|Candidate sends a negative message|
Letter to the Editor:
I use this means to thank Leon Kukanich for his dedication to the residents of the town of Lincoln the past 18 years. A plaque and the kind words presented at this month’s meeting were well deserved. He and the entire board continue to manage the budget well and have kept tax rates to the lower level in the county.Thanks to the encouragement of the late Eleanor Gorz and the late Lola Inberg who served the town respectively, as clerk and treasurer, I took an interest in local politics when I served this paper as the town of Lincoln news correspondent in the 1970s. When Eleanor moved on to serve as Vilas County treasurer, it was these two who motivated me to run for clerk.
I still hold a 1969 note from the late Herman Smith, then Vilas County resource agent, thanking me for a letter I had submitted to the local paper. He further stated his belief for a future that more young people needed to stand up and be counted and involved in town and county government, school affairs etc. The faith of these earlier and respected pioneers led me to run for and serve as town secretary.
At that time, a number of resident names still familiar to the area attended meetings on a regular basis to keep informed as to what was going on. After moving on to another position, I continued to attend a number of meetings and to instill this hope for our future, by encouraging my own kids to be involved and educated on local politics.
In my 25 years of employment and volunteerism in the area, the number one thing that I heard most was “the people here are so friendly.” I’m still trying to put my thoughts together as to what message Kara Vander Bloomen was trying to portray as she used this means to campaign for a supervisors’ position on the town board. To the best of my knowledge, she has attended a total of two town meetings and sends the message she’s “ready to shake things up.”
When I read this headline in the forum, I thought I had mistakingly picked up a copy of the Chicago Trib. A promise of asking hard questions, unpopular decisions, going against the flow or stirring up a hornet’s nest, and doing this all free of charge leaves me wondering what the real motives are. Now that she’s confessed talking to a lot of people the past two months, with none having said a bad thing about her opponent we can breathe easier with the assurance “he really is a nice guy.”
Kara sends a negative message posting false information on her Facebook about our board members. I have witnessed a board that has done their homework and comes to meetings well prepared with answers to concerns that need to be addressed.
With regard to road maintenance, it, along with other information, is explained well on the town website. I have driven on the surrounding town roads and in Eagle River this winter. All have bumps, snow and icy patches. It was announced on the radio last week that our state had a record number of accidents on roads this winter. This has been a problem in other areas across the country and again, common sense in speed can prevent a lot of these problems.
Taxpayers vote on April 1 for county, municipal and school district representatives. My priorities are fiscal responsibility, common sense, team players, honesty and peacemakers to represent the taxpayers of the town. May the best guy win.
|Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:53 AM|