Soul searching needed

TO THE EDITOR

According to new analysis of data obtained by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Wisconsin has the FIFTH most sex offenders per capita as compared to the other 45 states. Put another way, Wisconsin is among the leaders of states with the most sex offenders in the nation.

As a mother with kids, I feel this statistic in the pit of my stomach. Few would disagree with the seriousness and irreparable level of trauma and harm that comes with sexual assault. Spend any amount of time on social media and the sentiment that sexual predators should hang from trees is alive and well in Wisconsin. So, what gives?

My two cents, for whatever it's worth: it's a combination of two things. One, our state's very liberal and reckless culture on alcohol, and two, the shockingly softball approach we take to policing, prosecuting and sentencing sexual predators. Every time we reduce a felony rape to a misdemeanor for probation, diversion or a fine, instead of sending a message that acting on inappropriate sexual power and control urges will quite literally ruin your life, we say "meh, it's not so bad." Every time we tell a rape survivor she has to co-parent with her rapist, we send a powerful message implicitly condoning sexual assault as not really such a big deal. We substitute inconvenience for sexual predators rather than game changing consequences that ensure that they never hurt anyone else again.

Diamonds aren't created through easy conditions. No one changes for the better or faces their demons, that of which they're ashamed because it's fun, easy or convenient. By not being stronger on sexual assault from our laws down to their enforcement we create a scenario by which the path of least resistance for someone inclined to sexually assault is to do nothing until eventually they act on it.

Wisconsin's culture on alcohol is the kerosene to the flame.

Option 1: continue on with a sense of learned helplessness, throw up our hands and falsely believe that's just the way life has to be.

Option 2: demand better from our elected officials, look to other states that have grown past these problems and learn, be willing to try something else. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. We're better than this.

Sarah Yacoub

Hudson

News flash: Indisputable facts

TO THE EDITOR

President Donald Trump grows in stature as a genuine, intelligent, well-respected world leader.

Jennifer Semmler

Hudson

Ignore at your own peril

TO THE EDITOR

The modern-day Democrat socialist, anti-America Party are a self-contained hate group who do not let facts get in their way. The dangerous rhetoric and behavior - tyranny - taking over our country was witnessed last week by each of the 20 Democrat, socialist, anti-American, anti-capitalist presidential candidates. They have more hatred for President Trump and the rest of us and believe their hatred is justified and is perpetually promoted in the radical, liberal, mainstream media aka Fake News.

Ignore what you witnessed last week on that debate stage at your own peril. Every Democrat socialist candidate hates President Trump and the rest of us and wants to relegate us to a status of nonexistence and irrelevancy. Their hatred is propelling them. They seek control over [your] life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and they do so from a position of rage and anger. They are angry that the concepts of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness exist in America.

President Trump is working for all Americans to make America safe again, to make America prosperous again, to make America respected again, and to make America great, again. Yes, indeed, thank God every day for the blessing of President Trump for our great nation.

Mary Grosenick

Hudson