Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
With recent Republican over-reach, the state of Wisconsin has become unrecognizable. A wholesale rewrite of our laws has paved the way toward a kleptocracy. Unlimited, untraceable dark money has been codified into our state campaign laws. Political ethics watchdog organizations and investigations have been enfeebled or eliminated. Walker's WEDC has turned into a taxpayer-funded ATM for political contributors. Our state civil service system is being scrapped in favor of the hiring of political cronies, children of contributors, and party hacks.
Last week, a few Germantown voters went to the polls to vote on a referendum to increase our property tax levy. Passage of this referendum would have allowed Germantown to benefit from a having a modern, full-time fire department. The question was defeated by 1,435 to 1,224, or by 54% to 46 %.
We rely on our President to make a wide range of important decisions, many of which require a basic understanding and appreciation of science. For example, the President proposes and administers a $135.4 billion (2015) Federal R&D budget. This wise and robust R&D spending is crucial for continued US technological leadership and military strength.