Opinions

Sat
15
Sep

Dependency on technology could be hazardous

The other day, one of my friends posted a meme saying that if we went back to cursive writing and stick-shift cars, we could cripple an entire generation — a commentary on how today’s youth are dependent on technology for their daily lives.

It’s not hard to see what the meme was talking about. Home phones are becoming an endangered species. Cell phones are more convenient as we leave the house and go about our business. Students are on computers—some schools even issue a computer to every student. How many of us are on the internet daily, replying to emails and surfing Facebook to keep up with friends all across the world?

We’ve definitely become a society built on technology. Bankers use it. Farmers use it. Even mom-and-pop shops use it. Handwritten ledgers have been replaced by computer files on “the cloud.”

It’s definitely a convenience having this technology — until it stops working.

Sat
08
Sep

For want of a shoe, the protest was lost

I have to wonder what was going on in the boardroom for Nike, as they were figuring out their latest ad campaigns. When someone suggested former football player Colin Kaepernick as a model for the athletic gear company’s print campaign, did someone actually say “Just do it”?

Regardless of whether someone did or did not say it, Nike did it, further polarizing an already-polarized country. Fans of Kaepernick who believe he’s kneeling before the flag for social justice cheered and said they would buy Nike’s products. Meanwhile, Kaepernick’s foes raged at the news, so much so that some of them are ripping their shoes off their feet and burning them because they see the man as a face for disrespecting the American flag.

Sat
01
Sep

True patriot fades into history’s pages

Last weekend saw one of Washington’s most prominent figures pass away. Sen. John McCain died Saturday after a difficult battle with brain cancer, fading into the pages of history, leaving the ranks of true American patriots one short.

McCain represented my home state, Arizona, for more than three decades. After two terms as a Congressman, the Republican was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1987 and became famous for being one of the few freethinkers in Washington who didn’t always bend to whichever direction the party winds blew, which earned him his “Maverick” nickname.

McCain was also known for his ability to reach across the aisle and reach a solution that Republicans and Democrats could both live with. One notable example is the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act that he worked on with Russ Feingold, then a U.S. senator for Wisconsin. It was the reason why, in many election ads, you hear candidates say, “I’m (insert candidate’s name), and I approve this message.”

Sat
01
Sep

Both parties responsible for broken immigration system

Are you as fed up with many politicians as I am?

Do you want illegal aliens who have been arrested multiple times for felonies to be allowed to stay in this country? Really?

Do you want the lottery immigration to continue with almost zero background checks to continue? The Immigration and Naturalization Agency estimates up to 1,000 people with some ties to terrorism have been brought into our country this way.

Do you really want people who overstay their visas to stay without any oversight? Many of the 9/11 attackers did this, by the way!

Guess what, as long as we keep electing people like Tammy Baldwin (who votes against everything and refuses to even try work to solve these problems), Sen. John McCain, Sen. Chuck Schummer, Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the list goes on, this will continue.

Notice I am an equal opportunity person. I call out both parties on this. Enough said.

Bruce Watters,

Bowler

Sat
25
Aug

Beauty fades; so should pageant

There is a saying, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” It comes from the bard himself, William Shakespeare, in the play “Henry IV, Part 2.”

Who would have guessed that a line written more than 400 years ago to describe English royalty would become so relevant in an American beauty pageant?

Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News commentator and the woman once seen as the potential savior to revamp and revise the Miss America pageant, is now seen as a major liability for said pageant, less than a year after she was appointed as the chairwoman of its board.

The latest bombshell hit earlier this month when the reigning Miss America, Cara Mund, wrote a five-page letter outlining what she describes as attempts to bully her and erase her from the position.

Sat
25
Aug

PACs shouldn’t have constitutional rights

To the editor:

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision commonly known as Citizens United, which grants corporations, unions and PACs (political action committees) the right to donate unlimited amounts of money to advocate for or against political candidates. This ruling effectively gives constitutional rights to large moneyed entities, thus empowering them to pour huge sums of money into campaigns and ads to influence public opinion.

United to Amend is a national movement established to put pressure on Congress to act on amending the Constitution to make it clear that only individuals have constitutional rights — not corporations, unions or PACs, and that money is not political speech under the First Amendment.

Over 750 communities across the U.S. have already passed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment. According to polls, this movement is supported by a majority of both Republicans and Democrats.

Sat
25
Aug

Outdoor pool issue should go to referendum

To the editor:

On behalf of citizens who may be reluctant to express their opinions on the issue of the outdoor pool, I am writing to share another opinion. I encourage others to express their thoughts as well.

I grew up in Clintonville before there was an outdoor or indoor pool. A bus took us to Sandy Beach for swimming lessons taught by two local teachers. No staff and no other expenses. Recreational swimmers could ride the bus as well. I personally feel the weather this far north makes an outdoor pool impractical. Our much larger neighboring cities New London and Shawano have long ago abandoned the outdoor pool concept. People say the rec center is too expensive for families. It would cost less to subsidize swimming for families than operating an outdoor pool for just a few months.

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.

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