Opinions

Fri
13
Dec

Letter: Governor intimidates state's residents

To the editor:

Gov. Scott Walker is all about image. Why else would he have someone take his picture in his blaze orange with gun in hand the first morning of deer season and have it posted on Twitter?

His book, “Unintimidated,” is about building his image as a tough guy. Unfortunately, many people are “intimidated” because of his policies. His first push for power was to coerce Republican legislators to vote for Act 10. Stripping public employees of their bargaining rights has had a negative effect on public school districts and county governments.

Fri
13
Dec

Letter: DNR mistakes could mean fewer deer next year

To the editor:

If you hunted in or around the Township of Seneca this last year, you certainly were aware of the gross overestimation of our deer herd by the experts in the Shawano office of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. I have also heard other townships had the same result.

Hope you enjoy tag soup because all the does you killed this year will assure we have far less next year to hunt. When you see more coyote, wolf, turkey and small game tracks in the snow than deer, you would think the brain surgeons who set the slaughter seasons would pay more attention, but I guess not.

Arrogance and refusal to heed advice from people like Dr. Deer who have a proven management record are to blame.

Frozen deer being registered at the Gresham registration site on opening morning, and where were the wardens?

Had enough already? Write the big game manager at Shawano Ranger Station, 647 Lakeland Road, Shawano, WI 54166.

Fri
13
Dec

Letter: Tree thieves miss meaning of Christmas

To the editor:

I have sent in my fair share of thank you letters to the editor. I have been thankful for others’ kindness, goodness and helpfulness. This is not a thank you but a “How dare you!”

I had hoped that I would not have to send this letter again in 2013, but once again people are stealing Christmas trees from us and perhaps other growers and sellers.

My family grows and wholesales Christmas trees for a living. Veronica and Dan Hanauer Sr. started this business 47 years ago. There is much work that goes into growing a Christmas tree, starting with the smallest seedling that grows into the final product, a tree that can be up to 18 or more feet tall.

Sat
07
Dec

Letter: Avoid cookie-cutter approach for SMC property

To the editor:

After reading the article about the second plan for re-use of the Shawano Medical Center property, I felt compelled to comment.

Realizing that the committee has a very difficult task of trying to satisfy all the different concepts that must be coming from the community, one that seems to be missing to me is the Wolf River Beach. Both of the plans would dissolve the public access for swimming in the river.

At this location presently we have the Shawano Ski Sharks water ski team performing during the summer. There isn’t a warm day when I come into town across the MM bridge that there are not 10 to 20 children swimming in the river. The two plans submitted do nothing to address this.

In my opinion, we have a great opportunity in front of us to create a destination for everyone and utilize this location to the maximum benefit of all.

Sat
07
Dec

Mayor offers reminder on winter parking, other rules

“I believe fairness comes with obeying the rules.” — Al Green

Today I would like to tell new residents about some of our existing ordinances. I would also like to explain where additional information can be found. For those of you who are not new to the community, perhaps you will appreciate a reminder regarding some of the regulations that exist.

Winter parking regulations are now in effect. No person shall park any vehicle on any street or alley between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. of any weekday. On Saturdays and Sundays, the prohibited hours for parking are between 2:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Parking is prohibited in municipal parking lots from 3-6 a.m. These regulations are in effect until March 15. If you are going to have overnight guests, please call the Shawano Police Department to request a special parking permit.

Sat
30
Nov

'Tis the season to share messages of thanks

“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” — Native American saying

One day the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their way back home, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

“It was great, Dad.”

“Did you see how poor people live?” asked the father.

“Oh yes,”replied the son.

“So tell me what you learned from this trip?” the father asked.

The son answered, “I have one dog, and I saw they had many animals. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden, and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden, and they have stars at night.”

Sat
30
Nov

Letter: Feathered friends need our help

To the editor:

This is a letter to all backyard birders and all interested in feeding bird visitors in winter months. Now is the time to get your bird feeders cleaned and supplies stocked up, as we will soon see the regular winter bird visitors from farther north, as well as the year-round birds. It is a joy to watch all of them.

They all need help with food and open water in winter. All seed-eating birds need water. Suet helps insect-eating birds. Getting feeders out early will help birds establish a pattern for where to find food.

Yes, you will get squirrels, a fact of life in Shawano. If you want to watch birds, as well as help them, there will be squirrels. I have not totally surrendered to them but have a compromise.

For some special bird watching, there is the Navarino Nature Center (NNC), where an effort has been made for good bird watching comfortably from inside. There are many feeders to view from inside. Give it a try.

Sat
30
Nov

Letter: Obamacare warnings prove accurate

To the editor:

Recently 77,000 Wisconsin residents found out they are losing the health insurance they have. This, as revealed on Fox News, is only part of the 5 million across the nation who have found themselves on the short end of false promises from the White House.

Next year when the government mandate kicks in — Obama delayed it this fall, estimates by the CBO, Government Accountability Institute, The Heritage Foundation and others tell us 129 million more will lose the health care plans they now have.

Sen. Ted Cruz was vilified for trying to make us aware of the disaster Obamacare was to become. Do you think he was wrong now? Sen. Ron Johnson has tried to sound the alarm, as well.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services has spent millions of dollars on the website from hell, healthcare.gov, and it still does not work! Do you really think they will do a better job with the real thing?

Fri
22
Nov

Walking program inspires students, gets them moving

“Of all exercises, walking is the best.” — Thomas Jefferson

Park and Recreation Director Judy Judd stopped at City Hall the other day. She commented, “Today I attended a meeting at the Shawano Community Middle School where I just saw an inspiring sight. I went past the gym and I saw dozens of students walking; one with crutches. They seemed to be quite focused and appeared to be enjoying themselves.”

Judd inquired and learned what she observed were Mileage Club participants. Judd told me if I wanted to learn about the program, I should contact Associate Principal Tami Bagstad, who is in charge of the program. I enjoy hearing about projects and programs our youth are involved in, so I did just that. Today, I would like to share with you the details of this amazing program, which Leader reporter Lee Pulaski also wrote about in a Page 1 feature story last month.

Fri
22
Nov

Letter: Libraries play vital role in community

To the editor:

Everyone loves libraries, but libraries can’t live on love alone. Whether it’s for storytimes, job information for the unemployed, vital health care facts, online access, finding scholarships, planning travel, becoming a citizen or simply curling up with a good novel, each library in America serves a wide range of needs in the information age.

Far too often, funding priorities for libraries have not reflected their demonstrated value and service successes to the communities they serve. Despite this, there are few Americans who don’t clearly understand the value provided by their public libraries.

Public libraries are among the most effective of all public services, serving more than two-thirds of the public with less than 2 percent of all tax dollars. What’s more, they are an important part of the solution to the problems facing us from unemployment to staying up to date on changing world events.

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