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Fri
25
Nov

Another hunting season brings back memories

Aristotle said, “If some animals are good at hunting and others are suitable for hunting, then the gods must clearly smile on hunting.”

My dad is always in my thoughts during deer-hunting season. It seemed he was “getting ready for the hunt” for weeks. Back in the 1950s and ’60s when he hunted, many of the stay-warm conveniences of today were not available. No electric socks, no sophisticated hand-warmers, no thinsulate.

I remember my mother ordering dad long-johns from the catalog. He had some warm wool socks, gray with a red top. He wore red- and black-checkered wool hunting pants, a hat with ear flaps, and warm gloves. His red hunting jacket (in those days it was red, not blaze orange) was heavy and warm. Hunting boots completed his attire. You would have sworn he was headed to the North Pole; he was a big man and looked a little like Santa without a beard.

Sat
19
Nov

Kindness a better motivator than cruelty

During my lifetime, 13 presidents have been elected: Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

This recent election was by far the most controversial one I have witnessed. I love Lee Greenwood’s words, “And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me.”

I, too, am very proud to “be” an American, but I am certainly not proud of the behavior of Americans during and following this election. I am concerned about the message we are sending to our youth. There seems to be such a lack of respect in our country, and we need to fix that.

Sat
19
Nov

We’d be wise to stay alert with Trump at helm

To the editor:

The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2011 saw Donald Trump front and center. Donald had been heaping scorn on the president for months with his Twitter account. Over and over the message was that Obama was not born in the U.S. and thus was not qualified to be the president.

At that dinner I saw the hugely talented Obama roast Trump unmercifully before finally flashing his birth certificate onto the room’s big screens. The look on Trump’s face alarmed me. He was not joining in the fun.

That spectacle has haunted me. There is another spectacle coming up: the changing of the guard at the White House. We will witness the first black president being shown the door while the winner boldly enters “our house.”

Sat
19
Nov

School taunting over immigration hits home

To the editor,

The Shawano Leader ran a brief AP story days after the election about “a few” incidents of post-election harassment, including taunting in schools. It made it sound like these were a few isolated events happening somewhere far away. Unfortunately, this was taking place right here in Shawano.

My daughter came home late last week upset about people chanting “Build the wall” in the halls at school. Part of me wanted to dismiss this as kids being stupid, but it is more than that. When directed at students who are immigrants, or the children of immigrants, they are saying, “We hate you. You are not welcome here.”

We just came through a bitter election cycle where the winner, though he claimed not to be a racist, ran a campaign filled with enough sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to be endorsed by the KKK.

Sat
19
Nov

What makes a ‘good’ Democrat?

To the editor:

Just who is intolerant of whom? Just for the record, I don’t belong to or advocate for any political party.

Now, if I take to the streets if I don’t like how any election turns out, I wouldn’t make a “good” Democrat.

If I riot and cause property damage because I don’t like the outcome of an election, I wouldn’t make a “good” Democrat.

If I threaten to kill a candidate who won election to any office, I wouldn’t make a “good” Democrat. By the way, if you threaten the president in any way you may well get a visit from law enforcement.

If I have to pull a person from their car and beat them nearly to death just for having a Trump sticker on his car, I wouldn’t make a “good” Democrat.

This is the same thing that happened when Obama was elected when the conservatives rioted! Oh that’s right, it didn’t happen. Grow up, people!

Bruce Watters,

Bowler

Fri
11
Nov

Recipes bring back special memories of Mom

I put it off for a long time, years in fact. Finally, I was ready, the time felt right. I waited until my hubby left to cut wood. I needed to do this alone. I felt apprehensive, nostalgic and uneasy.

I went to the shelf where I put it many years ago. I took the small colorful pink, green and yellow metal box and placed it on the dining room table. I made myself a cup of coffee and sat down. Mittens sensed something was up. She climbed onto the chair next to me and just sat there. I reached over and petted her. For some reason, she had a calming effect and I was glad she was there.

Taking a deep breath, I slowly opened the precious metal box. As I paged through the recipes of delicious things my mother made for our family, the memories over-whelmed me. I could feel the tears welling up and slowly spilling over when I found her homemade ice cream recipe:

1 1/2 cups sugar

6 eggs

1 pint cream

a little milk

Fri
11
Nov

Letter: Praise for Shawano PD and RadKIDS program

To the editor:

I want to recognize and thank the Shawano Police Department, specifically Officers Shane Stange and Heidi Cartwright, for offering the RadKIDS self-defense program in Shawano.

My daughter attended the 5- to 8-year-old session, and Officers Stange and Cartwright did a phenomenal job teaching the children physical skills to protect themselves from violence, while also ensuring the kids internalized that no one has the right to hurt them and it is not their fault if someone does try.

Addressing safety education and violence prevention in today’s world is a difficult job to do without scaring children. It has been extremely well-organized, taught in a manner that is non-threatening, and realistically prepares the children of Shawano to handle a range of potentially dangerous situations they could encounter — whether it is at home, at school or even their own backyards.

Fri
11
Nov

Letter: Theft of sign shows Trump influence

To the editor:

Ten days before the election, I put up a Clinton/Kaine sign on my lawn. Two days later, a Trump sign appeared on a property a short distance down the road. Two nights later, my sign was stolen.

The deputy sheriff I requested to come out advised me that, given the divisiveness and anger generated by this election, I not pursue what had suddenly become a feud by putting up another sign since the election was only a few days away.

The incident, sadly, is a demonstration of how Trump has swayed a certain class of people to blind hostility and convinced them that political opinions and the right to free speech is reserved for Trump supporters only and no longer permitted for Clinton supporters.

Jeanne L. Connors,

Town of Wescott

Fri
04
Nov

Former co-workers stay in touch in retirement

These first six months of retirement have passed by quickly. I am often asked, “Are you enjoying retirement?”

My short answer is “Yes, it is great, but I will be the first to admit, being retired takes some mental adjusting and self-evaluating. When you are retiring from a job or position, you are not retiring from life. Finding new meaning and purpose is important.

Continuing to serve on a few committees and boards has helped me transition and keeps me involved, but to a lesser degree. I serve on the city’s plan commission. I am also a member of the waste management board and the Job Center Inc. Board.

The one thing I miss most since retiring is the people, both the employees and residents. Having been a public servant for 22 years, I considered the city staff and fellow elected officials my “work family” and the residents my bosses.

Fri
04
Nov

A leader’s most important role is planning for succession

Many of you probably saw news of my upcoming retirement. I feel a lot of joy knowing my wife, Pam, and I will have more time to devote to community and family. I’m also confident in the process that will guide ThedaCare to its next leader.

Why? Because we made succession planning a priority almost immediately after my appointment as CEO.

From speakers and leadership books over the years, I’ve noticed the best leaders start succession planning right out of the gates. So, I decided early on to set aside one executive committee meeting a year dedicated to succession planning.

In this group, we plan in two categories: a short-term “If I win the lottery and move to the Caribbean” scenario and a long-term, retirement scenario.

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