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November 1, 2012

HTR Brey/Tittl Letters: Nov. 1, 2012

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Letters To The Editor
5:07 PM, Nov 1, 2012

Can’t back Tea Party candidate
I have been receiving slick mailings from Tea Party affiliates that distort Jim Brey’s record. As part of my run for the 25th Assembly District I canvassed Jim’s district and talked with the people he represents. Most of his constituents would listen and then said they would be voting for Jim because he has been doing a good job.

On the campaign trail I saw Jim and his family work hard for the nomination. I got the feeling he has a close-knit family and he is a good father. I would rather vote for someone that is more liberal than Jim, but the choice is between him and a Tea Party-backed candidate. If you are a union member or you believe in women’s rights, the choice is clear. If you believe in helping the 47 percent that need help from time-to-time, the choice is clear. If you think there are too many Tea Party members in government already, the choice is clear.

Vote for Jim Brey!

Ron Gruett
Chilton

Tittl is better Assembly candidate
I have known Paul Tittl for many years. I have always been impressed by his strong family values and his commitment to strengthening our communities. Paul will be dedicated to working with all interested parties in order to make our communities a better place to live, work, and raise our families.

While I was running for the School Board, Paul and I had many discussions about the state of education in Wisconsin. Through these discussions, I know that Paul recognizes we have wonderful educators in Wisconsin but there are also ways to reform our education system. By reforming our education system, we can improve effectiveness and make sure all children are given a chance to reach their full potential. I do believe Paul will be a dedicated state legislator who will make decisions that improve our schools and advance the quality of education in Wisconsin.

In addition to his views on education reform in Wisconsin, I also support Paul because of his commitment to protecting taxpayer dollars. He will hold the line on tax and fee increases, while also working to ensure waste, fraud, and abuse are weeded out of government programs. I also believe that his 25 years of business experience will be an asset to the 25th Assembly District because Paul understands the challenges facing small businesses.

He will remain committed to supporting job creation incentives in Wisconsin, so we can bring good jobs to the people of our community. I hope that people join me in voting for Paul Tittl on Tuesday. By supporting Paul Tittl, you will vote for a family man dedicated to supporting our families through holding the line on taxes, supporting job creation efforts, and working towards improving the quality of education in Wisconsin.

Michael Retzinger
Manitowoc

October 31, 2012

HTR Brey Letters: Oct. 31, 2012

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Herald Times Reporter
Letters To The Editor
6:22 PM, Oct 31, 2012

Vote Brey with ‘quiet majority’
Albert Einstein said “the world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” I have to say that I hate the negative advertising and the name bashing that is going on in the local 25th Assembly District. It’s not enough to say, “I didn’t do it” with regards to the negativity – just because you didn’t do it doesn’t mean you or someone on your team didn’t know it was going to happen.

Nobody is naïve enough to believe that in this day and age. I am pleased that it is my candidate of choice who is having to deal with the negativity because he has shown himself to be above that level of negative politics and I know that he will be a force of change when he gets to Madison. Jim Brey is a man of conviction who plays fair, who truly cares about the votes he takes and the people he meets who will be affected by those votes. I know that he and his family have struggled with the stresses of campaigns and of being public servants.

I have witnessed interrupted family gatherings and know that he has missed birthdays and juggled schedules to attend his kids’ functions because he is dedicated to being available to the people he represents. There are people who don’t like things Jim has done or said, and they may be loud about it. It is up to us, the quiet majority, to remember the hard work Jim has done for this area for these many years and to do something about our state being destroyed . Do something – vote Jim Brey for 25th Assembly on Tuesday.

Heidi Contreras
Manitowoc

Brey only one to ‘walk the walk’
This year’s election for State Assembly isn’t about party loyalty and partisan ideology. It’s about loyalty to all people of the 25th District and telling the truth. In this case, Jim Brey is the clear choice.

I’ve known both Jim Brey and Paul Tittl for a decade. I consider them both friends. I’ve worked with both of them on issues we’ve agreed on. I’ve also opposed both of them when we’ve disagreed. In the case of Mr. Brey, some of those disagreements have been quite strong. Yet, through my time knowing Jim Brey, particularly when serving alongside him on the Manitowoc City Council, my respect and friendship with Jim grew. It became clear that he didn’t have any agenda beyond doing right by his constituents.

