Respect students protesting

There's something happening here. But what it is ain't exactly clear. There's a man with a gun over there telling me I got to beware.

I think it's time we stop.

Children, what's that sound? Everybody look - what's going down?

There's battle lines being drawn. Nobody's right if everybody's wrong.

Young people speaking their minds. Getting so much resistance from behind.

Paranoia strikes deep. In to your life, it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid. Step out of line, the men come and take you away.

We better stop. Now what's that sound? Everybody look what's going down.

Adults have done little right for decades. The young adults being slaughtered are the members of the these kids' generation. This is their Vietnam. Want them to respect you? Respect them.

Carmen Brunet,

Windsor

Vote Vinehout 

Dear editor,

A very rare breed. That is perhaps the best way to describe Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Vinehout.

In 2006, Alma dairy farmer Kathleen Vinehout defeated a popular Republican incumbent to begin her political career as a state senator. Maybe it was Kathleen's reputation as a workhorse or her salt of the earth demeanor or her humble but patriotic roots or maybe it was her ability to rise above partisan politics that voters found refreshing. Whatever it was that voters in the Wisconsin 31st Senate District saw in Vinehout, they remained impressed enough to vote for her again in two more elections and she remains their senator yet today.

Over the past 11 years in the WI Senate, Kathleen has written four alternative state budgets to shift dollars from corporate tax breaks to health care, public education and mental health programs. In these alternative budgets, Vinehout paves the way for improved economic prosperity for our state by expanding broadband (severely lacking in many parts of the state and imperative for courting businesses to come to Wisconsin) and committing to make Wisconsin tech schools and two-year colleges free to Wisconsin residents. Again, these proposed plans do not need new funding - they are affordable with a reasonable and fair appropriation of funds that are now being given away as tax breaks.

With regard to healthcare, Vinehout has been a trailblazer. A bill which she co-authored, "Healthy Wisconsin", called for allowing youth adults up to 27 years old to be able to stay on their parents' insurance as well as providing coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. This was two full years before the ACA! Her alterative budget, which she is eager to implement, will put people first by expanding Badger Care to cover 79,000 more people. Though she is too humble to talk much about her personal achievements, Kathleen holds a PhD in public health, which is something that could sure come in handy when she becomes governor and has to tackle and fix healthcare in our state once and for all.

Kathleen Vinehout is indeed a rare breed of public servant and as with all rare breeds we should not let her get away. Kathleen Vinehout for Governor!

Donna Pahuski,

Cambridge

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