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Letters to the editor: Political flu; The future of the RF dams and hydros

Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act 2018


Intimate partner violence is a significant problem in our society. The World Health Organization defines IPV as behavior in an intimate relationship that causes physical, sexual and psychological harm through controlling acts including physical aggression, sexual coercion and psychological abuse. The 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found that 30 percent of all U.S. women will experience violence in their lifetime. There is the connection of how IPV negatively affects victims' quality of life, especially their ability to obtain safe, affordable housing.

When a victim leaves the abuser their income may be drastically reduced. The income reduction leads to the inability to afford housing, or what is affordable is not safe or healthy to live in with their children. With the shortage of safe, affordable housing, IPV victims are at a high risk of living with unstable housing options; staying with friends and family for short intervals; staying at emergency shelters that have limited hours of service; living in their vehicles; becoming homeless and living on the streets.

IPV victims received national support through the Violence Against Women Act. The passage of the 1994 VAWA and its three reauthorizations has improved the criminal justice system response for victims of IPV. The reauthorizations of the VAWA have expanded funding to provide availability to services such as shelters and support groups along with training for helping professionals of IPV victims.

In July 2018, there was the introduction of Bill H.R. 6545 to reauthorize VAWA. The reauthorization of the VAWA 2018 bill would further expand housing protections through the Transitional Housing Program and provide economic services to victims as they will qualify for unemployment if they have to leave their job due to IPV.

Please contact your congressional representative and encourage them to support the reauthorization of the VAWA 2018.

Nicolle Dodge

River Falls

The future of the RF dams and hydros


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold an evening scoping meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 in the River Falls City Hall Training Room (222 Lewis St., River Falls, 715-425-0900.) At this meeting, interested individuals and organizations are being asked to assist the FERC staff in identifying particular study needs, as well as the scope of the environmental issues to be addressed in the environmental document relating to Project No. 10489-016.

This meeting is a next step in determining further action needed in regard to the relicense and eventual destruction of our local dams and hydros. If you are interested in the fate of this valuable resource, you may wish to attend and comment.

William Hansen

Town of River Falls

Political flu


Every other fall the citizens of the U.S.A. are hit with the "political flu," a flu that attacks every American with a vengeance of negativity.

The political flu generally last about two weeks to a month of extreme visual and audio discomfort. Following this period is the climax known as voting for the desired person to lead the hopes and dreams of the voters, even though their opponents have stated for weeks what an unfit person that individual is to lead anyone.

All is to be forgotten upon completion of the election, joining hands of solidarity and standing behind the elected individual, in theory. As with the medical flu, getting the flu shot isn't so much for you; it is for the young and old you are in contact with or depend on you. So, the moral of the story is to vote, no matter how sick it makes you.

Tony Huppert

Spring Valley