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Dear Editor:

I would like to answer Jackie Cody’s letter in the Feb. 26 News-Review titled “Rep. Swearingen deserves the misrepresentation award.”

In her letter, she says Rep. Swearingen misrepresented the people affected by the iron mine in Iron County. Baloney. Ms. Cody should go to Hurley and ask if they are being misrepresented on the mine. She would be booed off the stage as Rep. Bewley was. Gov. Walker received a standing ovation when he was in Hurley.

Ms. Cody, sitting in Rhinelander,

is misrepresenting what the people of Iron County people want. I lived in the area when all the mines were operating.


Ms. Cody goes on to say that Rep. Swearingen would “defund education.” Rep. Swearingen is on the Rural Schools Task Force and is working to obtain state funds for school travel expenses. He is in favor of returning the excess tax money to the people.

Ms. Cody doesn’t want any money to go back to the taxpayers. She wants it to go back to education. This is her code for increased salaries and benefits. Haven’t we all just approved referendums for legitimate (I hope) school expenses? She goes on to say that Rep. Swearingen gets “fluffy” goodies such as mileage and insurance. Not true. They are about what a teacher would get. Rep. Swearingen’s salary is less than many teachers get.

Ms. Cody then implies that someone else is over-compensated, while at the same time she tries to deny the impoverished people of Iron County good jobs because of her own personal agenda. They are willing to work long hours the whole year.

By the way Jackie, during the last 40 years, inflation-compensated education costs have doubled and our children are no smarter.

Charlie Gullan

Eagle River

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:12 PM
Last Updated on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:33 PM


-2 #1 2014-03-12 16:20
As they say in the commercial..."Sorry Charlie". You are incorrect. Rep Swearinggen is no friend to our schools. He is for the failed voucher program which strips valuable resources away from his districts school systems and has voted for budgets that strip schools of their resources. After visiting rural schools he was "surprised" at how many had to go to referendums. “Referendums are just tearing these schools apart,” Swearingen said. As for mining, Some want it, some do not. Go to Ashland and see how many want it. The majority do not want the mining company's writing their own legislation as we have seen in recent times between the mining company and the Republicans in Madison. Rep Swearingen has demonstrated he doesn't have a firm grasp on the issues facing his own district. How can he be "surprised" at what is taking place in his own district from his own votes?

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