Not anti-semitic to criticize Netanyahu's goverment
TO THE EDITOR
IT IS NOT ANTI-SEMITIC TO CRITICIZE NETANYAHU'S GOVERNMENT.
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has been labeled "anti-Semitic" for criticizing the government of Benjamin Netanyahu. The prime minister faces allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption from his own countrymen. (See cover story of recent Time Magazine.) His treatment of Palestinians has been shameful.
President Trump has cozied up to Netanyahu, in the same way he has expressed admiration for other ruthless strong men, including Vladimir Putin-whom Trump praised for being in control of his country-and North Korea's Jim Jung-un, describing him as a "smart cookie."
Trump's condemnation of Omar, along with his criticism of other Congresswomen of color and diverse heritage, only illustrates further his history of racism and intolerance.
Is it anti-American to criticize Trump? He would think so.
TO THE EDITOR
I would like to respond to last week's story regarding the Hudson Town Board's special meeting over a driveway dispute. Keeping waters calm in local politics can be a daunting task. However, proper public notices with adequate time to attend, open meeting laws, and accurate public reporting are all tools needed to protect individuals and keep citizens informed.
Because the paper was not present for the very beginning of the July 10, 2019 meeting, I would like to share what I said in my opening comments: 1) I consulted with two Wisconsin Towns Association attorneys regarding the appropriateness of the "special meeting." 2) The town chair approves the agenda and is responsible for adding or deleting items - not supervisors or the town clerk. 3) This was not a special meeting of the electorate or a special emergency meeting such as dealing with storm damage. 4) The town chair was not out of town or incapacitated. 5) Other board members, including the chair, cannot be excluded from these meetings and I had the right to pull the agenda and/or cancel the meeting - which I chose not to do.
Supervisor Thill's testimony is that he met with Mr. Jackson at about 8 p.m. Monday evening July 8. He then sent a very detailed email out to all board members and the clerk at 8:35 p.m. requesting a special meeting on July 10 at 9 a.m. The clerk happened to be reading her email late at night and responded with erroneous public notice information at 8:48 p.m. Supervisor Yacoub also happened to be reading her email at 9:56 p.m. and responded to the clerk. The public notice was then posted early Tuesday morning. Supervisor Thill also testified at the meeting that there was additional urgency to having the meeting because he knew that Supervisors Foster, Yacoub, and himself were all going to be on vacation.
The first time I heard about this issue or the meeting was 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Neither Supervisor Fosterling or myself had any knowledge there was a driveway issue, nor were we contacted to see if we were in town and available for a meeting prior to the posting. The clerk told me via telephone on Tuesday that if I was unable to make the meeting, she "had a quorum."
With respect to your reporting that Supervisor Foster told me about the meeting Monday evening, it is simply not true. He stated that he DID NOT tell me about the issue because he met with Mr. Jackson about two weeks earlier and "was told NOT to tell anybody else." To use quotes that I needed to "get up to speed" and I should "check my email more often" is preposterous when there are three different phone numbers where I could have been reached Monday evening.
Finally, the paper used the quote from Supervisor Foster that I was "bashing the supervisors." Well if restating information from two Town's Association attorneys regarding State law is considered bashing, then I think our Board needs to understand the difference between bashing and sunlight. Wisconsin has municipal governance and open meeting laws in place for a reason.
Hudson Town Chair
Thanks to HIA for the Longer Table event
TO THE EDITOR
I attended the Longer Table event at Lakefront Park on Sunday. I had been unable to attend last year, and was determined to show up and see what it was all about There were tables upon tables of delicious food, but more importantly, community members meeting each other and sharing a meal together.
I sat down at an empty spot and introduced myself. Those at my table and I conversed and shared a little about ourselves, realizing that we had some connections and similarities. I enjoyed the conversation and the chance to meet my neighbors.
I applaud the Hudson Inclusion Alliance for putting together the Longer Table. It is events such as this that help us work toward becoming a town that is welcoming and honors diversity. My hope is that everyone who lives in Hudson and everyone who visits Hudson will feel welcome. We're not there yet. We still have work to do, but the Hudson Inclusion Alliance is making the right moves toward that goal.