Opinions

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.”

Sat
10
May

Your mom will always be with you

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

Thank you for your inquiries as to why I haven’t been writing this column lately. I’ve been using my available time trying to complete a book I am writing. It is truly enjoyable communicating with you readers via this column and it is good to be back.

In response to many requests, here is a reprint of the Mother’s Day article that previously appeared:

“Is this the long way?” asked the young mother as she set her foot on the path of life. And the Guide said, “Yes, and the way is hard, and you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning.”

Sat
12
Apr

Department, friends salute retiring police chief


Contributed Photo Lt. Dan Mauel and Officer Kurt Kitzman, Shawano Professional Police Association president, present a set of badges to retiring Police Chief Ed Whealon.

On his last day of work, a group of active and retired law enforcement officers from a number of agencies, city staff, Police and Fire Commission members, elected officials, friends and family assembled together at The Gathering to pay tribute to retiring Shawano Police Chief Ed Whealon.

It was clear to see Ed was held in high esteem by those who retired before him. Thirteen retired Shawano police officers were in attendance. Debbie Dorak traveled from Texas, and Maynard Rosenberg came back early from Arizona to be in attendance. Robert Shanahan also traveled a distance to be here. Local attendees included Elroy (Butch) Bergner, Bruce Brodhagen, Gary Burr, Harold (Bern) Burrack, Mike Jesse, Scott Otto, Chuck Reinke, Al Schultz, Don Schoenhofen and Myron Heistad.

Fri
11
Apr

Every vote does count

To the editor:

One vote matters. The April 1 vote for alderperson in Clintonville’s Fourth District ended in a tie: 100 votes each for me and for my opponent. Turns out one more person voting would have made the difference.

Now the election is likely to be decided by drawing a name from a hat. My thanks and appreciation to the 100 voters who did turn out for me and to the other 100 who voted for my opponent, which was the highest total for any district.

However, over 900 people reside in District 4 and there are over 400 registered voters. But the final outcome may be decided by a 50/50 chance drawing. If just one more person had voted …

Mary-Beth Kuester,

Clintonville

Sat
05
Apr

Don't take local values for granted

To the editor:

To be away from one’s home gives one a better view of it. After so long from their home in Shawano, a person misses more than a doughnut from Bult’s, swimming at “the Rock,” dinner at the Spinning Wheel or getting to pick from any Lutheran church imaginable.

For the past year, I have been living and working in the middle of Norway. I miss my home, Shawano, its people and the small-town values we live out: self-reliance, responsibility and generosity.

This is not to suggest that Norwegians are by any means cruel or selfish, but they have been brought up in a culture that sees bureaucracy as the solution to all of their problems. With millions of dollars (or kroners in Norway) of annual surplus from taxing oil drilling operations in the North Sea, the Norwegian government can provide more comprehensive services to its citizens than most other countries.

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