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20
Oct

Ash-laden cookies not an amusing prank

In more than 20 years of reporting the news and even more years of reading it, I’ve seen my fair share of weird and disgusting stories. However, I’ve never uncovered a story about teenagers taking human ashes and using them as the secret ingredient for cookies—until now.

This is probably not the sort of thing you want to read while having breakfast. I certainly didn’t want to hear about it on television as I was having mine, yet there it was, with the talking heads sharing the news that two students from a charter school in Davis, California, baked the ashes into cookies and shared them with at least nine of their classmates.

Sat
13
Oct

Sorlie will benefit county as sheriff

To the editor:

It is an honor and privilege that I submit this letter of endorsement on behalf of Keith Sorlie, candidate for Shawano County sheriff.

After 47 years in law enforcement, with the majority of that time in management, I can speak with some authority about leadership. I understand the characteristic and attributes that make people good leaders.

Keith Sorlie is a man with unquestionable integrity, compassion and kindness. His commitment to his faith, family and community is unwavering. He cares deeply about the law enforcement and emergency services community, and I cannot think of a better man to serve as Shawano County sheriff.

Sat
13
Oct

Repair existing pool; don’t spring for new one

To the editor:

A number of us would like to see the Clintonville City Council study the existing outdoor city swimming pool. In the past few weeks, we have dropped off flyers at city homes and discussed the issue with residents.

Since the pool closed three years ago due to a fire in the bathhouse, a lot of time has been spent discussing and getting estimates on a new pool, with little consideration of what it would cost to repair the existing pool.

We found a high percentage of residents expressed they favor renovating the current pool over a new pool, if it can be done at a reasonable cost.

A lot of residents expressed the feeling that today’s chldren are outside less in the summer and need an actitivity like swimming outside to interest them in the warmth of summer. We all know where they are spending their time.

Sat
06
Oct

‘Fake news’ does not apply to all journalists

Oct. 7-13 is National Newspapers Week, and an encounter this week reminded me of why it’s more important than ever to let people know the role that journalists play in making sure their communities are aware and educated about what’s going around them.

I was working on a story, and as part of that work, I asked for the spelling of a name to make sure it came out correctly in the paper. The woman I asked was concerned about what I was going to put in the paper about her. I explained that she made a couple of comments during the meeting I was at that seemed like they would be integral to the story.

Her reply was, “Well, it better not be fake news.”

Sat
06
Oct

Kavanaugh issue shines light on male behavior

The controversy surrounding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh has again highlighted the severe problem of sexual violence, with one in three women in our country experiencing sexual violence at some point in their lives.

This accusation also takes place in the context of the #MeToo movement and follows on the heels of many other public accusations of sexual violence by men.

While people may have differing opinions on the accusations against Judge Kavanaugh, this situation has sparked a wider conversation around what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior by men and boys, the pain and devastation caused by sexual violence, how to show respect for victims, and how we as a society deal with accusations.

Sat
06
Oct

Go with third-party choice for Assembly

To the editor:

There’s a political solution.

Both political parties at one time, or another, have had control of Wisconsin. Politicians want to protect the two-party system. They see third-party men and women as a threat to their security.

On Dec. 22, 2017, I wrote a letter to my Sixth Assembly District Representative, Gary Tauchen, asking why he supported gutting the sulfide mining moratorium law, which was protecting our valuable fresh water for the past 20 years; or sucking $375.6 million out of our transportation fund, making our roads more dangerous to drive on. To date, no reply. Mr. Tauchen is part of the Republican Party, which controls our state legislature. He must feel so secure about his position that he don’t have to respond to uncomfortable letters.

Sat
29
Sep

‘Mockingbird’ can’t sing if it’s not on shelves

When the creators of the United States Constitution crafted the First Amendment that includes, among other things, freedom of speech, who knew that the debate on that freedom would extend to books? I’m not just talking about the blistering critique of the Trump administration in journalist Bob Woodward’s new book “Fear.” I’m talking about the beloved classic Harper Lee novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which I read in high school.

The first example is derided by critics who claim the non-fiction tome has more made-up nonsense than a novel written by any Tom, Dick or Harry. The second is a story told through the eyes of a child about racial inequality in the United States in the 1950s. I have not heard of any instances of “Fear” being banned in any bookstores or public libraries, but “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a perennial source of scorn from people who feel it should not be in the public purview.

Sat
29
Sep

Protect victims of domestic violence

To the editor:

The Republican Party of Shawano should be commended for its efforts to raise funds for Safe Haven, the local domestic violence shelter. Safe Haven deserves the support of the community, especially as it expands its facility to meet the needs of families seeking protection and services.

The Republican fundraising event was held at the Shawano Gun Club, which provided an excellent opportunity to draw attention to the connection between guns and domestic violence. Domestic violence affects millions of women across the country, and guns in the hands of domestic abusers can turn abuse into murder.

Sat
22
Sep

Why do we need to know if Bert and Ernie are gay?

I realize that sometimes we need a break from reality. With all the strife in the world making headline news 24 hours a day, not to mention President Donald Trump’s every tweet becoming a major event, we sometimes need to ponder something else.

I think we might be taking things a little too far, though, when we try to make children’s characters into adults.

The latest topics for debate is whether “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie are more than just friends. It is a question that has gone on for years outside the circle of public debate, but a recent interview with a former “Sesame Street” writer has pushed rumors and innuendo to the forefront of morning shows and other news outlets.

Sat
22
Sep

Sorlie promises changes in sheriff’s office

To the editor:

My name is Keith Sorlie and I am a candidate for Shawano County sheriff. I am running as a candidate who is independent of party affiliation.

If I am elected sheriff, I will keep the following promises:

• I will ask the county board to rescind the raise that has been awarded to the sheriff beginning in 2019. I will ask that the money be used to give other employees at the sheriff’s office a raise. If they will not rescind the raise, I will find another way to distribute that money to my team.

• I will spend at least a half-hour each year with each member of my team. I will spend my time with them while they are working so I can learn some of the details of their job. I will give them a voice, and my door will be open to them.

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