Why is it that in the private sector, when someone is accused of sexual harassment, they are most likely suspended, fired or they resign — for instance, Eric Bolling, Bill O'Reilly, Bill Ayres, Matt Lauer and the list goes on and on.

As of today, they are all gone, most of them immediately.

At the same time, when a politician is accused, they first come to the public with, "I don't remember, I forgot, I am so sorry, please forgive me, I will work hard to regain you trust," and the next day they're back to work — for example, Al Franken, John Conyers, Roy Moore and the list goes on and on.

To think for many years our politicians, to our surprise, have spent $17 million of taxpayer money to pay off sexually harassed victims and cover it up. Everybody who knew about these predators and didn't report it is guilty, too.

Now we read that state Sen. Jennifer Shilling wants to keep all the predators' names a secret to keep the workplace safe.

Where has she been for the last how many years when this has been going on?

Was the workplace safe then or is she going to make it safe from now on?

They didn't know about it until now, no whistleblowers in years?

Come on, we're smarter than that. I agree with one thing she said — make sure the victims' names are never released, but on all completed investigations, the predators names' should be made public.

The swamp is draining faster every day.

John Dickson, La Crescent

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