Letters to the Editor
I had two takeaways from this event. My first takeaway was hearing Mr. Walker refer to himself as “the education governor. This was perplexing to me in light of the 3.5 BILLION dollars decrease in state aid to Wisconsin public schools as reported by the state Legislative Fiscal Bureau and the Washington Post.
Even more perplexing were comments made by State Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton). Ms. Loudenbeck made the comment that “anger motivates people” and then appeared offended by the “Hate Has No Home” signs displayed in our area. The Hate Has No Home phrase was imagined by two elementary school students and is a non- partisan, nationwide project designed to start conversations about community safety. These signs are displayed in tens of thousands of churches, schools, and neighborhoods. Ms. Loudenbeck then commented that it “makes me question, does that mean they don’t hate us”.
I think she is missing the point. My upbringing and moral compass have taught me that love and hope motivate and nurture people, not anger and hate. Ms. Loudenbecks’s comments are very disappointing and very divisive.
Ellen Holly, Elkhorn
In this world, one’s value has been and will continue to be based on one’s ability to “Please” the wants of another (and other’s ability to reward you for it) and to “Please” those who have leverage, power or authority over you. As one’s ability to do “work” fades as the standard to “please others”, it will be replaced with one’s ability to “Entertain/pleasure” or “Accomplishing specified Goals for those in authority”.
As can be seen in the past when basic necessities were met, then entertainment and major undertakings became the standard with the building of the great pyramids, the coliseums or putting a man on the moon. When basic needs are fulfilled or supplied, then one’s priorities change to “entertainment” and/or a desire to “accomplish goals”. Without remaining focused on creating and accomplishing those goals and continually renewing and updating such goals, which works to unify the society, the society falls into a singular pursuit of entertainment. Without basic needs to fill, and with a lack of specific goals, a society loses its driving and uniting force and the society fragments and the heads exclusively into entertainment and selfish survival. It begins to fall apart and only a strong uniting force or threat can change that focus from entertainment back to reality and reunite a society to a society’s fundamental survival priorities, as WWII certainly did, and the collapse of the twin towers came close to doing.
Some of the more recent examples of successful goals in the U.S. (other than wars) have been defeating communism, achieving more racial equality, building more equal rights for women and gays, creating sustainable/renewable energy, beginning to fight global warming, and, hopefully landing humans on Mars. Most of these goals have only achieved partial success and temporary unity before they lose their uniting momentum and fade into obscurity, while the nation blindly continues to head down a destructive and more selfish path fueled by the mass media and personalized entertainment electronics targeted to young individual consumers.
Terry O’Neill, Lake Geneva resident and former alderperson