To the editor:
I sent this letter to Joan Ballweg on July 3.
Dear Rep. Ballweg,
I am writing to you today because of my concern regarding the rapidly-changing COVID-19 pandemic. Recent developments in other states have shown that it is not yet over, and while Wisconsin has been relatively fortunate thus far, smart leadership in Madison will help prevent our state from repeating others’ mistakes.
I urge you to lead your fellow legislators, in cooperation with the Senate and Governor, to outline and pass a clear, data-driven plan so Wisconsin can prepare and adapt quickly to future developments. My hope is that this plan would contain specific benchmarks for further reopening the state, as well as plans for reversing the reopening if, God forbid, the situation here worsens. We all depend on your leadership and service during this time of crisis.
She never bothered to write back. Three months later, Wisconsin is making headlines as the new epicenter of coronavirus in the United States, and there’s no plan to stop it.
It didn’t have to be like this. Our representative could have taken things seriously, stepped up, and cut through the partisan chaos in Madison. Instead, she made a choice to sit by and do nothing. Joan Ballweg has failed our community and our state, and we deserve better.
— John Lyke
W13803 Skyline Circle