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Letter to the editor: Thank you to the public works crew; A better approach

Thank you to the public works crew

TO THE EDITOR

I'm sure I'm not the only person in the area who hopes we have seen the last snowfall for the season! This has been a long winter with quite a few big storms particularly in April.

The people who are probably the most hopeful that we have seen the last of the snow are Kevin Soltis, the City of Hudson Public Works Foreman, and his snow removal crew. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank them for all their hard work keeping our streets safe after each snow event. They often work all night or start work in the early morning hours while most of us are still sleeping. After the streets are cleared, they continue to work removing the huge mountains of snow from the downtown parking lots.

We had a large snowfall a few days before Hot Air Affair and the crew made sure the downtown area as well as the rest of the city was ready for the celebration. If you know any of our plow operators, I hope you will let them know that their work is appreciated by the city residents.

Joyce Hall

Hudson District 6 Alderperson

A better approach

TO THE EDITOR

In the April 17 edition, Ed Salava of Lakeland expressed concerns with the suicides on the new St. Croix bridge. He expects a fortune to be spent to protect jumpers similar to what was done for the Golden Gate Bridge.

Unfortunately for San Francisco, they learned that after fortifying their bridge, people started jumping in front of trains, causing four-hour shutdowns on a regular basis for "medical emergencies" on BART trains running through the city. People have been jumping from bridges for millennia, and this won't change. A better approach than once again blaming the government, maybe we should instead be doing a better job helping our friends and neighbors during their hard times. Then maybe these suicides won't happen as often.

Dave Peters

Hudson

Hudson presents anti-Muslim speaker

TO THE EDITOR

Citizens For the St. Croix Valley are sponsoring another anti-Muslim/Islamic speaker. On May 3 they are bringing Aynaz Anni Cyrus to speak at the Hudson House. She is a high profile anti-Islam Iranian-American, who has capitalized on telling her story of childhood oppression under Sharia Law through her "Live Up to Freedom" website, videos and public appearances. Her story about being an abused and victimized child bride is heartbreaking, but the retelling of it always leads her to say that "America is in grave danger vis-a-vis Islamic Supremacism and Jihad. I am witness to the hidden war between Islam and the West, and I see clearly, with great sadness and fear, that we are losing." Cyrus's opposition to how Sharia Law has adversely impacted her is understandable, however her rhetoric that demonizes every sect of Islam - all Muslims - is not. This is exactly like CFTSCV's hateful rhetoric that overtly rejected the idea of Muslim refugees coming into our Hudson community.

Last year, YouTube demonetized Anni Cyrus's videos on the channel "The Glazov Gang," where she stars speaking out against Islam. Demonetization means YouTube decides which videos can collect ad revenue, based on whether they are deemed advertiser friendly. Algorithms, along with YouTube moderators, filter out potentially offensive content and content that goes against their community guidelines, like Cyrus's. She makes her money stirring up fear wherever she can. Hudson now gets to experience her propaganda machine firsthand because of CFTSCV. Go to Cyrus's website at liveuptofreedom.com or google her to learn how she spreads paranoia and propagates fear for yourself.

Eden Penn

Hudson

Sanctuary cities

TO THE EDITOR

California, specifically the city of Oakland and its mayor, should be held accountable for their blatant disrespect for the law. Oakland has made itself a "sanctuary city" to shelter illegal immigrants from ICE agents. According to reports, the ICE had its sights set on nearly 1,000 illegal immigrants who had been previously caught and released by local police, but after Schaaf sent out a tweet alerting the city to the incoming raid, ICE was only able to detain a little under 300 of those illegals aliens. I do not care what excuse she has for her actions, as she has permanently endangered law enforcement and legal citizens of her city alike. These sanctuary cities facilitate and encourage illegal immigration, they are unfair to the legal immigrants who waited in line, followed the rules and have shown respect for the law. When the police, of all people, are told by politicians running the city to look the other way at illegal immigration, what message does that send? Schaaf's tweet functioned as if somebody was running out in front of the police and alerting everybody to their arrival. That is wrong and as a result it should be punishable as the Justice Department deems it fit. We need to ensure that our leaders in Washington hold these sanctuary cities accountable and stand by President Trump and Congressman Sean Duffy in their attempts to restore the rule of law and end sanctuary city policies.

Joan Bond

Hudson

Let us never lose our ability to listen to another point of view

TO THE EDITOR

Having just witnessed another local election, I want to commend and thank all who cared enough to leave their comfort zone to make a sincere effort to improve the lives and total living environment for all of us.

Let us never lose our ability to listen to another point of view or a choice of solution that is not our original thought. While I, as a member of the older generation, observe from a distant position, safe from any criticism, I hope that my comfort never allows me to use unfair criticism or narrow-mindedness or personal attack as my method of participation when we, as a people, are faced with an issue or a decision that will affect all of us.

