Letters for September 10, 2015

So not tired

Well, myself, I’m not tired of Kentucky’s Kimberly Davis. After all, what’s tiresome about first-degree official misconduct by any public official—a public official who “refrains from performing a duty imposed upon him by law or clearly inherent in the nature of his office” (Kentucky Revised Statute 522.020)? Then there’s the additional matter of, oh, the due process and equal protection clauses in the 14th Amendment to the supreme law of the United States of America—its Constitution. Since 1868, this amendment has provided protection against the arbitrary denial of life, liberty or property by government outside the sanction of law or a state denying to anyone within its jurisdiction the equal protection of law. You know, as in law, not someone’s particular flavor of “God.” Hardly tiresome. Why, even the lizard-brained fatuity of evangelical citizens in general is a fascinating study—the extra-legal audacity of a “my religious sect’s way or the highway” ideology. Right in front of God an’ everybody. 

Craig Ayres-Sevier


All the hate in one letter

I am a bilingual teacher in Milwaukee Public Schools. If my colleagues and students and their families knew I am writing this, I would be stigmatized. Most of the students who are in bilingual programs in public schools in the U.S. are here illegally. Their families take advantage of every possible thing they can get free. Free schooling, free lunch, free before and after daycare, free medical services, food stamps, sports, music, programs intended for American students—you name it.

During the summer, the city has free lunch and dinner for inner city kids. The Mexicans bring their kids and the whole family—mom, dad, uncles and aunts, grandparents—each come with one or two kids from their big families and eat from government programs for free twice a day. Go to any emergency department in a hospital at any time of the day in Milwaukee, and it is filled with illegal Mexicans who can’t speak English and who must be given medical services since they can’t be refused.

The illegal Mexicans don’t have any insurance, of course, so they use the emergency departments. A few years ago, St. Michael’s Hospital, which served the inner city, had to close because so many Mexicans were flooding it and never paid their bills. MPS has hired many Hispanic educators who speak poor English and who are undereducated.

As a result, many students do poorly in school. But MPS will not get rid of these teachers and administrators for fear of racial profiling. So MPS continues to fail in these schools. Illegal Mexicans take jobs from Americans as they will work underground for a fraction of minimum wage. They are responsible for many traffic deaths, murders and accidents in WI and raise insurance rates because they have no insurance. They steal license plates and put them on their own cars. They are angry that WI no longer gives driver licenses to people who cannot prove they are here legally. Their birthrate is very high, and they put stress on neighborhoods as they are seldom homeowners but noisy renters whose children are unsupervised and half naked playing in the street.

They have 3, 4, 5 cars per household and park their cars on lawns. They are Third World all the way and ghettoize our beautiful neighborhoods. The liberal teachers in MPS who decry any criticism against them all live outside the city in the burbs themselves or in nice, white neighborhoods. Those Mexican teachers and administrators who have made it in this country never live in neighborhoods with Mexicans but will tolerate no criticism of what these third-worlders are doing to our society. The Scripture says: “Remove thy foot from thy neighbor’s house lest he hate thee.”

Jane Peterkin


Your scripture also says, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” But go ahead and be an asshole anyway.

Why must we be sober?

Re “A year of living soberly” (Feature story, July 2):

This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. It is a subject I find I must defend over and over in my good, sensible conscience. What is this fascination, nay, obsession, with the concept of addiction? When viewed in a light slightly more favorable, addiction becomes a corn-fed value I force feed myself in times of insecurity: “Up your focus. Focus on persistence. Persist and go further.” Where is the line between culturally acceptable behavior and a lifestyle, which needs a stigma?

I cannot logically understand why drugs and their traditionally accompanying lifestyle—addiction—are being targeted.

I cannot logically understand our society’s fixation on the marriage of drugs, addiction, and us, the children caught in the crossfire (to use an expression heard in 12-step meetings).

I use the term “illegal” loosely. Ten pharmaceutical drugs available to consumers this morning will most likely be blackballed by five this evening based upon God knows what motives. Lawmakers have a myriad of reasons from which to select, but is any of the reason based in authenticity? Your call.

There are countless mood and mind altering therapies available to consumers in this day and age. All of them are being “abused” to a certain extent. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states that every individual is to some extent emotionally ill. A person’s ability to be constitutionally capable of total honesty with themselves can be the only means of measuring their own emotional illness. Damage caused to a person and his family by x-therapy or y-therapy may be more dramatic and damaging than any drug addiction could render. Yet it is the concept of “drug” that is persecuted relentlessly. Other soothing remedies are simply accepted and not recognized as dangerous. It all blends together. It is as if we as a society have deigned drugs to be the whipping boy of our problems on a macro-level of perspective. Drugs take the blame for this, and for that … what about the underlying causes that compel us to need to feel differently?

In the Greyhound waiting room, with such hopelessness in his eyes, he stated simply, “I just need to feel different.”

Why can’t we let the young man feel differently? Why are drugs being pinpointed as a thriving source of negativity?

Brionne Humes

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Induced labor

Labor Day, yeah, right! I recently read an article in a Boston newspaper explaining how labor unions “Interfere with the natural operations of the economy.” For example, they don’t allow for true laissez faire capitalism. In my opinion, organized labor is a requirement for capitalism to work properly. If business interests can legally lobby together to “price fix” wages and benefits, unions must be allowed to exist to counter this through private contractual law. Interestingly enough, according to the article, a majority of Americans believe that unions are a good thing, yet union membership is a paltry 11 percent. This is due to restrictive laws which were created by the aforementioned lobbies.

Many of our labor ills are due to unfair or lax enforcement of trade laws (also promoted by those same lobbies). If the idea of spreading capitalism around the world was originally advocated as a good thing, it has been usurped by big business concerns to lower their labor costs, not to necessarily raise the world standard to the realization of the (now faded) American Dream. Does anyone remember how the U.S. promoted “Solidarity” in Cold War-era Poland. Stating that organized labor was the essence of individual rights? My how times have changed! If printed, please leave my name as anonymous as my employer doesn’t like unions. Thanks.

Name withheld