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Sussex Residents Rally for Recall Signatures

Profanity and chilly temperatures won't keep these picketers indoors.

Wednesday night’s bitterly cold temperatures didn’t stop residents from dusting off their signs, pulling out their clipboards and standing outside  to gather Gov. Scott Walker recall signatures.

Emil Glodoski and Peggy Tennessen were two of the handful of people luring passers-by into the Village Hall parking lot to get people to sign the recall forms. However, not everyone seemed happy with their efforts.

While talking with Glodoski on the sidewalk on Main Street, a pickup truck sped by while the passenger screamed, “(Explicit) you!” out the window.

“God bless them,” Glodoski calmly said in response. As the president of the Board of Trustees, he began packing up his things and making his way toward the library for that evening's board meeting.

Over at the makeshift signing area, Tennessen called out to people walking out of the library in hopes of getting more signatures. In total, the group gathered 100 signatures Tuesday night and about 80 on Wednesday.

The group started luring in residents on Main Street across from  at 3 p.m. and continued well after dark.

“We’ll keep doing this every day – EVERY day until he’s gone,” Tennessen said.

Andy Ambrosius (Editor) November 17, 2011 at 05:32 PM
What do you think about the efforts in Sussex?
Pam C. November 17, 2011 at 07:42 PM
It's their right to do but I hope it falls flat.
Andy Ambrosius (Editor) November 17, 2011 at 07:45 PM
They said they'll continue to do it every night until he is recalled. Wednesday night was FREEZING when I walked over by them. I wonder if the weather will play a part in that decision.
CSasafrass November 18, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Spirits are soaring! Amazing numbers of people are signing. So many of us in Sussex/Lisbon are motivated to take back Wisconsin and fight for working families. Keep watch for the circulators throughout Sussex/Lisbon. Solidarity!
Me in the Falls November 18, 2011 at 05:14 AM
I drove past there today and saw the lone guy and his sign. One lone liberal and his ratty sign. It's really kind of sad. Scott Walker and the Republican legislature are turning around the finances of this great state. I am all for it and will vote for them whenever the chance arises. I'll be watching for the petitioners in my neighborhood so I can explain how much better off we all are now. They won't listen because their union leaders won't let them listen to the real facts, but I'll still try!
Kelly November 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM
I'm all for free speech, but I don't want to be nagged every time I go by the library/ town hall. Being out there every night until Walker gets recalled is not going to make me think "wow, they are out here every night. I MUST sign that petition!" I will just feel sad for you because I'm sure you will be cold. (and no, that won't get me to sign it either)
Barbara Barnes November 18, 2011 at 01:20 PM
A library board member using the library as a staging area for a recall. Wow, that sounds illegal. I think I'll set up a table next to him and hand out pro-Walker fliers. Anyone want to help?
Rick Vodicka November 18, 2011 at 01:25 PM
This is an abuse of the recall process. Recalls are meant to be a check on government officials who are unfit for office. They are not meant to be a way to marginalize each election and force every conservative public official to run for re-election every year. The conservatives weren't recalling Doyle after each election despite the fact that he had our state on the path to bankruptcy. Liberals....you lost, deal with it. If you don't like the election results, run a new candidate next time and come up with a compelling argument why your side is right.
Pam C. November 18, 2011 at 02:04 PM
good for you and Wisconsin!
Pam C. November 18, 2011 at 02:05 PM
totally agree!
Steven Younk November 18, 2011 at 03:06 PM
So what exactly is the problem with the Recall effort? Seems that those who are opposed to it are afraid of supporting education, public works and the right for workers to collectively bargain for fair wages, benefits and pensions. Sorta like there is a CEO, a Teabagger, and a union member/ public worker, are all sitting around a table, upon which there are 12 cookies. The CEO takes 11, gives the Teabagger 1 and points to the Unionist say: Be very careful of "that one" . He/She wants a piece of YOUR cookie. The selfishness of the 1% never ceases to amaze. They have "theirs" and want to make sure the rest don't get any. Sad state of affairs when its so easy for politicians like Walker to divide and conquer in a state that was once very progressive. Robert LaFollette would be ashamed. I know I am.
Victoria November 18, 2011 at 03:16 PM
I went to the library one night when they were there and felt intimidated to drive into the parking lot. I wonder how many people wanted to go to the library and after seeing their signs and never went in because they were afraid to be confronted. It’s too bad that these recall people are afraid of a governor that has the best interests of this state and the taxpayers in his heart. All these recall people want is their union back so they can get be overpaid, never get fired even if they deserve to be and retire early with lavish retirement packages. They don’t care about the rest of us.
Steven Younk November 18, 2011 at 03:29 PM
Actually, that is what Democracy looks like, people exercising the rights of the 1st Amendment, and practicing the rights guaranteed by the Wisconsin constitution. After all, its not a "protest" and anytime you want to hand out fliers, its your right. Go ahead get involved.
Rick Vodicka November 18, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Sorry Steve, I'm not afraid of supporting education or public works at all....matter of fact, there is no evidence of a drop off in services at all. The schools aren't closing and teachers aren't being laid off either. Furthermore.....this situation is more like a government official, a representative from the other taxing authorities, the government employee unions, and a taxpayer sitting around a table in which there are 12 cookies. The government official keeps 3 cookies for himself, the other taxing authorities are asking for 5 cookies, and the government employee unions are asking for 7 cookies because its in their contract. Since there aren't enough cookies on the table, the government official tells the taxpayer to make give them 3 more cookies so they can give them to the government employee unions. Now, due to the budget repair bill, we have a situation where the government official keeps 2 cookies for himself, the other taxing authorities are asking for 4 cookies, and the government employee unions are asking for 5. So the government official isn't asking the taxpayer to give them more cookies. If anything, there's actually one cookie left on the table. I'm happy to say that I like option two better.
