Opinions

Fri
28
Oct

Letter: Trump policies would hurt poor, middle class

To the editor:

Donald Trump supporters don’t seem to care about his specific policy proposals. They simply trust that Trump is on their side. They believe his lies, including his vow to protect the government programs they like, including Medicare and Social Security.

Trump’s policies would undermine programs for the middle class and poor. Trump’s agenda would, by any reasonable reckoning, create huge new deficits. In its latest incarnation, it would add more than $5 trillion to the national debt over the next decade. Trump is proposing permanent changes to the government’s revenue stream that, if enacted, would drain the federal treasury of money it needs to finance these programs.

Fri
28
Oct

Letter: Clinton has the temperament to lead US

To the editor:

As the campaign season nears an end, let us consider our presidential nominees.

We have a choice between someone who has had many years of beneficial public service, Hillary Clinton, versus Donald Trump, a businessman and reality show star.

We have watched the debates (hopefully) and educated ourselves of the nominees’ differences and likenesses. This is not a gender differentiation. Their differences vary in the way they have addressed the constituents, all of us, whom they propose to lead.

Not only has Donald Trump demeaned women, all women, by calling them pigs, dogs and other things, but he has also demeaned many citizens. He has called those of Mexican heritage rapists. He has demeaned Muslims, the disabled. He called Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the country’s most esteemed senators, Pocahontas, attempting to demean Native American heritage. He has even demeaned John McCain because he was captured.

Fri
28
Oct

Letter: Gallagher best suited to represent 8th District

To the editor:

I support Mike Gallagher, who is running for Congress in the 8th District of Wisconsin, because he has both the education and experience that prepares him for that position during these dangerous times.

Michael Gallagher began his college education in 2002 at Princeton University and received his degree in international affairs/near Eastern studies in 2006. He holds a Master of Science degree in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University in Washington. He then went to Georgetown University as a graduate student focusing on security studies and government, earning his master’s in both fields in 2012 and 2013, respectively. In 2015 he attained a PhD in government/international relations from Georgetown University.

Sat
22
Oct

Welcome kids big and small on Halloween

Halloween decorations can be seen in front yards, porches and store windows. Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays, dating back 2,000 years to pagan times. It is one of the most popular celebrated holidays, second only to Christmas.

Children enjoy putting on costumes for school parties and trick-or-treating. Families love going to a pumpkin patch to select a perfect pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern.

Halloween culture can be traced back to the Druids, a Celtic culture in Ireland, Britain and Northern Europe. It had its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. Halloween is celebrated on Oct. 31, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday to honor the dead.

The current name of Halloween originates from the All Hallows Evening, which was shortened to All Hallow’s Eve. Halloween is followed by All Saints Day, created by Christians to convert pagans. It is celebrated on Nov. 1.

Sat
22
Oct

Family visit brings back warm memories

A visit to southern Wisconsin with my Aunt Gertie always leads to reminiscing, hugs and love. I recently made a trip there to visit her. When I called and asked if the day I planned to spend there would work for her schedule, she gave me phone numbers of some of my cousins that she wanted to see, too.

She may be 102 years old, but she is still as active as her body allows, and loves to visit with people. Sure, she is somewhat forgetful, but then who isn’t, and we aren’t her age. So, I called the cousins, and there was a crew at her apartment, visiting with each other and her.

We went out to lunch, and then came back and visited some more. She got out her 3D pictures and viewer again, and told us to take the pictures of our families home with us.

Sat
15
Oct

Domestic violence hurts people in every community

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery or sexual assault of another person. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence and emotional abuse.

Domestic violence is an attempt to gain power and control over another person. It affects people in every community. Domestic abuse knows no boundaries. It occurs in families with diverse educational, racial or economic status. It affects people of all ages, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

It can start with name calling, threats, possessiveness or distrust. Abusers often apologize for their actions or they try to convince the person they are abusing that they do these things out of love or care. The violence and control intensifies over time.

Here are a few of the things abusers attempt to do to control their victim:

• They control the money (paychecks, check book, savings).

Sat
15
Oct

Letter: Forester offers reminder about hazardous, diseased trees

To the editor:

The city of Shawano will be removing hazardous and diseased trees in the city between Oct. 15 and Dec. 31. Please be aware of the potential risk of injury when these trees are being taken down and avoid walking or traveling by vehicle near the contractor conducting the work.

There are two trees in Memorial Park that will be removed near the southeast playgrounds. For your safety, please avoid use of the playground while the trees are being removed.

The city is also in the process of identifying and notifying private property owners of hazardous/diseased trees that need to be removed on their respective properties. We are asking private property owners to visually inspect their property to determine if there are any dead and/or potentially hazardous/diseased trees present.

Sat
15
Oct

Letter: Junior Achievement requests your help

To the editor:

The Wolf River Region Junior Achievement program has enjoyed great support and success from the community since we all began to pull together in this effort here many years ago. However, there still are many local citizens unfamiliar with the programs, initiatives and goals.

The local Wolf River Junior Achievement program includes Shawano County and Menominee Nation and is part of the national Junior Achievement program wherein local volunteers go into the area classrooms with an established curriculum of interactive training materials unique to each grade level to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy.

Sat
15
Oct

Letter: Feingold not friend of military, national security

To the editor:

Almost six years ago, Sen. Russ Feingold was fired from the Senate position he held for 18 years by Wisconsin voters. I have received mailers and have seen his ads. He never talks about what he did for Wisconsin during the 18 years he was in office. So why do we owe him another six years?

After Wisconsin fired Feingold, he eventually took a job teaching college in California and had to re-establish residency in Wisconsin in order to run as senator. In his ads and mailers, Feingold does complain about the last six years, but Barack Obama has been president during that six years.

On Facebook, there is a group,Veterans for Feingold. I’m a 34-year veteran and had two combat commands in Iraq. Sen. Feingold voted 12 times against pay raises for members of the military.

Sat
15
Oct

Letter: Examine Nelson’s record, then vote for him

To the editor:

Tom Nelson’s veto of Outagamie County Board action to use eminent domain to acquire private property for a new sheriff’s department is one of the reasons he deserves our support for election to the U.S. Congress.

Private property rights are a basic right in our country.

Nelson’s record as a public servant is available for us to examine. Don’t rely on flashy, expensive TV ads financed by national funds. The facts are Nelson donated his pay increase to charity, not pocketing it as stated in his opponent’s ads.

Vote Nelson on Nov. 8.

Mary-Beth Kuester,

Clintonville

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