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I recently went to the state Capitol to observe what the Solidarity Singalong was all about.

The singers appeared like average citizens you would see at the Farmers' Market on the Square on Saturday. They're people who raise their families, go to their jobs, support their schools, pay their taxes without complaining, serve in the military and normally follow the rules of society. They are average Americans who love and support their community .

On the other hand, it was shameful and disgusting to see the Capitol Police like little bullies come in five or six at a time and arrest one or two people and then take them away. If I was a betting man I would bet the police are not even happy with what they are doing but have to follow the orders of the Republican administration to keep their jobs.

I am 72, a veteran and former Dane County supervisor, and this is the closest thing I have ever seen to a police state. I was proud of those singers for standing up to oppression. They are an example of what citizenship in America is about and what keeps us free. 

-- Frank J. Balthazor, Madison

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