Jim’s words and beliefs always match his actions and his record. He is someone who is committed to doing the work together. That’s the kind of change we need in Madison — someone who says “nothing is off the table” and “let’s work together.”

Unfortunately, Mr. Tittl’s rhetoric doesn’t match his actions. He can’t claim to be “independent” but at the same time claim loyalty to a special interest by signing Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge. He can’t say he will never raise taxes when he voted many times to raise taxes on our city council. Further, Mr. Tittl has only half-heartedly disavowed attacks on Mr. Brey by his shadowy, Texas-based, special interest allies who have no place trying to dishonestly influence our local elections.

This election is about bridging the political divide, not making it worse. It’s about a commitment to people, not special interests. Look at their records. Only one walks the walk. The choice for the 25th Assembly District is clear. That choice is Jim Brey.

Matt Kadow
Manitowoc

Pruess, Brey are best choices
We have seen far too much partisanship in Madison. What happened to the good old days where debate, statesmanship and compromise ruled the day? Extremism has been the rule and the state has suffered through some of the ugliest moments in memory. The last thing we need in representatives is more of the unbending extremism that we’ve seen in abundance.

Instead, it would be refreshing to have representatives willing to listen to all sides of an issue, and, after careful deliberation, vote on the basis of what is best for the majority of the constituents.Within Manitowoc County we have two candidates that are most likely to meet the lofty goals mentioned above. Jim Brey and Larry Pruess have both demonstrated a concern for the average citizen and a willingness to work for the common good.

There is one very important issue on which the state has a great influence and a significant financial impact – public education. Both Jim and Larry have a fundamental belief in the importance of public education as evidenced by their involvement, Larry as a dedicated former educator and Jim as a supportive parent with two children in the public schools.

Please support Jim Brey in the 25th Assembly District and Larry Pruess in the 2nd Assembly District. Let’s encourage statesmanship, reflection and a commitment of service to the citizenry by casting your vote for Jim or Larry on Tuesday.

Bob Jome
Manitowoc

Don’t be fooled by extremists
Jim Brey must be doing something right. He is being attacked by the ultra-left and the ultra-right. Both extremist groups are most of the reason why Democrats and Republicans fail to work together now at nearly every turn.

There was a time in Madison and in D.C. when moderate, compromise-oriented people in both parties solved problems — and yes, actually talked with each other. As extremists on both sides gain a foothold, Republicans and Democrats become more polarized than ever, and we the people are the losers. But the extremists don’t care about this polarization because they just want to be heard; they don’t want solutions. With solutions, the extremists become insignificant.

Jim Brey’s record has been misrepresented in letters to the editor of this paper by those supporting all or none, winner-take-all politics. Brey is the candidate who most represents the people of the 25th Assembly District. Don’t be fooled by the extremists. Vote Brey on Tuesday.

Todd Holschbach
Manitowoc

October 30, 2012

Carla Halvorson: Oct. 30, 2012

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Brey not a true Democrat
5:29 PM, Oct 30, 2012
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Letters To The Editor

Jim Brey is not a Democrat. Some would say that statement is continuing “one of the most negative and shameful campaigns this community has ever seen,” or that “so-called Dems in our community … appear to be the epitome of sour grapes.” I, and others, are tired of all the coverups and hidden truths that have become hallmarks of today’s political climate!

What is a Republican? A Republican is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-business, was opposed to the recalls, and supports Act 10, generally speaking. Those are also characteristics of Jim Brey, as indicated by Brey himself during campaign forums and in statements and votes he’s made while on County Board and City Council.

Brey is not a Democrat. If he was a Democrat, he would be pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, pro-union and pro-worker, would have supported the recalls, and would be against Act 10. But he’s not.

Stating the truth with solid supporting evidence is not negative, nor is it sour grapes. The only shameful part is people trying to keep the truth hidden from voters, then getting upset when it does get out.

And we wonder why our political system is in the shape it is.

