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02
Sep

Letter: Republicans reaping harvest of hate

To the editor:

Charlie Sykes presents himself as a responsible conservative on national TV. He protests the behavior of President Trump and indicates we should have known that President Trump had a limited view of American democracy.

Charlie Sykes and other radio talk show hosts like Bollinger and Rush Limbaugh have been running down our government and its services to society nonstop. Education has been one of their primary recipients.

They have demonstrated little regard for the facts, and now we are reaping a harvest from disenchanted Americans that wanted change, even if it is presented under the guise of white nationalism, David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi torch parades and the alt-right agenda.

I’ll bet the Cadillac Republicans in Waukesha and Pewaukee counties remain not offended by President Trump’s hateful behavior. After all, they played a major role in getting him elected in Wisconsin.

Herbert Grover,

Gresham

Sat
26
Aug

Humane society recognizes Marvin Popp


Contributed Photo Marvin Popp recently retired after decades as president of the Shawano County Humane Society board of directors.

The directors and staff of the Shawano County Humane Society recently recognized outgoing President Marvin Popp for his decades of service. Marv was a pioneer of the society.

Marv commented: “In the early 90s, my niece Renee Oh and her friend Kim Schmeider approached me asking for help. They had a rescue barn for stray and unwanted animals, but it didn’t have heat or water, and they knew they couldn’t shelter the animals in it over winter.

“The city had a wooded lot on Airport Road. They agreed to lease the lot for $1 a year. The lot was wooded and had to be cleared to make room for a small building. I remember taking down 18 trees, splitting the wood and selling it. The money was used for building materials.”

Dohn Zimmerman donated his time and equipment to bulldoze the stumps. The goal was to get the building built before winter.

Sat
26
Aug

Letter: Let’s eliminate racism, celebrate diversity

To the editor:

In response to the recent horrific events in Charlottesville, when a white supremacist killed and injured protesters, we feel compelled to write this letter, and to reject this violence and all that white supremacist groups stand for.

While news of the attack is shocking, the attitudes of these groups have long been a part of this country’s history and need to be challenged. We who share the same skin color as the people in these organizations bear a great responsibility to speak out against these groups and at the same time support efforts to heal the deep wounds caused by racist attitudes and actions.

These racist actions and attitudes commit violence against all people in our country. Whether it be the quick violence of the attack in Charlottesville, or the slow violence of discrimination and poverty, this violence ultimately damages the freedom we value as a society.

Sat
26
Aug

Letter: Investing heavily in downtown not a wise move

To the editor:

Beware! The leaders of our burgh have prevailed upon one probable flim-flam man by the name of Roger Brooks (The Shawano Leader, Aug. 10) to tell us how to transform the longtime failing (since the arrival of Walmart) Main Street shopping center into a competitive equal with gigantic Walmart. Fat chance of that, folks!

Brooks paints an impossible dream of how to waste thousands, maybe millions, of dollars into basically beating a longtime dead horse back to life. The first reason it can’t happen is because of Walmart’s vast area size, including parking, and the ability to do all of your shopping under one rain-free roof.

Sat
26
Aug

Letter: County’s day meetings limit candidate pool

To the editor:

The Shawano County Democrat Party at its Aug. 16 meeting approved the intent of the following statement:

To preserve American Democracy, we must expand the opportunity for all citizens to participate on public boards, commissions and committees.

Most public bodies, school boards, town boards and county boards have their regular meetings at night to convenience people in the workforce who cannot be absent during the day from their regular employment.

The Shawano County Board schedules most of its regular meetings during the day as a convenience to board members. That prevents many younger people from serving and has the effect of limiting competition for many incumbent board members.

Sat
19
Aug

Purse holds precious memories of Mom

You would have liked my mom if you had known her. She was the best! Mom didn’t have an easy life. Her father died when she was only 12 years old. She was the oldest of six children. Mother had to quit school to take care of her siblings so her mother could work to provide for the family.

She became a widow at only 53 when my dad passed away. With my younger brother still in school, it was not easy for her, yet she never complained.

We all have things that are private to us, and she did, too. Her purse was off limits; we were not allowed to open it. We all respected that. Mom always kept Chiclets in it, and, even as an adult, I would take her purse to her so she could give me one.

Mom passed away in 2004. As the only daughter, I was given her purse. I placed it on my dresser where it has remained unopened for all these years. It seems lately she has been on my mind more than ever.

Sat
19
Aug

Letter: Foxconn is not a good deal

To the editor:

The great Wisconsin giveaway to Foxconn, courtesy of Scott Walker and his administration, is going from bad to ridiculous.

With the release by the state Legislative Fiscal Bureau’s report on this “deal” (based on Walker administration numbers), we have now learned that maybe Wisconsin might recover its $3 billion about to be given to Foxconn (not to mention the suspension of environmental protections) by 2043!

Walker, who literally promised 250,000 jobs would be added in our state if he was elected, is in such desperate need to be seen as actually creating some jobs, even illusory “possible” jobs, that he is claiming we should not look behind the curtain on this giveaway because “this will be monumental” and could even result in some people from Illinois moving here.

If we close our eyes, we might think it is Trump touting such a “huge” deal.

Sat
19
Aug

Letter: City needs 4-part approach to downtown

To the editor:

As I read the current tourism assessment of the downtown Shawano by Roger Brooks, CEO of a tourism consulting firm, it appears there is much room for improvement to enhance tourism in our community. It appears to be time to bring back the Wisconsin Main Street program we used in the 1980s.

I was a downtown business owner who worked with downtown business leaders, Shawano Chamber of Commerce, mayor and city council, and numerous volunteers to clear land, design and develop the Spirit of Shawano Park as the central focus plaza welcoming everyone downtown. We implemented the Shawano Main Street Program and then formed the Shawano Business Improvement District board.

It is time to return to this four-part strategy of business recruitment and retention, marketing, business facade and signage, and promotion of our downtown.

Sat
19
Aug

Letter: US should stand for human rights

To the editor:

A while back I heard the phrase “We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us” from a Mexican immigrant. I wondered what that meant.

A little history refresher reminded me of the “Manifest Destiny” decree of President James Polk, declaring that God’s will was for the U.S. to conquer all territory to the Pacific Ocean. In 1848, after perpetrating a war against Mexico, the U.S. claimed nearly one third of Mexico, which became the states of California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.

Why does this matter now?

There is no doubt a wave of anti-Mexican sentiment is creeping through this country, being bolstered by legislation imposing harsh punishments that callously rip apart families and devastate lives.

Sat
19
Aug

Letter: Points to ponder

To the editor:

Some more of my points to ponder:

1. Nearly half of American adults say they can’ t cover a $400 emergency expense.

2. At any given moment 65,000 people are in planes flying over America.

3. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln defeated Stephen Douglas in Wisconsin 86,113 to 65,021. In 1864, Abe Lincoln defeated George McClellan in Wisconsin 83,458 to 65,884.

4. The father of Steve Jobs, creator of Apple Computer, was Syrian.

5. One in 10 Americans claim some Irish heritage.

6. The prime minister of Ireland is of mixed racial heritage and is gay.

7. One in four people on this earth is Chinese.

8. One in 20 people on this earth is American.

9. Canada is the second largest country in the world and has 70 percent of the world’s fresh water.

10. Canada has approximately 40 million people; 80 percent live within 200 miles of the border with the U.S.

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