The effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Walker is likely to fail because the average voter does not have retirement, pension and medical benefits that equal those held by Wisconsin's public-sector workers.

That voter also knows that those public-sector benefits are underfunded, and that new taxes will be needed to fund those benefits.

The argument that salary levels can be the subject of bargaining, but that retiree pensions and medical insurance should be determined actuarily from contributions and investment returns, makes sense to the average voter.

This election is not about union busting; it's about sound financial management. Gov. Walker is likely to prevail on Tuesday.

Rolf Westgard, St. Paul

A mandate?

Prediction: Whoever wins in the Wisconsin recall election, their side will claim they have been given "a mandate" from the people, despite the fact that roughly 48 percent of the voters will have voted against them.

Todd Peterson, Newport

Fiscal responsibility

Regarding the headline "A state divided" (June 1): Wisconsin was "divided" when the beleaguered private sector, suffering from the bad economy, decided to ask the public-sector union employees to pay part of the cost the private sector could no longer bear.

But it appears many of the government employees thought they should be immune from the pain (Greece and some of the other economies). They must not have heard about "fiscal responsibility."

Rod Ripley, Spooner, Wis.