EDITOR’S NOTE: The following guest editorial was written by Eric Johnson, St. Croix County District Attorney since 1989. Johnson, a graduate of Luther College and Hamline University School of Law, was also district attorney in Pierce County from 1984-89. He served as president of the Wisconsin District Attorney’s Association in 1990 and 1995. Since 1984, Johnson has been elected to district attorney positions as a Republican.
The often-used expression “the dead of winter” should refer to nature going dormant, people developing “cabin fever” from staying indoors and/or depression caused by a lack of summer sunshine and warm temperatures. It should never mean something more tragic.
Winter’s here and it may be the most challenging of the four seasons.
Mother Nature can throw some obstacles at this area’s population during the other three, but not with the consistency as she does at this time of year. That’s why it’s important to be ready.
Now that we are through another busy holiday shopping period, there is an online loophole that needs to be addressed for a number of reasons. This year, the loophole cost the state more than $150 million in sales taxes.
A new year is often a time for celebration, but it also presents us with a time to focus on positive changes in our lives. Although Jan. 1 is nothing more than a date on a calendar, there is nothing wrong with using the date as a distinct time to change something in our lives.
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