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04 Aug

Launch Details

Created in collaboration with influencer Jackie Aina, this limited-edition palette features Jackie’s must-have eyeshadows and pressed pigments for straight-up gorgeous looks. The unique, full-pigment formula is easy to blend and delivers high color payoff and buildable intensity in both matte and metallic finishes. The 14 all-new shades allow you to create everything from cool- to warm-toned neutral looks; daring, bright eye looks; shimmering, glam looks; and bold, smoky eyes.

Editor’s Note: More background/quotes about the collaboration from Anastasia and Jackie Aina available at WWD’s exclusive posted this morning.

8/5 on Instagram, 8/6 on Anastasia, 8/15 at retailers

Everything You Need to Know about the Jackie Aina Eyeshadow Palette

When does the Jackie Aina Eyeshadow Palette launch? August 5th through Instagram, August 6th on anastasiabeverlyhills.com, per WWD.  The full release date is August 15th in-stores and online, per Sephora.

Where can I purchase the Jackie Aina Eyeshadow Palette? It was listed on Sephora on August 4th as a preview, and it isn’t listed as exclusive to Sephora with WWD reporting that it’ll be in-store and online at US retailers on August 15th, like Sephora, Ulta, Beautylish, Macy’s, Nordstrom, etc.

Is the Jackie Aina Eyeshadow Palette limited edition? Yes, per Sephora, it is listed as limited edition.  In the past, collaborations between Anastasia and others have also been limited edition.

Products Available

Jackie Aina Eyeshadow Palette, $45.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Soleil Metallic soft peach with a gold shift
  • Supreme Matte rosy pink
  • Pinker Matte mid-tone cool plum
  • Big Wig Matte rich purple
  • Dwollahs Metallic golden olive
  • Credit Deep matte plum brown
  • Lituation Metallic deep taupe with a violet shift
  • Zamn Sparkling rose gold
  • Wiggalese Metallic cranberry red
  • Shookington Metallic violet with a blue shift
  • Trust Issues Sparkling white gold
  • Edges Matte deep peach
  • Sponsored Metallic chocolate with a teal shift
  • Ginger Matte caramel brown

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04 Aug

MOUNT PLEASANT — Howard Peckrd is concerned about the mental health of some of his younger family members, and on Thursday at Case High School he wanted to learn more about what is available to those in need of mental health, and to understand more about what someone with mental issues feels.

Peckrd said he found some answers at a children’s mental health forum hosted and organized by U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wis., at Case.

Peckrd said we live in a culture, particularly in school, where if someone says they’re struggling with mental health they could be subjected to bullying.

“I think a lot of people are afraid of that, so they’re unwilling to speak about it,” Peckrd said. “I think it’s hard for people to come forward and say ‘I need help.’

“It’s OK to say you’re going to the dentist, but as soon as you say you’re going to your psychiatrist, there’s a stigma and we need to get rid of that. I think this is a great step, working with the children and getting them willing to talk and show that there’s nothing wrong with needing help.”

Steil brought together professionals working in the federal government, county government, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health.

“When I was in school, the school day ended when you got on the bus and went home, and that was the end of social interaction unless somebody called you on the phone or knocked on your door and asked you to play,” Steil said. “That world has changed dramatically … today, the school day sometimes doesn’t end,” he said, in reference to cyberbullying.

With more kids subjected to cyberbullying because of social media, Steil said he wanted to bring awareness to some of the work being done now and what are some of the best policies and ideas that could be implemented elsewhere.

A staff member for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., also was also present taking notes and listening.

What’s being done?

Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave said in the past five years the county expanded mental health services to children by “over 400%.”

“We’ve integrated our comprehensive community services into our Human Services Department and local school districts,” Delagrave said. “Which provides needed services for the kids to be successful in the classroom, community and home.”

Julie Hueller, manager of the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health, which was created by the Johnson Foundation, said the group took a hard look at access to mental health services and worked with the Racine Unified School District in 2005 to create an “integrated model approach.”

“We wanted a full-time clinical therapist in our schools working with our kids. We wanted them to be seen as a staff person, they were no different than another adult in the building,” Hueller said, adding they wanted those therapists to be in schools with kids who did not have access to mental health services in the community: “We wanted to eliminate those barriers to access to care for families.”

They started with having a therapist in five elementary schools, Hueller said, and so far there has been an impact in identifying students with mental health needs, communicating with parents and finding the best solution for the child.

Amy Berbst, vice president of mental and behavioral health at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, said having therapists and other mental health professionals in the schools in Racine has shown other communities a different way to have an impact.

