A Letter to the Editor in the Oct. 9 issue:
To the Editor:
I read an article about the town (editor’s note: city) of Tomahawk is going to enforce (its) junk vehicle ordinance. This is just another way for our government to attack the poor. As we speak, the Feds are investigating extortion and racketeering by towing companies and police and sheriff departments all over rural Wisconsin.
Some communities have consumer protection acts regulating towing company rates to $120 per incident. In others, like Sawyer County, as many rural counties predator towing companies have charged as much as $1,200 per tow for a car. The price of scrap for cars has been as high as $510 per ton. They can charge these prices because if you do not pay they will scrap your car and get their money anyway. Local Judges, DAs, sheriffs work as brotherhoods allowing this. It is extortion and just because the state government is a brotherhood and every state and county government official and employee will look the other way. They do not snitch on each other making it a mop. The governor, attorney general and every state rep in the capital looked the other way.
Wisconsin consumer protection stated they only can help if you’re incorporated. As a person you have no state protection or rights. The Feds or FBI have stated it is criminal and are taking action.
If this has happened to you, please call them. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. All of your Wisconsin state legislators think extortion to a citizen is OK. It is time to clean house on all.