To all of you who care enough to make an effort on my behalf, I extend my sincere thanks. And who knows, maybe my point of view isn't the best answer after all. Please continue to care about our city government, school issues, our state government, church issues and all of the councils and committees that require population participation. We need you and are counting on you.

I am allowed to second guess you from the "cheap seats" and still benefit from your efforts, regardless of your appointment or victory or not.

You have my appreciation and admiration.

Darrell Youngberg

Hudson

Cautionary tale: Perception vs. reality

TO THE EDITOR

The tone, tenor, and statements of Kelly Delahunty (April 11, 2018) in response to an articulate, factually-based, opposing viewpoint speaks volumes about projection. Unquestionably, Mrs. Delahunty projected her own anger, arrogance, condescension, disrespect, self-aggrandizing, and self-importance onto another (wrongly).

Mrs. Delahunty alleged an undisclosed number of frightened school children contacted her about their fears regarding local school safety. Diagnosis: Uninformed children. Prescription: Information.

• The Florida School District was Barack Obama's leftist social experiment, "Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Support & Education" (PROMISE) program.

• The program can be traced to a man with personal ties to the Obama administration - Robert Runcie, formerly the Chief Information Officer of Chicago Public Schools.

• For years, the progressive social justice experiment fostered a prolific ground for violence in Broward County schools leading up to the shooting. The shooter was in high school and was never arrested or expelled.

• Given this fact pattern, it was mind-boggling to learn in 2016 the Obama administration awarded $55 million federal taxpayers' dollars to that school.

• The PROMISE program was touted by the Obama Administration as a national model for the disciplinary policies now in 50 + schools districts across the United States.

Akin to many of the left's initiatives, it had a great sounding name cloaked in deceitful actions to achieve glowing statistics ... on paper! Tragically, the real life results were deadly.

If this Obama-era brain-child is not extinguished in schools across our nation, then innumerable children will continue to be at risk.

Mrs. Delahunty's perception, allegedly based on "many different news sources," included peaceful protests, empowerment, engaged, and more fully a citizen vs. reality—countless business owners and others witnessed and/or experienced out-of-control behavior, vulgarity, violence, and vandalism by countless students during this midday school walk-out. Dangerously, stupid.

Scott Eisenberg

Hudson

Respecting police

TO THE EDITOR

A coffee shop in Oakland, Calif.recently refused to serve police officers in uniform. Their claim is that police uphold and perpetrate a culture that targets black people. The police officer left the shop confused, but he didn't make a scene and the media shouldn't promote this coffee shop proprietor.

Police officers just should take their business and money elsewhere to businesses that are happy to serve cops who protect them, and this Oakland coffee shop should take the PR backlash that comes their way. Those that disapprove can take their money elsewhere too.

There is one important thing to remember, however. Thoses #woke people are undoubtedly the same group who would strip individuals of the Second Amendment right to self defense. They are the same group who say that only police should have guns, and that when you are in danger, call a cop. They will not serve police officer coffee, but would expect police to serve them if their coffee shop or home got robbed. Oh the irony.

Here in Wisconsin, I hope police come to our businesses. Having a good relationship with law enforcement in our community brings us all together. That's why I encourage everyone to check out Congressman Sean Duffy's #ThankACopThursday. He understands the need to thank our local police.

Dianne Kiel

Hudson

What is human trafficking?

TO THE EDITOR

What is Human Trafficking? According to the United Nations and Fierce Freedom (www.fiercefreedom.org):

"... Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs. ..." www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/what-is-human-trafficking.html?...

Please join us May 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hudson House, Hudson, Wisconsin, (doors open at 6 p.m.) to listen to Aynaz Anni Cyrus. Citizens for the St. Croix Valley (www.citizensforthestcroixvalley) is sponsoring this event. Anni grew up in Iran. As a young child, she was forced to marry. Beaten and raped, she went to the courts but was told to go back to her husband and obey him. With the help of her grandmother, Aynaz managed to escape and spent three years as a refugee on her own in Turkey. After gaining US citizenship in 2010, safety and the freedom to be herself finally became a reality. The sense of relief and joy of living freely would not last, though. Now, with the poorly vetted refugee program, she finds the same dangerous ideology has begun seeding itself in the United States. As an apostate of Islam, once again she lives in fear as TEN fatwas have been placed on her. Join us and hear her story. Learn how Iran has changed and what life is like for women living under sharia. Understand how and why sharia still threatens her today. "To be free as a human is to be free from Islamic laws." Anni Cyrus.

Darla Meyers

Town of St. Joseph

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