Last week Gov. Walker named a UW–Platteville Engineering Physics student to the UW Board of Regents. As a professor emeritus of the Engineering Physics department, I couldn’t help but feel proud.
Then the appointment was withdrawn, most likely because the student’s name was found on the gubernatorial recall petition. I couldn’t believe it! I still can’t come up with the appropriate (and printable) adjectives to describe Walker’s action, but words like vindictive, paranoid, childish, despicable, Machiavellian, Stalinist, petty and low-class come to mind. I suspect that this action is unprecedented in the history of such appointments.
Shame on Scott Walker. I thought I had seen the nadir of his administration, but I was wrong again. Just how low can that man stoop? Taking out his wrath on a college student must have all state employees looking over their shoulder.
2306 Stumptown Road, Platteville
… or politics
Like Prof. Domann, I was thrilled by the nomination when I first heard the news. I felt that the nomination was a great achievement for UW–Platteville and especially for the named student. I too, was dismayed when I learned that the student’s name had been withdrawn from consideration due to his stance on the Walker recall fiasco.
I disagree with the good professor, however, when he calls Gov. Walker’s actions as “vindictive, paranoid, childish, despicable, Machiavellian, Stalinist and low class.” I call the governor’s actions a simple case of politics. Since I don’t know the student personally I cannot presume to know his political affiliations nor his reasons for supporting the recall but I do have to question if the professor’s political bias, based upon the tone of his letter, might have contributed to his students activities.
Perhaps the professor could better serve his students and the university if he spent more time explaining Newton’s Law of Motion, which states “For every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction.” In the instant case, if you want to get nominated for the UW Board of Regents you don’t try to get the nominator fired.
James P. Knautz
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