Isthmus 'war' coverage is praised, panned
Kudos to Bill Lueders for his cover story ("Walker's War," 2/25/11). It provides a thorough, insightful and poignant summary of this historical time. As for our smug, inflexible and amazingly gullible governor ("Scott, this is David Koch..." -- wow!), like it or not, he's fractured our great state (including within his own party, just watch), and the healing will be a long, painful process.
I was really hoping for some informative in-depth coverage from Isthmus of the electrifying debate taking place in Madison and around our state. Something that cut to the heart of the real issues involved. Something free from words like "jihad" or "little Egypt." Unfortunately, I didn't find anything in your "Rampage!" article (2/18/11) that I hadn't already read on a random union or Tea Party sign during the 5 o'clock news.
Ben Wanta, Fitchburg
Why would Dean Robbins bust Ed Schultz's chops (web article excerpted in "Uprising at the Capitol," 2/25/11) when he has such a great target in that beady-eyed little sneak Walker? Every generation should have their Woody Guthrie, and Schultz is probably ours. Besides, don't we all hype ourselves? I don't recall seeing "Anonymous" at the end of all those witty blurbs.
Doug Hatch, Monona
David Blaska lambastes East High teachers (Opinion, "Unions Brought This on Themselves," 2/25/11) for marching half the student body up East Washington Avenue last week, calling it indoctrination. Trouble is, had he been there, he would have seen students, not teachers, leading that march.
Students organized the walkout and march. They then went on to organize daily marches. On Wednesday they marched to the Capitol at 11, then marched back to the school to accompany their teachers to the Capitol after the teachers got off work!
I've asked my kids, more than once, if they saw any teachers on the Tuesday march. They didn't. If teachers were there, they were well hidden, not leading.
As far as "indoctrination" from Jesse Jackson, my son told me he thought it was Jackson's "usual" speech (i.e., not about events at the Capitol) and an exhortation to work hard in school. If we're worried about national figures exhorting kids to work hard in school....
David Blaska's opinion article is a greasy red-herring sandwich and an exemplar of the ideological motivations driving this bill, despite union concessions and the resistance of local government leaders. Walker's actions in the face of popular compromise suggest how he will use ideology rather than reality against vulnerable private-sector workers fighting for their livelihoods in his race to the bottom.
Alex R. Champion