Letter: Supports BarrettIn a recent report, The New York Times called Wisconsin “the most politically divisive place in America.” As a consequence, we now face diminished prospects for moving ahead with work that needs to be done on behalf of all the people of our state.
By: Thomas R. Smith, River Falls, Hudson Star-Observer
In a recent report, The New York Times called Wisconsin “the most politically divisive place in America.” As a consequence, we now face diminished prospects for moving ahead with work that needs to be done on behalf of all the people of our state. The loss of trust in our public officials surely undermines our ability to trust each other as private citizens.
Mahlon Mitchell, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in the upcoming election on June 5, has wisely said: “We don’t live in an economy; we live in a society.”
Mr. Mitchell is a firefighter who has practiced the everyday heroism of his calling in protecting the interests of his community. He knows first-hand the importance of responding to the needs of those in trouble, irrespective of economic status, who depend on fulfillment of our basic agreement to protect the common good.
Tom Barrett, the Democratic candidate for governor, has also distinguished himself as a public servant, first as a five-term U.S. Representative for the 5th Congressional District and then as Milwaukee mayor since 2004. As governor, he will bring all sides to the table and hear all points of view.
He is also no stranger to personal bravery, sustaining permanent injury while rescuing a woman being attacked at the Wisconsin State Fair. Our former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold asserts: “There’s hardly a more honest or decent person in Wisconsin than Tom.”
Both of these candidates have demonstrated courageous concern for their fellow citizens. They can begin to lead Wisconsin out of the distrust and recrimination that has embittered civic discourse and diminished us in each others’ sight.
It is crucial that our public officials understand and practice honesty, respect, and openness toward all. For this reason, Barrett and Mitchell have my vote on June 5.