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9/27/2016 7:29:00 AM
Job interview questions for Tom Tiffany 

To the editor:

1. Mr. Tiffany, you received $75,000 from Gogebic Taconite to push their mining bill through, gutting Wisconsin's long- held environmental laws and regulations. Have you ever met a pristine wilderness or ecosystem that you didn't want to strip mine or frack, a tree you didn't want cut down, or a wetland you didn't want to fill in, if the price is right?

2. You've received thousands of dollars from hunting lobbies. In exchange, you've pushed for Wisconsin to become the only state that allows hunting wolves with hounds, one of a very few states allowing harassment of bears and other wildlife with hounds (in training) and the only state that pays hounders for their dogs killed by wolves during the harassment of said wildlife. Wisconsin taxpayers pay hounders $2500.00 for each dog attacked and killed by wolves, regardless if that hounder runs his dogs through DNR-designated wolf areas. We also pay for the cost of veterinarian care if the dog manages to survive the attack. Heck, you don't care if a hounder gets a dog from an animal shelter and deliberately arranges to get it killed for a check. We've had 40 dogs killed so far this year, or $100,000.00 in tax payer dollars, not including the vet bills of dogs injured. Mr. Tiffany, can you please tell me the difference between Michael Vick fighting and killing dogs and what you champion, besides Vick serving 18 months in prison for it and not sending you a check?

3. Do you require hounders to take a drug test before receiving their blood payments?

4. You led the layoff of scientists at the DNR, since you don't believe in climate change or much of anything in the way of science. CWD in deer has increased from 1.46 percent in 2008 to a record level of 9.4 percent today. How's that anti-science thing working out for you and Wisconsin deer hunters?

5. How is it that a "small government" Republican like you has done everything possible to take local control away from our elected town and county boards in an attempt to fit the Northwoods into a one-size-fits-all puzzle, that includes Milwaukee and Madison?

6. Since 2010, you have voted to cut $24 million from public schools in the 12th district while supporting sending millions to private schools in Milwaukee, expanding voucher programs and giving a tax break to millionaires who already send their children to private schools. Is it a coincidence that an organization promoting voucher and religious schools has purchased $230,000 in ad time for you in this election year?

7. You stated you wear The League of Conservation Voters grade of an F as a badge of honor. How does your "badge of honor" fit into what we, living in our beautiful Northwoods, hold dear?

8. Besides questions 1 through 7, why else did you vote to gut Wisconsin open records laws?

I'm sorry Mr. Tiffany, you're not a good fit for this position and we'll have to go with the other candidate.

Lisa MaKarral

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Article comment by: Gil Uriah

On November 8 we will find out just how much Northwoods residents really care about their representation. If Swearingen and Tiffany go back to Madison, we have only ourselves to blame.

Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Article comment by: Craig Strid

Is this like the the Rural school funding investigative panel. It got a lot of news coverage and when it was all over the Republicans decided not to do anything with the information. Now Tommy has chosen to defame the wolf in order to gain media press.
My problem with this is that Tom Tiffany is more dangerous and has done more damage to the state of Wisconsin than the wolf. Unlike the taxpayers the wolf by itself has no defense for existence. Tiffany has demonised the wolf which enabled him to be an elevated political predator The wolf is being used and abused for special political interest. Eliminate the fear factor and inject objectivity and fairness. We don't make capital punishment a blood sport.. All life deserves a full measure of respect and consideration. Management should not be pooled in blood sport.ignorance,testosterone or politics.

Food for thought

Craig Strid

Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Article comment by: Brian Johnson

Tom Tiffany can be bought like a 10 cent you know what. He is just another corrupt POS lining his pockets at the expense of Wisconsin and it's citizens. Wake up people, vote out this blight on OUR once great state. There is no other reason to gut open records of politicians but to operate so we can't see who is lining his pockets. This man is lower than a snakes belly (sorry snakes for comparing you to Tom) and he should be behind bars with the rest of his cabal. Wake up north woods.

Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Article comment by: Dave Noel

Lisa MaKarrel, you nailed it ! Thanks for such an informative and thoughtful letter outlining Senator Tiffany's poor representation of the 12th District.
Dave Noel, Sugar Camp

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