Letters to the Editor 4-11-18
I would like to thank everyone who supported me at the polls in the April 3, 2018, election for Lincoln County Supervisor District #20. I am hoping that my successor keeps the taxpayers’ pocketbook in mind, while keeping the many services provided to Lincoln County residents her first and foremost objective. It has been a privilege and enjoyable serving you the past six years.
Carl Vander Sanden
To our Legislators, President Trump and to all people who care:
It is time we look with new eyes, ears and brave hearts at the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which gives us the “right to bear arms.”
Try to imagine the possibility to be able to have a conversation with our forefathers who wrote the Constitution. Continue to imagine how the inhabitants of the 18th Century of this land would react at the sight of our present-day weapon arsenal: surely with surprise and awe. But I imagine that would not be the only feeling. Some of our forefathers might regret to have written the Second Amendment or would word it differently. Some might even be surprised that we still adhere to it and take it more serious and sacred than the Bible.
Here in northern Wisconsin, hunting is important; but we don’t use assault rifles for that purpose. So why does anyone need to possess an assault rifle? It is not for protection. How likely is it that 20 robbers come into my house all at once and I have to shoot them all to protect myself? Are we silent to the 15,587 gun deaths (not including suicides, according to Gun Violence Archive) in the U.S. in 2017?
Military style assault rifles do not belong in the hands of civilians, no matter what the reason, no matter how mentally fit or unfit he/she is, and no matter how young or old!
I have great respect for and give applause to the young students who are demanding that legislators listen to their pleas about tighter gun control. I cheer the chairman and CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc., Edward W. Slack, who announced that Dick’s will no longer sell assault style rifles (or high capacity magazines), nor any guns whatsoever to people under the age of 21.
As a mother and grandmother, as a citizen and neighbor, I urge everyone to help turn this destructive tide towards gentleness and tenderness.
Susanna M. Juon-Gilk
Citizens for Decency Lincoln Co. Inc. has always strived to bring to light the evils of pornography and effects of it on the family and community. Human trafficking is just as prevalent.
“The Month of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention” has now passed. This is the time that we are encouraged to commit ourselves to erase this evil of enslavement (involving deception, alcohol, drugs and pornography to name a few).
To those who feel the passion and commitment, we offer our undying gratitude and accept any help you can give toward this end. Recent estimates state 27 million people worldwide are current victims of this horrific bondage for both sex and labor.
Human traffickers prey on their victims by promising a life of hope and greater opportunity while delivering enslavement and hopelessness in brothels, factories, farms, fishing vessels, private homes, industries and in the very streets of large and small towns and rural areas.
The Trump administration has signed into law in January 2018, S. 1536, the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act and S. 1532, the No Human Trafficking on our Roads Act. These bills will keep those who commit trafficking offenses from operating commercial vehicles, improve and anti-human trafficking coordination within federal agencies and across state and local governments, and improve efforts to recognize and report human trafficking.
Through the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign, all Americans can learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking and how to report suspected instances.
Our resources/blue-campaign/share-resources page has materials for more in depth human trafficking education and a catalog of materials that can be distributed and displayed in your community.
To report suspected human trafficking, call 1-866-347-2423 or visit humantraffickinghotline.org concerning “Victims in the Shadows.”
Much of the information was taken from the January Proclamation on Human Trafficking by our current President Trump.
Citizens for Decency of Lincoln County, Inc. Board Member