It’s a dark day for America
I had another letter to the editor written about the upcoming 2020 presidential election, but this one’s more important.
Simply put, we say in America that we are the government. Well, we wouldn’t treat dogs the way we are treating children and adults who cross into the United States at our southern border or, surely, we would expect that someone would turn us over to authorities for animal abuse.
What a dark day in America. Seems as though we’ve been here before.
Consider driving for cancer patients
Every day, thousands of cancer patients need a ride to and from treatments.
For many diagnosed with cancer in the La Crosse area, getting to treatments can be the biggest roadblock.
Family and friends may help, but during the course of several months or even years, they may not always have the time or resources to provide every ride. A successful transportation assistance program can be a tremendous, potentially life-saving asset to the community. That is why volunteering for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is so important.
For those who cannot drive themselves or have no other means of getting to cancer-related medical appointments, volunteers donate their time to give patients a much-needed ride.
The volunteer drivers can provide as many rides as they want. All drivers must have: a valid driver’s license; a good driving record; access to a safe and reliable car; regular desktop, laptop or tablet computer access; and proof of car insurance.
As a cancer survivor, I understand that when cancer hits, it hits from all sides, and lacking transportation to treatments should not be another difficulty.
As a volunteer driver, you can provide patients a much-needed ride, and you may be surprised by the pick-me-up you get in return.
If you are interested in the Road to Recovery Program, you can contact the local American Cancer Society office, visit cancer.org/drive or call 1-800-227-2345.
Bike trails deserve money for repairs
After torrential rains and disastrous flooding devastated communities along the Elroy-Sparta and 400 Bike Trails, community leaders and state representatives rallied together to find solutions.
No one asked if you were Democrat or Republican. Everyone just pitched in where they could.
This summer, area legislators, representing all the people of Monroe and surrounding counties, introduced legislation that would fully fund restoration of the trails so they could be reopened as soon as possible. For some unknown reason, Gov. Tony Evers vetoed funding for trail repairs.
The Western Wisconsin secretary director told me the Elroy-Sparta Trail was the DNR’s top priority, but finding and reallocating the resources is still an issue. They will do their best with the resources they have available.
Last year, some 80,000 biking enthusiasts rode all or parts or our scenic trails.
These visitors are the lifeblood for many local small businesses such as campgrounds, motels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, grocery stores and convenience stores.
Life for these businesses is hard enough and some have already closed. Tourism provides a huge economic boost.
The governor’s decision to veto funding will cause delays and continued frustration and hardship to an area that is still recovering. He should come look us in the eye and make a commitment that our trails are a top priority.
Call the governor’s office at 608-266-1212. Let your voice be heard. Let Gov. Evers know how important our trails are to the state.
Rural communities matter.
Thanks for positive letter about Trump
I wish to thank Sister Rosalia Bauer for her July 10 letter to the editor.
When more than 90% of the news media coverage of President Donald Trump is negative, it is good to read a letter that shows a different perspective of our president.
The president is ridiculed and despised in most media — unfortunately also in this newspaper’s letters to the editor.
It is reassuring to read a letter that shows the greatness of our nation.
There is too much hate for our country. We should replace that hate with love as done with Sister Bauer’s letter.