“We are really grateful to Racine Unified and the collaborative to be able to be providing school based mental healthcare in this community,” Berbst said. “This community has been an example to many other communities around the state.”

Hope Otto, director of Racine County’s Human Services Department, said the county is “very fortunate to have such a progressive approach to mental health” and the county views its role as a complimentary role to what is being done in the schools.

“We know that early experiences shape a child’s neurobiological development and this is really significant because these stressful experiences are relatively common with children and our families,” Otto said. “But we also know that children and people are resilient and we can rewire our brain and that means we can intervene and repair the damage that trauma has caused in our children’s life.”

Where to make improvements?

While there might be progress being made with some of the programs being implemented, the struggle to provide mental health care to children is likely to be a never-ending battle, and those directly connected to that fight have some thoughts as to where improvements can be made.

Otto’s suggestion: “Insurance parity.”

“When insurance recognizes mental health as the same thing as physical health, that helps to destigmatize that in both policy and practice,” Otto said. “I think that’s an opportunity for us to continue to partner with both our state and federal government to help develop parity around that.

Herbst said more investments should be made to “have the workforce that we need to create the access to mental health care that our kids and families need.”

“That’s psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, counselors, peer supports … because as we create more awareness and we start to detect the need for more mental health, we have responsibility then to provide access to care,” Herbst said. “And not access to what we have for you, but access to what you need from us. So that means being in more schools. That means being available outside of typical outpatient therapy hours.”

Steil said one of the biggest areas where improvement is needed is awareness.

“We can identify some really important issues and talk about it,” Steil said. “I think one of the biggest challenges is the stigma that’s associated with (mental health) … I think sharing these best practices today goes a long way to make us better here in our community in Racine and across Wisconsin.”


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04 Aug

How to get juicy chicken breasts on the grill? It’s all in the brine! Just 30 minutes of brining makes all the difference between dry chicken and perfect chicken.

Photography Credit:
Elise Bauer

Grilled Chicken Breast: The Problem

When it comes to grilling, chicken breasts can be problematic, especially boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The meat itself is lean, and without the bones to insulate it or skin to protect it, that naked chicken breast on the grill has a tendency to easily overcook and dry out.

So, what to do?

One method is to marinate chicken cutlets, or chicken breasts pounded to an even thickness, and quickly grill them on high heat. We use this method for our cilantro lime chicken and it works fine.

Grilled Chicken Breast: The Solution (Brine!)

Another way, which doesn’t require you to change the shape of the chicken breasts, is to brine the chicken first.

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How Long to Brine Chicken Breasts?

All it takes is 30 minutes in a simple brine solution of 1/4 cup kosher salt dissolved in 4 cups water. This is all the time you need for the chicken breasts to absorb enough moisture so they can better hold up to the heat of the grill without drying out.

With a half an hour of brining, the salt that is absorbed isn’t so much that the chicken becomes salty, but enough so that the flavor of the grilled chicken will be enhanced. We would normally salt grilled chicken breasts, right? You don’t need to do that if you brine.

How to Grill Chicken Breasts

Then it’s a simple rub with paprika (great for color) and olive oil (no sticking on the grill). Onto the hot side of the grill the chicken goes for searing, then the cool side for finishing. And you have beautiful, perfectly juicy grilled chicken breasts!

LOVE GRILLED CHICKEN? TRY THESE RECIPES

Updated August 4, 2019 : We spiffed up this post to make it sparkle and add some extra information to help you make the best grilled chicken breast.! No changes to the original recipe.

How to Grill Juicy Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

It’s always a good idea to use a meat thermometer when cooking meat that’s at least an inch thick. We take our chicken off the grill at a little bit lower temp (150°F) than is usually recommended for poultry, but that’s because the chicken will continue to cook for a few minutes once it’s off the heat. We let the chicken rest for several minutes before eating, so it’s safe.

Ingredients

For the brine:

For the chicken:

Method

1 Brine the chicken breast: In a large bowl, whisk the salt in the water to dissolve. Add the chicken breasts to the brine. Put in the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes.

2 Prepare your grill: Arrange your grill so that one side is for high direct heat, and the other side is cooler. Alternatively, you can use a grill pan, set over medium-high heat.

3 Coat chicken with oil and paprika: Remove chicken breasts from brine and pat dry. Coat with olive oil, and sprinkle evenly with paprika.

4 Grill the chicken breasts: Brush some olive oil on the grill grates. Place chicken breasts on the hot side of the grill (or on the grill pan). Let the chicken grill, undisturbed, until the pieces start getting some grill marks (you can lift up one to check).

