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There are times where we need to step out of our political persuasions and stand on common sense. This is one of those times. Our government now sanctions jeopardizing the safety of our daughters and granddaughters for the sake of a very small minority of Americans. I speak of President Bide…

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The Wisconsin legislature is currently considering a bill that would give local governments the option to stop publishing a summary of their actions in your newspaper. Senate Bill 55 would allow local municipalities to post meeting minutes on their websites instead. 

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 I keep learning about recent and distant history as I go. There is really no way to get the whole sweep of human history in a few classes in high school. It’s not enough. 

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What is a bus driver?  Webster’s Dictionary describes a bus driver as a person whose job is to drive a bus, but there is so much more to being a bus driver than being able to drive a big yellow vehicle. 

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A huge thank you to the organizers, many volunteers, and workers of the COVID-19 vaccination drive thru clinic in Balsam Lake. We were very impressed with our experience, the ease of applying online, and the actual event itself. The smooth organization, professionalism, and safety practices …

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 John Bailey of Cushing vented his indignation to the Sun because Assemblywoman Magnafici dared to add her signature on Republican letter to then Vice President Pence questioning the legitimacy of the very close November presidential election in swing-state Wisconsin. His logic is strange --…

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I’m writing in response to a Jan. 27 letter from Sally Lowe. Ms. Lowe, I really appreciate your letter, as potential widespread election fraud should demand our attention. Thankfully, fraud was thoroughly looked into by the Trump campaign.

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I received my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the Polk County Health Department in Balsam Lake on Thurs., Jan. 28.  From the time I received notice of the availability for the shot, via Interfaith Caregivers, until I got the shot in the comfort of my vehicle, everything went smoothly.

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I believe the word “Cancer” is so scary because it is, in all its many forms, caused by US!   In one way or another we have only us to blame!

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Regarding last week’s letter to the editor from John Bailey…why must there be so much “disgust” and “indescribable anger”?

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We would like to thank members of the Polk County Board of Supervisors for listening to their constituents (Polk County Voters Concerned about Gerrymandering) and passing two resolutions in support of nonpartisan redistricting (fair maps) at their January, 2021 meeting.

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Last week, I learned that our State Representative Gae Magnafici put her signature on a Jan. 5 letter to Vice President Pence that questions the legitimacy of the Wisconsin November election.  Her signature and support of this attack on Wisconsin’s election system is outrageous.

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I have been a homeowner and taxpayer in the same location for over 26 years. My property abuts the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail (SSLST). I have enjoyed the peace and quiet that comes with a quiet-sports trail. But the county, and chairman Chris Nelson in particular, have been relentless in…

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Wisconsin Governor Evers’ recent Task Force on Climate Change Report (https://climatechange.wi.gov/Pages/Home.aspx) includes a recommendation to “avoid all new fossil fuel infrastructure” including fracked gas power plants. In spite of this, Wisconsin’s Dairyland Power Cooperative is still m…

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As with everyone else, in the current COVID environment, we at The Open Cupboard have gone through many required changes to continue providing food to those in need. Through all these changes, you, the community has made a huge difference with your donations and we cannot express enough appr…

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 Dale Carnegie advised, “Pay less attention to what men say. Just watch what they do.” That is uncommon in today’s murky fog of political correctness. In a recent Sun letter, David Anderson rates a leader’s worth by comments made instead of accomplishments. The left-leaning mainline media no…

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Rural votes don’t count.  “The closer you get to the tallest buildings the more one-sided they vote.” was once said and there is a lot of truth to it.  Looking at most states including Wisconsin you will see cities control the elections.  Thankfully our founding fathers saw this and institut…

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Thanks to The Sun for covering Polk County board meetings, especially when it comes to spot rezoning for out-of-state owner Michael Gray to open a party barn in a Town of Osceola residential neighborhood. The conditional use permit is before the Town of Osceola Jan. 12. It will be heard at t…

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About three year ago our County Administrator proposed a four person central government, that totally eliminated the Ag Committee and shifted the Lime Quarry operation to the Highway Dept. The County Administrator is now trying to complete the sale of the Lime Quarry operation and property.

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One of my favorite quotes is from Woody Allen:  “80% of success is showing up.” In my 30 years of supervisory experience in a variety of occupations, the few people who did not succeed did not show up and had to be fired after at least a few discussions and warnings. This meant they didn’t t…

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I truly appreciated The Sun / Amery Free Press coverage of the Polk County Board of Supervisors Meeting held on Dec. 15. 

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After reading the Sun article “Tempers Flare over Zoning Issue” I’m really concerned about County Board Chair Chris Nelson’s behavior and treatment of the other elected Supervisors.  It seems like a possible conflict of interest or bias regarding the property at issue.  Why not simply abstai…

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If money solves education problems, why does the USA spend more per student for public education -- lookup (How much countries around the world spend on education - Insider) and get comparatively lower returns by way of achievement tests than most other countries? Growing up, teachers were u…

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For 20 years or more, Democrats have been fighting against voter ID laws and requirements.  Their claimed intent was that not a single person should be discouraged from voting regarding voter ID requirements.

