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home : opinions : your opinions July 22, 2014


ATV routes not in residents' interest
It's interesting to see how the powers-that-be of Rice Lake are trying to convince city residents that it is in our interest to allow ATVs on our city streets (see "Rice Lake tourism commission likes ATV route idea," July 9 Chronotype). It will bring tourists to the city, we're told. That's fine, but what about those of us who live here?
First we were told don't worry, the speed limit will be 10 mph. And who is going to enforce that? If you believe ATVs will jog along at 10 mph, then I've got a bridge I'd like to sell you.
Then we were told don't worry, it's only a few streets. But Mr. Russell Schneider of the Rice Lake Snow & Dirt Club admits that this is only an opening ploy-he hopes to open all the streets of Rice Lake to ATVs.
I live on Cora Avenue; it's a snowmobile route. The only good thing I have to say about that is that the snowmobile season ... Judy Barisonzi

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Court rulings fit spirit of July 4
This Fourth of July felt pretty special to this American and it was all because of what happened at the beginning of the week. While there are many definitions of freedom I've come to believe just having a choice is freedom. I'm sad to say my choices as an American, as a business owner and as a Christian have been disappearing time and again over recent years. But this week was cause for real celebration.
The First Amendment of our Constitution guarantees me the ability to freely live out my faith in every area of my life. On July 1, the Supreme Court recognized that Americans do not lose their religious freedom when they run a family business. Business owners will not be required to violate their faith or pay severe fines to the IRS for not complying with the HHS mandate. I'm grateful Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood were willing to pay the price of representing many like myself to whom it is a violation of our faith to include abortion in the health plans we provide our employees.
Then the Supreme Court ...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Legislation will suppress voters
After hearing from senior citizens and older veterans of both parties expressing concern about the attempts of voter suppression, I feel compelled to comment.
Those of us who grew up during and after WW II recall being taught that voting was a privilege and also an obligation of all Americans due in part to the sacrifices of so many to preserve the Constitution and democracy we as Americans enjoy. When going to the polls, if you were rich or poor all Americans were equal.
A little history, Republican President Dwight Eisenhower championed the Civil Rights Law in 1957. The Voting Rights Bill was passed under President Johnson in 1965, and was extended by four Republican presidents, Nixon in 1970, Ford in 1975, and Reagan in 1982 and in 2006 President Bush signed it into law.
Now, sadly and to the demise of American democracy, as many of us knew it, modern day Republicans are attempting to suppress votes by requiring voter ID and other restrictive measures under the false, unproven pretense of voter fraud.
In Wisconsin voter suppression ... Bard Kittleson

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Amish law brings to mind Obamacare
I am undecided about whether or not to favor the proposed law described by Kathleen Vinehout in last week's paper. The idea of making religious accommodations is well-established in American life. We expect good people to make many accommodations in dealing with people with whom they disagree.
Indeed accommodating to the other person's religious beliefs seems the motivation of our non-establishment clause in our bill or rights. So on first thought exempting the Amish from at least some aspects of building codes seems the obviously right thing to do. I'm glad ... Brian Rude

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Breakfast shows importance of Agriculture
I recently had the great opportunity to kick-off Wisconsin June Dairy Month by flipping pancakes at the 40th annual Barron County June Dairy Breakfast. The event took place in Rice Lake at the farm of Nancy and Duane Kodesh. The Kodesh dairy operation is a prime example of the 9,400 family owned dairy farms in our state.
Although the modern dairy farm is now equipped with technology that assists in ramping up production, at the heart of the overwhelming majority of these farms is the classic familial tradition of farming that Wisconsin continues to uphold. So when we celebrate June Dairy Month, we are honoring not only the economic benefits that the dairy industry provides to our state, but also the dedicated families who work so hard to sustain the agricultural tradition of Wisconsin.
Dairy is the most important component of Wisconsin's agricultural economy, and counts for over half of the $60 billion of our agricultural output. This industry also employs 40% of the 420,000 agriculture jobs in Wisconsin. We not only produce a lot of dairy products; we produce the best. Among U.S. states, Wisconsin dominated with 33 gold medals at the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest.
Aside from dairy, our ... Rep. Stephen Smith

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Anti-women claims are misplaced
I've been a Republican for the past year or so, and so was much interested in Barrie Johnson's letter in last week's Chronotype. He is obviously a Democrat. He puts Republicans together with Islam and Christianity as anti-women.
I certainly think everyone should be aware that there are extremist elements in Islam that pose a danger to us, but all the Democrats I know are quick to point out that we should be very careful not to paint all Islamists as anti-women and dangerous. I agree with my Democratic friends totally on that.
I am not really a Christian, but I come from a Christian culture. I understand that the words and actions of a few Christian groups, including the Catholic church, seem anti-women. But again I join my Democratic friends in believing that we should be careful not to paint all Christians as anti-women. And I join my Democratic friends in believing that religion is not a bad thing, in spite ... Brian D. Rude

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Marriage views not that different
 I think it is fair to say that Democrats and Republicans do have slightly different views of marriage. In the "Julia" cartoon of 2 years ago, Julia was portrayed as an intelligent and capable person, but marriage was not portrayed as part of her life. I don't think that is typical of Democrats in general. Marriage and family seem to be very important...Brian D. Rude, Rice Lake

Monday, May 26, 2014


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