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September 18, 2020

9/10/2020 8:52:00 AM
COVID-19 death and my vote

Dear Editor:
My Aunt Ellie died last month of Covid-19. She was the last of my parent's generation alive in our family. This has made our current pandemic much more real and immediate to me. I've been remembering her and my Uncle Fred, as well as my parents lately. They all spoke about life in our country during the Second World War. While my father and uncle were serving in Europe, Aunt Ellie talked about the way American's pulled together. She said that there was a decency and respect for the welfare of other people. They shared a common enemy of course, but also a common civility. Government and citizens worked together in cooperation and with a shared vision.
Assembly representative Todd Novak, has blocked or derailed reasonable attempts at controlling this virus. His vote to force all 72 local county health departments to take the lead in finding containment solutions was extraordinarily irresponsible. Many Departments in less affluent counties are underfunded and ill-equipt for a task so large. Todd Novak also voted against an amendment that would've allowed an expansion of BadgerCare. As a result 80,000 Wisconsin residents are missing out on affordable health care in the midst of a pandemic.
I've known Kriss Marion for better than 20 years, and have seen her composure and civility in action, and her commitment to the common good, often in the face of mean-spirited opposition. Our good state and country need the spirit Kriss brings back again. I hope you'll join me in voting for Kriss Marion for Assembly.

Steve Cary
Blanchardville, WI

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