Opinions

Fri
21
Aug

Letter: Hospital changing address, not staff or mission

To the editor:

In a month from now, the doors to the old Shawano Hospital will close. Hearts may grieve. However, the employees who have served in the old building, some for a long time, will be the same caring people who will also serve at the new hospital.

We remember doctors of the past whose service has been very meaningful. By the same token, we are grateful for the doctors who are affiliated with the hospital and provide services now. Many of those providers will only be footsteps away from the patients who need them.

We think about all the families the old hospital has served through the years: the newborn, the young, the old and everybody in between. That old building has indeed seen a lot and has persevered. No one can ever take that away.

Sat
15
Aug

It’s important to accept people the way they are

A story about a small child touched my heart, and I thought I would share it with you. A little boy entered a pet store and asked, “How much for the puppies?”

The store owner replied “Anywhere between $35-$100.”

The little boy reached in his pocket and pulled out some change. “I have $2.37,” he said.

“May I please look at the puppies?” he asked.

The store owner smiled and whistled and out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the store aisle followed by five teeny tiny balls of fur. One puppy was lagging way behind.

Immediately the little boy saw the limping puppy and asked, “What is wrong with that little dog?” The store owner told him the vet discovered it didn’t have a hip socket; it would always limp. The little boy smiled and said, “That is the puppy I want to buy.”

Sat
08
Aug

Community service officers free up police for emergency calls

Today, I would like to provide you with information about our community service officers, who they are and the nature of their work.

The position is a part-time, non-sworn, civilian position within the ranks of the police department. The officer’s role is to respond to non-emergency calls, which allows our sworn department officers time to handle more pressing calls for service.

Supervisor Laura Woldt commented, “In the beginning of summer, the CSOs were asked to become familiar with our city ordinances as they relate to the appearance/cleanliness of our residential neighborhoods. I was totally impressed with how each of them embraced our mission and the noticeable improvements that have been made.”

Woldt added, “They try to handle ordinance violations in the most efficient way possible. While some residents become disgruntled or aggravated, the overwhelming consensus from neighbors is positive and sincerely appreciated.”

Sat
08
Aug

‘Twas the Month Before Schools’ Start,’ with apologies to Clement Moore

To the editor:

‘Twas the month before schools’ start and all through the house

all the children were reading and so was my spouse.

We went to the Library and picked books with care

in hopes that we’d read some and some we could share.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds

with stacks upon stacks of the books they had read.

My spouse with a Kindle and I with my book

had just settled down for a long brainy look.

When what to my wondering mind should occur?

Why we’d gotten smarter, of that I was sure!

So I thought and I thought of the genres we found

and I realized libraries are the best deal around.

Your first card is free and that’s just one perk

you can even find info to help with school work.

Books, music and movies all lined up in neat rows

mystery, western and sci fi, Oh yes we read those.

More rapid than eagles I thought of the fame

Sat
25
Jul

New zoning/building official knows trade, community

The city of Shawano recently welcomed Brian Bunke to our staff. He will serve as the city’s zoning administrator/building inspector. Today’s column will help you get acquainted with Brian and some of the duties his new position includes.

Bunke left his position as building inspector for the city of Kiel (a position he held since May 2005) to join our city team. He also served as building inspector for the city of Manitowoc for five years.

He was the owner of Bunke Home Inspection LLC. As owner, he bid out construction work, gathered subcontractors’ bids and did everything from small remodeling projects to building new homes.

He commented, “I have decided to give up my business and concentrate solely on my new job with the city. I’m ready for an eight-hour work day, and I’m quite sure I will be kept busy in my new position. Having weekends free will be a nice change.”

Sat
25
Jul

Letter: Nuclear deal with Iran is insane

To the editor:

Isn’t it swell we now have a deal with Iran that takes away all the fear about nuclear weapons getting into the hands of terrorists?

Just to recap how swell the deal is, let’s look at it in detail.

1. We still will allow Iran to enrich some nuclear material. (I’m sure they will report everything they do.)

2. We will allow Iran to get billions of dollars back, by removing sanctions, to support terrorists all over the world just as they are doing now, only better.

3. We will have to “ask” the Iranian government for permission to inspect certain nuclear facilities. (Won’t that work out really well?)

4. We must give Iran notice well in advance of inspections the U.N. wishes to make of nuclear facilities. (For sure, Iran would not cheat or hide things from the U.N., now would they?)

Sat
25
Jul

Letter: Walker is only one in state moving forward

To the editor:

As (Gov. Scott) Walker campaigns across the country, remember the actions he has taken in Wisconsin.

The promised jobs never materialized, nor the new businesses. The prevailing wage is gone, a day of rest is gone, and he thinks minimum wage is a waste.

Our middle class is shrinking faster than any other state’s. He calls that moving forward?

The only one moving forward is Walker — leaving Wisconsinites working harder, longer, for less wages.

Anne Drinkwater,

Birnamwood

Sat
18
Jul

Everyone responsible for keeping parks clean

This column is called “Positively Shawano” and I enjoy telling readers about the exciting things going on in our community. I receive a great deal of feedback from people who appreciate hearing the positives.

Today, however, I need to spend some time pointing out a few concerns and asking for your help. It seems as though there are some who have little respect for public property and for others. They ignore the three R’s: 1. Respect for self. 2. Respect for others. 3. Responsibility for their actions.

The city of Shawano is proud of our parks system. We budget annually to upgrade equipment and to make improvements. We want our residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors and the amenities our city parks have to offer. Unfortunately, littering and vandalism are on the rise.

Sat
18
Jul

Letter: Walker’s agenda is devastating for workers

To the editor:

With (Gov. Scott) Walker launching his bid for president, we can expect to hear speeches about what he has done in Wisconsin. He will brag about how he fought the public unions with the abolition of collective bargaining rights and pay cuts in Act 10 and how he demolished private unions in his Right to Work legislation.

He will tout how he eliminated Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law, which will take money directly from construction workers whether they are union or not. He will also talk about how he repealed our 100-year-old law to pay workers a “living wage” and how workers can now be scheduled to work seven days a week with no day off.

What Walker won’t talk about is his job’s record — how he only created half of the jobs that were a part of his 2010 campaign promise and how Wisconsin is only 35th in job creation and dead last for new business start-ups.

Sat
18
Jul

Letter: Summer reading activities continue at library

To the editor:

Summer is flying by. Have you stopped into the Shawano City-County Library to take part in our summer reading activities? We offer different reading programs that cover all age ranges. Kids who read over summer retain more of their reading skills when they start the next school year.

We will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from July 20-25. Stop in the Children’s Room to see what is available. July 25, we will also be at the Shawano Farmers Market with some great activities for the kids. Bring your library card along; we will have books available for checkout. If you need a card we can do that, too!

Our second annual picnic will be Aug. 12 at the Shawano Lake County Park.

Call 715-526-3829, ext. 120, to make a reservation or to learn more information about any of the programs we offer.

If you have not stopped in yet this summer, we hope to see you soon.

Linda Grams,

Shawano City-County Library assistant

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