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09
May

Electoral college gives equal voice to small states

The founding fathers did not want a parliament, and they did not want a democracy. A concern of the founding fathers regarding a democracy was that emotion and passion could rule the day, resulting in mob rule. The founders wanted reason and law to rule the day.

The founders did not want a parliament because the leader and parliament are equal. They wanted the leader to be separate but equal to the elected representatives, providing a check and balance.

The founders wanted a representative republic, and the Electoral College is a critical part of this. In the Electoral College system, the voters vote for electors, and the founders wanted these electors to be property owners because they had something to lose.

Fri
03
May

Constant scandals point to need to end fraternities

Fraternities were once brotherhoods that served the community and were a group of people with common interests. You could have a fraternity of lawyers, a fraternity of doctors, even a fraternity of people who share a love of “Star Wars.” I don’t know if that last one is true, but it sounds intriguing.

Now, however, fraternities are the cautionary tale of college campuses. Many of them have devolved into groups of white guys who binge drink, harass minorities and treat women like pieces of meat. For the few that still believe in brotherhood and service, the bad groups are ruining their reputations, as well.

The latest fraternity scandal saw two fraternities at Swarthmore College disbanding as it was revealed that the group’s documents included evidence of racism, misogyny and homophobia. Swarthmore is a private liberal arts college in Pennsylvania.

Fri
03
May

Careless voting could turn US into socialist country

To the editor:

Investigate before voting.

So you are planning to vote for a Democrat who wants to turn this country socialistic. Have you taken a look at what happens to a country that goes that way?

The best-known socialist would probably be Vladimir Putin of Russia. About two years ago, the largest yacht ever built in Hamburg, Germany, was built for Putin. It is a beauty. Putin owns several villas, one of those is located in Spain. Google it and you will be in awe; it is fit for royalty.

The best-known socialist in the United States probably is Bernie Sanders. The internet just stated: “Bernie Sanders buys his third home, a $600,000 cottage on a lake in Vermont.”

Fri
03
May

Is it safe to move rec center to SCHS?

To the editor:

Having read your article in today’s paper, “Rec plan unveiled,” I can understand the need to improve the pool at the high school, to do what should have been done when it was originally constructed.

The real concern regarding the pool issue is the kids who use the pool, particularly during the summer. Admittedly, I have no statistics regarding the number of young people who currently use the pool for lessons, open swim or fitness, but placing the pool at the south end of Shawano, across a busy County Road B, would make it difficult for young people who live in any part of the city to get to the pool safely. Actually, most of the residents of Shawano live on the north side of County B. If parents work during the day, the kids would either have to walk or ride bikes across County Road B to get to the pool.

Fri
03
May

Corrections officers take on dangerous role

To the editor:

Corrections officers fill a law enforcement role that not many others, even most other law enforcement officers, would choose as a career. Their work is unending and oftentimes dangerous, yet it is unseen by other members of our community.

A county jail is the entry point to Wisconsin’s criminal justice system. Every offender, from the most minor offense to the most heinous felony imaginable, begins their incarceration at the county jail. No one wants to come to jail; on a daily basis, our officers and staff deal with people angry about their situation — directing their anger, and actions, toward us.

Most of our community has no idea of the size, complexity and number of inmates we serve, right here locally, day in day out, all year long.

Fri
03
May

Poppies good way to remember defenders of freedom

To the editor:

Memorial Day will soon be here, and once again it will be time for us to remember all the military people who have given their lives. One way to remember these veterans is by wearing the red poppy.

May 24 has been designated as our National Poppy Day. Many local veterans will be approaching the citizens of Shawano and surrounding areas to donate to this worthy cause. All monies collected will be used to support military personnel and their families.

We, the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, are asking for your support so that we can continue to help these veterans.

If you wish to make a donation, the American Legion at 850 S. Lincoln St. in Shawano will accept these donations during business hours, after 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Rosemary Koeller,

Bonduel

Fri
03
May

It takes a village to fight identity theft

​Too many Wisconsin consumers fell victim to identity theft in 2018, according to a report by the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC. Credit card fraud was the most commonly reported type of theft for consumers age 20 and over, and those under 19 reported mostly employment or tax-related fraud.

Particularly concerning about these reports is a sharp increase in identity theft incidents among college- and middle-aged consumers. Reports from the 20-29 age group were up more than 25% from 2017, the 30-39 group was up more than 33% and the 40-49 group was up nearly 20%. The 30-39 age group reported more than 107,000 identity theft incidents to the FTC in 2018 — 27% more incidents than were reported by the next-highest group: 40-49-year-olds. Reports were fairly stable among consumers age 19 and under and those over 50.

Fri
26
Apr

Winning the lottery shouldn’t make someone a target

Most of us have dreams of hitting the jackpot, quitting our day jobs and pursuing our dreams without worrying about how in the world we’re going to be able to pay for it. We dream of big houses with even bigger swimming pools. We dream of taking our families on extravagant vacations with luxurious hotels or cruise ships containing an army of employees to cater to our every whim.

Those dreams don’t carry the fine print that your circle of friends is going to be overrun by looky-loos and opportunists who look at you through emerald-colored glasses. When folks purchase a lottery ticket, they see the potential win as money for them, not necessarily for everyone else, and once the lottery officials announce who the winner is, the schmoozing, stalking and harassment begins.

Fri
19
Apr

Notre Dame fire stirs emotions, appreciation for past

“Paris is Burning” is supposed to be the name of a 1990 American documentary, not the main news on the internet earlier this week.

Yet many of us were transfixed to television and computer screens Monday as the Notre Dame Cathedral had a frightening orange glow from a fire believed to have started from a $6 million renovation project. Over the course of 12 hours, the fire toppled an iconic spire and destroyed much of the roof.

While this spiritual icon started to burn, I was up on the Menominee reservation, witnessing and chronicling another spiritual icon return to the Wolf River. Many tribal members lined the road to watch as Department of Natural Resources employees and fellow Menominee transferred sturgeon from a tanker truck to a nearby creek bed.

Fri
19
Apr

Don’t purge records of expunged cases

Wisconsin legislators are looking to reform current law governing the expungement of criminal records.

Among other things, Senate Bill 39 would allow those convicted of crimes for which the maximum term of imprisonment is six years or less, including some felonies, to ask a judge to expunge their convictions even if they fail to do so at the time of sentencing, as is currently required.

It would also allow those older than age 25 at the time of an offense to request expungement, and expressly provide that an expunged record cannot be considered a conviction for purposes of employment. The standard under present law would be carried forward, which lets judges grant expungement if they determine “that the person will benefit and society will not be harmed.”

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