Letter: Wiza Helps Community Members
To the Editor-
I’m writing today to voice my support for Mike Wiza for mayor. I’ve been pleased to see so many letters of support from residents, community leaders, and organizations. I’d like to offer an additional perspective.
I’ve been friends with and have known Mike for close to twenty five years. One of the first things that I learned about Mike is he is an instinctive problem solver who is willing to help anybody he knows. Mention to Mike that you have a headlight out, and he’d tell you where to pick up a bulb and to bring it on over. Problems with your computer? He’ll come by later that week. I literally can’t count the number of times that Mike has helped somebody simply because they needed it and he was able to. The number would be huge.
I believe that innate sense of wanting to help, is what initially attracted him to city government. I’ve seen Mike bring his problem solving sensibilities to his role as an alderman. When one of his constituents calls him with an issue, they know Mike will listen and address it personally. He’s done the same thing on a city-wide level. Budget cuts to the rec-programs? Mike found a way to save many of the programs through user fees. City needs a dog park? Mike spearheaded the effort and now we have a wonderful park that gets daily use. In these ways Mike solved the problems, improved the city, and didn’t have to spend tax dollars to do it.
On the larger issues, I know that Mike’s priority is his concern for the residents and city of Stevens Point. On any given matter he listens to all voices, weighs all the facts, and puts his effort behind what is best for the city. The one thing that I’ve seen Mike fight harder against than any other, is when “politics” clouds an issue and threatens to take precedence over good policy and what is best for Stevens Point. Currently the issue regarding Edgewater Manor is denigrating into this kind of area. There is one thing I know however, Mike’s goal is to keep Edgewater Manor operating as it has been into the foreseeable future and serving its residents and the city of Stevens Point. How that’s accomplished is a problem that is yet to be solved, but one I’m confident the city will solve with Mike Wiza as mayor.
I’m supporting and voting for Mike not because he is a long time friend, but rather because his track record shows he listens to community members, because as a natural problem solver he sees through “politics” in favor of sound policy, and because I know he’ll put everything he has into doing what is best for the residents and city of Stevens Point on issues both big and small. I invite you all to join me on Tuesday April 7.
John Diser, Stevens Point