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Letter to the editor: Legion Auxiliary members sought

Local news found in a traditional source


Is the news you get the right news for you? I asked myself that question, and it turns out I was just another victim of complex marketing schemes. Just like millions of other Americans most of my information came from the politically-biased major news channels.

After staying home sick from work one day watching the coverage for a full 12 hours, I realized I had voluntarily transported myself into the pages of George Orwell's classic 1984, but it wasn't the "Thought Police" manipulating me, it was ratings. There was little concern with facts given on any channel, only if the controversy or complacency of the topic got me to stay tuned. I vowed to enlighten myself and spent an otherwise rainy Saturday flipping from channel to channel watching how blatantly biased and deceitful they all were; in the end, I realized that the only channel that didn't care how emotionally attached I was to the story was the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Oddly, they also covered world news events that I was surprised never made it to the American press. Of harsh importance was most of that news was irrelevant to my day-to-day living. The news I really needed came from a much quieter and traditional source: the local newspaper. In its folds, that I read in totality, I find local personalities and events that have direct impact on my finances, my children's education, business opportunities, answers to where the smoke was coming from last night and political races that really matter.

Though it is entertaining to have a water fountain debate about what scoundrels do on the East Coast, there is little value in it. That news is unlike the pages of the Herald, which enlighten me on my community and keep me informed of the REAL news that makes a difference every day. I offer a challenge for everyone in our community to question the truth in what they see on cable or the internet and always presume that the author's goal is most likely not your best interests but rather, ratings and profits.

Michael Petersen

Ellsworth, father of 11

Senior fishing adventure and picnic reflection


EDITOR'S NOTE: Atrium, Preferred Living, St. Paul's UCC, and a Steering Committee invited seniors and their families to an inaugural fishing adventure and picnic July 28 at Eau Galle Recreation Area in Spring Valley.

Praise God! It was a cool, yet warm, day in July. In fact, I don't think it could have been any better. When we were in the sun it was hot (but not too hot), and when we were in the shade it was delightful. There was breeze that helped keep the heat of the sun under control. The water was still. And I wish you could have felt the peace. Everyone had expressions of peace, tranquility and deep satisfaction on their faces and filling their demeanors.

I wish you could have witnessed our very own Leon Langer's face. When the doors of the bus opened up, he was the first one I saw. We saw each other and Leon's face exploded in joy, his one good arm expressed his delight to see me and us and to be in that place, and I have never heard him be so expressive. That moment alone made all the work and difficulty getting this event off the ground worth it. All the tension that comes with taking risks and doing things outside the box (differently than a community is used to) washed away, and I knew I was there and God was too. In that moment, it became clear to me that we were doing the good work of Jesus Christ by showing our love to those that don't have the freedom to move about on their own. This outing gave them the opportunity to witness the beauty of nature outside of their daily routine and to be in community. Plus, we were fulfilling the call to love others, just as Jesus instructed us to do (see greatest commandment and our mission statement, too).

I will never forget that experience and the lessons learned from making it happen.

Beloved of God's, May we all be inspired to serve others, love them and find meaningful ways to

engage our faith at the crossroads of our lives and faith. Amen.

Blessings and Peace!

Pastor Adam Westrich

St. Paul's United Church of Christ


Will it ever end?


The headlines 20 years from now: Sept. 14, 2038, Anbar Province, Afghanistan, 3 killed in Action

Gen. Louis McBane, lead general of the war in Afghanistan, decried the loss of three soldiers killed in action yesterday. McBane, however, noted progress seems to have been made towards ending the war, now in its 37th year.

The death toll stands at 45,237 American and 29,314 allied soldiers killed since 2001. McBane again pleaded for more troops to augment the 1,515,000 now in the country. He said "100,000 more troops and we can win this thing! Then those who died will not have died in vain."

Marvin L. Nelson

River Falls

Support passing AVR legislation


Since I began college at UW-Stout, I have had to register to vote three separate times.

The United States is built on democracy, the idea that every member is represented. Being able to vote is a way that citizens get to have their voices heard. In Wisconsin alone, there are 1.2 million residents that are unregistered to vote. That is where Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) comes in.

Automatic Voter Registration, places eligible voters on voting rolls when they interact with state agencies, such as the DMV, unless they choose not to be. This creates a process that is more efficient and convenient since those agencies then share the information to state election officials.

AVR not only gives more citizens who are eligible to vote a chance to have their voices heard but saves taxpayer money. It also helps to prevent the 7,000 voters that were purged before the February 2018 primaries in Wisconsin.

AVR will make it more accessible for college students like myself to be able to vote quicker and easier.

Whoever is reading this may ask, what can I do? Well, you can contact your local representatives to ask them to publicly pledge their support for passing AVR Legislation in Wisconsin.

Madalaine McConville

UW-Stout student




Though in practice partisanship has always played a real-world role in how any given president would execute policy decisions, most presidents have adhered to a public show of respect for the "loyal opposition."

Now all of that seem quaintly old-fashioned, ancient history.

Trump is our first president to openly conduct a never-ending re-election campaign, intent on whipping his base into a frenzy of anger and resentment instead of promoting national unity for the common good.

So much has Trump made his stock in trade inflaming partisan hostility that on Sept. 6 in Billings, Montana, he told a crowd of the faithful that if a Democrat wins the 2020 presidential election, "We will impeach that Democrat, right?"

In an even more egregious instance of putting the interests of party over country, Trump recently attacked his own Department of Justice for prosecuting two corruption cases targeting GOP Congressmen, Chris Collins of New York and Duncan Hunter of California, on the grounds that "Two easy wins [are] now in doubt because there is not enough time."

Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has called Trump on his appalling hyper-partisanship: "Shamelessly complaining that DOJ should protect his political allies to maintain his majority in the midterms is nothing short of an all-out assault on the rule of law."

Instead of acting in good faith to represent all Americans, including those who didn't vote for him, this President speaks only for the minority who constitute his base.

In June the Rasmussen Poll revealed that 73 percent of Americans see the possibility of a coming civil war. Given the civic ill health of our nation, politicians who stoke discord for partisan advantage are playing with fire while sitting on a powder keg.

As Americans we're better than this. Aren't we?

Thomas R. Smith

River Falls