County 4-H fairs and state fairs are a rite of summer. The Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield remains a memorable part of my childhood. The first round barn was constructed there in 1915, and the fair still bills itself as home to the world’s largest round barn. My Uncle Edward and his wife, Shirley, headed Snyder 4-H Club for 50 years and led the effort to raise money to construct the round barn.
To the editor, The recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that arrested nearly 700 undocumented food-processing workers in Mississippi did not take into custody the rapists, murderers and criminals that our president says are invading our country. Most of the workers arrested had lived in their communities for years and were contributing members of American society. Many own their own homes and support local economies along with churches and schools. These are not people who just slipped into the country recently but have lived, worked and raised families in these communities for a decade or more.
4-H is a nationwide program that provides opportunities for youth, grades 5K-13, to develop expertise in areas of interest while building a battery of life skills that will position them for success as adults.
To the editor, It used to be folks would be proud to say they lived in Illinois. What’s not to love — beautiful farms, busy factories, dynamic small towns, eye-popping Chicago, the lakefront, museums and boat harbors. But things are different now. Forty years of big city Democrats dominating our lawmaking has wrought awful changes, none worse than those of the legislative session that ended June 2.