We need leaders who are not divisive. Today, I saw a campaign mailing that was aimed at Paul Buhr. It was hateful and ugly and included the usual "spin" on the truth. And it included Paul's home phone number, and an order to call him at home. Although his name is not on it, is clearly from an organization that backs the party to which Loren Oldenburg belongs. Is this what we want from a leader? More partisan rhetoric? I am tired of negative ads and finger pointing. Our district is full of small towns and farming communities with limited resources; we rely on each other when we need a helping hand, such as during our recent tragic flooding. I want to live in a community of people joined by kind and compassionate leadership, not divided by bullying and hateful manipulation. We aren't all going to agree on this or that particular piece of legislation, but we should find common ground in decency and respect.

Mr. Oldenburg's mailer was more of the same phony and divisive rhetoric we have come to expect from politicians and their lobbyists and I'm disappointed to see a local candidate and community member stoop to that level. Join me in voting for something different. Join me in voting for a leader who will lead with compassion and integrity. Vote Paul Buhr on Nov. 6.

Tanja Birke, Viroqua

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