This is in response to Barbara Magliore’s Jan. 12 letter regarding my letter of Jan. 5. I will try to go point by point to clarify what we have both written.
First, the title for the letter you state, “Veteran has the audacity” was picked by the editorial board, not me.
Second, your comment, “Scott Walker is the governor of Wisconsin, therefore it is political no matter what way you look at it.” I suggest you think that over again. Walker is a human being with all the same rights as you and me. There are many things I am sure he does, such as going out to dinner, going to church, attending a conference for his children in school. Are you telling me that these are all political, just because he is the governor?
Third, the words, “big baby” in my letter were not directed at the man because he was a veteran, but because he used a social event to tell the governor that he was one of the petition gatherers, and he felt he had been mistreated by the friends of the governor. To me, this is bad taste. I gave the example of a little kid tattling to his father because he was offended, as when our kids tattled on others to make their points, I called them big babies. That is what I said. I know this gentleman, and this is not the first time he has brought his complaints into social events. He approached my husband and myself at least three times at social events, not political, with unwelcome statements. One was that our church could not expect to bring in new members with a sign at the front saying “Choose Life.” To me, these actions are not acceptable. There is a time and a place for everything.
Fourth, “It’s not all butterflies and rainbows here where all things are humorous.” I don’t quite know what to say about that. Living in Wisconsin for the past year, I never thought we were living in a dream world. There were times I thought it was a nightmare, though. And as to your statement that “the governor’s supporters believed the same as that crowd” (meaning the protestors). I may know a lot more of the governor’s supporters than you think, and they are in agreement with my thoughts on recalls and demonstrations. As to the word “humorous,” I think that if we all had a little more sense of humor, the world would be a better place.
Sixth, the “audacity” comment in my letter, was in regard to his using that venue to tell the governor that he was out getting signatures for the recall. It had nothing to do with his being there with other veterans. You say, “maybe, just maybe, he was just there for the event.” If that was true, he could have come in and sat with the other veterans. He was there to make his point, and leave. You said, “maybe he lived there and that was his home for now and forever. So having the audacity to come there may or not may not have been his choice.”
Actually, he lives in Waupaca, not at the veterans home. When he was getting petition signatures, I stopped and asked him what his reasons were, and he told me he was a Democrat and a veteran. At that time, I thanked him for his service to our country. And are you implying that the veterans had no choice in attending? That is news to me. The room was packed with smiling faces, and I saw no one dragging anyone in.
As to my feelings about veterans. I talked to many that day, and thanked them for their service to our country. They are wonderful men and women who deserve our respect. Whatever their political beliefs, they still have given more than any of us ever will. After speaking to one man, especially, I think I will offer to volunteer there so I can hear more of their stories, and thank them again.