Our State, Our Choice
Let’s put politics aside and ask one simple question. What do we want our state to be like in the future? Wisconsin does not belong to politicians; it belongs to us, and we decide the direction we’d like to see it go.
My wife was interviewing her grandfather about life in the Great Depression. One thing he said always stood out to me. He said the Great Depression didn’t hit Wisconsin that hard, because everyone pitched in to help their neighbors. If someone didn’t have a tractor, their neighbor came over with his. People took their extra crops over to their neighbors who had less. How are we going to handle our hard times?
When I moved here 11 years ago, Wisconsin was still that place where everyone helped when it was needed. Is it still? That’s up to us. We are judged by how we respond in bad times. The same is true of our state. June 5, we are making long term decisions for Wisconsin. Do you want it to be run by someone who wants to “divide and conquer” during hard times, or someone who is more moderate and believes that we ALL need to pitch in to pull ourselves up. That was the Wisconsin of my wife’s grandfather, and I think that’s the Wisconsin we all really want.
Lastly, killing unions will not get rid of powerful, special interests. It will only make sure that WI is bought by powerful, wealthy individuals and companies. Just look at those states that have gone this direction. Or look at our new appointed deer czar from Texas, who wants to exchange hunting on public lands for private. That’s not the Wisconsin that we want, is it? I know it’s not the Wisconsin that our grandparents wanted.
--Scott Herron, New Richmond resident
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