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We Deserve Better


October 25, 2018

Dear Editor,

I recently read an op-ed in the Wisconsin State Journal that claims that Marklein likes rural Wisconsin “as is.” Sorry if I am blunt, but does that mean the last decade of being in office, he is happy with our awful roads, our non-existent internet, our high rate of farm bankruptcy and farmer suicide, low milk prices, increasing poverty rate, declining school enrollments and increased local property taxes? You cannot have it both ways and claim to be pro-rural southwestern Wisconsin if you allow the number of dairy herds to precipitously falls each year, or roads so bad that they damage our cars. Yes, our taxes are “lower” but at what cost? At the cost of schools closing their doors? At the cost of increases in farmer suicides? Keeping rural Wisconsin “as is” puts the burden on local taxpayers, dividing us between those who support our communities, our roads, and our kids, vs those who “think” they are getting lower taxes.

Marklein represents private interests keen on making us think we’re getting this great deal by keeping property taxes low, he doesn’t represent us. That’s why I am voting for Kriss Marion. She lives in rural southwestern Wisconsin by choice. She loves the Driftless Area and wants to make our lives better. She wants to fix the problems that were caused by no or low investments this past decade by Marklein and friends. Kriss will fight to make rural Wisconsin better. Because “as is” isn’t good enough. We deserve better.

Michael Berg,



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