Last updated on May 13th, 2019 at 02:40 pm

It’s time for a new political party

As more and more Americans decide to label themselves “Independent,” rather than Republican or Democrat, the time has come for another label to become popular. In like manner, columnists and political professionals like to categorize elected and appointed officials – even the general public – as either conservative or liberal.
But President George W. Bush, who enjoys calling himself a conservative, has so remarkably departed from conservatism that those who have long labeled themselves conservative have abandoned the term.
There is a far better label for those who value limited government, fiscal discipline, non-involvement in foreign struggles and undiluted independence. It’s “Constitutionalist.”
Anyone who believes that those who swear an oath to abide by the venerable document’s structures is neither a conservative nor a liberal. Usage of the term “Constitutionalist” may even have the added benefit of encouraging many to revisit the Constitution to find out how far our leaders have strayed from its wisdom.
— Jeff Hertel, Milwaukee

Regarding Waukesha’s water woes

I am writing in response to a viewpoint by Carla Rutley and Arthur Harrington in the Nov. 10 issue of Small Business Times. Their viewpoint was headlined, “Water can bridge the regional gap,” and they contended that water from Lake Michigan should be shared with Waukesha County.
The water issue regarding Lake Michigan and Waukesha County would be a negative one. The impact of (diverting the water to Waukesha County) on the ecology would be felt, maybe not right away, but over the course of time.
It seems like Ms. Rutley’s main objective is to get big businesses to the area, and that would be a feather in her cap and in her best interests, and as well would be an integral part of that plan, because of the money involved.
I think Ms. Rutley needs to back off and look at the big picture! The lake and all precious eco-systems are natural resources, and the care and conservation of them should come first.
— Patti Truss, Pewaukee

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