C.S. Lewis told us, “In every institution there is something which sooner or later works against the very purpose for which it came into existence.” The League of Women Voters (LWV) was once a stellar organization describing political issues even-handedly. Today’s LWV so often claims that they are non-partisan that they convince only themselves. Check the pronounced leftward LWV stance on issues listed here — https://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2012/5/16/league-of-women-voters-arent-nonpartisan/. That LWV chapter is hardly alone — http://sunshinestatenews.com/story/my-mistake-league-women-voters-partisan-they-come. The Upper St. Croix Valley LWV strained civility when they converged on Assemblyperson Magnafici’s listening session held in Grantsburg. They took over limited speaking time with volleys of criticisms. 

Laura Tiede’s recent Sun letter reflected LWV’s positions.  Ms. Tiede claimed that school vouchers cost rural schools monies. I lived in Milwaukee in 1991 during Dr. Howard Fuller’s term there as the school’s superintendent.  The School Board hired Dr. Fuller to deal with a broken system. Money was never Milwaukee’s problem. Bravely facing WEAC, the powerful teachers’ union monopolyhttp://weac.org/vouchers , Dr. Fuller persuaded the City and State to raise extra revenues just for the vouchers. See that historyhttps://www.educationnext.org/origins-milwaukee-parental-choice-program-no-struggle-no-progress-fuller/. LWV and other Leftists always claim they care about minorities, but they often obstruct the proven initiatives that improve individual lives.

Ms. Tiede oftentimes tilted at windmills. She charged that Ms. Magnafici surrenders local policy matters to Madison. Countering that, Assembly Speaker Robert Vos wrote on July 3rd about Governor Evers’ 78 budget vetoes: “These vetoes remove dollars from important programs, give more spending authority to government bureaucrats, and allow people to cheat the system by not following the welfare reforms we passed. Governor Evers seems intent on trapping people on welfare. Because of his partial vetoes, he’s starving programs that incentivize work, undermining their implementation and skirting the law. We know people support drug testing and work requirements for welfare recipients and this budget ignores that fact.” 

Doug Wellumson


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