When the chicken pieces have browned on one side, turn them over, and move them to the cooler side of the grill. Cover, and let them finish cooking.

Remove chicken from grill when the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 155°F.

5 Let the chicken breasts rest: Cover the breasts with foil. The chicken will continue to cook in its residual heat while it rests. Let it rest 5 to 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Serve with grilled peppers, pineapple salsa, or just a squeeze of lime!

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04 Aug
NARS Mambo High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
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Mambo

NARS Mambo High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a deep, red-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single stroke, which built up easily to full coverage with a second pass. The texture was smooth and glided across my lash line with ease, though it didn’t feel overly wet/creamy. I was able to smudge the edge slightly, but I’d recommend working one eye at a time if smudging was desired. The color stayed on well for eight hours on my lower lash line before migrating noticeably to the outer corner of my eye, while it lasted for six hours on my water line.

Via Veneto

NARS Via Veneto High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a deep black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color coverage that adhered evenly and smoothly to my lash line without tugging or dragging. The texture was creamy without being too slippery, and it was easy to smudge for the first five to ten seconds after application. It wore well for seven and a half hours on my lower waterline and lower lash line before I there was noticeable product that had migrated to the outer corner.

Gran Via

NARS Gran Via High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is an intense, inky black with cool undertones and a matte finish. The eyeliner was richly pigmented with a smooth, gel-like texture that glided easily across my skin but didn’t feel too wet or creamy. It applied comfortably to my lower water line and lower lash line, though it definitely started to migrate to the outer corner within eight and a half hours of wear with six-hour wear on my lower water line.

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04 Aug

Mishawaka family trying to bring awareness to America’s mental health epidemic  WSBT-TV

The recent death of a member of a prominent political family is renewing a focus on suicide. Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter was found dead at the family’s …

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04 Aug

Napa’s Freemark Abbey has released four new cabernet sauvignons, the “low end” Napa Valley bottling (a mere 60 bucks), and three AVA-designated bottlings, designed to spotlight hyper-local characteristics.

Let’s see how these bottlings from the 2014 and 2015 vintages pan out.

2015 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Surprisingly underdeveloped, this cabernet starts off with promise, offering a juicy red fruit core, with notes of raspberry and red apple skins dominating. A lightly bitter tannin component lingers underneath, but the finish sees a vegetal element dominating — notes of carrot and red bell pepper — with a beef bouillon note behind. B / $60

2015 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville – Again a bit on the thin side, and surprisingly bitter up front. Quite floral on the nose, a significant note of potpourri masks notes of blackberry and, to a lesser extent, blackcurrants. As the finish develops, the wine becomes takes on an uncharacteristic astringency — though a chocolate note on the back end lifts the wine up with just a touch of sweetness. B / $80

2015 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford – A bit more well-rounded, there’s a gravity in this wine that’s lacking in the above two expressions, a more fulfilling black and red berry character that gives the wine a certain farmer’s market freshness, bursting with acidity and life. Notes of licorice and some dark chocolate give the wine a more engaging conclusion and a sense of opulence. A- / $70

2014 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder – Finally, here’s Freemark Abbey firing on all cylinders (though perhaps that has a little to do with this being a 2014 vintage instead of 2015, though both are considered excellent). A deceptively gentle body kicks off with notes of dark chocolate, raspberries, and blueberries, then folds in layers of baking spice and, ultimately, some brambly notes that evoke charred wood. The tannins are integrating beautifully here, though the wine still has some time left ahead for further improvement. A killer. A / $85

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04 Aug
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
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A Butterfly’s Metamorphosis | Look Details, Low light, f/7.1
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Fantasy Creatures

Fyrinnae Fantasy Creatures Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow ($14.50 for 0.07 oz.) often appeared as a bright, gold-green with flecks of richer, cooler green sparkle and shimmer throughout, and then it shifted to a golden bronze to lavender to pale pink. If one could capture the shades of spring and put them in one eyeshadow, this is what it would look like.

While a lot of multichromes can be quite interesting and complex when swatched, they tend to lose a significant amount of that complexity on the lid as it’s a smaller space and ends up easier for someone else to see the shift on you than on yourself (and even then, it’s not necessarily easy to detect the shifts at the more extreme ends). This shade shifted from warmer gold to the cooler green flecks catching the light to looking slightly pinkish along the edge when I checked for shifts in most lighting–I didn’t have to go hunting to catch it. To get it to turn more lavender-mauve-pink, it was at certain angles and lighting but was noticeable.

