Opinions

Sat
11
Aug

Schools no longer safe havens for students

It was rather interesting sitting through the Shawano School Board meeting on Monday and listening to officials talk about door sensors and emergency radios in an effort to keep schools safe and secure.

After the meeting, I got to thinking about how far we’ve come in terms of the way schools are designed. When I went to high school 25 years ago, there were no school resource officers, no technological system saying that an exterior door was ajar, not even any cellphones or radios to spread the word that there was danger in the school. The only drills we had were monthly fire drills, and there was no need for active shooter drills, because there were no active shooters in the early 1990s.

Back then, schools were for learning.

Sat
11
Aug

Fire crews helped protect home from nearby blaze

To the editor:

When I dressed in the gear firefighters wear to compete in the fitness challenge in Embarrass, I had no idea I would be seeing the real heroes in action this week when I was awakened at 2:30 a.m. by a fire right behind my house and called 911.

I watched nervously as the flames shot up until the first firetruck arrived and was relieved to see that first stream of water aimed at the fire. I live just two blocks from the fire station, but it seemed like an eternity for the trucks to arrive.

Later, several more fire departments arrived, all dressed in that heavy, bulky and warm gear plus 45-pound air tanks. The Red Cross was on hand with coffee and breakfast sandwiches (sorry, none for dogs), but I shared mine between the three of them.

Sat
04
Aug

Concern about state, nation transcends party

To the editor:

The period in time for a lifelong commitment to political parties or candidates is over. Being concerned for our state and country transcends party. This should be the standard for all public servants in Wisconsin. However, integrity has never slipped more in the public’s eye than now during the U.S. political era that is post-truth.

We need to keep in mind that we have never been here before as a country. Our founding fathers spoke of “truths self-evident” regarding our newly minted countrymen, while denying their wives and slaves even basic rights for human beings. Our founders weren’t perfect men, but they did set our American vision. We have always striven for a more perfect union.

Sat
04
Aug

Current sheriff providing public outreach

To the editor:

I write in support of Sheriff Adam Bieber for another four-year term as sheriff of Shawano County. I was fortunate to be invited by Sheriff Bieber to participate in the second class of the Shawano Sheriff Citizens Academy. It gave me an excellent insight into Sheriff Bieber’s vision for the future of Shawano County. He is to be commended for his public outreach programs and the innovative ideas he has implemented in the department.

I came away from the academy with a much better appreciation for what our sheriff’s department is charged with for safeguarding the citizens of Shawano County and the methods employed to accomplish the task. They have an extremely difficult and dangerous job, and I commend Sheriff Bieber and all his deputies for accomplishing it.

Sat
04
Aug

Bieber deserves four more years as sheriff

To the editor:

I attended the Republican Party Picnic on July 24. I heard both Sheriff Adam Bieber and Mr. John Gutho speak.

Bieber has accomplished much in his four years as sheriff — solved the problem with the evidence storage building, ALICE training for school staff and students, started the citizens academy, added a traffic officer position, and focused on child predators and drug traffickers.

Adam Bieber deserves to have another four years to keep the sheriff’s department moving forward. My heartfelt thanks to Sheriff Bieber for all he has done for Shawano County residents.

Patricia Gipp,

Shawano

Sat
28
Jul

Put bailout away and let farmers work

Farming can be more of a game of chance than any you’d find in Atlantic City or Las Vegas, and the stakes are much higher. There could be too much rain, or not enough. Maybe some uninvited insects decide to set up shop and ruin the crops. A tornado might mow down the cornfield, or a wildfire might destroy your fruit grove.

Still, farmers go to work every day. Why? Well, we’ve got to eat.

More importantly, the farmers have to make their living. When there’s not enough money coming in from crops, they cannot upgrade their equipment, hire enough workers to harvest the fields or milk the cows, and some eventually go out of business.

Sat
28
Jul

Sarnwick wants to see healthy future

To the editor:

I have been a doctor in Shawano for nearly 30 years and recently announced I am running for Assembly District 6 as a Democrat on a theme of “Healthy Future.”

While I have heard from my patients for years their frustration with the state of health care, especially the near-impossible challenge of getting decent coverage for small business owners and farmers, what has surprised me is what I have heard since I announced my run.

Sat
28
Jul

Small-town America should come together

To the editor:

Driving into town Friday afternoon, I noticed red lights flashing as I approached the center of town.

I thought there must be a traffic accident or possibly a fire at the bank. As I drove closer to the intersection, I saw the most beautiful, large American flag being raised on an extension ladder of a fire truck for their Fill the Boot fundraiser.

So powerful was the sight of our flag flying over the center of town that tears welled up in my eyes and I had to slow down to say a prayer: “Lord, thank you for the countless individuals who willingly sacrifice for us on a daily basis and for allowing me to be born in America.”

We are so privileged to live in this country, and we need to be vigilant in protecting the rights of all our citizens. People around the world look to us for help; they need assistance in protecting what many Americans take for granted.

Sat
28
Jul

St. Jude pool tourney team appreciates support

To the editor:

On behalf of the St. Jude Pool Tournament team we would like to thank the Shawano Area Community Foundation, Pam Hegewald and Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats for our selection as the 2018 recipient of the Wittenberg Community Service Award.

We would also like to thank the Wittenberg Enterprise & Birnamwood News and The Shawano Leader for preparing our profile announcing our selection as the winner of the Wittenberg Community Service Award. We would like to add that a few very important people, Jeff Jonas and Donna Karcz, owners of Star Campground as well as Dennis and Lana Wruck, were inadvertently omitted from the profile story appearing June 28 in the Wittenberg Enterprise & Binamwood News and June 30 in The Shawano Leader.

Sat
21
Jul

Domestic abuse destroying society today

Did you know domestic abuse is one of the most destructive forces in today’s society? Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is beaten by a familiar partner, and one in four women are likely to experience domestic violence in their life. Only half of all domestic violence incidents are reported to law enforcement, and even fewer for sexual assaults.

Safe Haven Executive Director Stacey Cicero commented: “Demand for shelter services in 2017 was 23 percent greater than in 2016. The shelter was occupied to optimal capacity (five families, one to each room) or overcapacity (families shared rooms). In the last quarter of 2017, shelter was at or over optimal capacity 99 percent of the time, only one day during that time frame had less than five families.

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