Opinions

Sat
28
Oct

Letter: Tobacco compliance checks play valuable role

To the editor:

On behalf of Community Action for Healthy Living, we would like to thank the many clerks and retailers in Shawano County for keeping tobacco out of the hands of youth. Over the past couple of months, youth volunteers and have conducted tobacco compliance checks in hopes to see retailers are not selling tobacco to minors and are checking IDs.

Selling tobacco products to minors can have serious consequences for retailers. Wisconsin State Statute 134.66 prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 and also requires training for staff that sells tobacco products. Retailers who sell to minors can receive fines as high as $500 for selling to a minor. Both retailers and any employees who make illegal sales are subject to fines.

Sat
28
Oct

Letter: No one should disrespect flag, anthem

To the editor:

This letter is to express my opinion about football players who disrespect our flag.

I am a 91-year-old U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and Korea. I believe that everyone owes respect to our country and the national anthem.

If anyone wants to protest about social injustice, free speech or political concerns, tell it to a reporter, but don’t use our flag, our national anthem or the NFL to show your agenda.

Many died for this great country. Don’t disrespect our country and our flag.

Lee L. Lemke,

Cecil

Sat
28
Oct

Conversation rules stand the test of time

The technology we use to communicate with one another has changed significantly in my lifetime. When I was a teenager, our (party line) telephone was on the wall. My parents allowed me to use the phone for brief local calls. The phone was in our living room and my folks usually heard my conversations. Today, most teens have cellphones. Many use their phones several times a day and conversations are generally private.

When I went to school, we passed paper notes to classmates; sometimes we got caught. Who remembers having pen pals? Handwritten letters and cards to friends and relatives were common. Today texting, e-mails and social media seem to be the popular means of written communication. Even electronic birthday cards are being sent. I still prefer receiving a letter or card in the mail as opposed to an electronic message. It just seems more personal to me.

Fri
20
Oct

Halloween combines myths, decorations and candy


Contributed Photo Scott and Tracy Marohl’s home at 14 Briarwood Lane is all decked out for Halloween.

Contributed Photo Scott and Tracy Marohl’s home at 14 Briarwood Lane is all decked out for Halloween.

Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays, second only to Christmas. It is one of the world’s oldest holidays, dating back to pagan times.

Halloween evolved from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain. The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. They thought the change of seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead and the veil between this world and the next was thinnest this time of year. They believed friends and relatives who had died would return, with their souls inhabiting an animal, often a black cat. Black cats are still a symbol of Halloween.

There are many legends that surround this popular holiday. One legend has it that on one All Hallows Eve a priest was walking down a country road and while on a hill he saw a bonfire.

Fri
20
Oct

Letter: Lawmakers need to address drug pricing

To the editor:

The pharmaceutical industry does a fantastic job of developing and distributing modem lifesaving drugs. But, unfortunately in their greediness these same drug companies continue to gouge our citizens who need these drugs in order to maintain good health or in some instance to stay alive. In their desperation, some of our citizens travel to Canada or Mexico to purchase drugs at a far more favorable price.

Our elected officials need to step up, take this pharmaceutical bull by the horns and wrestle it down to a reasonable level of drug pricing. These politicians’ dependence on drug companies for election support needs to stop.

One of their first actions should center on repeal of the ridiculous laws that prevent any negotiation with drug companies in order to establish more reasonable prices.

Fri
20
Oct

Letter: Junior Achievement needs your help

To the editor:

The Wolf River District Junior Achievement program has enjoyed great support and success from the community since we all began to pull together in this effort here many years ago.

However, there still are many local citizens unfamiliar with its programs, initiatives and goals.

The local Wolf River Junior Achievement District is comprised of Shawano and Menominee counties, including the Menominee Indian Nation, and is one of 12 Junior Achievement of Wisconsin districts. It is also part of the national Junior Achievement USA program.

