THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From Our Readers
Issue Date: August 9, 2018
To the Editor:
Citizens of many countries around the world give their lives for the opportunity to have a voice in picking their leaders. In the U.S. way too many abdicate the civic responsibility of voting. The lack of participation in the electoral process is appalling.
Voting is a serious responsibility but making informed decisions is challenging. As primary and general elections approach we are increasingly assaulted by political ads. Paid for by candidates or third party interest groups, they seek to influence positive opinions of candidates or trash opponents. They are not above leaving out facts, stretching the truth or outright lying, so for the most part are useless in forming an opinion based on facts.
Don't accept claims contained in ads as gospel. Fact checking sites can help sort the truthfulness of claims. PolitiFact Wisconsin is one such site (https://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/). It evaluates statements made by or for politicians against documented facts and/or nonpartisan experts so is a means of checking self-serving claims"by no means perfect but better than the ads.
No matter your political persuasion, exercising your civic responsibility by informed voting for candidates you prefer to see lead our county, state, and national government honors and strengthens our representative democracy.
Hey, football season is just around the corner. Time to wear team clothing, watch favorite games, and do lots of hooting and hollering.
How's this idea: give as much attention to the proposed sulfide mine north of here up the Menominee River. There will be many serious problems with lots of hooting and hollering should our water become polluted - which it will if the mine goes through.
How about it: wear OUR team shirt, come to OUR meetings, say NO MINE on the MeNOMINEe River, stand up for what is right and good for OUR community. After all, this will affect all of OUR waters!!!