Opinions

Sat
21
Feb

Letter: World Day of Prayer is March 6

To the editor:

Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 6.

This year, the women of the WDP committee of the Bahamas call us to consider Jesus’ words to the disciples after washing their feet: “Do you understand what I have done for you?”

The women of the Bahamas describe what Jesus does when he washes the disciples’ feet as “radical love.” Radical love comes from humility, compassion and commitment. God’s radical love is not static or self-centered; it reaches out and draws others in.

Sat
14
Feb

Bonduel trustee backs Wussow for president

To the editor:

As a trustee for the village of Bonduel for almost four years, I have been in a position to closely observe the three candidates for village president. In my opinion, Sharon Wussow is by far the best person for the job.

Sharon is very enthusiastic about village activities and is knowledgeable regarding village operations. Sharon has served on the Village Board for many years and also on various committees. Sharon is a team player who works cooperatively with other community organizations such as the Bonduel School District and the various baseball clubs.

If you want excellent, energetic service in the position, please join me in voting for Sharon Wussow for president of the village of Bonduel.

Thank you.

Bob Thayer,

Trustee,

Bonduel

Sat
14
Feb

Letter: Success of farmers market due to many

To the editor:

In the true fashion of neighbors helping neighbors, the supporters of the Shawano Farmers Market rallied to match a generous $3,500 challenge by the Harold E. Pevonka Trust. They raised this, and more, giving the fundraiser a total of $7,185.

The donations came from individuals and businesses, vendors, artists, local market fans and out-of-town visitors. On behalf of the Shawano Farmers Market Board, I’d like to express our sincere thanks for these donations, as well as the donations to Friends of the Market and in-kind donations throughout the year. These funds will be used to bring a well-managed, farm market to Shawano and will also help expand the opportunities for new vendors and family activities.

Fri
06
Feb

Letter: Please support Shawano Athletic Booster Club

To the editor:

On behalf of Shawano Community High School, I would like to thank the Shawano Athletic Booster Club for their support of Shawano athletics.

Since its inception, the booster club has provided support to all Shawano sports programs, having donated over $500,000 to Shawano athletics. It goes without saying that the booster club is very generous and all inclusive in their support of Shawano athletics. Any coach or group in the community is able to make a request for assistance. This year alone, they have purchased warm-ups for the softball and hockey teams, sponsored banquets and purchased equipment for various other teams.

The booster club also supports Shawano youth sports such as baseball, softball, football and hockey. They have assisted in improving baseball and softball diamonds, press boxes, and in purchasing batting cages. The club has also purchased a new popcorn maker and lockers at the Crawford Center for the hockey association.

Sat
31
Jan

Letter: Shawano should appreciate jazz program

To the editor:

Once again, kudos be bestowed upon Shawano High’s jazz orchestra entry at Purdue University where they, under Mr. Chris Kent’s tutelage, prevailed as top dog out of 100 other school entrants.

Wake up, all Shawano! The Shazz band is 6 years old and by now should be appreciated as a city treasure for its artistic accomplishments in a music style that has been pretty much “foreign” to a city that is mainly “cowboy-polka” in musical taste. Never too late to change, folks!

Jazz has elevated itself, through many struggles, to a ranking of music style that today is considered as artistic in its structure as any formal European classic symphonies. It has become an overwhelming success by being taught in any high school or college/university of any size.

We of Shawano have the Pride of the Midwest, at least, able to rub shoulders with the best jazz orchestra from the Canadian border to New Orleans.

Sat
17
Jan

Reading programs benefit parents as well as kids

To the editor:

One of your best parenting partners is the Shawano City-County Library Children’s Department. An appreciation of reading will help your children excel in life, and the library offers helpful programs.

The children’s department offers story times three days a week at 10 a.m., Baby and Me for babies up to 2 years of age on Tuesdays, and for all ages on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Story time is a great way to role model the importance of reading, and you will meet other thoughtful parents and grandparents who are also raising children to be readers. Your social network will grow, your children will make new friends, and you will get the satisfaction of knowing you are introducing a child to the wonders and benefits of reading.

Happy New Year, and read on!

Mary Winter,

children’s library assistant,

Shawano City-County Library

Fri
12
Dec

Letter: Players union should say no to criminal behavior

To the editor:

By now all of you have heard that Ray Rice has been reinstated on his appeal to play in the NFL again. If some team wants him. You can bet Adrian Peterson will also be reinstated soon.

All the sports media wants to do is take shots at Roger Goodell. Has Roger Goodell punched a woman and knocked her out? Has Roger Goodall taken a tree branch and whipped some little kid’s butt and scared him? Not that I know of, yet they want to make him the bad guy.

Roger Goodell was trying to send a message to the players that this behavior will not be tolerated!

The NFL players union and their executive director, DeMaurice Smith, jumped right in to side with Rice and Peterson. Will they do that with any player that commits a crime? Will you ever see the sports media come down on the players union?

Sat
01
Nov

Sheriff’s duty is to protect and serve, Mr. Bieber

To the editor:

I am writing today about the election for sheriff.

Mr. Bieber said in an Aug. 9 article in The Shawano Leader that he is not there to save lives, and we are responsible for our own safety. He said 99 percent of the time he’s going to be finding your dead body.

If Mr. Bieber isn’t about being there to protect and serve, then I have to wonder why on earth he’s even wearing a badge.

Randy Wright is the exact opposite of Mr. Bieber. He wants to keep people safe. He’s not finding many dead bodies because he wants his officers to do all they can to handle each call in a timely manner so that doesn’t happen.

I don’t know about you, but my vote is in favor of Randy Wright.

Kathleen Ile,

Shawano

Sat
01
Nov

Walker campaign ads negative, twist the truth

To the editor:

We are being bombarded by TV and radio ads promoting our next governor. The profusion of ads is the result of the Citizen’s United Supreme Court ruling that allowed seemingly unlimited caps on campaign donations. Big-money groups such as the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Foundation and the Koch Brothers can attempt to buy elections.

Walker’s campaign is using this money to flood the airwaves with negative ads against Mary Burke and half-truths about himself. Too much of this money is from out of state.

Sat
01
Nov

Sheriff’s Department should welcome investigation

To the editor:

Supervisor Faehling, what do you mean when you say this missing $1,000 is just water over the dam? If it was your personal money, would you feel the same way?

I must commend Mr. Erdmann when he said government must be transparent. If there is nothing to hide in the Sheriff’s Department, they should welcome this investigation.

Al Teetzen,

Shawano

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