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Residents Oppose Walker Recall Efforts at Greenfield Public Library

Several Greenfield residents called or emailed City Hall late last week to voice their displeasure about a petitioner inside the library's lobby.

Many Greenfield residents oppose the recall efforts against Gov. Scott Walker.

Others are now voicing their opposition to where those efforts are taking place.

Beginning late last week, several Greenfield residents sent emails, called or even stopped in voicing their displeasure that Recall Walker petitioners are allowed inside city-owned buildings such as the and City Hall to collect signatures.

On Thursday, at least one petitioner stood inside the lobby of the library collecting signatures. As of Monday, Greenfield Patch was unaware of anyone collecting signatures inside City Hall, but according to Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke, one would have every right to do so.

“There’s nothing that prevents a citizen from doing that,” Neitzke said. “You can’t ban it because of constitutional rights. You can’t stop it. … Someone can stand there and collect signatures. There’s nothing that prevents that on public property. They city can’t say you can’t come to the library.”

Still, allowed or not, several residents are not happy. Through an open records request, Greenfield Patch obtained several emails sent to and from Neitzke over the last several days.

Tom Wayer, 5281 Woodridge Ln. S wrote, “As a citizen of Greenfield, I am outraged and livid that trash is allowed in City of Greenfield buildings to collect signatures for the recall of Governor Walker. Letting excreta in public buildings is outrageous! Since you pander to the unions and the (Democratic) party, it is time to work to defeat you in the next election!”

Linda Johnson, 5391 S. Cambridge Ln., wrote it was inappropriate to allow petitioners inside of city-owned buildings.

“It appears to be an endorsement of the Walker Recall,” Johnson wrote. “These volunteers should be allowed to collect signatures but outside - not in the comfort of the City Hall which all citizens on both sides of this issue pay for with our tax dollars. I would appreciate if you would reconsider allowing them to set up camp in our City Hall.”

John Ronayne, 5331 S. Cambridge Ln., echoed Johnson.

“It is a politically biased activity and has no place in a city public building,” he wrote. “Please have (the table) removed immediately.”

Library Director Sheila O’Brien told Neitzke on Monday there was no table or booth at the library, just one woman with a clipboard. In an email obtained by Greenfield Patch, O’Brien indicated to Neitzke that she had been in contact with Ronayne and emailed him the library’s administration statement, which does not ban this type of political activity.

Det. Sergeant Michael Brunner said the received one call last week regarding petitioners.

“We made sure we were not violating anyone’s constitutional rights,” Brunner said. “We let the library and others know it’s legal to do that, as long as they are not physically stopping people trying to get them to sign.”

morninmist December 12, 2011 at 08:10 PM
ha ha. Best watch it before you get yourself all twisted up trying to rationalize Walker and his lies. Here is another Walker lie: AnonyMissBadger AnonyMissBadger @ @mcsystemsgb Legislative Fiscal Bureau says yes, #GovWalker raised taxes on average homeowners in #WI: tinyurl.com/3h5feor #RecallWalker 11 Dec
Greenfield Resident Too! December 12, 2011 at 11:36 PM
I will say that the recall commercials that have been airing are delusive. Commercial talks about how overcrowding in the schools have ocurred due to Walker. This is not true, larger class sizes started over five years ago when budget cuts were being done due to state reduction in school funds. This was even brought up at the last Greenfield's annual school budget meeting (before Walker) when a lady discussed her concerns and statisics of overcrowded classrooms. Yes, this has been a problem and yes this was Doyle's budget cutting; circular reasoning in the advertisments.
Robert Shirah February 08, 2012 at 08:34 AM
The mother of my child has taken my son & refuses to let me me see him. If she has the right to be with him then so do I pursuant to the 14th amendment, if she does not have that right then why is my son with her? I have all the documents proving I am his father. This is a DIRECT VIOLATION of the 14th amendment. ALL PERSONS born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the EQUAL PROTECTION of the laws. I have reported this crime to the Greenfield Police Department and they have refused to get a warrent .
lolo peeg March 17, 2013 at 04:34 PM
I agree with most of this, but bthe last sentence has nothing to do with anytrhing. This is just an attempt to impugn the Republican Party, using guilt by association. Thinking people will roundly reject your bigotry..
lolo peeg March 17, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Exactly my point. Just because someone lives in a certain part of Greenfield does not automatically make him/her a Republican, Democrat, or anything else.

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