To the Telegram:
I plead that you give very serious consideration in the coming election to vote for Tom Barrett and the recall of Gov. Scott Walker. I speak from long experience and my reasons follow:
As a youngster, during the great depression, I experienced and witnessed poverty first hand. Franklin Delano Roosevelt became president and instituted government programs like the CCC, WPA and others, lifting many people out of poverty. Social Security was enacted to further assist workers.
Later, labor unions, speaking for working people, boosted many lower class people into the middle class. Unions have continued that function.
When I came to Superior in 1968, unions were gathering strength and a strike ensued while I served on the Superior School Board. Teachers did receive improved pay and some board members claimed they’d received too much, but the following year, a state arbitrator, ruled they were still too low.
In conclusion, I have to admit that, in some instances, unions did achieve too much, especially with pensions not forecast on our rising life survival rates. Those instances have, and more will be, corrected but please don’t throw the baby out with the bath water by allowing this union busting tactic by out-of-state multi-billionaires. ALEC, with the Koch brothers and other big money help, is keying on several states trying to send the middle class back to lower class. Corporations, riding very high on the income ladder, are trying to bust unions and reap even greater advantage. Since cuts are necessary, let’s reduce the exorbitant chief executive officers’, Wall Street hedge funds and banks, tax the 10 percent a bit more, bring soldiers home from nation building and be a moral society.
Wisconsin is our nation’s main hope for the working class, which deserve spokespeople in a democracy. Vote Barrett.