Steven Younk November 18, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Yes, option two would be better, if it were true. You seem to forget, collective bargaining for employee unions no longer exist. As for the educational system, there have been layoffs and programs cut in many schools. I am curious as to why the public workers and teachers were targeted, perhaps you can tell me why. No, you are correct, schools haven't closed yet. As far as jobs go seems we have lost another 10,000 in Wisconsin. Hmmm wonder how that happened? But go on holding unto the hope that continuing job loses won't effect your, oops, our services. I love your divide and conquer media guru and your revisionist theories. Good luck with that. BTW how was your education? Did it serve you well?
Richard Goesinya November 18, 2011 at 06:14 PM
I agree with Rick it is time for the Democrats in this state to stop wasting the resources we have with a never ending election cycle. Its as if they are saying, If the money Scott Walker is trying to return to the taxpayers is not going in the pockets of the Democratic machine they are going to make sure it is not avaliable for anyone to benefit from it, no matter what sector it is. Steve even thought Bob LaFollette was instrumental in workers rights for Wisconsin and the Nation another progressive Frank Zeidler also fought for workers rights but had stated numerous times public workers / government unions should not have the right to collectively bargain due to the serious conflict of interest between public elections and public tax dollars. This is mearly the stance that Scott Walker is taking with his reforms of collective barganing.
Rick Vodicka November 18, 2011 at 06:24 PM
I'm well aware that collective bargaining no longer exists....Hamilton's new budget lowers the levy. Yes, there have been layoffs and programs cut...in districts that opted to extend the union contracts prior to the repair bill being passed. The benefits of public workers were targeted because of how far out of line they are with reality. See if you can find any private sector jobs with the Cadillac benefits that are fully funded by the employer. In this case, the benefits weren't even cut, the state is merely asking them to contribute a portion of their salary to covering those benefits, something everyone else already does. In addition, not only did the union contracts stipulate the employees receive the premium benefits, virtually at no cost, the contract stated that the benefits had to be purchased through the union's own created company...which was over-charging for those said benefits. The economy is still weak, the universal health care law is hanging like a noose around the economy. Hopefully, with a combination of a good tax environment, some serious government spending cuts, and the repeal the health care law, our economy will turn around very soon. Good luck with the fear-mongering about the sky falling because the of repair bill. The taxpayers in this state aren't fooled by this anymore, they see for themselves, that the repair is working. BTW...graduated from Hamilton, got a job, applied myself, and am doing very well, thank you very much.
Steven Younk November 18, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Ahh Frank Zeidler, a good socialist, and a man I admire. He also believed in a very strong progressive tax. Fighting Bob didn't so much favor collective bargaining as much as he fought and helped pass initiative, referendum and recall, or as it became know to progressives, the Wisconsin plan. It put power into the hands of the people to put a "check" on unscrupulous politicians who would favor the "few" rather then the many. You see, its not all about collective bargaining and "unions" its about such far flung ideas as equal opportunity, freedom of expression and such truck. Again the idea of conquer and divide is the real issue. No where but no where do I see "the Democratic" machine benefiting. Without collective bargaining, we are right back as workers, to the pre Progressive Legislation of the early 20th Century. Working conditions were very good then Right?
Andy Ambrosius (Editor) November 18, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Hey Rick. I couldn't help thinking of a short article I did a few weeks back about the tax increases Sussex is proposing for 2012. While Hamilton did a fantastic job cutting its budget, ultimately covering the village's tax increase and lowering overall taxes, do you think this much of an increase can be justified considering Walker's plans? (The article I'm referring to is here: http://patch.com/A-n8Yc)
Rick Vodicka November 18, 2011 at 06:37 PM
Andy, I read your article a couple of weeks ago and no, I don't think there is a good justification for the budget increase being proposed. I plan on being at the next Village board meeting.
Steven Younk November 18, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Who is fear mongering? Since the you bought it up, why do you keep avoiding the main issue, and that is that the job plan and the balanced budget isn't working. Oh, he robbed from Peter to pay Paul and all, but temporary fixes are just that. I know you graduated, because I had you in class. You did well then, and I imagined you'd continue to do so. I am just interested to see that the finger is pointed at the teachers, after all those who seem to complain loudest about them, could of "hopped on the gravey train" but chose not to. After the QEO was passed, the only thing teachers could negoiate were benefits and conditions. Seems that people forgot that the COL went up, while wages did not..funny how that is not mentioned.
Andy Ambrosius (Editor) November 18, 2011 at 06:50 PM
Excellent! I'm so glad you're getting involved, as so few residents do. For everyone: the public hearing and next village board meeting are both Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.
Rick Vodicka November 18, 2011 at 07:18 PM
