Wautoma resident voices concern about the future

To the Editor:

Our governor has been strangely quiet about the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy following the death of Justice Scalia, and the GOPs leaders stubborn refusal to hold any hearings or even consider a nominee—and their plans to block any attempt to do so.

Within weeks after the death of our own Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks, Governor Walker appointed Rebecca Bradley to the court—even though the race was already being scheduled for the February primary, since Crooks had announced he was not seeking a third term. This was the third time in as many years that he had appointed Bradley to a court.

There are many issues that should be of concern to the citizens of Wisconsin—among them the funding cuts of our public schools and flagship university, restricting of voting rights, erosion of local control, access to healthcare and public access to records, pending AB554 (now in the senate) concerning municipal water systems, and the dismantling of the non-partisan Government Accountability Board (GAB). 

Without the GAB to provide oversight, and large sums of money being spent by outside groups who do not have to disclose their donors, will certainly leave the door open for absolute takeover of our legislative executive, and now the judicial branches of our state.

The old adages, “Divide and Conquer,” and “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely” seem particularly relevant in view of the direction our state has been going the past five years. 

If you are at all concerned about our state, and where it is headed, I urge you to please take the time to exercise your right to vote on April 5th


/s/ Carol Hovet, Wautoma.