JA works to find local volunteers that go into the area classrooms with an established curriculum of interactive training materials unique to each grade level. Its purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy.

JA programs teach students about entrepreneurship and owning their own business, so they can be successful and remain a part of our local business community.

Fri
20
Oct

Letter: Junior Achievement begins annual fund drive

To the editor:

Why support Junior Achievement? Simply said, JA works.

Evidence indicates today’s students lack basic money management concepts as well as the skills needed to be effective employees.
Recent studies show the following:

• Over one third of parents do not discuss financial matters with their children, but 84 percent of teens say their parents are their source of information about money management. (All State Foundation Survey 2015)

• Overall, students who drop out are twice as likely to be unemployed, three times as likely to live in poverty, eight times as likely to end up in prison, and two times as likely to become a parent of a dropout.

While our educational system continues to struggle with budget cuts and rising educational costs, Junior Achievement provides relevant, meaningful, hands-on learning to bridge the gap and ensure that today’s young people are well-prepared for an economically successful future.

Sat
14
Oct

Words of wisdom have interesting stories behind them

Recently, my son, Dan, and I talked about his plans for deer hunting. Dan lives in Neenah, and he hunts in Wescott’s mooseyard. When his grandpa, Clarence Marquardt, was living, he routinely hunted with him in the Wittenberg area.

While in his 80s, Grandpa still enjoyed sitting in the hunting shack with Dan. It was their time, a special time for both of them. Dan enjoyed listening to grandpa’s stories and sayings. He still laughs when he thinks about some of them. I guess “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

On the way out to the woods, Grandpa would say, “Daniel, it’s still darker than a black bear’s butt this morning.” When they went into the hunting shack, he’d grumble, “It’s colder than an Eskimo’s outhouse in here.”

Once, Dan commented he would have brought a rope “if” he had thought of it. Grandpa replied, “And if the dog hadn’t stopped to raise his leg, he would have caught the rabbit.”

Sat
07
Oct

Clothesline conversations bring people together


Contributed Photo Lorna Marquardt’s cousins, Elaine (Buettner) Knope and her sister, Carol, hang out doll clothes on wash day in this photo taken in the early 1950s.

I’m pleased that in addition to The Shawano Leader, my column will be published in the Oconto County Times Herald, Wittenberg Enterprise & Birnamwood News, Super Shopper and Your Community Shopper.

I’d like to take this time to say “welcome” and “thank you for allowing me into your home.”

I began writing articles while serving as Shawano’s mayor, focusing on city issues. Since my retirement, I have been writing about people, memories from the past, nonprofit groups, businesses and area happenings.

Readers often tell me they enjoy the trivia questions. You can find the answer to today’s question on another page in this issue.

I hope you like my new name for the column, “Clothesline Conversation.”

I grew up in the 1950s and ’60s. Everyone had a wash machine, but a dryer was a luxury. Statistics show 90 percent of the families in the ’50s didn’t have a dryer, but nearly every family had a clothesline.

Sat
30
Sep

From walking to running to half marathons


Contributed Photo Robyn Shingler strikes a pose at the 2016 Madison Half Marathon. Shingler started walking for exercise at age 52, then started running and now is preparing for her second half marathon.

Contributed Photo Robyn Shingler shows off the awards she won at the Biggest Loser Run/Walk in Eau Claire in 2015.

Dedicated. Determined. Disciplined. Those are just a few words that describe local runner/athlete Robyn Shingler.

Not unlike most running enthusiasts, Robyn started out by walking.

She commented: “I was motivated to walk two years ago, when on a lark for my 52nd birthday, I deactivated all social media and set a goal to accomplish a few things with my time off the grid.”

Robyn used her free time in a variety of ways. She sang at two events, wrote several letters, read four classics and walked 100 miles in 52 days.

Robyn remarked: “The amount of free time I had and what I was able to accomplish was incredible! I felt I really reconnected to what is important — relationships, health and my faith.”

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