Dear editor,

Farmers and veterans are killing themselves at record rates. The epidemic of opioid abuse is wreaking havoc on our communities and our families. Domestic violence takes the lives of 50 women every month. Health care costs are skyrocketing. Women are fed up with sexual harassment and assault and literally marching in the streets.

With all of these problems and more, I was happy to see that our current Congressman, Sean Duffy, was taking up some really important work in Washington this week, when he successfully got Republicans and Democrats to work together to unanimously pass his resolution to designate Rib Mountain as Paul Bunyan’s burial site. Seriously.

Sean Duffy is out of touch with his constituents. He spends more time on Fox News than he does talking with constituents. He blocks those who disagree with him from his social media, and spends town halls yelling at constituents who challenge him. This, of course, provides a great news clip that fires up his minority base.

Margaret Engebretson knows that our democracy is falling apart. She has traveled around Northern Wisconsin talking to the farmers, the veterans, the survivors of domestic violence, and the families torn apart by drug abuse. She knows that what we really need is someone to represent and fight for us — our needs and our concerns. She sees the people in despair, fighting to survive on low wage jobs and avoiding important preventative care because they can’t afford it.

Margaret knows what we need and she is willing to fight for us. She has spent her life fighting for others — first in the military and then as a lawyer. She has taken no money from special interests, so she has no one to answer to except us.

I urge you to elect Margaret on Nov. 6, so we can finally have a warrior in Congress instead of someone who wastes time pretending to be a lumberjack.

Kristin Conway, Schofield

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8 replies on “Letters: Elect Margaret Engebretson Nov. 6”

  1. Margaret Engebretson, a veteran who served 20 years, then went to college and became a lawyer… she understands Wisconsin from the ground up!

  2. Talk about useless rhetoric…Margaret Engebretson knows that our democracy is falling apart? She rants about an opioid epidemic, health care and abuse then turns it into blaming Duffy for taking on 1 event lol..quite the reach don’t ya think? And if someone makes an opinion article maybe we should back up with some facts instead of good ol liberal “feelings”. Feelings don’t overcome facts which I see non

    1. Todd, Rants… really? What has Duffy done? It is a letter to the editor and the feeling are those of all Americans, tired of lack of progress on key issued mentioned.

      Farmers and veterans are killing themselves at record rates.
      Fact!

      The epidemic of opioid abuse is wreaking havoc on our communities and our families.
      Fact!
      Domestic violence takes the lives of 50 women every month. Health care costs are skyrocketing. Women are fed up with sexual harassment and assault and literally marching in the streets.
      Facts!

      Margaret Engebretson knows that our democracy is falling apart.
      As President Carter explains we are no longer a Democracy, we are a corporate oligarchy and Congress refuses to follow regular order and uses their majority to push thing through while denying votes on things of importance.

      She has traveled around Northern Wisconsin talking to the farmers, the veterans, the survivors of domestic violence, and the families torn apart by drug abuse. She knows that what we really need is someone to represent and fight for us — our needs and our concerns.

      She sees the people in despair, fighting to survive on low wage jobs and avoiding important preventative care because they can’t afford it.

      Margaret knows what we need and she is willing to fight for us.

      She has spent her life fighting for others — first in the military and then as a lawyer. She has taken no money from special interests, so she has no one to answer to except us.

      Meanwhile, Duffy failed on his major promise to have a replacement before he voted against the ACA, he has gone lock step with the Republicans and not represented the Seventh District of Wisconsin, which was gerrymandered to guarantee his success after 2010.

      Listen to Dino on this one!

  3. Todd,

    As the opposition, it is right and proper (and sort of necessary) to point to the person in power. In this case Margaret (the opposition) seeks to replace the person in office (Congressman Duffy). She goes on the campaign trail, and articulates what she seeks to change. The person in power has the ability to work to do these things. In this case Congressman Duffy has been in office for two terms. And he has not endeavored to do the things in this letter.

