Opinions

Fri
12
Feb

Letter: Oberstein has experience and vision to be next mayor

To the editor:

We are fortunate to have a slate of six candidates running for mayor in the city of Shawano, all of which expressed their views at the forum.

Jim Oberstein stands out based on his professional experiences, education, leadership roles and vision for the future of Shawano. He is also active in our community with the hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Orphan Grain Train and the United Way campaign.

He has also taken it upon himself to formulate plans with a fresh approach that would create sustainable jobs, enhance collaboration with and between city and county, partner with downtown business owners, promote business development, improve the wellness and quality of life in Shawano, explore new opportunities for youth and capitalize on the major assets within Shawano.

The future of Shawano will rely a great deal on this elected leader. Please show your support for Jim Oberstein, and vote on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Fri
12
Feb

Letter: Either Oberstein or Cronce could lead city

To the editor:

I love living in a small town! There is the good, the bad and sometimes the uncomfortable.

Well, in this case, I’m talking about the mayor’s race. You see, when you live someplace for such a long time, you tend to get to know everyone. We are lucky to have so many people willing to give up their time to help Shawano grow. I know most of them, but can only endorse two. There are a few more I would have no problem with, but only two can go on.

I have gotten to know Jim Oberstein and Jennie Cronce pretty well. Both come from leadership backgrounds. Both are involved in the community already. Both are easy to approach and will work well with the management we have in place. These two will use their background in problem solving and the resources they have to make good decisions.

Fri
12
Feb

Letter: Classmates urge vote for Kuester

To the editor:

We are classmates of City Council member Mary-Beth Kuester and we have known her for decades. Although not all of us live in her district (4) or even in the city limits, Clintonville is important to us as our hometown.

The fate of our city and its downtown are important to us and to our families. When Mary-Beth returned home after a distinguished career that served national clients, we encouraged her to run for the City Council after hearing her speak up at a council meeting. After serving one term, she is facing a primary election Feb. 16. We urge voters to go to the polls and keep her on the ballot in April.

Sat
06
Feb

Incidents this week reminders to look at whole picture

“Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy the thorn bush has roses.” — Proverb

A weary mother returned from the store

Lugging groceries through the kitchen door

Awaiting her arrival was her 8-year-old son

Anxious to tell what his younger brother had done

“While I was out playing and dad was on a call

T.J. took his crayons and wrote on the wall!

It’s on the new paper you just hung in the den

I told him you’d be mad at having to do it again”

She called his full name as she entered his room

He trembled with fear, he knew that meant doom

For the next 10 minutes, she ranted and raved

About the expensive wallpaper and how she had saved

Thinking about all the work it would take to repair

She was so disgusted with his total lack of care

The more she scolded, the more upset she got

She angrily left his room, totally distraught

Sat
06
Feb

Cronce is right person to lead city

To the editor:

With a diversity of prosperous businesses, quality schools and a state-of-the-art hospital/medical center, Shawano is one of the more progressive communities in the area. In order to build on these successes, the city of Shawano needs a mayor with Jeanne Cronce’s qualifications.

Being a lifelong member of the community, Jeanne attended local schools while working at the family’s Main Street shoe store. It was obvious, at an early age, she learned that success and hard work go hand-in-hand.

Just living in a community does not necessarily qualify someone for being mayor. A mayor must have proven leadership skills. Jeanne has demonstrated this by being a teacher in the Shawano School District for 22 years, a principal for 12 years, a member of the St. James Lutheran School board of directors, past president of Optimist Club, and she currently serves on the Shawano Plan Commission while working at NWTC West Region campus in Shawano.

Sat
06
Feb

Proven leader, Oberstein would make good mayor

To the editor:

I am privileged to recognize James Oberstein as an outstanding candidate for the office of mayor of Shawano. Jim achieved his BAS and MBA degrees in business administration. He is a proven professional in the fields of credit and collections, budgeting, data management and computer operations, building efficiency programs, commercial and consumer lending.

In each of the various fields of employment, he has served as a director or manager of diversified challenges of productivity, customer requirements, discovery of new business and information technology for improvements of hardware and software products.

A great strong point that he has developed is a team effort approach in each of his management positions. A proven leader adept at building teams to think creatively for the future needs and ideas to plan accordingly.

Sat
06
Feb

ThedaCare does much for community

To the editor:

Sometimes good work isn’t always known or acknowledged at the local level. Such may be the case with ThedaCare being selected as one of the top four finalists in the country for the 2015 Foster G. McGaw Award for Excellence in Community Service.

Just a few of the programs that ThedaCare has supported locally: Rural Health Initiative, the 10 large binge-drinking awareness signs and corresponding brochures, four workshops on alcohol and drug use in the workplace, two all-day plunges (workshops), Bike the Barn Quilts and the wellness articles that have appeared in The Shawano Leader.

For a community the size of Shawano, we are very fortunate to have a hospital facility of this quality.

C.H.A.T. (Community Health Action Team), developed and sponsored by ThedaCare, allows community members to identify local issues, prioritize our efforts and develop a plan of action.

Sat
30
Jan

52 years of marriage fly by quickly

“Our wedding was 52 years ago. The celebration continues to this day.” — Lorna Marquardt

I’ve written this column Positively Shawano for several years. The purpose of the column is to share information about good things that occur in the city of Shawano and surrounding areas. Today, my article is of a personal nature. It is “positive,” and to me at least, it is about a good thing. On Monday, Feb. 1, my hubby and I will be celebrating our 52nd wedding anniversary. It seems quite extraordinary to me that the time has passed so quickly.

I have told you a few stories about my hubby before, and it brings me such joy to have another chance to let my hubby of 52 years know how much he means to me.

Sat
30
Jan

Letter: Rubio, Cruz would reverse diplomatic gains with Iran

To the editor:

Five American hostages were released by Iran. A sixth American is still not accounted for. He was a retired FBI employee and was doing contract work for the CIA in Iran. If the United States discovered an Iranian in our country with the same type of credentials, we would surely hold the person hostage.

How Iran treated the American hostages is being discussed. Let’s hope that they were treated better than the prisoners held by American forces in Iraq Abu Ghraib prison. They were sexually and physically abused and photographed. Rush Limbaugh’s conservative response was our troops were entitled to have a little fun.

Let’s hope Iran treated the hostages better than we have treated individuals held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They have been handcuffed and held outside in dog-like cages. When several went on a hunger strike, they were force-fed with a tube inserted in their stomach, a practice used to fatten geese.

Sat
30
Jan

Letter: Cronce will make a great mayor

To the editor:

I first met Jeanne Reinholz Cronce when I began teaching at Lincoln School in 1977. I worked with her as a fellow teacher for many years and then was fortunate to have her as our Lincoln School principal later in my career. I feel that Jeanne Reinholz Cronce is the best candidate for mayor of our great city of Shawano.

Jeanne was born and raised in Shawano and returned here following her education to begin a successful career as an elementary teacher and then later as the principal at Shawano Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School. Jeanne understands and treasures the history of Shawano. She has always worked to make Shawano a better community. When I worked with Jeanne, she was a wonderful resource who would share the history of Shawano and the families that live here.

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