By Rick Fromm
By Rick Fromm

       I’m admittedly not the brightest bulb on the porch, but I have picked up a few things in the past six or seven decades, and some of them, believe it or not, I even managed to retain.

But for the life of me, I can’t remember a time when the citizens of America have been so divided. Sure there was the turmoil and distrust created by the Watergate scandal and the Vietnam War, but those were singular issues we eventually worked through – albeit with much pain and anguish – and eventually moved on as a nation.

Now we are faced with a deep, festering wound that continues to tear our country apart. How to describe this ugly phenomenon? Unfortunately, there seems only one truthful way to state it: It’s the President Trump lovers vs. the President Trump haters, and there appears to be no end in sight for this destructive divide. Rather than having the effect of “Making America Great Again,” as The Donald proclaims in the righteousness of his approach, it appears to be accomplishing the exact opposite.

It seems to be getting worse with each passing day. While the well-to-do are certainly benefitting from Trump’s policies (especially financially), the average work-a-day citizens are struggling … big time. Don’t believe me, just ask your local dairy farmer how things are going. Then be prepared to duck.

  Whose fault is it? Did Congress get us in this fix? Is it just the result of Trump’s bizarre theories on how America should be governed? Or is it a result of our apathy when it comes to voting and being informed about the important issues of the day?

It’s probably a combination of all three, but I think the latter is the major contributing factor. If we feel Congress is not representing the wishes of the populace, then it is our duty, our responsibility, to elect representatives who will. Simple game.

Trump was elected because Americans were so sick and tired of Congress’ “do nothing” attitude, they were ready to elect just about anyone who could walk upright. And they did.

So where do we go from here? Great question. Do we impeach Trump and throw him out of office? Do we wait for the 2020 presidential election and hope for the best? Or do we move to Tahiti?

One thing is certain in all of this: There is no way we’re making America great again. In fact, it could be considered just the opposite. Hope springs eternal, however, and the election is fast approaching. Perhaps we’ve learned our lesson with Trump. Let’s hope so.

The 2020 election will be one of the most important in U.S. history. We need desperately to turn things around and get on the proper path to making this nation the envy of the free world.

Otherwise, let’s just elect Pee Wee Herman and let the chips fall where they may. At this point we don’t have much to lose. Not by a long shot. And besides, I like big-shoe dancing.

Smutzler deserves job

I was able to breathe a big sigh of relief when the Decorah City Council unanimously voted to name Officer David Smutzler as its new chief of police. But what a colossal waste of money.

The city spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $13,000 to $15,000 to hire a consulting firm to aid in the chief-selection process. Apparently to make sure we were following all the proper protocol.

Why? Couldn’t the city attorney confirm that we had crossed all our “Ts” and dotted all our “Is”? Seems to me it could have been handled that way.

There seems little point in naming a competent individual as assistant chief of police and then not automatically appointing him or her to the top job when the situation arises.