Why would a long-time Republican and former legislator vote for Democrats Tom Barrett and Lori Compas? Because a national agenda is at work in our state and community that has little to do with us and a lot to do with changing how we will look to the rest of the nation.
Of the many issues that have upset and angered so many, including dismantling public employee unions, I worry most about the undermining of public education. Just like good medical care and roads, good education costs a lot. The draconian slashing of funding and targeting of teachers has made me sad and dismayed.
Did the governor not have just about everything that he wanted when he was offered concessions from the unions? And why have teachers been made scapegoats for everything that is perceived to be wrong with Wisconsin? Where is this coming from?
I served with Tom Barrett in the state Senate. He was well liked by Republicans and Democrats. He is smart and decent and would be a healer and consensus builder. I have met with Lori Compas and have the same impression of her.
We need people in Madison who will restore our faith and confidence, who will govern with even handedness and open minds. Barrett and Compass are such people.
— Barbara Lorman, Fort Atkinson