My experience with Governor Walker’s bill signing visit to Woodruff April 2 was quite different than what was described in two letters to the Star Journal last week. The bills were related to Northwoods’ activities, and I believe enjoyed bi-partisan support.
Actually I was interested in showing support for the Governor after hearing of Democratic call-to-action-emails requesting protestors for the Governor’s visit.
My wife and I parked at the Ace Hardware and walked across Hwy. 47 to attend the bill signing. I guessed there were 30-35 protestors carrying signs and yelling and chanting lined up along the east side of Hwy 47. We just walked into the dock/pier business office on the west side of the road (no one was guarding the door or asking for identification) and joined a group of 100+ supporters to listen to Governor Walker talk about each bill and then to sign the bill. Not many more people would have fit into the building.
People connected to or with a strong interest in each bill were invited to come forward for the signing, and then the Governor presented them with commemorative pens. It was a very enjoyable affair (the hosts even served coffee and donuts) and the protestors outside were not disruptive, and you could only hear their yelling when someone opened the door. Afterward Governor Walker stayed to visit and shake hands with everyone. I didn’t see the Governor come or go, but I know the parking area for the business was on the side and back, so probably that would be the way he would enter and leave.
The protestors were there when we came and left, and I just thought to myself, “It is too bad if that is the best use they can make of their time.”
Carlton Schroeder, Eagle River