To the editor: We get what we vote for

We get what we vote for, “good and hard.”

Having grown up in Seattle, I am now very happy to be living in Sheboygan, a refuge of relatively safe streets and cheerful Fourth of July parades.  But the same forces that are destroying Seattle, Minneapolis, Portland, and Chicago are coming for our small city and county as well.  The comfortable old order of “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” is buckling all round us.

Times like these offer no routine elections, mayoral or otherwise.  If we are to survive as an oasis of decency and order in today’s environment,  we will need stronger families, more serious churches and schools,  and a more honest press and open internet–a tall order.  We also will need to elect leaders with an appreciation for our heritage of liberty through law and with the toughness to hold the line against the forces arrayed against us.

We will have to be smarter than the sad, woke citizens of Seattle, Minneapolis, Portland, and Chicago.  Sheboygan has a mayoral primary February 16.  Time to do our homework.

Art DeJong, Sheboygan

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  1. I agree with Mr. DeJong’s assessment of our present situation. We can wring our hands over the world’s problems. Or our country’s “leadership”. Or even at the state level. Unfortunately, there is not a top-down solution for Sheboygan County. We must start with our own school boards, city councils and county board. We must elect leaders who protect all individuals’ freedoms and who hold American principles above their own political ambitions and careers. We do not hold the same values as Seattle or San Francisco or New York City. Sheboygan is large enough to provide us with everything we need to grown and thrive, yet small enough to feel like a community. However, we need to get back to our roots and basic values. We do not need national organizations to tell Sheboyganites what we need. We need to step our of our comfort zones and volunteer to be part of the change. Get involved. And be sure to vote in the primary election on February 16. Go to to find out who is running in your area.

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