Opinions

Fri
15
Apr

Letter: Paul Eberhardt served community, church

To the editor:

When Clintonville reflected on the sudden loss of a well-known person, Paul Eberhardt, last week, his role as a concerned citizen came to mind.

Paul was a regular observer at all city finance committee meetings and most council meetings during the first year of my term of office as council member. He was a major factor in the establishment of an ad hoc housing committee to address the loss of citizens to other communities that offered condominium living. He did not live to see the condo project that will be built on the north side of town, but he was aware of the success the city had in fulfilling this need.

Anyone who attended the Legion steak fries knows Paul as the chief griller. He also was in charge of the very busy bar at the Legion. Those steaks were cooked to perfection. I recall Paul dressed in heavy outdoor wear grilling outside on a few very cold nights.

Fri
15
Apr

Letter: Trump seems confused about rules

To the editor:

Did you ever see so many sour grapes complaints coming from a supposed “smart” candidate out of New York state?

It seems the Donald knew the rules when Rick Santorum was running, and he said Rick had no chance because he didn’t know the rules for delegate selection.

Well, Donald, which is it? Do you know the rules or not? Maybe he thinks he doesn’t have to respect some state voters by actually going to meet them!

It didn’t seem to bother him when he won all the delegates in North Carolina with only 38 percent of the vote. Just who is the liar in the run for the oval office anyway?

Think about it before you cast stones, Donald!

Bruce Watters,

Bowler

Sat
09
Apr

Letter: Departing alderperson appreciates opportunity to serve

To the editor:

Congratulations to the citizens of Clintonville for the huge turnout in the recent election. Although I did not emerge a winner, I am pleased that participation by voters in District 4, my district, increased by nearly 100 over the last time I ran.

Best wishes to all who were elected to first terms and to those who are returning to the council. Being a candidate and serving on the council both were valuable personal learning experiences.

Serving gave me the opportunity to work with the excellent city staff, headed by Administrator Chuck Kell. Through staff cost-saving efforts, we were able to complete 2015 without touching any dollars from the surplus fund, although it had been used to balance the budget and avoid a tax increase. It is expected 2016 will also achieve that result.

Sat
09
Apr

Letter: Road cleanup efforts pay off

To the editor:

Last spring, at just about this time, we submitted a letter lamenting the overwhelming amount of trash littering the lake/county roads in our area. Well, what a difference a year makes!

This letter is to profusely thank the highway department, the Huber program guys and anyone else involved in this sorely needed cleanup project. These guys were out in freezing rain picking up years-old trash from the ditches and swamps — not a fun job.

Unfortunately, there will always be more litter to replace it, but now we know how great it can look.

We’re sure we speak for most of the residents of Wescott (as well as the wildlife) when I say a big thank you!

Sue and John Flauger,

Town of Wescott

Fri
08
Apr

Letter: Alderman Ponschok’s work won’t be forgotten

To the editor:

I have a confession to make. I’ve lived in Shawano, in the same house, for the last 16 years, and until this past fall had no idea who my alderperson was. A little shameful, yes.

We were busy raising our family, running a family business, watching our kids’ sports, and trying to keep our dogs out of the neighbor’s lawn. I’d never given much thought to the behind-the-scenes operation of a city government. I also had given little consideration to the actual people who tirelessly serve our community.

This past fall I decided it was time to change that. I made the decision to run for our Common Council. While collecting signatures, I ended up speaking with many residents of District 4, and they taught me so much about the man behind our district. I discovered he was not only an alderperson, he was also a mentor, a neighbor, a teacher, a respected colleague and a friend.

Sat
02
Apr

Our View


Jeanne Cronce

America in 2016 is engrossed in the latest reality television fad to sweep the nation — politics. Be it local, state or national elections, the contact sport of modern day politics is drawing record numbers of voters and engaging Americans both young and old alike to take notice of the importance of participating in our democracy.

Shawano is no different.

Shawano voters face an important decision Tuesday when they cast ballots in the first contested mayoral race in 14 years. Much is at stake as the City on the Wolf faces a critical leadership transition determining how Shawano deals with the challenges it faces today and in the future.

The city of Shawano is blessed with many amenities, including abundant recreational opportunities, pristine and scenic waterways, strong parks system and state-of-the-art health care. Shawano’s strategic location on the Highway 29 corridor places the city in position to grow and develop.

Sat
02
Apr

Many businesses have moved, flourished in Shawano

“If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.” — Author Unknown

During the recent mayoral forum, a concern was expressed about the lack of businesses coming to Shawano. I do agree empty buildings need to be filled; however, most of the vacant buildings downtown are not currently available for lease or purchase, according to people who have expressed an interest in them.

However, that does not mean businesses are not coming here.

Sat
02
Apr

Letter: Oberstein is man of action focused on future

To the editor:

Having just attended the town hall meeting hosted by Jim Oberstein, candidate for mayor of the city of Shawano, we want to say vote for Jim Oberstein. Shawano needs this strong, friendly leader.

Jim is a recipient of his BAS and MBA degrees in business administration. His diversified skills were proven factors to his success in corporate management, eight-year member — two years as president — of the Menasha School Board and chairperson for United Way.

He stresses a team-effort approach to develop new strategies, support of local businesses and acquiring new business to Shawano. Also, he seeks assistance by utilizing educational involvement of our schools, College of Menominee Nation, university and university Extension for achieving results.

Jim presented his outline for “Invest in the Future of Shawano”:

Sat
02
Apr

Letter: Gresham referendum should have better options

To the editor:

Get real with the Gresham School proposal.

In reference to referendum 1, there are 13 proposed new rooms not counting band and Tech. I question why we would even consider adding a larger footprint to the school than what is really needed or even affordable. How can we prevent this? It is easy, we get an estimate to knock down the original section built in 1935 and rebuild it to the same size which will make it more efficient and modernized. If I am not mistaken, those three floors have 14 classrooms plus additional smaller rooms already located there. In addition to that, that original section has a “shoulder” on the east and west side. Why not add 4 more rooms there and make it 18 rooms on the original footprint?

Why waste that “new” corridor footprint on building costs that don’t offer the opportunity to educate the kids? Seriously? Get real!

Sat
02
Apr

Letter: Richmond man believes Oberstein will make good mayor

To the editor:

On Tuesday, April 5, we as legal citizens of this country will have the opportunity to exercise our constitutional right to vote in free elections. This right should not be taken for granted, as there are millions of individuals on this planet who do not have this right. Please remember your vote does count, as there have been many, especially local, elections where one vote has been the difference in who wins.

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