Opinions

Wed
28
Mar

The Glorious Newspaper

I love a newspaper! It not only gives you the news without interruptions of annoying commercials, but it offers so much entertainment. Opinion articles are most enlightening with letters to the editor and essays from famous people. Comics offer a choice of your favorites with wise conclusions.

Then you can settle down to your favorite puzzles. Mine are crosswords and jumbled words. I can crack them most of the time. I never got into sudoku and gave up on cryptograms.

Columns include advice, recipes, gardening, health, personal tales of the good old days and more. When I was a kid, they always had a dress pattern, and I would make cut-out dolls out of them. One paper offers hours of interest for me in the quiet of my living room.

Sat
24
Mar

Cronce has helped Shawano progress

Don’t forget, April 3 is an important mayoral election. Under the leadership of Mayor Jeanne Cronce, the city of Shawano is experiencing a positive change in momentum. There has been business expansion, business facade improvements and new business arrivals — Tumbleweed, Belmark, Culver’s and Stubborn Brothers Brewery, just to name a few.

Our city parks have improved amenities either just completed or slated for completion this year.

In 2017, Shawano had the highest rate of new home building permits in 10 years.

Mayor Cronce and city officials have shown grit and gumption in tackling the vacant building epidemic in downtown Shawano. After a long, methodical process, neglected buildings will either be renovated or demolished. This will open the way for limitless destination possibilities that will attract visitors and encourage residential establishment in our city.

Sat
24
Mar

Cronce cares about community, should remain mayor

To the editor:

Mayor Jeanne Cronce knows Shawano, is dedicated in her role as mayor and has the perseverance to continue in a positive direction for the community. This prompts me to voice my support for Mayor Jeanne Cronce.

Over the past two years that I have gotten to know Mayor Cronce, not only did she listen to me, but I also listened to her and her endeavors to improve Shawano.

Property was sold with promises to bring in high-end stores and make Shawano thrive. Now empty buildings stand with legal constraints that make it difficult to move forward. This negative transition did not happen overnight, and it can’t be fixed overnight. I also see business owners coming into the area and thriving.

Sat
24
Mar

Laws don’t keep people from getting guns

Is anyone else fed up with getting half the story when watching most broadcast news?

In the Florida shooting tragedy, almost nobody in the reporting of the incident points out that the shooter violated multiple gun laws when purchasing firearms. Did those laws stop him? No, no, no.

You first have to have law enforcement agencies report threats and mental issues to the local police and instant check system so actions can be taken. That includes the FBI dropping the ball when very clear threats were made on social media. Just what good is it to make something illegal if the law enforcement people are not going to do something with the information?

Passing more laws never means they will be enforced. Prime example would be immigration laws and the actions of California. Do I make my point?

Sat
24
Mar

Readers offer home remedies to deal with aches, pains

The other day, my hubby got a sliver underneath his fingernail. It was in quite deep, and there was no way he could get to it. He remembered a home remedy his mother used. She worked at Weber’s handling wood for many years, and she would occasionally get a sliver.

Hubby got out the jar of honey and put a heavy layer on his fingernail. He asked me to put tape tightly around his fingernail. I did as he requested but must admit, I was skeptical.

The next morning, he removed the tape. I was quite amazed to see the sliver was gone. He was relieved, as he said that a sliver beneath a nail hurts like the devil. Such a simple yet effective method.

Old home remedies are still the preferred choice in many parts of the world, as they are natural, easily available and often less costly than pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications.

Sat
24
Mar

Definite changes between winter and spring

Humans often see the color of winter as only white. Yet, so many greys and shadows play across that white snow that the scenes can be breathtaking. Plus, perhaps there is a bright blue sled racing down the hill with children clad in bright clothing, shrieking in pure joy.

In winter, I see ice skates, and skaters gliding, or falling, as may be the case. Perhaps a mountain with skiers flying down the slope, or a fishing shack on the frozen water, and a fisherman with a tip-up and a dream.

In winter, there are deer in the silent woods, and turkeys feeding along the roadway. As I drive the side roads, I catch a glimpse of a majestic eagle soaring through the air, looking for its next meal. The other day, I saw geese on the pond, walking on the not-yet-thawed ice.

Sat
17
Mar

Humbling experiences teach life’s lessons

A friend of mine from Clintonville told me she had been asked to give a talk about humility. She said prior to writing and delivering her presentation, she washed the feet of some of the older residents where she works. She said it was an amazing and humbling experience.

When we are humble, we are not absorbed in our own self-importance. We can see our own faults and the strengths of others. Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.

I enjoy this short example of humility: An elderly woman and her little grandson, whose face was sprinkled with bright freckles, spent the day at the zoo. Lots of children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist, who was decorating them with tiger paws.

“You’ve got so many freckles, there’s no place to paint!” a girl in the line said to the little boy.

Sat
17
Mar

City cabs need to come to stop when required

To the editor:

I’m thinking how to say this. I see little children and the older ones, too. They always stop before crossing the street. We have taught them to stop, look and listen, and then cross.

Cars usually stop for children, and that is great. Most cars and trucks stop for them, and I always watch the stop signs. Most of them stop before they continue, but I notice that the city cabs just slow up at some them, and then they slide through them and don’t come to a dead stop, and that scares me. I don’t call them for that reason, and I wonder how many more people feel like I do.

It’s time these drivers need to take a test, written and driving over if they haven’t

Sally Raddant,

Shawano

Sat
17
Mar

Whealon’s neighbors favor him as mayor

To the editor:

Our family has lived next door to Ed Whealon for 36 years, and we could not ask for a better neighbor. Ed has always been kind, friendly and willing to help at any time with anything that comes up. He’s the kind of the person you can trust, and the kind of person who cares about his community.

You get to know a lot about somebody living next to them for 36 years. What we’ve learned about Ed makes us sure he’d be every bit as a great a mayor as he has been a neighbor. He knows city government better than almost anyone, and we know he’ll work hard for us, and that he’ll show the same compassion and kindness we’ve come to expect from him.

Our family has been lucky to call Ed a neighbor and a friend, and I know the city of Shawano would be very fortunate to have Ed Whealon as mayor.

Jerry and Eva Buhrandt,

Shawano

Sat
17
Mar

Place blame on the shooter, not the gun

To the editor:

I guess I need to clarify my position written in the guest column “Guns are not a prerequisite for violence.” The point was to show people, in planning to incur mass casualties in crowded settings, will use whatever means they can to carry out their twisted plans. Vehicles were one example, as I well documented, that have been misused as other things have, to create mass casualties. The difference being that, whenever a firearm is used in one of these incidents, the firearm and/or firearm manufacturer take the brunt of the blame, not the shooter himself. To the best of my knowledge, whenever a vehicle, knife, or homemade bomb has been used as a weapon in a massacre, no one has ever called their legislator to outlaw vans, trucks, cutlery or pressure cookers.

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