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According to a new memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Wisconsin’s public schools would pay a hefty price if the COVID “relief” proposals Rep. Magnafici is promoting become law. Teaching remotely for at least half of the school year would trigger a retroactive fiscal penalty…

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I was dismayed to learn that, at the Nov. 10, 2020, budget meeting, our County Board of Supervisors voted to eliminate Polk County’s 0.25 FTE portion of the UW-Extension’s horticulturist, a $10, 583 cost (about 24 cents per resident). Viewing that meeting and the Sept. 10 General Government …

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It's been a little overwhelming this political season seeing all the political signage mixed in with the fall colors. Along with the sheer number is the size and variety of these team pennants.

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Several weeks ago, the Beans of Osceola in a Letter to the Editor suggested Tom Magnafici and I had some relationship concerning our former quarry project. This is a complete falsehood and fabrication. Mr. Magnafici and I had no relation during the process. In fact, he and I only met years l…

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Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 — I was eager to get this week’s copy of The SUN to see the 2020 Election Results. 

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Republicans want to conquer Covid-19 with the development a vaccine by the end of 2020 as well as new improved treatments. We want to cut prescription drug prices, lower healthcare insurance premiums, end surprise billing, and cover all pre-existing conditions. Make all critical medicines an…

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As we continue our work to protect and care for the citizens of our communities during COVID-19, we pledge our support to the elected and appointed officials of our region in their use of proven public health strategies to fight this pandemic.

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Incumbents State Assembly Member Gae Magnifici and US House Representative Tom Tiffany missed a huge opportunity to explain their COVID-19 response and actions to help ebb the rising tide of Covid-19.

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I am a senior at the Osceola High School and I recently read the letter from Thomas Wulf, “Black Lives, All Lives Matter.” 

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I am writing a letter to the editor because of my deep concern about the risks of the pandemic.  As a retired nurse practitioner, I have read many articles in the past in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM.org), a well-respected medical journal that focuses on medicine, not politics. …

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On October 13 during a Florida rally, Donald Trump was quoted “I feel powerful”.  It made me wonder what sort of powerful.  Was he empowered to stop separating Central American children from their parents?  Was he empowered to do everything possible to reunite those children who have been he…

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The coming election is about lots of different issues for different people.

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On Oct. 6, the Osceola Town Council once again failed to uphold their duty to protect the “public health, safety, and welfare” of their constituents, which Councilman Wallis has publicly stated is the primary role of the council. By rezoning a property to allow for an event center to be open…

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More than 7,500 black men are killed in the United States each year, mostly by other black men, compared to the approximately 200 killed by police.  

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I’m been reading comments from Amy Middleton, Polk County Board Supervisor, and have to ask, just who does she represent? Most of her recent rhetoric is anti-Polk County Chairman and anti-committee member Tom Magnafici. I am a former Polk County Supervisor and can tell you that your vote on …

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 A recent Sun letter recommends closing the ICE Detention Centers due to an allegation that aliens are forcibly sterilized there. Thankfully, the Department of Homeland Security is investigating this charge. In this current China Virus pandemic, the USA can wait to replace these Obama-ordere…

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Many folks who write to this paper refer to their pro-life beliefs. However, I do not see any mention in pro-life discussion of the racist and ableist legacy of forced sterilization in this country. Black, Latina and Native women, as well as women with disabilities, were the targets of force…

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 I’m writing to endorse our Congressman Tom Tiffany for his hard work in congress to return control of the gray wolf to Wisconsin and all of his efforts to restore law and order as well as the economy. 

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There’s a simple thing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can do to ease the burden facing Wisconsin farmers and biofuel producers: uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard, as required by law. Unfortunately, the agency’s actions have repeatedly hurt biofuels, which drains income from rural…

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Polk County Board chair Chris Nelson has been exercising questionable leadership almost since the day he assumed that position. However, Nelson’s willingness to lead the county into trouble was especially evident at the September 15 board meeting. 

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There was an interesting contrast in the two Sun letters last week. The first took issue with the President as doing too-little-too-late about the current Chinese virus pandemic. She totally ignored Joe Biden’s criticism of the President for his early stopping travel to China. She failed to …

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I’ve been thinking about the pandemic that has swept our country. Looking at the leaders of the Democrat party today, which are much different than the Democrat Party leaders of the past. Today the leadership of the Democrat party are distancing themselves from the Christian values on which …

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 For once, I agree with something Joe Biden said the other day when he said the November election is a “battle for the soul of the nation.”

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Are you better off now than you were four years ago?