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We know you’re out there. Our server says we’ve been getting thousands of hits per day during our weekday peaks, and, along the way, we’ve been getting notes and emails from you. Most of those notes have been encouraging, others on the derisive side. To put it less mildly, we’ve had our share of hatemail and even a nice threatening note from a lawyer. But the important thing is that people throughout the Milwaukee area are reading WatchdogMilwaukee.com, and thinking about their news and politics. While we enjoy and appreciate the feedback, the bulk of the notes we’ve received have been informal, not presented as writing we can publish on the site as letters, which is what we would like to do.

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5) Your voice and your perspective matters, but we will edit letters for clarity and copy edit for style. One of the advantages of the internet is that we won’t cut your words because of space constraints.

6) We reserve the right to defend ourselves when necessary. Fire away and keep it issues-based. Political discourse is good for you!

by John-David Morgan
May 10, 2005

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3 Comments

  1. Russ:

    Perhaps it is worth adding to the list of Charlie Sykes’ pattern his deadbeat dad days when after the divorse from his first wife, Christine Libbey, she and the young child of the marriage turned to welfare in 1980, because Charlie failed to make on his court ordered child support payments. See Milwaukee Magazine, July 2000, p.44.

  2. sandra tessner:

    HI
    I JUST WANTED TO BRING THIS TO YOUR ATTENTION. I WORK IN A LOCAL FOOD STORE HERE IN MILWAUKEE AND WE’VE HAD A GENTLEMAN BRING BACK NONPERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS FOR AN IN STORE CREDIT BECAUSE HE HAS NO RECEIPT.THIS HAS HAPPENED NUMEROUS TIMES AND WE’VE BEGUN TO SUSPECT THAT HE IS GETTING THESE ITEMS AT A LOCAL FOOD PROGRAM THEN BRINGING THEM BACK TO THE STORES FOR CREDIT TO PURCHASE ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS.IT’S A SHAME THAT SOMEONE WOULD ABUSE A PROGRAM THAT SO MANY OTHERS REALLY NEED.
    MY SUGGESTION IS THAT MAYBE YOU COULD CROSS OUT THE UPC LABEL ON THE PRODUCT BEFORE GIVING THESE ITEMS TO THE PUBLIC? OR MAYBE PUT A STAMP ON THEM OF SOME KIND ON THEM? IT JUST REALLY BURNS ME THAT SOMEONE WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS THAT’S GOING TO AFFECT SO MANY OTHERS IN THE LONG RUN.

  3. richie:

    hello my name is richie and i personally think its obscene the ALd. Zielinski is trying to ban the herb “K2 and A.I”, because for the drug dealers and smugglers there is no age limit, they can and will sell to 10, 12 and 13 year old kids, at least at 18 you know what the consequences are for doing recreational herbs like K2. I have lived in a rough neighborhood and seen drug dealers standing on corners fighting, shooting each other, yelling at cars driving buy, and there is nothing the police can do about it. now what would be better a nice looking smoke shop selling to grown men of age, or a gangbanger on the street selling to little children and poisoning the community you decide. STOP THE ILLEGALIZATION OF K2

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