Letter to the Editor RTSA

State Sen. Rob Stafsholt’s recent slam on Gov. Evers and President Biden brings to mind the tale of Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

Stafsholt seems to think that preventing catastrophe from the Line 5 gas pipeline, built beneath the Straits of Mackinac in 1953, is exclusive to fringe environmentalists, instead of appreciating why we should protect one the most amazing natural resources on the planet, the Great Lakes.

Rob must think he is looking out for farmers by arguing for the status quo of cheap fossil fuel. Does he care about farmers beyond getting their vote in the next election? Stafsholt and the rest of the Wisconsin GOP offer no long-term solutions.

Sen. Stafsholt is in perfect tune with the rest of the GOP. Their complete repertoire consists of obstructing innovations, lawsuits instead of legislation, pandering to large donors, alleging voter fraud, and gerrymandering their districts. Stafsholt also supports the brutal hunting of wolves. Sustainable solutions that keep wolf packs intact and cattle farmers whole are not given a moment’s consideration.

Stafsholt’s constituents have one thing to be grateful for. Rob voiced support for expanding broadband in our area. And with the passing of Biden’s American Rescue Plan (without any Republican votes) we will finally get much needed broadband expansion.

Status quo is not good enough, but the Wisconsin GOP has built their brand on opposing ideas and doing nothing, like Nero still fiddling on about election lies while the inferno of climate change is on the horizon.

Danielle Johnson

New Richmond

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