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Letters to the editor: Sharing Families wonder; People just don't care

Please do NOT relicense the dams


"Nationwide, 1,384 dams have been removed from 1912 through 2016."

"Dam removal brings a variety of benefits to local communities, including restoring river health

and clean water, revitalizing fish and wildlife, improving public safety and recreation, and

enhancing local economies." From

I certainly hope our city council decides to remove our two dams.

If the dams are NOT relicensed, the dams could continue to produce the 1-2 percent of our energy until Aug. 21, 2023. This is another six years of this minimal 1-2 percent energy production, to see what kind of costs we continue to incur through their operation, as this will not be free.

I truly believe that if the dams are NOT relicensed, and our Kinni is put back into its original free-flowing form, our tourism trade will increase immensely.

Not only will the residents of the City of River Falls benefit from a free-flowing Kinni, but also the surrounding communities, and people that visit our fine city to enjoy the Kinni from far and wide will benefit as well.

Many "non" City of River Falls residents, that visit our City daily, support our local businesses.

The "freeing" of the Kinni, will only enhance our Main Street business and attract tourist to town.

Let's bring the FALLS back to River Falls.

David Fehringer

River Falls

A massive give-away to the rich


Anyone who has been paying attention knows that the GOP tax "reform" bill in its House and Senate versions is basically a massive give-away to the richest Americans at the expense of everyone else.

Impervious to the warnings voiced by hundreds of economists, educators, health care professionals, and advocates for children and the poor, the Republican-controlled Congress appears hell-bent on ramming through a bill of potentially disastrous consequences that most of our representatives and senators will not even have read.

This is bad enough in itself, but even worse is the calculating animosity driving it. Stephen Moore of the conservative Heritage Foundation, President Trump's economic advisor, has approvingly called the tax bill "death to Democrats." Its provisions are intentionally designed to

hurt more liberal areas of the country.

Moore says the tax cuts "go after state and local taxes, which weakens public employee unions. They go after university endowments, and universities have become play pens of the left. And getting rid of the mandate is to eventually dismantle Obamacare."

I would like to know when we stopped being "one nation indivisible" and when it became OK for one party to collectively punish the constituency that didn't vote for it. Under the 1949 Geneva Convention, collective punishment of an enemy is a war crime. How is the GOP's collective punishment of Democratic constituencies not a war crime against the American people?

In his Second Inaugural Address, an earlier Republican President spoke of "binding up the nation's wounds, with malice toward none, with charity for all." Our current President instead appears dedicated to tearing our wounded country apart.

GOP, the season of traditional "good will" and generosity toward others is upon us. Look into your hearts. Is this cruel new America the country you want and claim to love?

Thomas R. Smith

River Falls

People just don't care


Dear Women of the Rohingya, of the Somali, of Syria, Palestine, and North Korea: I read about you in the paper, and all I can say is that I am so sorry. To the Rohingya women: I am so sorry that the entire world is ignoring you. I am sorry for your gang rapes, your murdered babies, and the death of your husbands. To the Somali women: I am so sorry that the world refuses to understand that you cannot return to your violent homeland, especially with no money. To the women of Palestine: I am so sorry that your sons throw stones and are shot in return. And I am sorry about the loss of your homeland to your occupiers. And to the women of Syria and North Korea: I am so sorry that you must watch your children die of hunger.

None of you represents some tiny population in some remote part of the world. You and your children are dying by the hundreds of thousands. We read about you every day in the news. We just don't care.

Yet, I am sorry that my own country refuses to take you in as refugees. I am sorry that my own country no longer provides development assistance unless you are of our strategic interest (you are not). And I am sorry that my president doesn't even know that your land and your capital city are holy to you too.

And to the women of North Korea, I know that the sanctions against your country are starving you and your babies. I am sorry that the world doesn't care. I am sorry that my own president will not engage in diplomacy to stop your leader's threat.

I don't know how to help you. My own president is too busy tweeting and campaigning for his friends. My own Congress no longer cares about people, only politics. My own people are too busy shopping to think about the Baby who was also a refugee and homeless like you. And sadly, I don't think people care.

Jackie Brux

Town of River Falls

Sharing Families wonder


Re: Sharing Families and the wonderful job the River Falls Journal does for those in need at Christmas time:

Many from the Unitarian Universalist Society (UUSRF) of River Falls donated to and worked toward our donation to two families in need this Christmas — the season of giving. We did so through the River Falls Journal SHARING FAMILIES program, as do many River Falls citizens and organizations, to make sure that local families in need have what they NEED and some of what they WANT at Christmas time.

I wish many others could have been with my husband and me when we delivered the gifts for the UUSRF to two Sharing Families. Dick and I could not believe the wonderful job the River Falls Journal (with great coordination by Judy Wiff and her legion of "elves") is doing for needy people in our area. All of our gifts of clothing, toys, toiletries are accompanied by "food boxes"—AND what food boxes! They were huge and filled with nourishing food as well as fringe goodies (and necessaries such as t-paper). The huge warehouse/garage at the now for sale RF Journal building was filled with "stuff" for needy people in our community. Besides gifts such as ours from UUSRF (clothing, boots, toiletries, AND some very desirable toys: Lego sets, remote control vehicles, Baby Alive dolls; there were bigger gifts to fill bigger needs: bicycles and vacuum cleaners, for example

Judy Wiff, the exceedingly capable coordinator of the effort, has done the city of River Falls and our needy friends a great and very well organized service.

Meanwhile, it's been a gratifying experience—and we can be proud of our city.

Sue Bridwell Beckham

River Falls

Anderson letter


While it was educational and entertaining to read first the letter of Mr. James Anderson, and then the letter of Mr. Robert Daniel Smith, I think we'd more likely find a picture of (I'll disguise his name) "Resident Rump" fondling a woman not his wife, than a picture of Al Franken licking a plunger, or Bill Clinton inhaling ANYTHING.

Jane Fosberg

River Falls

Beautiful lights


I would like to thank the City of River Falls for the beautifully lit trees on Main Street, and Associated DDS for the gorgeous tree in front of their office. Main Street is the prettiest I can remember (thanks, too, for the businesses who decorated).

Seeing these decorations through the eyes of our young grandchildren makes them extra special. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

Linda Schwenke

River Falls