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Letters: Outagamie County Board members jump to conclusions

11:54 PM, Sep. 13, 2013  |  Comments
Friends and family help clean up downed trees Aug. 17 at the home of Kristi Otto and Betsy Sadenwassen in Hortonville after storms the previous night.
Friends and family help clean up downed trees Aug. 17 at the home of Kristi Otto and Betsy Sadenwassen in Hortonville after storms the previous night.

Recent attempts to make political hay out of Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson's decision to investigate the county's response to an Aug. 7 storm are wrong-headed and self-serving. A few loud voices are interested in drumming up discord instead of focusing on solutions.

Nelson's decision to have Fox Valley Technical College look into the county's emergency response program is the tougher, but more sensible choice. It takes matters out of the hands of people too inclined toward calling news conferences and closed-door meetings and puts it in the hands of level-headed professionals.

It's a decision that has been applauded by the Post-Crescent Media editorial staff and for good reason: It's the right thing to do. The wrong thing, the easy thing, the political thing, is to throw someone under bus and walk away.

Witch-hunting and scapegoating have always been part of the dark side of politics, but in the case of a natural disaster, it smells petty and unseemly.

Right now, the people of Outagamie County are focused on reparation. They're putting roofs back on buildings, cleaning up broken branches and clearing streets. They're taking care of business and not interested in finger-pointing.

If there is culpability on the part of Outagamie County, FVTC will find it. Members of the Outagamie County Board need to get out of the way. Let unbiased individuals take care of this business so the rest of us can take care of ours.

Julie Thyssen,

Appleton

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