Letters to the Editor

Proven Clean Energy Leader:

On November 2nd we have the opportunity and the responsibility to choose our leaders. Instead of being cynical or not caring, we need to embrace this responsibility and vote for strong leaders to move us out of these difficult times and back on track. When we determine the future of our community on November 2nd, we need to look to leaders who are pragmatic, bipartisan, and have proven leadership in job creation efforts.

Jay Schmelling is the strong, independent voice we need right now. He sees the big picture, especially when it comes to finding new jobs in Wisconsin. He understands that it only makes sense to have the 35th Assembly District be a leader for Wisconsin’s emerging renewable energy market.

Wisconsin imports roughly $15 billion worth of energy per year for our current energy demands. If only 10% of that money stayed in Wisconsin, imagine the amount of new family-supporting jobs that would sustain our communities and move us forward. Jay’s leadership as a member of the Bio Industry Alliance helps him understand that investments in Wisconsin’s new energy economy will need to be supported by a variety of different players. Jay’s strong advocacy for biomass and other types of biofuels will help our area become a statewide leader for building a new home-grown renewable energy infrastructure.

You don’t have to be an economist to understand that growing trees in north central Wisconsin will also grow jobs. As a member of the Great Lakes Timber Producers, Jay Schmelling also knows that sustainable and responsible forestry practices can help grow jobs in our communities while preserving the landscape for future needs.

On November 2nd we need to vote for commonsense, and we need to vote for the economic integrity of our 35th Assembly District. That’s why we are voting for Jay Schmelling.

Hans Jr. and Katie Breitenmoser


To the Editor:

Senator Russ Reingold said “most scientists agree that man is causing climate change.” I dare him to supply a survey where most scientists were even surveyed, much less any survey of a large number of scientists where most agree to that. It doesn’t exist. The fact is that all large surveys of scientists show that most of them do not agree that man is causing climate change or global warming. Over 35,000 scientists have now signed the Oregon Institute petition, which states that there is little evidence that man is causing global warming. More and more scientists who had bought into this fraud are now coming out in opposition to it because of the exposure of all the fraud in the science. Ten very prominent scientists in the field of climate science wrote a letter in support of Ron Johnson’s thinking that the sun plays a large role in influencing climate. It Senator Feingold would do the due diligence expected of one who is one of 100 people out of 300 million in the U.S. elected to represent us, he would know better.

Recently, the fraud being perpetrated by scientists of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, by scientists at the Climate Research Unit (CRU) in England and by those at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies was exposed. An investigation was conducted that absolved scientists at the CRU, but the investigation has since been exposed as another fraud on the people.

Yet recently Senator Feingold still voted against a bill to overturn the EPA’s decision that carbon dioxide, a gas essential to life on this planet, is an endangerment. If the EPA’s plans are implemented, you can expect your electric rates to increase greatly, possibly double. Also expect gasoline, coal and other energy prices to undergo large increases and hit the poor hard when they are already being hit by a bad economy.

This scientist wrote the Senator requesting a meeting to review the science. He refused. So much for his “listening.” So much for his phoney concern for the poor. So much for his truthfulness.

Senator Feingold lied in his 2004 TV campaign ad on the Patriot Act. He held up a stack of papers about 5 inches thick and stated that most senators hadn’t read the Act. I read it in preparation for a forum. It is only 132 pages long and a majority of those pages contain only a half page of text because they are heavily indented due to an outline format. So it isn’t even a half-inch thick. Now the left-leaning news media is exposing Senator Feingold’s dishonestly in his campaign advertising this election.

As for the Senator’s claim that he has few friends in Washington because of his independence and because of his disregard of special interests, look up his vote ratings. The last year for which I found a rating by the liberal ADA (2007 or 2008), he was rated 100 %. He got very high vote ratings year after year by liberal special interest groups.

Lowell Howard


Dear Editor:

We at the Internal Revenue Service are concerned because more than 6100 small community-based nonprofits in Wisconsin are in jeopardy of losing their tax-exempt status. The loss of this status could greatly impact the organizations’ charitable work and their donors’ potential tax deductions.

Among the organizations that could lose their tax-exempt status are local sports associations and community support groups, volunteer fire and ambulance associations and their auxiliaries, social clubs, educational societies, veterans groups, church-affiliated groups, groups designed to assist those with special needs and a variety of others.

The organizations that are at risk failed to file the required returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009, according to IRS records. The requirement to file is the result of a tax law change that occurred in 2006. For many of these small organizations, complying with the new law may be as simple as completing a 10-minute form online. They can preserve their exempt status under a one-time relief program the IRS announced in July, but only if they file by Oct. 15, 2010.

The IRS has made numerous attempts to alert these organizations, but we are concerned that many may not have gotten the word. A list of the organizations that were at-risk as of the end of June is posted at IRS.gov along with instructions on how to comply with the new law.

We encourage everyone who is connected with a small nonprofit community group to make sure that their organization is aware of the law change and is in compliance before the October 15 deadline.

Best regards,

Christopher Miller

IRS Spokesperson

for Wisconsin

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