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Dear editor,

A recent letter to the editor took me to task for several things during my debate with Tom Tiffany. I have not participated in a debate before and I did read the rules but I did not remember the procedure as to when I could rebut, and I apologize for the times I asked if I could when I shouldn’t have. Most folks laughed. However the debate is available on YouTube to view and at no time did I attempt to talk during Tom’s time or talk back to the moderators in a hostile manner when my time was up. I appreciate immensely what the students did to pull the debate together.

The Hawaiian shirt I wore, I have five of them, all identical, is Badger red and has the Wisconsin W on it. People now recognize me when I wear it as I have worn them at every public event I have been in since May. The shirt is to celebrate being a proud Wisconsinite.

Best regards and On, Wisconsin!

Dick Ausman

Richard “Dick” Ausman is a Democrat who is running for the U.S. 7th Congressional District seat.