Scott Walker……. A Legacy of Natural Resource Destruction…….Letter To The Editor….

by Free Speech on March 23, 2015

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

 

Wisconsin has a long and proud legacy of protecting our state’s natural resources.  After all, some of the nation’s greatest conservationists were Wisconsinites—John Muir, Aldo Leopold and Gaylord Nelson among them.  Sadly, we’re currently seeing an all-out assault on our conservation tradition by Governor Walker and the Legislature.  Here are just a few examples:

  • The first “environmental” bill passed by Governor Walker in 2012 dismantled protection of our state’s wetlands—those important ecosystems that protect our water resources.
  • Two years ago, Governor Walker and the Legislature provided Gogebic Taconite, an out-of-state mining company, the legal means to bypass strict state environmental laws to develop the largest iron ore mine in the country in northern Wisconsin.  Ironically, the company has recently pulled out of Wisconsin.
  • The Legislature passed and Governor Walker signed a bill that disallowed local control of mining regulations for the frac sand mines in Central Wisconsin, thereby giving carte blanche to companies involved in this destructive and polluting industry.
  • In the last state budget, Walker and the Legislature eroded the most important conservation program in the state—the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund that has protected 500,000 acres of recreational and sensitive lands for public since 1989.  Not only was funding greatly reduced, but also DNR was “obligated” to sell 10,000 acres of OUR public lands!
  • Governor Walker’s proposed budget this spring would completely defund the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund for 13 years, thereby halting the acquisition of ALL conservation lands by DNR, land trusts like Ice Age Trail Alliance, and other conservation groups.
  • Furthermore, Walker’s proposed budget would eliminate many key DNR and UW Extension staff and County Land Conservationists, thereby gutting important natural resources research and education positions.
  • The Governor has proposed making the Natural Resources Board an “advisory” board, thereby stripping this important board of any oversight of DNR policy. [click to continue…]

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Letter to the Editor……Protesters Compared To ISIS Terrorists……???

by Free Speech on March 22, 2015

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

Comparing the 100,000 peaceful protesters at the Capitol several years ago to ISIS terrorists was no mistake made by Governor Walker.  If there is one thing he can’t stand, it’s opposition, and all opposition is viewed equally.  Virtually every success Walker claims since coming into office has dealt a major blow to his opponents. With each deliberative step, he amasses more power.  For example, Act 10 stripped public union workers—those individuals most in opposition to Walker’s policies—of the right to collective bargaining.  Furthermore, Act 10 gave the Governor the power to appoint 3 key positions in every state agency—the top legal, communications and legislative liaison staff, thereby oppressing any opposition (like good science and regulatory control) from within the agencies.  The “voter ID” law was directed at suppressing poor, homeless and student voters who tend to vote Democratic.  In the case of environmental laws that protect our state’s natural resources and that Walker disdains, his attitude is, “If you don’t like ‘em, get rid of ‘em!”, thereby inviting irreparable harm to our state’s water and air by encouraging destructive mining practices like the frac sand mines of Central Wisconsin and the massive Gogebic Taconite open pit iron mine in northern Wisconsin.  [click to continue…]

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Fire Danger High….Burning Permits Required by the Town Of Lodi!!

March 20, 2015

Tweet Columbia County* *Including all of the Town of Lodi Update: Thursday, March 19, 2015 Fire Danger: VERY HIGH   Burning is allowed today from 6 pm to midnight ONLY for a covered barrel, debris pile less than 6x6x6 feet in size, and grass or wooded area less than 10 acresWITH A BURNING PERMIT.*   [...]

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FIRE BAN!!!!!!

March 17, 2015

Tweet   Columbia County (including all of Town of Lodi) Tuesday, March 17, 2014 Fire Danger: VERY HIGH Burning Permit Restrictions Due to fire weather conditions, burning is NOT allowed today (even if you have a burning permit). Therefore, burning in barrels, debris piles, and grass or wooded areas with your annual permit is prohibited. [...]

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Maple Sap is Finally Running in the Northwoods…..

March 17, 2015

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Maple Syrup Just Down The Road!!!

February 26, 2015

Tweet   Another Wisconsin spring ritual or tradition is tapping maple trees and cooking down the sap for maple syrup. This coming spring with all the recent cold weather making maple syrup could be weeks away, but one never knows with the up and down weather that Wisconsinites have had this year. There are some [...]

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Ice is still Good…..But be careful!!!!

February 17, 2015

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The Misinformed Mr Bechen,,,,,, an Editorial

February 6, 2015

Tweet A sign of a good paper is a good editorial page. Most small town editors in the past would use that page as a mirror of the community. Today everyone is afraid of strong opinions losing business…Not Me…..LVN EDITOR Dear Mr. Bechen, So because the new editor of the Lodi Enterprise signed the Walker [...]

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WALKER Guts WIsconsin…….

February 4, 2015

Tweet   Madison – Governor Walker’s proposed budget fails Wisconsin’s air, land, and water in devastating ways, including a recommendation to freeze the Stewardship Program, Wisconsin’s popular land protection program, until 2028.   “Governor Walker’s budget is inexplicably off the mark. The Stewardship Program provides public places for all Wisconsinites to enjoy and supports healthy [...]

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Welcome To Anti Business Lodi Wisconsin. Hello I’m From The Government I’m Here To Help You Fail????

January 30, 2015

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Great Weekend….by Gary Engberg

January 22, 2015

Tweet   I had a great weekend and I’m sure that many others did with the mild weather and the numerous activities that were scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. I was lucky enough to see and take part in a few of these outdoor winter events. The highlight of Saturday had to be the 28th [...]

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Governor Walker’s Decision to Sue the EPA- Politically Driven, Bad for Wisconsin

January 14, 2015

Tweet Gov. Scott Walker  announced in last night’s State of the State address that he will ask Attorney General Brad Schimel to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over proposed standards limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan is the most important step we’ve taken to address the threat of [...]

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