To the Telegram:
On Feb. 29, you published a letter from Daniel O’Connell that was in response to a letter of mine you published on Feb. 22 regarding the perception the people of Wisconsin will have of public employees.
Mr. O’Connell claims that I made several misinformed statement or “blatant lies” in my letter yet he provided no proof of these accusations.
Every statement I made in my letter of Feb. 22 was factual; it can be documented through numerous sources.
I stated “while taxpayers made significant contributions toward their health care and retirement, public workers contributed nothing toward their own pension plans and most of them contributed nothing toward their health care insurance.” This is a fact.
I stated that “WEAC, the teacher’s union, set up an insurance company, and then forced local school districts to purchase their health care insurance from this company and then drastically inflated the cost of this insurance.” This is a fact.
I stated that citizens of Wisconsin saw public workers vandalize the state capital building, disrupt public events including one that honored participants in the Special Olympics. They saw doctors writing fraudulent medical excuses, teachers abandoning their students, death threats to the governor and other Republicans and the intimidation of individuals and businesses that don’t openly support them.” These are facts and each of them has been well-documented by numerous news sources including CBS News, The Wall Street Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to name a few.
I stated that many Wisconsin teachers abandoned their students to demonstrate in Madison. This is a fact. In the Madison school district so many teachers abandoned their students, the school district had to close its schools. This too was well-documented in the local and national media.
I think Mr O’Connell owes me, and your readers, for these unjustified charges.