pay-day loans with industry lobbyists on the trip. A junket paid for by the insidious industry that preys on the poorest among us smells worse than the stale cigar smoke surrounding their secret deal-making meetings.

Robin Vos should avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest and pay for his own British vacation. The former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives resigned after accepting the interest-group-financed travel.

In Wisconsin, elected officials pick their voters rather than voters picking their elected officials. Taking the power to determine legislative district boundaries away from partisan politicians will be one step of many to restore trust to a troubled government. Reapportionment reform is long overdue.

Governor Scott Walker holds an office once admired and emulated throughout America for progressive reform. Today it is referred to as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Koch Brothers and big money special interests. Massive campaign donations, travel at a special interest-group expense by Robin Vos, and big money to elect Supreme Court justices are nothing but sanitized corruption.

Call it what it is. The sanitized bribery of big money is infecting every branch of state government and threatening democracy more than the emerald ash borer is threatening Wisconsin forests.

The day will come when Wisconsin voters remember our lost pride in Progressive tradition and clean government. The smell of corruption reeks from our state capitol. Bipartisan corruption, dependence on campaign cash, refusal of justices to recuse themselves from cases that involve their donors and a globe-trotting Assembly speaker who should pay for his own vacations will hopefully cause voters to finally get fed up and vote those abusers of public trust out of office.

That's my opinion. I'd like to hear yours.

Letter to the Editor--letter to Republican leaders

By Barbara Lawton

June 6, 2018

Rep. Paul Ryan

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner

Rep. Sean Duffy

Rep. Glen Grothman

Rep. Mike Gallagher

Dear Sirs,

Nearly seventeen months into the presidency of Donald Trump, the people of Wisconsin can no

longer overlook your deafening silence on so many events and issues that put our state and

nation in a constant state of tumult, and leave us with no moral authority where we once led on

a global stage.

A long list of ethics violations and evidence of grift and graft in this administration flowed into a

crescendo yesterday with the revelation that EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt used his staff and

authority of his public office for private gain (see Section 645.702). And neither the Speaker of

the House nor any member of Wisconsin's Republican delegation have called for investigation,

the minimal appropriate response to this uncontested criminal behavior.

And in the same news cycle, we learn that the administration is forcibly taking children from

migrant parents at the southern border, housing some of the children in cages, a practice

condemned by the United Nations as a violation of human rights and of international law.

I would add that it is a violation of our family values and of the decency we expect of each

other in our state and nation. And not a word of protest or even inquiry from any one of you.

You have effectively abandoned your own moral authority along with the interests of your

constituents.

So if criminal behavior of high ranking public officials and human decency don't merit your

attention, can we expect a word from any of you on steel tariffs and the budding trade war that

threatens the economy?

Truly yours,

Barbara Lawton

Wisconsin Lt. Governor 2003-11

Letter to the Editor: In Support of Andre Jacque

By Roger Vander Logt  

I am writing this to explain to all of you who maybe never saw the other side of Andre Jacque who is running for the 1st Senate District seat on June 12, 2018. Besides being a very hard worker for those of us in the 2nd Assembly district, Andre Jacque does care about our outdoors. He has attended most of the Manitowoc County Fish & Game meetings to explain what is going on in the legislature and offering his help to help us in any conservation project. On top of that, he has been very open on how he has voted regarding gun control issues. Andre Jacque has bucked the party line when it comes to working for his constituents. During the last days of this year's sessions, the assembly voted on raising the age of being able to get a long gun and some other issues. A voice vote was called to protect all legislators from their constituents finding out how they voted. Not Rep. Andre Jacque, he requested that the Clerk make public his vote for all of us to see. Once again, he bucked the system for us, his constituents. Andre Jacque is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and for public safety. He supports all safety programs where the public can get involved in. I am asking that you please look at who will protect your rights the most, a person with a family who understands the costs of raising a family. So, in closing, please vote for Andre Jacque, who is not a hard-core party line person, but a constituent's person.  

Roger Vander Logt

Search Our Site

booked.net

Poll

Do you support the taxpayer expense of Cap Wulf’s appeal of the compromise resolution of the Sturgeon Bay waterfront OHWM determination recently issued by the DNR?
Add a Comment
(Fields are Optional)

Your email address is never published.

Sports Poll

Will Giannis Antetokounmpo win NBA MVP this season?

Obituaries are provided as a service of the

Schinderle Funeral Home of Algoma

Obituaries

Elaine F. Dufek

Jerome M. Heinz

Rodney Vlies

Wallace Englebert

Newsletter

Sign up for our Daily Electronic Newspaper and/or our Shopping Show newsletter!

 

Get the latest news with our Daily Electronic Newspaper delivered to your inbox.

 

Get the latest updates for our Shopping Show delivered to your inbox every Friday.