From The Associated Press
Eau Claire Leader Telegram. November 20, 2022.
Editorial: Be safe this season
This is one of the busiest weeks of the year for many people. There’s travel, shopping, meeting family and friends, and a lot of stress amidst the (hopefully) happy memories people create. It’s a busy week for us too, but we want to take a moment to remind people to be safe.
With so much travel occurring around the Thanksgiving holiday, the forecast is always closely watched. All in all, things are not looking too bad for Wisconsin at the end of November. Temperatures will climb back into the high 30s by mid-week.
The only chance for the flakes we saw last week comes on Thursday and is not expected to mean anything. So while the Buffalo area continues to dig up nearly 6.5 feet of snow, the worst thing the Chippewa Valley has to worry about is getting a little soggy during a touch football game.
Of course, there is more to a safe journey than the weather. Make sure you are alert when driving, especially if it is a long distance. Inattention does not need a cell phone. Distraction and fatigue are equally risky, and it only takes a second for something to go wrong. Be careful when behind the wheel. If you get tired, take a break or let someone else drive for a while.
Safety is also important for those preparing large Thanksgiving meals. Every year we hear about fires caused by fat from roasting turkeys. Remember, water doesn’t put out a grease fire. In fact, the fire turns the water into steam, which carries burning droplets of oil into the air and spreads the fire.
If the flare-up is in the oven, keep the door closed. He will run out of oxygen and suffocate. If it’s on a stovetop, put a lid on the container if you can. Otherwise, use a fire extinguisher that can put out grease fires. Check the fire extinguisher beforehand – you have one, don’t you? — will tell you what types of fires it is approved for.
Even when cooking, there can be a lot of small mishaps. Know how to treat a minor burn or cut yourself with a knife. Sharp knives are safer because they are less likely to slip. So checking them before you start cooking is a good step.
The day after Thanksgiving deserves its own heads-up. Black Friday has lost a bit of its luster over the past decade as companies start their special offers well in advance. This is especially true online. But many people will still go to the stores to shop.
If you are one of them, be patient. Delays and queues are pretty much guaranteed, and there’s not much anyone can do about that. Everyone has seen footage of near riots in stores as they open in recent years. It’s not necessary, and we’d rather not have Chippewa Valley in the national spotlight for this type of behavior.
Parking spaces require special attention as both drivers and pedestrians can be distracted. Shoppers flocking in and out are often focused on their purchases, and drivers crane their necks to find a seat. That doesn’t relieve either side of the need to be aware of the surroundings and where both cars and people are located.
As we mentioned last week, to give our press staff a little extra vacation time with their friends and families, we’ll be sending out the Thanksgiving newspaper earlier. The Friday newspaper will return to its normal schedule. And we hope that, like so many of you, they find the break a welcome refreshment as we head into the holiday season.
One last note, remember that this season isn’t being so friendly for some. People who have lost loved ones or are separated from family can face problems at this time of year. This season is filled with fond memories for most people, and in many of those instances, we get to reconnect with them in some way. If that’s not an option, it can be painful. A little kindness can go a long way and costs nothing.
Wisconsin State Journal. November 20, 2022.
Editorial: The Trump era must end, but only the GOP can
Wisconsin has suffered from Donald Trump’s chaos and narcissism for far too long.
Get over him, Republicans. Your party is, or at least was, so much better without him.
Trump announced his third bid for the White House last week. Only the GOP now has the power, through its primary process, to select anyone else for the Republican nomination. Even if Trump’s poor record and tarnished reputation means he has little chance of winning the 2024 general election, America cannot capitalize on that opportunity.
Trump declared himself a candidate just a week after the failure of most of his hand-picked hopefuls for the US Senate and gubernatorial posts. Many of them were inexperienced celebrities in his form. Republicans stumbled in a big night for the GOP on November 8th. The party without power usually dominates the midterms. Inflation is high and Democratic President Joe Biden’s popularity is low.
But not as low as that of Trump, who repels independent voters, energizes the left, and is slowly — but surely — frightening conservatives with his stale denials that he lost the 2020 election. He’s so stuck in the past. And all the evidence over the years has proven that he did in fact lose by 7 million popular votes and 74 Electoral College votes.
The Republican Party used to have a certain discipline and dignity under Wisconsin leaders like former House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Janesville. It tried to offer compelling ideas, not just rhetorical barbs. Trump devastated and ousted Ryan and other sane Republicans, including US Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. Both Ryan and Cheney are far more conservative financially and socially than the reckless and opulent Trump ever was.
The deadly January 6, 2021 riots in the US Capitol led to Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment. Trump sat idle for hours while a mob he inspired terrorized Congress and chanted for the hanging of Vice President Mike Pence. A bipartisan majority in Congress voted to convict him (though not the two-thirds needed to permanently oust him).
Trump has mostly failed nationally and internationally. But his record in Wisconsin alone should have cost him any faith in the Badger State by now.
As expected, Trump’s snake oil promise that the Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn would create the “eighth wonder of the world” in Racine County fell flat. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many Wisconsin Republicans need to relearn that lesson.
Trump launched ruthless trade wars that wreaked havoc and lost sales for Wisconsin manufacturers and farmers abroad and higher prices for consumers domestically. He called for a boycott of legendary Wisconsin motorcycle company Harley-Davidson for making sound business decisions. He tried to loot billions from the armed forces — including $8 million for the Wisconsin National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field in Madison — to pay for his fake wall.
Worst of all was Trump’s lack of character, his youthful demeanor, his chronic lies and insults. The Republican Party, founded in Wisconsin on an anti-slavery platform championed by the Wisconsin State Journal, should never stand for it.
None of Trump’s antics mattered enough to most Republican leaders in Wisconsin that they vigorously objected when Trump was in charge. But now that Trump has been ousted, some are changing their minds.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, urged Wisconsin Republicans to move past Trump given the party’s poor showing in the Nov. 8 election. Another positive sign was the disfellowshipping by the Assembly GOP of their Electoral Committee Chairperson, Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls, who opposed the election. They said she couldn’t be trusted. In earnest.
Vos, the spokesman re-elected by his peers, should go further and even prevent Brandtjen, a gullible conspiracy theorist, from sitting on this important committee.
Even US Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, one of the earliest Trump supporters in 2016, may finally have had enough, if only on his own political survival. Fitzgerald supported Trump’s attempt to overturn a fair January 6, 2021 election – even after the riot. However, last week Fitzgerald declined to voice his support for Trump’s third presidential bid.
Ultimately, Republican voters will decide Trump’s fate. We urge them to support other GOP candidates for the party’s presidential nomination and to make their wishes clear to the elected officials. The sad Trump era must finally end without him ever coming near the White House again.