LETTERS: Compromise: It’s what officials owe voters who elected them

To Ozaukee Press:

Wisconsinites began 2019 with changes in some elected state government positions.

To get to this point, the 2018 elections resembled those of the past with their negative campaigning.

A Joint Finance Committee hearing included citizens yelling at elected officials and those officials showing frustration with citizens and other officials.

Former Gov. Scott Walker’s signing of the lame-duck legislation spurred additional positive and negative reactions.

Gov. Tony Evers, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Voss have made statements
indicating unwillingness to compromise.

Whether we consider ourselves Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, we, the public, must keep in mind that these individuals are public servants.

We elected them to serve us.

Of course, what one citizen wants may be in stark contrast to what another citizen wants, and state government officials act on behalf of those differences.

This is where compromise should enter our public servants’ discourse and actions.

Yet we rarely see compromise on the most passionate issues.

This is frustrating for citizens who genuinely want compromise.

Those in the majority should be leaders in compromise, not shy away from it.

The Democratic governor and Republican majority legislative leaders have the opportunity to be champions of compromise as we enter a new era of Wisconsin politics.

Doing so would provide an example of robust public service to citizens of the state.

I write as a university professor, and my experience indicates many students’ perception of politics and government happenings includes partisanship and lack of promoting a common good.

The lack of compromise among publicly-elected officials is likely just one reason for this perception.

However, it’s one these officials can control.

I hope the newly-elected public servants make compromise one of their goals for 2019.

If not for themselves, then for citizens watching them, especially young people.

Tim Macafee
Menomonee Falls

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