Letters to the Editor

Wed
03
Feb

Vote for Judge Kloppenburg in Feb. 16 primary

When you go to the polls on February 16 (you are going to the polls on February 16, right? Of course you are), vote for Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg in the primary for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.

When she ran for the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2011, she ran a principled campaign and lost by a handful of votes. In 2012, she won election to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. 

She has a depth and breadth of experience that other candidates cannot match. She is competent, hard-working, and fair.

Most importantly, she has spent her career working for the citizens of Wisconsin. At the Wisconsin Department of Justice, I knew her as a staunch advocate for clean air and water. She fought hard, but she fought fairly, and I was proud to serve with her.

Wed
20
Jan

History shows guns in Stoughton schools aren’t safe

On the recent proposal in the legislature allowing guns in the schools: 

One day some years ago, a student brought a loaded gun into the Stoughton High School. A school official got wind of it, called the kid into the office, and confiscated the gun. 

Somehow, after taking the gun from the kid, handling it, the gun went off. The slug tore through the wall of the office. Nobody was killed.

This time.

 

Steve Fortney

City of Stoughton

Wed
20
Jan

School district should leave 1892 building in the past

In the Dec. 24 issue of the paper, SASD Superintendent Tim Onsager said the school district is facing a $1.9 million budget deficit in 2018-2019. They are also struggling with continued enrollment decline.

In that same issue of the Hub is an article about what to do with our unused 1892 high school building. Some would like to repair and save it.

The SASD sole function is to educate our children, not to restore and save old buildings, no matter what their original purpose was. If the old high school building can’t be used to educate our children, it must go, allowing that site to remain available for future school purposes.

We must quit living in the past if we are to succeed in the future. If the preservationists want to save the building, I would suggest the SASD sell or deed it to them on the condition they move it to another location.

Wed
13
Jan

High school hockey staff needs to ‘step up’ to keep kids

I have lived in Stoughton for 15 years now, and my son has played hockey in Stoughton since he was 6. 

It was a hard decision, but as a senior he is not playing hockey for Stoughton. The locker room antics and attitude allowed between the players and favoritism by coaching staff has made boys quit. 

The high school doesn’t think there is an issue, but the fact that three to five seniors quit should be an eye opener. 

Wake up: sports are supposed to be about learning how to play, sportsmanship, teamwork and, of course, trying to win. The high school and coaching staff need to step up before parents start pulling their kids from playing.

 

Doris Johnson,

City of Stoughton

Wed
06
Jan

Debt control should be a higher priority for elected officials

While it is too late to put this request on my Christmas list, I will add it to my “Things I’d like to see in 2016” list: How about our elected officials being just as concerned about debt control as they are about gun control and climate control?

No comparison, you say! Guns and global warming are killing people, ruining economies, melting the ice caps and taking away polar bear habitation! But before you dismiss my suggestion, consider my logic.

The current national debt is $18.8 trillion, or $61,902 for every man, woman and child in the United States.  The average personal debt per household is $125,000, with $15,000 of it on credit cards. I do not know if “our share” of the national debt is included, or on top of our household debt. 

Wed
06
Jan

Stoughton Holiday Fund a ‘big success’ this year

The Stoughton Holiday Fund Committee members would like to thank the many donors, volunteers and River Bluff students who helped make the 2015 Fund a big success. 

This year the Holiday Fund provided food for 220 families (570 people) in the Stoughton community. With the monies donated, we were able to purchase enough food for those in need, as well as help stock the Stoughton Food Pantry, the Methodist Food Pantry and the VFW for their holiday meal. There were many businesses that donated food or gave us food at a reduced price, donated food for the volunteers, helped with food deliveries and donated their time for this community event. Monetary donations were received from almost 100 businesses and private citizens.

Wed
30
Dec

Stoughton’s historic buildings under threat from state bills

Stoughton, like many small cities, takes pride in its tens of historic homes and older buildings like the Opera House, Ole K. Roe House, and 1892 Central High School. Sadly, the Republican-controlled legislature doesn’t … and they are now taking steps to make it easier to “turn back the clock” on all Historic Register properties.

 For no known reason and with no explanation,  on Dec. 4, Rep. Brooks-Saukville and Sen. Lasee-De Pere, introduced bills (AB 586 and SB 445)  that effectively deny the public the right to pursue Historic Register status of qualifying properties while giving current (and future) property owners the right to do as they wish. On Dec. 10, not even one week later, the only public hearing was held on AB 586 in the State Capitol.  What kind of justice and fairness was that? 

Wed
16
Dec

Dangerous drivers a growing hazard in Stoughton

After a driver on Page St. followed my car way too closely for safety and then gave me a gesture when I turned off, and another driver passed me on the left on Lincoln St. as school kids were walking home from school, I made a comment to my son about the crazy drivers in town. 

He then told me that he has nearly been hit twice this year by vans while walking to school and crossing the street in a crosswalk. One driver did hit his hand. The other driver hit his brand-new backpack, successfully ripping off one strap. One of the drivers was so rude as to give my son an obscene gesture, too.

Wed
09
Dec

Family fun day benefit a success

Thank you so much to the entire Stoughton area community for supporting our Christmas Family Fun Day to benefit Cynamon Reynolds and her family. 

We were blessed with enough donations to draw down the entire $7,000 match from Martin Luther Christian School! 

As a result of the many in-kind donations we received from so many businesses and individuals, we are able to donate 100 percent of what we collected to Cynamon and her family. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

 

The Kids-4-Kids families (Gilles, Unitans, Hembrooks and Langenohls)

Wed
09
Dec

Purpose of guns crucial to debate

Examine this so-called NRA truism carefully.

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people?

No.

People with guns kill, that’s what people made them for.

And, moreover, people with guns kill people, that’s what people made guns for.

Steve Fortney

City of Stoughton

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