Opinions

Sat
09
Jul

City officials douse former fire chief with praise

He left quietly; no party, no open house, no dinner and no gifts. It’s the way he wanted it. Anyone who personally knows Doug Knope would not be surprised by that. He is a humble man, and he dislikes being in the limelight. He is quick to give his praise to others, but he doesn’t care to be on the receiving end.

I am sure there are those within our community who are unaware Knope recently retired from the position of fire chief, a position he held since February 1961. We just couldn’t let him depart without saying a public thank you for a job well done.

Mayor Jeanne Cronce commented, “Shawano has been privileged to have Doug Knope devote 55 years to the Shawano Fire Department, 25 as chief. He helped shape the brotherhood that defines the department today.”

Sat
09
Jul

Where did all the money go?

To the editor:

In December 2014, Todd Schultz, representing an investment group, purchased the building at 153 S. Main St. (former Qualheim building) and established a for-profit LLC called 153 SMS LLC. Purchase price of the property was $48,000.

Principals associated with 153 SMS LLC are Todd Schultz, Danial C. Rogers, Michael J. Kivin and others. If the name Todd Schultz sounds familiar, it’s because he tried to purchase the former Shawano Medical Center and convert it to a doctors training center. The offer failed and was eventually rejected by ThedaCare.

On Jan. 8, 2015, the Shawano City Council approved a pact with 153 SMS LLC, resolution 05-015, providing a 10-year loan of $140,000 at an interest rate of 4 percent and additionally a $60,000 TIF fund grant upon completion of the restoration of the property.

Sat
09
Jul

Letter: Clinton demonstrates lack of common sense

To the editor:

Where has common sense gone? You could possibly say it happened about the same time people stopped growing up on farms, where you either learned it at an early age, along with a sense of personal responsibility, or the eventual results could often be catastrophic.

Over the last day or so, I’ve mulled this over, along with the state of findings regarding the Hillary Clinton emails detailed by FBI Director James Comey on July 5.

Throughout Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, as well as throughout her 2016 presidential campaign, she’s repeatedly demonstration an egregious lack of common sense, primarily both through her actions and erroneous statements of the severity of her email server situation.

Sat
02
Jul

Close encounters of the bird kind

Birds seem to be attracted to me. The feeling is far from mutual. Some of my most embarrassing memories involve birds.

I lived in Marion during my school years. A family across the pond owned a crow they named Joe. He could talk, and very clearly I might add. Somehow Joe discovered the big maple tree in our front yard. Every morning he would come across the pond (as the crow flies) and land in our tree. He waited patiently for me to come out of the house.

I had to walk down a hill, through a residential area, then down Main Street to get to school. Joe followed me all the way. He would swoop down, his big wings flapping. I was terrified of him. I don’t know if he was trying to land on my shoulder or if he wanted to attack my ponytail. Someone taught him my name and he would say “Hello Lorna” over and over.

Fri
24
Jun

Kids can find plenty of fun here in Shawano

I lived on the corner of Lieg and Evergreen street (Pete Moesch family lives there now) until I was 5. Then we moved to Marion, where I spent my school years. The population sign was right down the street. I remember it well, pop. 1,118.

What could kids possibly find to do in such a small town? Knowing my folks would quickly find more chores for me if I complained I had nothing to do, I kept myself quite busy.

Neighborhood kids would get together and play games. I remember Red Light/Green Light, Annie Annie Over and Draw the Frying Pan as a few favorites. We played jacks, jump rope, hula hoop and hopscotch. We also played cards and board games.

Fri
17
Jun

Hairdresser champions better health through nutrition

I’ve always believed things happen for reasons. I think people come into our lives when we need them most.

Some time ago, my friend and longtime hairdresser needed to take a little time off for medical reasons. I had to find a new stylist, and fortunately, Sandi Bocik was able to fit me into her weekly schedule.

Little did I know then what I know now. I have recently been diagnosed, as millions of others have been, with type 2 diabetes. I must admit, I’ve never really done much studying about nutrition and healthy eating. I have since learned a great deal about nutrition from Sandi. She shared her personal story with me during my hair appointments.

When Sandi was in her 30s, she experienced numerous health problems. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. She also had constant headaches. Her doctor said she had choices, but he would recommend a radical mastectomy.

Fri
17
Jun

Big Pull organizers appreciate community support

To the editor:

As the head of the Big Pull events, I have to give a huge shout out and thank you to all involved from around the Shawano community.

First off, to the Ski Sharks: What a class act! I hope the people of Shawano realize what a great community group you are! Seventeen Ski Sharks were a part of the event and will go into the record books. Numerous other team members, former team members and their families lined the shore to cheer on the event. You all went above and beyond to make this event happen. We are thankful for your gracious hospitality in letting a Big Pull event come to your home site.

Fri
17
Jun

ThedaCare working to fill void left by departing physicians

To the editor:

The community of Clintonville is entering a transitional period as two of its highly respected physicians recently announced their departures from ThedaCare Physicians-Clintonville. Dr. Leslie Gray will retire as of Aug. 12 after 34 years of dedicated service. Dr. Yu-Chin Fang will leave the practice on Sept. 16 after 15 years with ThedaCare to pursue a new professional opportunity.

Our commitment to the people of Clintonville and its ThedaCare clinic remains strong. We have already begun to recruit new doctors to fill these open posts. Together, Dr. Gray and Dr. Fang worked the equivalent of 1.25 full-time positions, and we intend to recruit to fill or exceed the void left by their departure.

Fri
17
Jun

Jeep is eyesore in Clintonville cemetery

To the editor:

Graceland Cemetery and used car lot?

Imagine my surprise when I went to Graceland early in the morning to water the flowers on my loved ones’ graves. My quiet contemplation at this beautiful setting was shattered by the site of an old Jeep with a for sale sign placed on the grassy boulevard in front on the graves of historic Clintonville families, including the Olens.

Instead of looking out to the passing traffic and view of the city, the graves now face an old Jeep.

Certainly the cemetery association can afford to place an ad to sell this vehicle rather than parking it prominently in the center of the resting place of our loved ones.

As was pointed out at the last annual meeting of the cemetery association, running this facility requires a sense of customer service and sensitivity to the community served. Several people have since contacted me to point out this eyesore at Graceland.

Mary-Beth Kuester,

Clintonville

Fri
17
Jun

Police officers aid family caught in storm

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to express my gratitude to the officers of the Shawano Police Department.

Last Sunday, I got caught in the middle of a severe thunderstorm with my two young daughters and 78-year-old father. As we struggled to push our bicycles through the downpour and strong winds, two policemen came to our rescue. After stowing our bikes next to a building, they brought us safely home and out of the elements.

Unfortunately, I don’t know the names of the young men, but I am so grateful for their assistance. I am certain that for this one act of kindness, there are probably hundreds of other duties they perform each day to keep our community safe.

I offer my heartfelt thanks to these men and all the officers of the police force. Your sacrifice and dedication deserve to be recognized.

Shannon B. Daun,

Shawano

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