Concealed carry should be option for teachers

I have to give credit where credit is due. I read Friday’s editorial, “Arm teacher’s to save lives, stop shooters,” and I totally agree.

Here’s why: 1) It’s a fundamental right of a human being to be able to defend one’s self. It’s outlined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. 2) I know many conservative friends of mine who don’t wish to carry for various reasons. Same applies here. Only those who wish to carry would. Those who don’t won’t be forced to. 3) The whole premise behind carrying a concealed firearm is just that—concealment. Nobody knows who’s got what and where. 4) You can put up all the bullet-proof glass and metal detectors you want to, and you can put in all the locked doors you want to, but guns are still going to get in. Period. I’ve seen security breaches happen many times. 5) Let’s not forget, teachers have the right and obligation to protect our children. Let’s give them their freedom to do so.

Lastly, I was also appalled at the conga line of disapproving people, especially the police department. People seem to forget there is a class conceal-carry weapons owners must take. It’s basic, but they are well trained. Also, most are already familiar with the responsibility of a firearm. I’d trust them more than anyone else in a crisis.

Not every teacher would, could or should carry a concealed firearm, but let’s stop disarming our first responders, OK?

ANDY MUESKE

Janesville

Wisconsin cannot afford to withdraw from NAFTA

With international trade in the news as of late, one thing that can’t be denied is Wisconsin’s dependence on the North American Free Trade Agreement. That’s why talk of withdrawing from NAFTA should concern everyone.

What many don’t realize is that 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States. In order to get access to those consumers for American businesses, our nation sets up trade agreements, and while NAFTA, which went into effect in 1994, may need to be modernized, there is no argument that NAFTA benefits Wisconsin workers, businesses and consumers.

In fact, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, withdrawing from NAFTA would hit Wisconsin the second hardest of any state in the entire nation. That’s because 46 percent of all Wisconsin exports go to Canada and Mexico. At a value of $9.6 billion in exports and accounting for 249,000 Wisconsin jobs, there is absolutely no doubt that ending NAFTA would have a massive negative impact on our state.

While it’s never a bad idea to review and update trade deals for the changing times, threatening to withdraw from NAFTA is not a joking matter. Wisconsin cannot afford in either jobs or exports to leave NAFTA.

LORI WHITE

Genoa City

Running for Milton council to do what’s best for residents

The election for Milton City Council is occurring April 3. As a candidate, I encourage all our residents to get out and vote for who they think is best. In our democracy, voting is a citizen’s most important right and privilege.

I graduated from Milton High School in 2014 and will be graduating from UW-Whitewater in May with a bachelor of science degree with an environmental science major and political science minor. I also interned with the city of Milton in the summer of 2017.

As a resident of Milton, I became interested in the local politics to ensure that our sense of community remains strong and that the enforcement of environmental protections remains robust in this time of economic change and expansion in our city. The economy and business sector are not disconnected from the natural world. My economics professor often reminded me that “we don’t have to sacrifice a strong economy for a healthy environment” (quote by Dennis Weaver). Milton can achieve balance between a sustainable environment, a successful business sector and a positive quality of life.

I believe in fiscal accountability which supports a stable and safe community. I want to govern in ways that benefit city infrastructure, businesses, employees and residents. Milton is a great place in which to live and work. If elected as your alderperson, I pledge to do what is best for all residents today and in the future. Thank you for your support and vote!

JESSICA LAEHN

Milton

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