Rep Swearingen’s recent letter to Governor Evers’ Department of Natural Resources suspending ALL in-person recreational safety classes.
June 17, 2020
Governor Tony Evers
P.O. Box 7863
Madison, WI 53707
Dear Governor Evers,
It has come to our attention that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has temporarily suspended all in-person recreational safety classes, including Boating, Snowmobile, ATV, Hunting, Internet Field Days and Bowhunting courses. This is alarming news to the millions of sportsmen across our state and would be incredibly detrimental to participation in our outdoor recreational activities at a time when our citizens, visitors and tourism industry need it the most. In fact, the Department of Tourism says outdoor recreation was the top marketable driver of visits to Wisconsin in 2019.
Crash Information - Release of Names
Highway: I-39 NB
Location: WIS 60
At 3:53 AM on Friday June 12, 2020 a crash occurred on I-39 NB at WIS 60 in COLUMBIA County near LODI.
No assisting agencies were reported.
The crash involved 4 fatalities and 7 injuries. Vehicle and occupant information, if available, is on the last page(s).
OWI News Release
Location: STH 70 NEAR 1ST STREET IN STONE LAKE
Date and Time: June 17, 2020 at 6:48 PM
Joseph Roy Trepania, 40 years of age, from Winnebago, WI has been arrested by the Wisconsin
State Patrol Spooner Post for operating a motor vehicle under the influence, 6th offense.
I’m sad, mad, heartbroken and confused. And I’m frightened. Just like my clients, family, and neighbors I’m asking myself what to do? What to do?
I haven’t figured out great answers. And not figuring out answers really pisses me off. I’m used to having answers, and I have great skills for finding answers. So not figuring it out is frustrating and frightening.
What I have figured out, is that there is much cruelty around us. Marginalization and harassment is cruelty. Bullying and oppression is cruelty. And George Floyd’s murder is cruelty. That wasn’t justice, it was cruel. It’s one thing for a cop to restrain someone, I get that, but it’s another thing to hold someone until they go limp and choke to death. Cruelty is behavior that causes pain or suffering; but it’s also callous indifference to that pain and suffering. Cruelty shows up as racism, and also as anti-Semitism, xenophobia, chauvinism, and bigotry.
Some years define us, and 2020 is shaping up to be one of them.
2001 was one of those years for me. I lost my job at a tech company during the dot-com bust. Then terrorists flew planes into the twin towers. It was an anxiety-ridden year for many people.
2020 was bad enough with the pandemic. Now, unrest is sweeping across America.
Record unemployment. A deadly virus. Major cities setting curfews as people burn cars in the streets. It seems apocalyptic.