To the editor:

(Re: “Our election picks. What are yours?” Oct. 1, 2020) I agree that everyone should look very closely at each candidate’s character and position on the issues. That is exactly why your picks have me scratching my head. You specifically point out Nate Zimdars’ support of a fair redistricting process and his opposing of public dollars for private school vouchers as reasons you endorse him. But then you also endorse Joan Ballweg (a very nice lady) who believes, and votes, the exact opposite on both of those issues. You also say you “hope” Joan will follow Senator Olsen’s example of conscience independence. Do I have to remind you that Joan has a 16-year voting record? The fact that you have to “hope” she will makes me wonder if your endorsements are as you say; shallow, intellectually vacuous, or worse.

— Lisa Pauli


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(2) comments

Jerald Davidson

Kudos Pauli and Carol Cate. You both have nailed it.

Carol Cate

Thank you, Lisa, for this letter as I too was confused why Mr. Lyke endorsed Joan Ballweg (whom he hopes will have the long-gone independent conscience of Luther Olsen). When watching the forum put on by the League of Women’s Voters, I could not help but noticed how polished Joan Ballweg appeared to be. I guess working 16 years in the Legislature helps with that polishing. Jonie Anderson did not come across as polished, however, I could not help but feel that her responses to the questions asked came from her heart, not from some polished talking points. She kept her responses short and direct to the question. Currently Joan Ballweg is part of a Republican Legislature that has not done anything in the past several months other than cry “foul” when Governor Evers does things to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Even in the Ripon City Council we have a member who refuses to wear a mask at meetings. How arrogant that individual and others like him are! Having Ballweg become part of the Senate would be a grave mistake for Wisconsin voters. I will definitely be voting for Joni Anderson this fall!

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