Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Letter: Out-of-state group unfair to Garthwaite
FROM WALT WISNEWSKI 2328 MAPLE RIDGE ROAD, PLATTEVILLE, WIS.
Here they come again: the out-of-state billionaires who try to buy our votes to promote their agendas.
In Wisconsin, The American Foundation for Children sent several recent mailings again bashing Phil Garthwaite, just as it did under the name All Children Matter in the 2008 election, supporting Travis Tranel and bashing Phil Garthwaite for nonsensical, but scary, faults.
The foundation is headed by Betsy DeVos, married to one of the inheritors of the AmWay fortune, and the sister of Eric Prince, the head of the mercenary group once known as Blackwater.
The TH cartoon on the Oct. 17 Opinion page reflects the fact that they are at work in Iowa as well. But don't you think we ought to know the names of the people and their agendas if we are to make sense out of the malarkey we are being fed?
The source of much of the malarkey seems to be run-amok billionaires who want the country to run at their bidding. On a national level, we have the Koch brothers, who own and operate the tea party, and Rupert Murdoch, who owns and operates Fox News; on a regional level, the DeVos foundation money supports candidates in state legislatures who support vouchers for charter schools as an alternative to public schools, and a step toward privatization of our public school systems. Particulars can be found online at the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Letter: Garthwaite good for education
FROM LINDA BERNHARDT 125 HIGH POINT CIRCLE, PLATTEVILLE, WIS.
As an educator, I'm constantly reminded of the importance of a good education. Our children simply can't compete in the global economy if our schools don't teach them the tools they need to succeed.
Wisconsin Rep. Phil Garthwaite has earned our support because he understands that good family-supporting jobs and education are two sides of the same coin.
Phil has always made education a priority, and I'm sure if we send him back to Madison, he will be a strong voice for our kids' future.
During one of the worst economic collapses in more than a generation, he fought and spared education from crippling cuts, while still helping to pass a balanced budget. He provided funding for adult education, helping Southwest Tech and UW-P retrain laid-off workers for a better job and a brighter future.
I'm voting for Phil because I know he understands what to do and works hard to get it done.
49th Assembly Dist. is just fine as it is
I take issue with the State Journal's endorsement of Travis Tranel for 49th Assembly District. The district has been bombarded by mailings from an out-of-state group, wrongly accusing incumbent Phil Garthwaite of voting to give illegal aliens health care.
Tranel is also running as a "pro-life" candidate. There is a law on the books in Wisconsin making abortion illegal that is superseded by Roe v. Wade. Garthwaite is the first Democrat elected to the Assembly from this district in decades. Since Roe v. Wade passed in 1973, what have Republican representatives done about it?
I don't doubt that Tranel is a fine, intelligent person. However, his platform is "been there, done that." If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
-- Michael Casey, Bloomington
October 26, 2008
I am writing to express my support for re-electing Phil Garthwaite to the 49th Assembly. Phil has worked hard during his first term in office as our “voice for Southwest Wisconsin”, serving on the Transportation Committee, Agriculture Committee, and the Rural Affairs & Rural Economic Development Committee. He has fought to give Wisconsin citizens affordable access to healthcare, appropriate funding for their public schools, safer roads, and fair policies for farms and small businesses. As both my father and father-in-law were veterans of WWII, I appreciate the tremendous support Phil Garthwaite shows for all our veterans.
Unfortunately, a Michigan based special interest group, All Children Matter, has launched a vicious attack on Wisconsin politicians, including Phil Garthwaite, by buying radio time and mailing flyers that are filled with lies and deception. Because of their unethical tactics, this group has already been levied a $5.2 million fine by the bipartisan Ohio Elections Commission and is currently under investigation in Wisconsin.
It is disappointing that rather than distance himself from these types of unethical tactics, Travis Tranel chose to do the same in his campaign flyers. So much for the “positive campaign” he told voters he wanted following the primary election. The last two flyers his campaign sent to my mailbox only slammed Phil Garthwaite and did not say anything about his own issues. Although no statement printed on those flyers said anything about Travis Tranel, they spoke volumes to me. If he was that easily influenced by special interest groups, what would he be like in Madison? Would he be unable to speak his own mind then, too?
Phil Garthwaite ran a positive campaign in 2006 and has continued to do so in 2008. While he has been in Madison working on the issues he promised to make a priority in his 2006 election bid, Phil has not forgotten the people he represents. He was there helping the Village of Bagley clean up after the flood. He was there speaking at the dedication of the Mt. Hope Veterans Memorial. He was there announcing or auctioneering at numerous events and fundraisers throughout the 49th Assembly district. Please join me in supporting a man who is true to his word and true to his roots. Vote for Phil Garthwaite on November 4th!
Vote for women’s isssues
I am writing to express my strong support for Phil Garthwaite in his quest to continue to represent us. On six bills regarded typically as women’s issues, Phil voted 100 percent for the rights of women. On one of these bills, he voted for compassionate care for rape victims. Imagine if you, or your wife, mother, sister, daughter, or friend were raped—Phil’s support for this bill demonstrates his understanding and empathy for the victim/survivors of rape.
I also strongly support Phil because of his integrity. He has kept the promises he made when he was first elected.
Please join me in supporting a man who is honest and who is empathetic.
Political flyer not correct
Like the rest of your readers, I received a flyer from an organization called “All Children Matter.” The article was a hateful, colored, glossy piece packed with lies about Rep. Phil Garthwaite. No doubt it was enough to make even Mr. Tranel blush. I was hard pressed to find one honest and legitimate statement in the entire piece. Illegal aliens get FREE medical care? Not true! The doctors get paid, but not by the patient; the doctor is paid by you and me through our health insurance premiums. And consider the name of the group: “All Children Matter.” They obviously don’t think the children of illegal aliens matter to them. I fully expect Mr. Tranel to publish a statement disavowing any and all of the blatant lies included in the flyer. And, I challenge Mr. Tranel to stay positive and stop the spread of hateful and dishonest organizations from supporting him.