Letters: Reply to Civil War reality; We'll be left to pay the interest
Reply to Civil War reality
TO THE EDITOR
Many statistics were included in Mr. Anderson's letter published in the Aug. 24, 2017 Journal. However, many of them will not prove to amount to much or be correct. When reporting the news, it was of little consequence that Mr. Murrow was a young airman serving in Europe during the 2nd World War. During that era, only the FACTS were reported. How does his service relate to the current reporting of the news? I followed my father's determination to recover after he was shot during that conflict and spending six months in a hospital in England. They all deserve honor and many of us still remember.
Those serving in the Civil War for the Confederacy were not serving our country, but were warring in an effort to remove themselves from the United States.
I am 81 years old and perhaps a more enlightened history buff because of my age. Most of the statues honoring Southern Civil War generals were erected during the early 1920 and 1930 years. And their erection related largely to "Jim Crow" efforts to suppress integration, not to remind folks of the service of the generals 60 years earlier.
Well educated Americans will gladly relate to all, that this country's constitution called for equality for all and governance by elected representation. That is the definition of democracy according to the Cambridge Dictionary. Whether we have accomplished that is certainly in question, but it was the INTENT.
I am one of the "America Left" that Mr. Anderson describes as being close to the moral equivalent of ISIS. It is clear that many may interpret their love of country as superior to ours, but time will tell the story as history always does.
Patricia A. Pace
former resident of River Falls
We'll be left to pay the interest
TO THE EDITOR
The recent Foxconn manufacturing deal for Wisconsin has been in the news recently. It supposedly is the best deal for Wisconsin since Scott Walker was elected governor.
In response for a promise to start up a large, new manufacturing plant somewhere in S.E Wisconsin to make LCD flat screen monitors such as used in iPhones, the state taxpayers will pony up $3 billion in economic incentives to the company. That on top of needed additional highway infrastructure construction (for the project) and freedom from most environmental responsibilities in building the facilities.
According to our Legislative Fiscal Bureau's estimate the state would break even on this incentive package in about the year 2043, and that is only if the new plant actually employs 13,000 people. Even then the incentive package would come at a cost of $230,000 per job! Yes, Wisconsin badly needs more jobs but here we are dealing with a rather unscrupulous Chinese firm with a poor reputation for carrying out promises of establishing manufacturing in the U.S. Check with Pennsylvania.
We should have an ironclad guarantee from Foxconn to do what they promise or suffer serious penalties. So far I believe our Assembly has passed the incentive package with little or no penalty attached for failing to deliver. Our western Wisconsin Republican Assemblymen, including Shannon Zimmerman, have already voted to approve it but they and Sheila Harsdorf, if she votes for it which she will if Walker and Fitzgerald want it, should explain to us where the $3 billion is coming from.
If someone proposed a bill that provided that kind of support for education or health care in the state, they all would have a fit. Are they going to take it from funds for education or health care? From the road building funds? Are they going to tax the rich, the working class, homeowners, or corporations? Are they going to borrow it - the most likely scenario? That would leave us, our children, and our grandchildren to pay the interest.
To honor veterans
TO THE EDITOR
My father served as an infantry captain in the United States Army spending four years in combat defending our country during WWII. Many years later while watching the news showcasing the American Civil Liberties Union defending the Nazi Party's right to free speech, he commented that although he was a supporter of the ACLU, he and his fellow soldiers did not spend four years of their lives in fox holes to defend a racist, hate-based fascist organization to publicly parade their views in the streets of America. Of course at the time I had to argue the importance of free speech, but then I wasn't the one who lived in a tent for four years with shells flying overhead either.
Watching our own citizens boldly wearing the symbols associated with Adolf Hitler, parading the streets of our cities carrying torches and waving Nazi flags now seems inconceivable. Of those still living, what does the greatest generation of Americans think? What would Ronald Reagan think? These groups do not represent what we stand for as a nation; nevertheless, leaders such as the KKK's David Duke claim they have been emboldened by Donald Trump.
Great leadership demands honesty and strength. It requires the vision to move our country to a better place and the rhetorical skill to inspire and bring people together rather than apart. This is a historic moment for the President to end dividing our nation for political gain and instead bring people together as he once promised to do.
Let us pay tribute to the greatest generation and all our veterans by holding true to the principles they cherished and sacrificed their lives for in order that we might live in a united America. To do otherwise would be to dishonor all veterans.
Grow to Share: A way to get involved
TO THE EDITOR
If you've been paying attention, for the past several weeks, you may have noticed the information campaign posted on the back page of the A section of the paper. The River Falls Journal and Healthier Together, Pierce & St. Croix Counties have boldly started a conversation regarding food security in our community, shedding light on a prevalent issue with which many of our friends and neighbors must cope.
Per information provided in the paper last month, in Pierce and St. Croix counties, 1 in 10 adults are food insecure, even worse, 1 in 6 children experience food insecurity, and 45 percent of those who are food insecure, do not qualify for SNAP food assistance benefits, leaving them without the safety net of government funded programs to help put food on the table.
Unfortunately, these numbers are increasing. But, as the information appearing in last week's issue pointed out, "You can make an impact!"
Right here in our own community there is a non-profit organization that works to help provide food for those experiencing low food security. Grow to Share, located just north of the First National Bank Baseball Stadium, has been growing fresh fruits and vegetables and delivering them to the River Falls Community Food Pantry and other recipient locations since 2009. Grow to Share strives to fill the nutrition gap for those with low food security by providing healthy foods that are high in nutrients versus those that are highly processed and/or high in sugars. We do this by planting, growing, harvesting, and delivering fresh fruits and vegetables like asparagus, salad greens, broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, onions, squash, beans, and much, much more to our recipients.
Along with produce grown in a demonstration garden by the St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners at the same location, we have been able to donate on average 1,500 to 1,900 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to our recipient locations each year.
Although the donation of locally-grown, fresh, pesticide and herbicide-free produce is the main goal of our mission, we feel that Grow to Share fulfills many other community needs as well. It is also a resource for learning about healthy eating and self-sustaining growing practices through our classes and educational programs; it provides opportunities for volunteering and improving one's self through the helping of others; it encourages physical activity through the exercise of gardening; and it supports mental wellness through the positive benefits of connecting with nature and one's community.
To fulfill our mission, we seek to involve volunteers of all different age groups and abilities in the gardens, not only to accomplish the work needed to grow and deliver healthy produce, but also using the gardens as an educational tool to encourage healthy eating and positive life experiences for our volunteers. Students from the River Falls School District and UW-RF, youth groups from local churches, scout troops, and local businesses looking to give back to their community have all logged hours at Grow to Share. With over 300 hours of volunteer time required to maintain the gardens, Grow to Share is always looking for more hands to help out.
Grow to Share Board of Directors