Carla Halvorson
Two Rivers

October 25, 2012

Karen Wittmus, Oct. 25, 2012

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Brey won’t lie, even to mother-in-law
4:53 PM, Oct 25, 2012
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Letters To The Editor

Remember when you were little – or your kids were – and you watched Sesame Street? There was always a word of the day – like “Cooperate.” Remember what it means?

Like most of you, I’m really tired of all the negative political ads. From Washington down to little Manitowoc all we hear is the “I’m right and you’re wrong – my way or no way” narrative. I have a mental picture of little kids with their arms crossed saying that if we won’t play their way they will take their ball and go home. Wake up people – if we don’t learn to “cooperate” we’re going to be stuck in this miserable economy for a very long time.

On the local level, I’m so tired of the attacks on Jim Brey. There are the out-of-staters who are spending a fortune to smear his good name and the so-called Dems in our community who appear to be the epitome of sour grapes. Enough already. Jim is a man who is willing to listen and do all that he can to reach a decision that is best for our whole community. He’s given years to the city and the county because he cares, and he will not lie – even though at times it would be a lot easier to do so.

OK, here’s the disclaimer. Yes – I am his mother-in-law. On more than one occasion over the years he’s given me political answers that he knows I’m not going to like. Trust me, if he’s willing to face the wrath of his mother-in-law by telling the truth he’ll tell it to everyone. Let’s elect someone who is honest and who cares about our community. Join me in voting Jim Brey on Nov. 6.

Karen Wittmus
Manitowoc

Shannon Wall, Oct. 25, 2012

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Anti-Brey mailings are dirty politics
4:52 PM, Oct 25, 2012
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Letters To The Editor

I went to my front porch the other day to find a political flier from Jim Brey, candidate for Assembly, stuck in my porch railing. It had a very nice picture of Jim with his wife and children and several statements about what he would do if elected to the State Assembly.

This all-positive piece was dropped off by one of Jim’s many volunteers — a low-cost alternative to expensive mailing campaigns. Then I grabbed my mail and found a large, glossy, dark-colored card with a skull and crossbones and “POISON” label on it attacking Jim Brey. I have since received three more of these sleazy mail pieces, all criticizing Jim Brey and none critical of his opponent, Paul Tittl, the other 25th District Assembly candidate.

The anonymous funders of these cards are traced to Texas via Columbus, Wis. These dark-themed cards are expensively produced in glossy format and put out by supporters of Paul Tittl. I was later told by Brey’s wife that their 13-year-old son retrieved the skull and crossbones scare-piece out of their mail and came to her very upset that his dad was the subject of what is known (with a wink and a nod) as an “independent expenditure,” and can better be described as a back-alley attack on a candidate and his/her family.

Yes, politics unfortunately has become a very dirty game. Up until now though, local races in the Manitowoc area have managed to avoid this kind of disgusting assassination. Mr. Tittl has said he disavows these mailings and we can all make our own judgments on that, but the simple truth is that “negative works” in the campaign world. Prove the purveyors of this nasty stuff wrong and vote Jim Brey for a positive change on Nov. 6.

Shannon Wall
Manitowoc

October 24, 2012

Zachary Barneson, Oct 24, 2012

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Questions Paul Tittl’s no-tax-hike pledge
6:03 PM, Oct 24, 2012
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Letters To The Editor

Paul Tittl is running for State Assembly pledging he is the candidate that will never, ever increase taxes. But the Paul Tittl that served on the City Council not long ago voted with the majority to increase our taxes on several occasions, leaving our city in a world of hurt in the debt/deficit department.

So you have to ask yourself, which Paul Tittl is running for State Assembly? The one who will never raise taxes or the one who did raise taxes?

Jim Brey is honest; vote Brey on Nov. 6.

Zachary Barneson
Manitowoc

Bernard Starzewski, Oct. 24, 2012

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Party-line voting not always the way go go
6:01 PM, Oct 24, 2012
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Letters To The Editor

I am a Democrat by value less than by label. The world view held by Democratic icons like Roosevelt, Truman and Bob Lafollette are at my core. When a candidate claiming to be a Democrat comes along and rejects those values it becomes necessary to step away from the partisan label and consider the individual.

