To the Editor-
When I started to read the open letter, “Was it Okay to Heckle Gov. Walker?”, the statement, “We were raised to be polite” excited me.
Finally a mature, respectful view taken by someone disagreeing with the governor. The open letter however took a very disappointing turn.
Yes, there is a time for politeness and respect for the governor, and it certainly was at the groundbreaking for the new science building. We live in a free country where we all have the right to voice our opposition. Was this the setting to BOO the governor? If you disagree with the governor aren’t there better arenas to voice that opposition?
Have we become a community where its citizens do not have enough self-control to show respect to the office of the governor in what was an exciting celebration for the university? Was this celebration the place to interject political divisiveness? It seems to me the better forum for such opposition would be a political rally or the ballot box. Many Wisconsinites did exactly that by re-electing Governor Walker to another term.
The writer of the open letter has expressed her opinion as to the honesty and integrity of Governor Walker. As someone who has known Scott Walker and his family for over 25 years I can say that is exactly why I have so strongly supported him for so many years, because he is an honest man of high integrity.
What is really sad is someone attacking the integrity of an elected leader using talking points with little merit. Can’t we disagree in a respectful, constructive manner? Shouldn’t we all be above these types of personal attacks?
As to the question, “Was it okay to heckle the governor at the groundbreaking?”, I was raised to respect elected officials, even if I disagree with them. I have raised my children the same way. How embarrassed I would be if my kids were in the crowd heckling the governor.
I can’t imagine how embarrassed they would be if I were doing it.
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