AP — Wayeurhauser, Wisc. Eldrich Lessiter’s Dairy farm on the outskirts of this rural hamlet on Rt. 8 is normally peaceful and quiet as Eldrich himself. Peaceful, that is, until last week, when the first poorly spelled anonymous letter appeared in his mailbox. “Back workers rigts or here thuds in the nite,” read it read.
“I didn’t know what it meant,” Lessiter said, “so I just kind of forgot about it.” Then, a couple of days later came another. “Automatic deducting of dews or be picking up moos.” The next, “Tell Walker hes a clown or you’re cows will go doun,” alarmed Lessiter enough that he took the letters to the state police, who traced them to the English Department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. There, the trail went cold, but the letters didn’t stop coming.
Authorities believe Lessiter and other dairy farmers are the latest front in the Public employee unions’ war against Gov. Scott Walker. First, small businesses threatened with boycotts and worse. Chester’s Cheese & Gifts in the Wisconsin Dells received a letter that directly threatened the establishment.
“Nice cheese shop ya got there,” it read. “Shame if it were to catch fire. A lot of curds can melt before those union firemen get there.”
Since then, the focus of the pressure has switched to the state’s all important dairy industry, and with it, Eldrich Lessiter.
“Maybe they just found it too hard to keep having to spell, cause this last letter doesn’t have any words,” Lessiter said, showing the paper. “It’s just pictures.”
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