State rep’s comments are perplexing, disappointing
To the editor, As an independent voter who is not a member of any political party, I was interested in hearing what Wisconsin’s elected officials had to say during a recent visit to Elkhorn. I had a ticket to the event and was able to take some video, which I reviewed when I got home. I had two takeaways from this event.
My first takeaway was hearing Gov. Scott Walker refer to himself as “the education governor. This was perplexing to me in light of the $3.5 billion decrease in state aid to Wisconsin public schools as reported by the state Legislative Fiscal Bureau and the Washington Post.
Even more perplexing were comments made by state Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton. Loudenbeck made the comment that “anger motivates people” and then appeared offended by the “Hate Has No Home” signs displayed in our area.
The Hate Has No Home phrase was imagined by two elementary school students and is a nonpartisan, nationwide project designed to start conversations about community safety. These signs are displayed in tens of thousands of churches, schools and neighborhoods. Loudenbeck then commented that it “makes me question does that mean they don’t hate us?” I think she is missing the point.
My upbringing and moral compass have taught me that love and hope motivate and nurture people, not anger and hate. Loudenbeck’s comments are very disappointing and very divisive.