This has been a crazy year no matter which side of the political spectrum you’re on.

But one place we were taught that would always be there to protect us was the court system. The environmental regulations are gone or going. Clean water and clean air has given way to industry deregulation. Property rights are no longer a given; things can be changed with a signature on an executive order in a heartbeat.

Unions are pretty much gone and so, too, are worker’s rights. The court system protected every voice, every single one of us, we were told. But with the millions of dollars at stake and millions of dollars going into judicial elections, that is no longer a given.

We need a way to feel protected from overreach and protected in our communities and businesses. We need to be able to run our businesses and farms and compete on a playing field where massive money and corporations can’t take our rights away.

I am voting for Tim Burns for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Feb. 20. I’ve been looking, watching and reading, and I believe he’s the only person who really has citizens' rights ahead of corporate rights.

Tim Burns chaired the American Bar Association’s committee on Fair and Impartial Courts. He serves on the national board of the American Constitution Society, an organization that focuses on constitutional issues.

Voting is imperative to maintain democracy. Vote for Tim Burns on Feb. 20.


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