The texture was uneven on the actual surface of the pan, which was noted by the brand, though the actual eyeshadow went on quite smoothly. It felt drier, almost flaky, so there was light to moderate fallout during application, depending on the method–fingertips and wet brushes yielded the least fallout.

It had opaque pigmentation applied dry as well as when applied over Pixie Epoxy or with a wet brush. The cooler tone of the green shimmer came through more noticeably when applied over a tacky base or with a wet brush. This shade was recommended, by the brand, to be used with a tacky base. I actually found I preferred application with a wet brush, as it helped give me smoother application with minimal fallout but retained all the blendability of a dry eyeshadow (sometimes tacky bases can make it harder to blend out the edges). The eyeshadow stayed on well for eight and a half hours with a touch of fallout over time.

Formula Overview

$14.50/0.07 oz. – $207.14 Per Ounce

Most of the shades had noticeable shift when swatched on my arm without having to strain myself to find the perfect angle and lighting source to see it. The latter was more the case with a few shades to get some of the more extreme shifts when the product was applied to my actual eye (lid space). The majority of shades have a creamier, denser, thicker consistency to them–they often felt packed with silicones (and dimethicone was typically the second ingredient, so it wasn’t a surprise!) with some shades having a textured, uneven surface that was easily compacted into the pan. A few of those shades were harder to pick up later on and tended to work best with a wet brush or fingertips rather than dry brush.

Other shades were smoother, softer, and more forgiving–they felt more like typical powder eyeshadow. The shades with larger shimmer/sparkle had light to moderate fallout during application but had fairly good adhesion once on. The majority of shades were very pigmented on their own, but some definitely were best applied wet, with a fingertip, or applied over a tacky base (some shades explicitly say to use a tacky base with them). They wore between eight and nine hours on me with no to light fallout.

Browse all of our Fyrinnae Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Magnesium Stearate. May contain: Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Aluminum, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet, Tin Oxide, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, Ferric Ferrocyanide.

Fyrinnae Stained Glass Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Stained Glass Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Stained Glass Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
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Fyrinnae Stained Glass Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
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Fyrinnae Stained Glass Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
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Fyrinnae Stained Glass Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Stained Glass Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
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Fyrinnae Stained Glass Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Stained Glass | Look Details, Studio light
Fyrinnae Stained Glass | Look Details, Studio light
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Fyrinnae Stained Glass | Look Details, Low light, f/5.6
Fyrinnae Stained Glass | Look Details, Low light, f/5.6
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Fyrinnae Stained Glass | Look Details, Low light, f/7.1
Fyrinnae Stained Glass | Look Details, Low light, f/7.1
Fyrinnae Stained Glass | Look Details, Low light, f/7.1

Stained Glass

Fyrinnae Stained Glass Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow ($14.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a multichrome that primarily looks like a smoky, emerald green over a blackened base, and then it shifts to a stronger, blackened green to muted, bluish-violet to a brighter, medium-dark violet purple that stretched to a warmer plum at the very extreme edge of the shift (almost impossible for me to see on myself but the last photo captured it).

As a multichrome, the shift is most noticeable when the product is applied to a larger area or an area that has more curves (like the inner tearduct). Applied to my lid, it showed as a deeper, smokier color that I could see shift from a deep green to a subdued purple (almost grayish). I think with such a prominent black base, the shift didn’t show as dramatically on my lid as it did swatched.

It had rich pigmentation applied dry or over Pixie Epoxy (or used with a wet brush or fingertips). I find that fingertip and wet brush application gave it a more intense, smoother, and more reflective finish, though. The texture was moderately dense without being too thick or heavy, so it was easy to pick up with a dry brush and applied without much fallout. It wore well for nine hours on me before creasing faintly.

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04 Aug
  • The Duke of Cambridge has announced a special collaboration between the mental health charity Heads Together and the English Football Association called Heads Up.
  • In a video clip posted to Twitter, William explained, “We all need to take care of our everyday mental fitness.”
  • The campaign aims to change the conversation regarding mental health, reducing stigma in the process.

    Prince William has helped to launch a new mental health campaign in collaboration with charity Heads Together and the Football Association.

    #HeadsUp encourages people to be more aware of their mental health, and to seek treatment for mental, as well as physical, ailments. It also helps to reduce stigma surrounding mental health by encouraging people to talk about their issues.

