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Letters: This is what we can do; Clear expectation of Congress

This is what we can do


In response to Barb de Souza, thank you for your heartfelt defense of the DACA program in last week's paper. I respond to her question of what we can do.

Please write your support for DACA to our legislators and president. It's so easy! Go to to reach the president. Go to and to find your Senators and Representative and easily contact them. But — it will take more than just a few letters. We all need to get on board.

Barb, you are so right that this was a decision made by the president to gain political points from his base, as were his restrictions on refugees and immigrants in general. I especially appeal to Catholics, whose church has always supported immigrants and refugees and asks you to support them now. But as Barb said, this is a moral issue for all Christians and other religions.

DACA is a program to address the immigrant children who were brought to this country by their parents. This is the only country they've ever known.

Also allow me, as an economist, to explain that immigrants are beneficial to our country. They are consumers as well as workers. Their purchases of U.S. goods increases the demand for these, and producers respond by producing more. This creates economic growth as well as jobs!

Furthermore, economists know that the U.S. needs the immigration of young workers (and the DACA young people) who will contribute to our Social Security program, which has an ever-expanding number of baby boomers now retiring, but a dwindling number of younger people to support the program.

In short, not only are the president's policies immoral, immigrants are good for our economy.

Dr. Jackie Brux

River Falls Township

Be careful what you wish for


Everyone seems really excited locally about Amazon potentially establishing a second office complex in Minnesota.

From where I sit, I was puzzled when I first read that the most successful and powerful online retailer in the country wanted to acquire Whole Foods Market Inc.

That actuation prompted me to wonder if there a bigger and broader concern that we all should be concerned with?

Keep in mind that Amazon reported after making the deal with Whole Foods, they announced price cuts of up to even 43 percent at the Whole Foods locations which are breath-taking to say the least. Especially when you consider that the grocery market is unlike other retailers who have high markup capabilities. In fact, the supermarket business is a low-margin industry, with the average profit margin for supermarkets typically ranging from 1 to 2 percent.

I read in the Star Tribune that the tech industry is really excited the prospect of many new tech jobs that would likely be created in the event that Amazon opens a second office in Minnesota.

As a retired Independent recruiter I can relate to that excitement and opportunity, but I have to ask, at what cost to the consumer these news jobs likely would be acquired at.

By cutting prices by 43 percent for same products that the consumer can buy at CUB and Target, one has to wonder how long these two retailers as well as other national grocery retailers keep their doors open.

Robert L. Rystrom

River Falls

Who's this "Nobody?"


As one drives around or reads any articles the number one ads are "Help Wanted." Businesses are starting to close because of lack of labor. But, the word is "nobody" wants to work.

Who is this "nobody" they are referring to? I think it is just easier to say "nobody" wants to work then to face the real problem. I think before someone has the right to say "nobody" wants to work, they should have to do research and get a list of these "nobodies" and find out why they aren't working.

I had a conversation with one of my suppliers this morning saying he is so short of help, he wishes instead of a wall they would build a bridge to get more labor to fill the job openings.

Tony R. Huppert

Spring Valley

Nice billboard; wrong county


A billboard on Highway 65 south of River Falls thanks St. Croix County residents and gives a web link to a UW-Madison fundraising site. The problem is that the sign is in Pierce County, in a position where most who see it are Pierce County residents.

I wrote to the organization noting their apparent lack of knowledge of western Wisconsin geography — after all Madison is far from here. They responded that they knew the sign was in the wrong county. It was there because our area has so little available billboard space. Heavens! We have a critical billboard shortage! I guess we prefer our beautiful countryside to messages from entities hundreds of miles away. I can't decide which is a worse use of donor dollars — locating a billboard in the wrong county due to ignorance or due to expediency.

Their website does have a nice piece for Pierce County honoring long-time UWRF history professor Dr. Ed Peterson. I asked where the billboard for this is, and have yet to get a response. If any body spots it, please let me know. It might be in Polk County.

Bill Cordua

River Falls

Clear expectation of Congress


I feel the need to share some perspective in response to my friend Barb de Souza's letter in last week's RF Journal concerning President Trump's decision regarding DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

When President Obama instituted DACA via executive order, he referred to the action as temporary (note the term "Deferred") pending a permanent legislative solution. Unfortunately, when it came to immigration reform (not to mention most other things), Congress was all talk and no action. It got even worse when the Administration changed.

What President Trump has done, by rescinding the DACA order but including a 6-month moratorium for those affected, is to put the ball clearly back in Congress' court. If these 800,000 young "dreamers" and families that Barb refers to are to be protected and eventually assimilated — for which there appears to be majority, perhaps even overwhelming, support by voters — then those elected to the House and Senate on both sides of the aisle need to sit down and compromise on a meaningful permanent solution.That is their job.

It's easy and tempting to direct anger at the President. But, he played the only card available to him that stands a chance of moving Congress forward on this issue. Calling his action "cruel and unjust" is judging what is in his heart, which is unjust in its own right.

The President has sent a clear expectation to Congress. It's now our turn to do the same.

Bill Gnatzig