Letters to the Editor
Even though there are not many signs out, Tuesday May 12th is an important election. We have a precious opportunity to fill Sean Duffy’s vacant seat with a strong advocate for our Wisconsin 7th Congressional District.
Tricia Zunker stands out as the best choice to represent us in Washington. Tricia has abundant energy, determination and skills, and the compassion needed. The first in her family to graduate from college, Tricia is now a law professor at age 39. Her upbringing means she understands struggle and hard work. Tricia says her political values are shaped by her family history. She will fight for civil rights, fair trade deals for family farmers, access to health care and ending predatory loan practices. Her service as head of the Wausau School Board has taught her the importance of community engagement from elected officials and how to work with others who have differing political viewpoints. She believes this is possible.
Tom Tiffany has been our representative in Wisconsin for the past 10 years, plenty of time to know what he stands for: promoting outside mining industries that desecrate landscape, contaminate ground-water and ruin Wisconsin estuaries for fish spawning. Tom refused to index the gas tax to help counties and cities afford to fix our roads. He voted against accepting Federal Medicaid expansion dollars, preventing needed health care for people who can’t afford it; but supported tax breaks for Foxconn, gerrymandering and suppressing voters.
Please vote for Tricia Zunker!
The Merrill Peace Study Group
Several years ago, I wrote a letter to the editor that was published in the Merrill Foto News. I won’t go into the details, but I received several calls from local residents complimenting me for sharing my thoughts. One call came from a man I did not know. He told me he was starting a run for Assembly. He had enjoyed my letter and wanted to speak with me. We agreed to meet at the old Champs Restaurant for coffee and breakfast. That was the first time I met Tom Tiffany. As we all know, Tom went on to become our Assemblyman and then our State Senator. From that very first meeting, I was impressed with Tom’s personable demeanor. We discussed many topics, and I came away feeling that this was a man who truly wanted to help average, down to earth people. Tom has proven to be that rare citizen legislator. He listens to the ideas of people throughout the working spectrum to help form policy decisions. He’s a man who asks his constituents “What can I do for you?”
Tom’s opponent would be very different. She is an attorney who advocates for special interest groups. Her area of expertise is devising ever more “creative” methods to secure increased tax revenue for the public sector interests she represents. She is cut very much from the same cloth as Governor Tony Evers whose totalitarian edicts say to the private sector, “I will make you do what I want!” That’s not the kind of person I was to represent in Congress.
Tom Tiffany has the common sense legislative experience to hit the ground running. Those qualities will be greatly needed as our state and country’s economy begin recovery from the covid 19 ordeal. The last stanza of our National Anthem contains the words, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. On April 12, let’s bravely march into our local polling places and exercise our freedom to make Tom Tiffany our new 7th District Congressman.
God bless us all!
On May 12 the voters in the 7th Congressional District will have an important choice to make. On the one hand, candidate Tom Tiffany has promised to continue plodding down the path of partisan politics and to faithfully support nonsensical utterances of our current president. On the other hand, there is an energetic and intelligent alternative, Tricia Zunker, who embraces a non-partisan and common sense approach in addressing our nation’s challenges. Unlike Tom Tiffany, Tricia Zunker’s loyalty will be to the citizens of the 7th Congressional District. Please vote for Tricia Zunker on May 12.
Don and Donna Simek