No one asked me, but here are a few remarks about the news of the area. Much of this information you can gather by reading The Herald, so on to the news.

Most people I know wish the Schaefer family all the best but are a bit confused. They are uncertain how a family that owned the stores that are in foreclosure or receivership can reorganize into another company to buy some of the stores back. Perhaps the company structure and court proceedings allow such things, but none the less it seems strange.

Sen. Terry Moulton, R-town of Seymour, Rep. Kathy Bernier, R-Lake Hallie and Rep. Rob Summerfield, R-Bloomer, were all featured in another local paper complaining about the 2017-2019 Wisconsin state budget. As the budget was crafted by Republicans, if they did not like it, why didn’t they do something about it? Looks to me like that is a lot of crocodile tears and nothing more. Plus it allows them to run for re-election claiming they were unhappy about the budget while generally praising it.

I am always amazed by the number of people who are a bit confused or befuddled over American history and geography. To that end, people seem not to realize that Puerto Rico is an island and is a territory of the United States. I agree with our president that “This is an island, surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water.” Come on, man, get with the program. We have a huge Navy that runs in big water, ocean water and seems to do OK with it.

I like Judge Gibbs. I am on the other side of much of his politics, but I find him to be a very decent man and so far a pretty good judge. I do wish he did not tell folks that he usually goes armed in the courthouse. Call me old-fashioned, but I believe in the element of surprise. Yet perhaps by being up front about going armed, he has put people on notice. I hope he is never in a situation that requires him to use his weapon.

I am not a defense attorney nor do I provide legal advice, but I do have an observation for Mr. Ryan Denning. Sir, after head-butting both the sheriff and your attorney (in court no less), I hope you are not thinking about getting off on probation. You are in need of a prison sentence to think a few things out or perhaps a stay at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison for a few years. As they say you have some things to work through.

I am glad the lawsuit between Chippewa County and Mr. Hunt has been settled. I believe quite a few people believe that Mr. Hunt was in the right on the issue. Going beyond the lawsuit, I think the County Board should be more diligent in overseeing the county administrator position, the Department of Administration and the Department of Human Resources. In my view, the county administrator position should be like a traffic cop; directing things that come up to the correct departments and providing information and suggestions to the County Board.

Gov. Scott Walker dropped by the Chippewa Falls School District on Sept. 22. I always wonder why politicians get to use kids for political backdrops (props) without permission from the parents. What he said to the students was not news but pure re-election politics. This is unacceptable.

After the mass murder in Las Vegas, the phrase “thoughts and prayers” floated upon the breezes into the autumn sky; folks’ thoughts and prayers are not feeding the bulldog. Time for more vigorous action that is meaningful.

Since September 11, 2001, we as a nation have been culture shocked. We view enemies that are not there, we create boogey men (or rocket men) to scare ourselves. We then take a protest movement that started over issues with the police and race and turn it into an issue of support for our military past and present. This completely misses the point. If you want to be a loyal American don’t worry about the flag or the national anthem; worry about defending the Constitution. That is where your rights come from, not Betsy Ross or Francis Scott Key.

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John R. Andersen of Lake Hallie is a former state employee who remains active in the fields of fire prevention, government and education.


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