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September 20, 2017

9/12/2017 7:28:00 AM
Reader: Tiffany is no friend of the Northwoods

To the Editor:

Political mischief is afoot in Wisconsin, especially in the person of state senator Tom Tiffany. Nicknamed Toxic Tom, Tiffany's raked in over a million dollars, 70 percent from out-of-state donors (wisdc.org). Yup. To get and keep a part-time job that pays $50,000/year. Washington D. C.-based American Federation for Children, a voucher lobbying PAC, spent $350,000 on his 2016 reelection campaign alone. Explains Tiffany's enthusiastic support for vouchers, doesn't it?

Tiffany loves to brag he helped decimate the DNR. Now when CWD threatens our entire deer herd, thanks to him we've lost experts who might help save it. How dare he put at risk one of our most beloved traditions, not to mention an essential Northwoods economic activity? And how on earth could he support eliminating the Forest Mill Tax which has preserved and protected our forests and waterways for almost a century?

There's more. Tiffany voted to give Foxconn $3 billion dollars to create a guaranteed measly 3,000 jobs. Even worse, he voted to give a foreign conglomerate the green light to skirt our environmental laws, putting Lake Michigan in jeopardy. Add in a blatant attempt to silence objections to this insanity: Tiffany voted to send anticipated lawsuits not to local and circuit courts but directly to Wisconsin's corrupt Supreme Court which will certainly give the deal its blessing.

At an election forum last October, Tiffany spouted views totally out of touch with reality: vouchers don't hurt public schools; DNR scientists made regulations based on theories, not facts; CWD isn't a threat; sulfide mining has been done safely; Senate 12 would have broadband within a year; climate change is a liberal hoax; tax cuts for wealthy people create jobs; lumping troubled teens together at Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake was a good idea. Yeah. Wrong on all counts.

One wonders why so few of Tiffany's constituents know or care that he does not represent their best interests. They vote like Orwell's sheep: Republicans good, Democrats bad; Republicans good, Democrats bad. Hopefully it won't be too late for all of us when they wake up and realize Republicans like Tom Tiffany have sold the farm.



Kathleen Marsh

Townsend



Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Article comment by: JOHN MCCONNELL

One more thing that Tiffany did, or I should say didn't do, occurred several years ago when Gov. Walker pushed to cut funding projects in the northern half of the state to fund road projects in the SE corner of the state. A letter signed by virtually all northern assembly and senate members strongly objected and it didn't happen. Tiffany did not sign the letter. He was the only northern senator who was willing to let the governor strip road funds from our part of the state to put those funds in the SE part of the state.



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