GOP story, pro and con
I want to thank Sally Franson for an excellent article about her experience with the local GOP ("I Was a Dane County Republican!," 3/12/10). As a conservative, I found it refreshing to read such open-minded and honest writing.
Acknowledging that the goals of most individuals are often the same is an excellent way to start ending the blame game that constantly exists in the local government and media. In the future I hope people from both sides of heated issues will take into consideration others' deeply held beliefs and work toward finding workable solutions.
I am outraged about [the nice things] Sally Franson has said about the Dane County GOP. They are the ones, along with former President George W. Bush, who got us into this mess. They have poor values and I pity them.
Your cover story about the brave woman who infiltrated the GOP of Dane County was awesome, and the sidebar ("Overheard at Local GOP Events, February 2010") was hilarious.
Doug Hatch, Monona
Lueders wrong on court records
Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council president Bill Lueders recently wrote about his experience at the State Supreme Court hearing on Feb. 24 (Opinion: "An Assault on Court Records," 3/5/10).
The purpose of the hearing was to consider a petition by the State Bar of Wisconsin to modify some aspects of the state's online court records system, commonly referred to as CCAP.
I was at the hearing in its entirety. Mr. Lueders wasn't, but in writing about his opposition to the proposal he conveniently fails to mention that a judge from Oneida County, a former police chief, a lawyer from the Innocence Project and a school district administrator all spoke in favor of the petition.
If the general public is so opposed to these changes, why couldn't Lueders find one person, just one, willing to come and share their concerns with the court? Yet people came from places like La Crosse, Mosinee, Marinette and Rhinelander to testify how CCAP destroys lives of innocent people.
Steve Paske, Baraboo
That's not a band, man
Enjoyed Rich Albertoni's article on new bands coming out of UW ("Class Acts," 3/5/10), but I was mystified by his inclusion of the "band" Zooniversity. A couple of frat brothers recording one shitty rap song in their basement: That's not a band, man. That's just sad.
Movie reviews a bummer
Your movie critics are depressing. I went through every movie. They sound like they are depressed and uninterested before they start the description. It's a downer just opening the movie listings. Tell them to spice it up a bit.