The difference between Sen. Mary Lazich's words and her actions are insultingly hypocritical. Here is a sampling of quotes from her guest column in last Sunday's newspaper:
- "People have a basic, fundamental right to participate in government and government decisions."
- "Passionate citizen participation in government is the driving force that keeps our country strong and free."
- "People become increasingly reliant on government to make decisions for them."
- "The best remedy is to leave the process in the hands of the people..."
These paint a picture of a senator who would welcome a public hearing where citizens' voices and popular opinion could be heard.
Yet she continues to refuse to schedule a public hearing on SB 163. As the State Journal editorial board stated in last Sunday's editorial: "All of Wisconsin deserves a full debate."
-- Matthew Harper, Madison