|Offers response to ‘far left’ writers|
I would like to comment on three letters from far left liberals in the Jan 1. Vilas County News-Review. Most of what I say applies to all three writers.
In the first letter, Mary Jo Berner says that 53% of the employees in Vilas County work in low-paying jobs and that it has been increasing since the 1970s. I agree, however, it is not because of the rich as she would have us believe. It is because of the disappearance of good middle class jobs, such as those from mining and logging in the North Woods.Ms. Berner and her foundation continue to promote an “anti-mining by any means” agenda. I was at only one of her seminars. It was anti-mining, but claimed to be unbiased.
One of the many lowlights was a Bad River tribal leader speaking of potential Gogebic Taconite Bad River pollution while knowing that his tribe was dumping pollutants into the river at many times the legal limit and had been for years. E. coli was at 5,400% of the legal limit. The river is so bad, it closed two beaches on Lake Superior last summer.
Ms. Berner also fights sand mining in Wisconsin that provides many good jobs. The sand is used in fracking, which is providing much needed energy while reducing energy cost. Our distance from populated areas makes transportation costs difficult for our businesses. We don’t need higher fuel prices.
Ms. Berner still falsely preaches global warming. Aren’t we happy with the lower heating cost we have now to combat our record cold? Too bad we can’t be done with the ethanol her far left crowd has stuck us with to combat “global warming.”
ObamaCare passed by Ms. Berner’s friends has reduced the work hours of many in the North Woods. Going on, the law will destroy more jobs while benefiting very few. Walmart workers have a better plan than ObamaCare.
If Ms. Berner and the liberals have their way, most of the people living in the North Woods will either be public employees or those who have inherited a lot of money.
Marjorie Delap writes a letter urging our young people to get involved and vote. I agree. Where we differ is I will not tell our youths to blame the Tea Party and Republicans as she does. I will tell them that our national debt is at an unsustainable $17 trillion, $200,000 per person and has doubled since President Obama took office.
I will tell them that we continue to fall behind the rest of the world in math and science while spending more on education per student than any other country. I will tell them that they will inherit this mess. They must form their own opinions, do their own research and be skeptical of anyone who only tells one side of a story. Please remember nothing from a government is free. Someone pays for everything.
Rep. Peter Barca from Kenosha writes we should “make 2014 the year of the middle class.” Let’s make 2014 the year for everyone. Is that not possible? Why classes? Do we have to have class warfare?
He says that our state rates in the top 10 for students who graduate with debt. Under the Republicans, University of Wisconsin (UW) tuition was frozen for two years. Democrats had control, why didn’t they? They raised taxes.
Why do our educators give large student loans to those studying subjects that will never provide good employment? Most of the UW educators support Barca’s party and more students provide them with jobs and high salaries.
|Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:28 PM|