You keep mentioning cuts in services and layoffs...that's the fear-mongering. While I'll grant you, cuts in services and layoff are taking place in some communities (the ones who aren't using the tools that were provided to them), here, in our district, where are the program cuts? Where are the teacher layoffs? You've got districts in this state are hiring teachers because they have the budget room to do so now. That's a good thing. Our economy is still struggling, there's no denying that. The effects of the spending cuts have just started to take place...its not like the oceans were going to part and every employer in the state was going to start hiring the day they got our 2012 tax bills. But even if we went on the premise that these spending and tax cuts won't do anything to create new jobs...lets say they have no effect at all...running up record deficits, raiding transportation funds, adding new hospital bed, cigarette, and gas taxes wasn't doing anything to help the job market either. Would you rather have a horrible job market and pay more in taxes, or have a horrible job market and pay less in taxes? I'm for having more money in pocket to spend instead of giving it to the government. I wasn't sure if you'd remember me or not, but I remember you, I enjoyed your classes. Its not that the finger is pointed directly at the teachers and the teachers only....its directed at the benefits of public employees in general.
Rick Vodicka November 18, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Look what was just got uncovered with the prison guards...calling in sick for your shift, then coming in and working and getting time and a half??? Really??? You are right, I could have opted to look for a job in the public sector, but chose the private sector instead. Life is about choices...things are tough. I have a good job, but our benefits are getting more expensive every year and wage increases are tight. Businesses can only spend what they take in. They can't go back to their customers and say "we need more money, please pay us more". it doesn't work that way. Shouldn't we expect our government to run its business the same way? Nothing in these discussions has been meant to be personally attacking teachers or anything like that. As a person, its your to go out and negotiate the best deal you can get for yourself, and if you succeed, God Bless. But times change, economies fluctuate, wages and benefits are fluid things. The government's job is to provide the taxpayers the best possible services at the lowest possible cost with the lease amount of interference in our lives. That's my belief anyways.
Barbara Barnes November 18, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Steven, I don't know anyone who supports Scott Walker that is in the 1%. I just know a lot of hardworking families who are tired of paying public sector employees more than the market and their pocket books can bear. Please stop using the "teabagger" word. To call me a sexual reference that describes sucking on testicles is vile and uncalled for. I do expect better from a teacher.
Richard Goesinya November 18, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Steve are the public sector unions not becoming unscrupulous in creating as Mr. Zeidler warned in the late 60's "a powerful second chamber to local municipal government" that is unelected but has the power to control the spending of public tax dollars thru arbitration. A power to suspend the providing of public services for the greater good thru strike. A power that is used increasingly today for their own good extending them beyond the equality levels in the private sector. The progressive tax is an issue with state corporate income tax, a progressive tax I believe is not applicable in the local municipal budget. Municiapalities must keep property taxes low to keep their corporate land attractive and retain jobs. Walkers initiatives are aimed at giving municipalities back the power to control what they and the citizens believe is the greater good for the community unteathered from public unions. Remember the Wisconsin Civil Service Laws that were created durring the term of Bob LaFollette to protect public workers in lieu of having collective bargaining. He just like Mr. Zeidler believed in having workers rights and municipal rights balanced to govern for the greater good of all.
Steven Younk November 18, 2011 at 10:21 PM
First off Richard, public school employees are not permitted to strike by state law. I know of only one instance, and that would of been Hortonville long ago. It never works to strike, and with the exception of a few isolated instances it hasn't happened. Ahhh, I well remember the "protests" which ultimately didn't do much more then pull us apart even further. What they did do, was dismiss the myth that elected officials had our best interests in mind. The private sector is just that, private and self serving, which is their right and privilege. Who but who decides what the 'greater public good is? I remember well the Wisconsin Civil Service Laws to protect workers. However, somehow these workers when asking for a decent wage, decent working conditions etal, were hosed down by the "municipal" police who were controlled by ? But I digress here. Although you cite Mr Zeidlers belief, it would be lax to say that with the division of income between the haves and have less then's becomes the real issue. Yes, there is strength in numbers, and yes the greater good for all is light years away. By playing one against the other is not really working. We shall see what we shall see, but to take away the human right to look out for ones best interests is somewhat sad, and to say its for the good of all, perhaps a bit far fetched. Richard, we are just gonna have to agree to disagree on this one. I do so respect your thoughts however.
Steven Younk November 19, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Barbara, I am sorry you chose to see the term as a sexual reference, that was your interpretation, and surely not the intent. I was in no way aimed at you, but if you feel you are of that political belief, again, that is your right . If you are an educated person, I'd expect more then an assumption of a phrase used by those of that political agenda. I'd expect more of a person, who wishes to partake of a difference in political beliefs. I know quite a few from the l% that support Walker. The Koch brothers come to mind.

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