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Panel discussion

6:31 PM, May 10, 2013  |  Comments
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Junk legislation

Once again our politicians have wasted their time - and our money - on meaningless legislation with the passage of AB-110, the bill limiting the amount of junk food that can be purchased with food stamp money.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (May 6), the bill is potentially meaningless. "To implement the bill, Wisconsin officials would have to persuade President Barack Obama's administration to waive existing rules in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal program that goes by FoodShare in Wisconsin," the newspaper said.

Could the author of AB-110 be the latest "Yankee Doodle?" ("?stick a feather in his cap and call it macaroni!")

Carla Halvorson

Two Rivers

NRA immunity

The lawsuits holding gun manufacturers accountable were exactly what the gun manufacturers did not want to deal with. When New Orleans sued the gun industry, the gun lobbyists (NRA) got Louisiana to pass a law giving them immunity from lawsuits, retroactively. When Atlanta sued, the gun lobby (NRA) got Georgia to give immunity as well. In 2005 the gun lobby (NRA) got a federal grant of immunity from lawsuits, signed by George W. Bush. The NRA called it "a historic piece of legislation." No other industry has blanket immunity from lawsuits, but the gun industry does. Is this fair for manufacturers that don't make guns.

P.S. Keep writing, Les.

Jerome Bolle

Whitelaw

Donate to DVC

... and another thing!

The Domestic Violence Center (DVC) provides a valuable service to Manitowoc's physically and sexually abused families but has run out of room! A 66 percent larger facility is in the planning stage, funded by donations and pledges from local businesses and individuals. The average number of families sheltered has grown from under two in 1988 to over 10 currently. The new facility will increase capacity from 19 individuals to 30. As honorary co-chairs of the capital campaign, my wife and I thank those who have donated so far and invite additional donations be sent to The DVC, 300 E. Reed Ave., Manitowoc, Wi. 54220.

..... this is not ridiculous, please donate already!

Roy Geigel

Manitowoc

Praise Thatcher

When former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) died on April 8, the liberal mass media gave her only reluctant recognition. Her election, in 1979, and her bold conservative agenda until 1990 reversed a rampant socialist program in Britain. Her policies were based on hard work, self-reliance, self-respect, pride in country and limited government.

Her first priority was to bring the socialist trade unions under the rule of law. She rejected the European Union and retained the sovereignty of the British currency. With the help of Ronald Reagan, she ended the cold war. She increased defense spending; the Falklands War was a decisive victory for Britain. The Russians named her "Iron Lady" because they recognized her strength of character.

The era that gave us Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan is certainly a source of pleasant nostalgia, which holds memories and hopes for a better future.

John Goswitz

Manitowoc

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
576 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1018 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1272 votes

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