Over the last decade I have found myself at odds with Mr. (Jim) Brey on a raft of issues. He has been at the center of every fiscal and ethical disaster at both city and county, from the PPP payola scandal to the diversion of TIF funds to hide city deficits. The list is too long to print. People are tired of partisanship. It opens us up to the charge that all politicians are all alike. In this case it’s true. Orwell called it “nationalism,” which he defined as “power-hunger tempered by self deception.”

Here, the label is the deception. No civic purpose is served by party line voting if the values are not preserved. I refuse to promote the candidacy of Jim Brey. His presence in my party is itself a deception and a perversion of Democratic values.

Bernard Starzewski
Valders

October 17, 2012

Vern Holschbach, Oct. 17, 2012

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Brey is clear choice for 25th District
6:30 PM, Oct 17, 2012
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Letters To The Editor

I’ve known Jim Brey for a long time, and having had the honor to serve the 25th Assembly District myself for over a decade, I trust him to do what’s right for our community if we elect him to represent us in Madison. Jim shares my commitment to working families, job creation, economic development and the sanctity of life.

In his many years of service on our local city council and county board, Jim has dealt with some of our toughest budgets and, more recently, with some very challenging top-down management from Madison. The decisions he has made have not always been crowd-pleasers and I have not agreed with all of them. But the definition of a good leader is not someone who tries to please everyone all the time.

Jim is deliberative and will consider each decision and its unique details. For those who have sometimes disagreed with Jim, you should remember that often the alternative to someone like Jim is someone who votes a rigid political philosophy regardless of changing information and developments in the community.

Jim and his family have been up against one of the most negative and shameful campaigns this community has ever seen. He has responded to these tactics with a positive campaign, even while being vastly outspent by the out-of-state supporters of his opponent. Jim’s reaction to this assault has bolstered my support for him.

Many of our families, friends and neighbors are still struggling. Now more than ever, we need a strong representative who understands our values and will put people before politics. Jim is the one we can count on to stand up for us. I encourage you to join me in voting for Jim Brey on Nov. 6.

Vern Holschbach
Manitowoc

October 15, 2012

Ron Kossik, Oct. 15, 2012

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Progressives should support Tittl for Assembly
3:54 PM, Oct 15, 2012
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Letters To The Editor

There is no progressive candidate in the race for 25th Assembly District. While Jim Brey is running as the Democratic candidate, he opposes marriage equality, supports vote-suppressing photo-ID requirements, and supports driving down the wages and benefits of public workers through outsourcing and privatization.

He supports “parts” of Act 10, Gov. Walker’s radical and divisive public union-busting bill; he says “parts,” although I haven’t heard him say which parts, if any, that he doesn’t support. And he opposed the Democratic Party recall campaigns, which succeeded in slowing Gov. Walker’s anti-family agenda by flipping the state Senate to Democratic control.

We don’t have a progressive candidate in this election in part because the Democratic Party prohibits local parties from endorsing and supporting primary candidates that actually support the values of the party. On the other hand, Republican candidate Paul Tittl genuinely embraces the values of his party, however wrong they may be.

So it is understandable that there is disagreement among progressives on what to do now. Voting for Jim Brey is voting for regressive, clearly un-Democratic polices. Voting for Jim Brey is to continue our legacy of a supposedly “Democratic” politician undermining the ideals of the party platform from within the party.

I encourage progressives to join me in voting for Paul Tittl for Assembly.

Ron Kossik
Manitowoc

October 11, 2012

Kathleen Brennan, Oct. 11, 2012

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Brey showed disrespect to county employees
7:38 PM, Oct 11, 2012
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I’m writing because I’m in total disagreement with Robert Dobbs’ letter in the Wednesday “Your View.” I had the unfortunate opportunity of dealing with and observing for myself what an arrogant, egotistical and disrespectful person Jim Brey can be.

I was employed by Manitowoc County when Jim Brey was sitting on the County Board and judging others. The awful way he treated county employees at the meetings who were speaking to protect their jobs and the jobs of others was reprehensible, cutting them off halfway through their speeches, and belittling some of them to the point of tears.

Oh yes, the Manitowoc County citizens might be getting on in years, but the memories of meetings with Jim Brey are still very fresh, and that is probably why he did poorly and was eliminated in the race for mayor.

Kathleen Brennan
Manitowoc

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