Opinions

Sat
28
Jun

Letter: Green Lake Co. sheriff endorses Wright

To the editor:

Sheriff Wright didn’t ask me to write this article, nor did I tell him that I was going to. Why would a sheriff from a different county write an article for Sheriff Wright?

Being sheriff is a very powerful position in county government. The sheriff’s position is the lead law enforcement officer in the county. The sheriff can stand for what is right or can be influenced by other people in the county. Sheriff Wright stands for what is right. Some people think that when the sheriff stands for what is right, it costs money. Law enforcement does cost money, but when people call, they expect to be given the service. Sheriff Wright understands that, and he knows how to carry that out.

Sat
28
Jun

Landlord training part of quality-of-life crackdown

“Well done is better than well said.” — Benjamin Franklin

In several recent media reports, residents were advised the city of Shawano is taking an aggressive approach to the enforcement of ordinances that address keeping our community safe, clean and aesthetically pleasing.

Today’s article will provide relevant ordinance information. For those of you with computer access, all city ordinances can be found at www.shawanowi.govoffice2.com.

10.06 (g) Accessory parking and storage. Vehicles without current registration shall be prohibited on any public street or in any yard. No person shall park any motor truck, truck trailer, trailer, semitrailer or any other vehicle or combination of vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds in any residential district, except recreational vehicles or motor homes are allowed if parked in a driveway.

Sat
21
Jun

City cracking down on neglected properties

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.

For the most part we have a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing community. Ordinances are in place to ensure properties are maintained. Unfortunately we are noticing a growing number of neglected properties. Either property owners and/or renters are ignoring the rules, or don’t fully understand them.

The city has begun taking an aggressive approach to enforce existing code violations/nuisance ordinances. The Police Department’s community service officers will be notifying property owners/renters regarding properties they observe to be in violation.

In today’s article I will provide relevant ordinance information.

Sat
14
Jun

Letter: Behnke will be missed in Bonduel schools

To the editor:

The Bonduel School District had a grand celebration in honor of Dr. Peter Behnke. He is retiring after serving as the district administrator for 25 years.

On Friday, June 6, Dr. Behnke had a chance to talk to all of the employees who attended the annual end of the year breakfast in the high school/middle school commons. One of the things he did was to talk about legacies and what has been important in his many years of schooling. Before being the district administrator, Dr. Behnke taught chemistry and math classes at Niagara High School. He then moved on to become the principal of Niagara Elementary School. After finishing his educational specialist degree in school administration from Northern Michigan University, he joined us at the Bonduel School District, where he has served us well.

Sat
14
Jun

Letter: GOP no longer for women's rights

To the editor:

The fact that the Republicans were the first to support the right of women to vote is true, but times have changed.

They no longer believe in equal rights for women and the principle of equal pay for equal work. Now there is resistance to paying women the same as men for the same job.

Governor Walker doesn’t want the Affordable Care Act. Because of it, women are no longer charged more for health care just because they could be pregnant. There are no pre-existing conditions with Obamacare.

Walker suppressed the right of women to make their own health care choices. Women have been forced to submit to ultrasounds before seeking abortions, and state funding has been eliminated for many of the Planned Parenthood health care centers.

Fri
30
May

Letter: Library has volumes of volunteer opportunities

To the editor:

The Shawano City-County Library staff would like to invite you to help us achieve our volunteer mission “to be a vital asset to our community.”

By volunteering at our library or one of our five branches — Bonduel, Mattoon, Birnamwood, Tigerton or Wittenberg, you can make a positive impact on people and your community.

Area families, teens, seniors and organizations have all answered the call to volunteer at these libraries. The many hours given by these volunteers are greatly appreciated and critical to the health of our communities.

Public libraries represent sharing, community, cultures, freedoms and equal access to free information. Libraries provide a vast array of ideas, technologies and educational opportunities that enhance our lives.

Fri
30
May

Letter: Clintonville overcomes Memorial Day glitches

To the editor:

Thanks to efforts by many in the community Clintonville honored its veterans on Memorial Day. The true reason for the long weekend was recognized beginning with the sirens at 7 a.m. followed by the ringing of church bells.

This year the American Legion took the lead in organizing the event. Next year the VFW will be in charge. The committee this year was Kay Kuester Doran and Greg and Tricia Rose. Mayor Magee continued to help with the event. Gary Plante took charge of lining up the parade in Olen Park. St. Martin Scouts distributed flags to everyone along Main Street.

The City Council voted for the city to provide the flags and provide the entertainment at the homecoming lunch at the Community Center following the parade at Embarrass. Don Steinbach provided tulips for table decorations. The main focus was the veterans, some marching, others riding; all recognized on this special day.

Sat
24
May

A Memorial Day story for veterans and their families

“For love of country, they accepted death.” — James Garfield

Memorial Day is a special time to remember all those who lost their lives while serving in the United States armed forces. It has been said “Freedom is not free.”

That rang true for a lonely soldier who sat upon the desolate waste. He could hear the artillery in the distance, and all around him he could see the signs of war. They weren’t pleasant.

He didn’t flinch at the exploding shells, though. He remembered dragging two companions to shelter. Without regard for himself, he remembered crying out to Jesus to please save his friends.

He vaguely remembered being hit during that struggle, yet he felt no pain. He thanked God. Not for having no pain, but that he was able to help his two friends. He remembered the medics were right there to help them.

Sat
24
May

Letter: Life is not good in Wisconsin

To the editor:

According to a local radio ad, life is good in Wisconsin since Gov. Scott Walker took office. I don’t think we would all agree with that statement.

Has the debt been paid off? Hardly. During the last two budgets, the governor and legislative majority have increased borrowing for transportation. When more borrowing was done, interest rates went up. Spending too much and collecting too little in taxes leads to a budget that is out of balance.

So what about lower taxes? Unfortunately, most of us don’t see much of that. The big tax breaks have gone to the wealthy and big corporations.

Isn’t there a surplus? If there was ever a surplus, it was because of Act 10, which required public employees to pay more into their retirement fund and health insurance. This was only a short-term fix, however, and so now state aids are being cut to public schools. Some school districts are having serious financial problems and are on the verge of bankruptcy.

Sat
17
May

Area fortunate to have professional dive team

“Seven days without swimming make one weak.” — Unknown

The Shawano County dive team started in 1984 when two sport divers from the Shawano Police Department, Sgt. Al Schultz and Sgt. Ed Whealon, volunteered to search for a 2-year-old child believed to have drowned in the Wolf River. The group has since evolved into a highly skilled and professional dive team with 11 members.

I visited with Shawano Police Chief Mark Kohl earlier this week. He commented, “The continued support and collaboration with the agencies involved make the dive team a valuable and cost effective public safety program.”

Chief Kohl continued, “Team members receive training and can become certified in advanced open water diving, public safety diving, swifter water rescue and recovery, ice rescue and ice diving, light salvage and recovery, and underwater evidence search and recovery. Several of the members have received various certifications.”

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