    This is how it works. Pointing to the absurdity of the Paul Bunyan thing as something Congressman Duffy spent time doing, while these other issues exist, seems normal.

    When Congressman Duffy was running against Pat Kreitlow or Kelly Westlund or Julie Lassa, his supporters wrote letters just like this.

    You also get that Margaret did not write this letter right?

    1. Yes there is a reason I took the one quote out of the article..she would not be referring to herself in an opinion piece she wrote lol..all reps do insignificant gestures like this Paul Bunyan thing… but to call him out for it then to wrap that into all of those major Issues is kind of cherry picking at its worst. What I was looking for is facts on Duffy and how he added to these major issues and how he will or won’t fix it. Not that Margaret is a lawyer or she campaigns. That doesn’t mean anything to me. And to answer John the aca is great in theory but it needs to go. When you take your standing debt from 10 trillion when obama started to automatically adding another 10 is insanity. You don’t roll out a plan like aca without knowing how to pay for it. Did dems really think the younger people would prop up the system by paying 250 a month for health insurance when most don’t need it? No they skip buying it all together to save the selves money. All of a sudden the government is stuck paying for it. Then insurance companies can make up whatever price they want forcing all to pay for it or be fined via Obama’s policy. If you want universal health care I would suggest watching the video by Steven crowder healthcare in Canada. Does not look like something I would like to have. I like hearing people’s ideas don’t get me wrong just please bring more than feelings

      1. Very well stated, Todd. Unfortunately, those nasty things called FACTS mean little (more like nothing) to liberals. That’s the reality of it.

  4. Todd, Louder with Crowder… that is sad.
    Extreme RIGHT BIAS!

    These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.

    Factual Reporting: MIXED

    Notes: Louder with Crowder is a podcast, radio show and website run by Steven Blake Crowder who is a Canadian-American conservative political commentator, actor, and comedian. We will focus on the website as that is what is available to check. The website has headlines that are loaded with sensationalism such as: Dear Violent Liberal Rioters: YOU Are the Fascist Nazis!. Within this article there is not a single link to an outside credible source. Every link, links to another Louder With Crowder article, which is a red flag for a credible source. Steven Crowder also had a mostly false claim with Snopes. When reading information from Steven Crowder one should keep in mind he is a comedian and take his information with a grain of salt. This is not a source to be used in a rational argument. (D. Van Zandt 3/3/2017)

    Hardly a resource to recommend in a reasoned argument Todd.

  5. Talk about useless rhetoric…by Todd NLN.

    Margaret Engebretson and most Americans know that our democracy is falling apart?

    With an opioid epidemic, the erosion of health care and abuse of women… Women and men are marching in the street seeking more freedom and justice.

    Meanwhile, Duffy has not kept his promises about health care, gone along with a “tax reform” where $1.7 trillion in deficits are used to replace tax revenue and give the wealth and corporations tax cuts they don’t need during “record unemployment and record productivity and record profits as the Obama era programs are paying off big time.

    Yes, all reps do insignificant things like this Paul Bunyan thing…
    so what else has Duffy done?

    Margaret is a lawyer a twenty year veteran, and she campaigns.

    The PPACA had three components, subsidized health care for working poor between 100% and 400% of the Federal Property Level. Some 30 million singed up, many had never had health care before!

    Next, the PPACA required that worthless policies be replaced with quality plans with the ten essential benefits, no more pre-existing conditions from getting health insurance, birth control, being a woman not being treated as a pre-existing condition, maternity care covered, no limits on caps canceling you health care when you need it the most, preventive checkups each year, and more…

    Finally, states were to sign up for Medicare Expansion, that meant billions of federal tax dollars would be returned to the states… when the GOP Governors refused the Medicaid Expansion, 2.2 million people were not covered by the ACA and Wisconsin used state taxes to fund Badger care, that added billions to state taxes and Wisconsin never had the billions of federal taxes returned to the state.

    The GOP has worked long and hard not to create budget with President Obama in office and they did everything they could to sabotage the ACA.

    That is why we have problems with health care during a much improved economy.

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