Letters to the Editor

Wed
22
Oct

Stoughtonites are spending money to fight money in politics

I wonder how much money is being spent on the yard signs and fliers to try and get money out of politics?

I wonder if this is a lesson in irony?

Just wondering.

Ron Dobie
Stoughton

Wed
22
Oct

Level the playing field with Move to Amend vote

Neighbors, if you can find anything more important let me know. If you can find anything that gets to the root of more problems in one swipe let me know. If you can read the paper, watch the news, or listen to the radio without hearing about some form of craziness due to money flooding our political system let me know.

Corporations now have the right to “negative” free speech. They don’t have to label or tell us anything they don’t want to. What’s to hide, Big Ag?

Parents, do you feel you should have some right to decide if you want to feed your family GMOs or BGH or not, for example?

Students, private corporation Sallie Mae lobbied Congress to the tune of almost $2 million in the first six months of 2013. Now, why would they do that? Homeowner, those kids won’t be clamoring to buy your house; they won’t be able to afford one.

Wed
22
Oct

Help get money out of politics with Nov. 4 vote

When did we decide that a corporation has the same rights as a citizen of our country? The answer is we didn’t, the corporations themselves did, by using their unlimited finances to influence our government, the government we elected.

Yes, ultimately the Supreme Court had to address this issue, and unfortunately they got it wrong! Does it end here? With multinational corporations using their unlimited resources to pick and choose politicians who will pass legislation to benefit them?

NO, it doesn’t! But it will take all of us, working together to tell our legislators that corporations are not citizens and don’t deserve the same rights we do and that we demand a constitutional amendment stating that.

“We the People” should have the final say in who governs us, by our votes and not how much money we have.

Wed
22
Oct

Grocery co-op has concerns about KPW

We, the board of directors of the Yahara River Grocery Cooperative (YRGC) are writing with significant concern regarding the recently released Kettle Park West Development Economic Impact Study, which states a probable negative impact on YRGC and also contains inconsistencies.

We are  determined to remain a viable business as a community owned grocery store that is one of the reasons folks move to and value Stoughton.

However, after reviewing the recently released Economic Impact Study for the KPW development, we are concerned that any reduction in sales would not only significantly impact the viability of YRGC but also other local businesses in and around the Stoughton area.

The impact study may very well contain significant errors, which the lead author has suggested.

Wed
15
Oct

There are two sides to the Wal-Mart debate

As I read the Letters to the Editor section in the Sept. 26 issue, I find it odd that all three letters were written on how bad Wal-Mart is for Stoughton.

In all three letters it was all the negatives that were mentioned. I like to approach a situation or an issue with the fact that there are two sides to them.

Let’s start with the first inaccurate statement – low wages – compared to what? A doctor? A lawyer? Or to other retail employees in Stoughton. Take a survey and do some comparisons and see if this point is valid.

Next item that was mentioned – Products. Wal-Mart products are low quality, unhealthy, made overseas. So you are implying that the products in all the other stores in Stoughton are of a superior quality and only made in the United States. Go buy 10 items in Ace Hardware, Asleson’s and all the shops on Main Street, and let’s compare where they were made.

Mon
13
Oct

KPW development needed to attract families to our community

I agree totally with the letter Bert Lohr submitted to the Hub last week regarding Stoughton’s need for the KPW development to attract more families to the area.

I, too, commend the mayor, the city administration and the majority of the City Council for planning and working for Stoughton to be a progressive, attractive and growing city.

Peggy Kiss
City of Stoughton

Mon
13
Oct

City shouldn’t add to Walton family wealth

The Walton family, according to a recent estimation, is worth $148.6 Billion. Billion.

Why on earth should the city of Stoughton spend one red cent of our tax money on a tax incremental district to augment those already obscene riches?

Would someone help me out with this?

Steven Fortney
City of Stoughton

Mon
13
Oct

KPW will only hurt downtown more

I have some very serious concerns about the impact that a Kettle Park West development would have on the City of Stoughton.

I would like to see a city that supports local merchants and locally owned business.  The economic impact analysis concludes that the development will drain spending from the downtown and move it to Wal-Mart.

I would like to see a city that has a vibrant and walkable downtown district and minimal sprawl. Moving spending from local downtown business to Wal-Mart at the edge of town will leave a sprawling ring of commerce around a struggling downtown.

I would like to see a city that supports creation of jobs that earn a living wage. While the development might bring jobs to the area, they are of such low wages that full time workers still need enormous public assistance in order to make ends meet (Forbes 4/15/2014). Let’s not support this kind of job.

Thu
02
Oct

City needs KPW development to attract more families to the area

I read the weekly letters that “bad-mouth” the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter development, and I wonder how these negative attitudes are attractive to people and businesses that consider moving here.

Stoughton has a nice downtown, a good school system and fine facilities for healthcare. But in the 12 years we have lived here, Stoughton has basically stagnated. Population is decreasing when surrounding communities are growing; the number of students is going down; the city itself has had no new housing developments with single-family homes affordable for young families with children (one year recently there was one new single-family home built in the whole city).

Other cities that surround Madison present a more active and attractive image, and that is where the people and businesses new to the area go.

Thu
02
Oct

Thanks for a great homecoming

Stoughton High School Student Senate would like to thank the community for supporting and contributing to the success of this year’s Homecoming week.

We greatly appreciate all the support that was shown by area businesses, community members, families and the Stoughton community as a whole.  We are Stoughton!

Stoughton High School Student Senate

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