    Tweeting news of the new campaign, the Heads Together Twitter account quoted Prince William and wrote, “We all need to take care of our everyday mental fitness, and provide support to one another when we face setbacks so we can be match fit for whatever lies ahead.” ⁠— @KensingtonRoyal.”


    The Heads Together initiative launched in 2016, but it hasn’t always garnered the attention it deserves. The Duke of Cambridge recently revealed, because the campaign is related to mental health, many celebrities passed up the opportunity to become involved.

    During a panel at the World Economic forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2019, William explained, “What was very interesting from when we set up the campaign was that not one celebrity wanted to join us… Not one person wanted to be involved in the mental health campaign, Heads Together.”

    William continued, “We went out to a lot of people and nobody, before we started, was interested in being a part of Heads Together—because it was mental health. That was two years, three years ago. You know, and that was a big deal.”


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04 Aug

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04 Aug

Do other jails in Wisconsin have mental health wings? No! Is that because jailers are not trained to be mental health professionals? One wonders why all these mentally ill people are kept in the jail in the first place.

It will cost real dollars to remodel the jail. It will not fix the symptoms causing the problem. One past therapist who worked in the jail said that the solution may be to hire two new full-time therapists as well as giving the inmates their required prescription meds (pain, antipsychotic, ADHD, bipolar). Another solution may be that instead of arresting them, take them to the mental health facilities in Eau Claire, Mendota, and other locations designated by the state.

Mentally ill people and people addicted to alcohol and drugs are in jail because the State of Wisconsin and St. Croix County have adopted the philosophy of putting them into jail instead of investing in other appropriate facilities.

One proven solution that I believe most judges and prosecutors support would be to adopt the current Rule 25 program. In the past it has provided inpatient treatment to Wisconsin residents at no cost to Wisconsin taxpayers. Wisconsin, both economically and as it pertains to criminal, mental health, and addiction law, is way behind the sister State of Minnesota. It would behoove us to follow that example.

Building a structure does not solve the problem. You also need to address the concerns of the inmates being housed there. Locking people up without dealing with the actual problems facing the inmates is what got St. Croix County and the State of Wisconsin in this situation in the first place.

John Kucinski

River Falls

I want a new president

TO THE EDITOR

I want a new president.

I sympathize with the leadership of both parties in dealing with the president. Republican leaders never wanted him. Since his election, they’ve supported him in exchange for Supreme Court seats and in hopes of retaining his voters, but this is not what they wanted.

I sympathize with the Democratic leaders navigating the uncertainty of whether to impeach in the House, knowing he’s nearly certain to be acquitted in the Senate. If they choose to impeach, when should they do it? Immediately? Deep into primary season? Just before the election? They have to pick the strategy that will get him voted out of office even while he’s acquitted and crowing to the media that this “proves” he’s innocent. This is a difficult, high-stakes decision to make.

I also want the roughly 40% of Americans that support the president to be heard and respected, despite the fact I want their candidate to fail. I suspect too many people feeling ignored and disrespected is the reason the country is so divided today.

With all that, I’m in favor of an impeachment inquiry beginning right now leading to an impeachment vote in late fall. I’m not confident this will get me a new president, but I believe it’s the best path to success.

Bob Maline

Hudson

Political caricatures

TO THE EDITOR

This past week at the Polk County Fair, community members who visited the table hosted by the Republican Party found sheets of paper listing all the reasons Democrats/progressives are bad, worse than bad, morally bankrupt Satan-spawn with no values. If one were to believe what they’re reading, they’d understandably be more inclined to look the other way for a win at all cost approach of their team. Foreign interference in elections? Worth it. Voter suppression? Worth it. Gerrymandering? Worth it. Allowing big money special interests to buy elections? Worth it. Connecting the dots: a political party that has tapped into our shared values is feeding us lies and the net effect is that we hate or won’t be caught dead associating with the other team and they reap the power accordingly.

1 John 2: 9 tells us “anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness.” If someone is teaching us to hate our neighbor, our fellow Wisconsinite, our fellow American and we fall for it, we’re handing ourselves over to be used.

We are neighbors, Wisconsinites, Americans. We have shared values and different ideas for how to solve problems. Neither side has a monopoly on the right answer. The best solutions pull from philosophical ideals underlying both sides. Like wings of a bird, we need to pull from both sides to fly.

We have real problems tugging at the fabric of our local communities. We can’t begin to solve them if we’re trapped in this us vs. them nonsense. We need to stop being willing to let others reduce our views of our neighbors to a partisan caricature. Perhaps instead, we can start seeing each other in the light of God’s love that He has for all of his people.

Sarah Yacoub

Hudson

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