Opinions

Mon
05
Aug

It’s never too late to become what you might have been

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” — Albert Einstein

Congratulations to William (Bill) Beyer on his recent retirement. Bill began his employment with the City on June 13, 1977. He officially retired on July 1 of this year. He worked in the Department of Public Works as a truck driver. His many years of dedicated service are appreciated.

The task force appointed to make recommendations regarding the re-purposing of our existing hospital (Shawano Medical Center) will be touring the facility on Aug. 12. The task force will meet in City Hall’s community room on Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Qualified candidates have until Aug. 10 to apply for the position of assistant city administrator/public works coordinator. Interviews will be scheduled for late August or early September. We are pleased to have Mary Nordin filling in as an interim public works director until the position can be filled.

Mon
29
Jul

Trees raise questions about airport operation

To the editor:

To the casual observer, recent news begs answers to some elementary questions.

Who or what entity owns the airport? Who or what entity is responsible for the operation, administration and safety of the airport? Who is the ultimate authority?

As for the trees, were they an imminent hazard, nuisance or safety concern? If legitimately so, then that would seem to trump any further debate. They’re gone; end of story. If not, why on earth would they be summarily removed? Was there no middle ground sought here?

The apparent lack of decorum between interested parties is somewhat disturbing and quite unflattering to both sides.

If any tax dollars are involved with the airport, then I, and I’m sure many others, would be interested in answers to these questions.

Jim Reetz

Shawano

Mon
29
Jul

Shawano is filled with interesting people

“When we’re connected to others, we become better people.” — Randy Pausch

Being your mayor has allowed me the opportunity to meet many interesting, caring and genuinely nice people here in our community. It is the people who make the city of Shawano a great place to live/visit. In today’s column, I’ll share with you the personal and professional stories of two such folks.

Are you aware a well-known and much respected professional walleye angler lives here in Shawano? Her name is Marianne Huskey. At age 6, her grandfather took her fishing on Lake Michigan. Her first trip out on the lake was on his 26-foot Sea Ray in the rain. They fished for perch and salmon. Huskey commented, “I was so excited from the moment I put my first crawler on the hook. That excitement has never worn off.”

Mon
29
Jul

Soo Line depot should be preserved

To the editor:

Congratulations to Dean Proper on his efforts to preserve our area’s railroad history with the replica of the Zachow Depot at Heritage Park. My grandfather was employed by the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Company for 30 years as a freight conductor. Railroading is in my family’s blood.

It pleases me to see that Mr. Proper has taken the time to keep Zachow’s history alive, and also show the importance of the railroad. Job well done.

I am disturbed to see a piece of Shawano’s railroad history deteriorating. The old Soo Line (now Canadian National) depot on Green Bay Street is being ignored. This depot is a major piece of Shawano history.

A railroad company was established on this site. It was a major line of commerce for northern Wisconsin’s forest and lumber industry. Please refer to historian and author Ila Moede’s Shawano history books for more details.

Wed
24
Jul

Shawano should do its part to preserve biodiversity

“Garden as if life depended on it.” Dr. Douglas Tallamy Humans can’t live as the only species on earth. It is other species that create the ecosystem essential to our survival. Bob and Nancy Dumke, owners of the Cobblers Closet in downtown Shawano, are concerned. Bob commented, “We need biodiversity. The ecosystems that support us are run by biodiversity. Each time we force a species to extinction, we promote our own demise. The overwhelming accumulation of scientific data shows a significant loss of pollinators, habitat, native plants and biodiversity.” Statistics show that in the lower 48 states, 54 percent of the land has been turned into cities, suburbs, highways and shopping malls. Another 41 percent of the land is being used for various forms of agriculture. We humans have taken 95 percent of nature and made it unnatural. In 1950, the population of the U.S. was 151 million. As of last year, it has risen to 314 million.

Mon
22
Jul

Shawano should do its part to preserve biodiversity

“Garden as if life depended on it.” Dr. Douglas Tallamy

Humans can’t live as the only species on earth. It is other species that create the ecosystem essential to our survival.

Bob and Nancy Dumke, owners of the Cobblers Closet in downtown Shawano, are concerned. Bob commented, “We need biodiversity. The ecosystems that support us are run by biodiversity. Each time we force a species to extinction, we promote our own demise. The overwhelming accumulation of scientific data shows a significant loss of pollinators, habitat, native plants and biodiversity.”

Statistics show that in the lower 48 states, 54 percent of the land has been turned into cities, suburbs, highways and shopping malls. Another 41 percent of the land is being used for various forms of agriculture. We humans have taken 95 percent of nature and made it unnatural.

Mon
15
Jul

Rotarians learn history of Twig’s Beverage

“In America, small business is a big deal.” — Bob Beauprez

Local service clubs are an important part of our community. Each club contributes in different ways to a variety of causes. As a member of our local Rotary Club, finding speakers for our weekly meetings is my task for the next year.

This week, Shawano’s own Dan Hartwig spoke to our club. Dan is president and CEO of Twig’s Beverage. The history of Twig’s, along with future plans, was so interesting, I thought you might enjoy hearing about it, too.

The Hartwig families were immigrants from Germany. They settled west of Bonduel. Many of you might remember Leonard Hartwig, a well-known barber here in Shawano. His nickname was Shorty. He was the father of Floyd. Dan’s parents were Floyd and Velda.

Sun
30
Jun

Letter: Teen is wise to understand importance of bees

To the editor:

Kudos to Mitch Froemming, the Hartland teen working with bees on the family farm.

Without bees we would have ho food from fruit to milk. No longer are there enough wild bees for pollination. This actually has been a problem for many years. We depend on bee keepers’ efforts, which have turned into a big business, for their services to farmers, orchardists, etc. for bees to pollinate the crops.

In recent years there has been a health problem for bees, with many hives dying off. Studies have been done, including looking at heavy use of pesticides, among other problems.

I laud young Mitch for his bee raising interest and encourage him to keep it up, and also urge all who like to eat to make themselves knowledgeable of bee pollination importance.

Gerry L. Stephens

Shawano

Sun
30
Jun

Future of hospital building among city's complex issues

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” — Elbert Hubbard

For the past two years, I’ve been contributing articles to The Shawano Leader via a column named “Positively Shawano.” I selected that name because there are so many positive things to be said about our community. Thank you to The Shawano Leader for giving me this opportunity. Thanks, readers, for your input and kind comments.

Recently a resident contacted me and said, “Every week you write about all the great things going on, but in a city our size, there must be things that you are concerned about; issues that are controversial or difficult. I appreciate reading about the positives, but would you change course and write about some pressing issues in one of your columns?”

Thu
27
Jun

Mayor answered some frequently asked questions

“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.” — Francis Bacon

Today I will answer some of the questions often asked by residents.

Q When is City Hall open?

A 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on specific holidays.

Q Where is City Hall located?

A City Hall is located at 127 S. Sawyer St., Shawano. The building houses not only City Hall, but also the City Police Department, the Community Room (available to rent) and the Shawano-Bonduel Municipal Court.

Q What is City Hall’s telephone and fax number?

A 715-526-6138 and the fax is 715-526-5751

Q Where do I obtain a dog or cat license?

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