Opinions

Sat
16
Jul

Who’s muddying the election year waters?

To the editor:

Although I agree with Wendy Gribben to a point — “government for the people” and “every vote is important” — I do believe we still have a big decision to make this election year.

“Vote your conscience.”

Now for the real problem. Mr. Watters is so quick to blame all these murders, yes, senseless murders, on our elected Democratic officials that he fails to look at who voted for the gun laws that are now in place.

It is a Republican House and a Republican Senate that voted for the law that allows anyone and their crazy friends and family to have a gun. If a more restrictive law for gun ownership was in place, maybe there would not be so many crazies out there with big war type weapons.

You don’t need these kinds of weapons for any kind of hunting that I am aware of, except hunting down and killing innocent people.

Yes, Mr. Watters, you need to check out who voted for these present laws.

Sat
16
Jul

Mother shares her pain over son’s death

To the editor:

On July 25, 2015, my son, David J. Hawpetoss, was killed by a drunken driver. Now the anniversary of my son’s death is coming up and a lot of people have asked what happened? Did you give up on fighting your son’s case? The answer is no. We are trying very hard to get the decision overturned on prosecuting the person who killed our son.

I sit around and cry and ask the good Lord to help find a way for this guy to be prosecuted. Some of the reports that we were promised, we could not get because we need to file through the Freedom of Information Act. We are struggling with the cost of this.

It is not only my son’s death that is making me upset and angry. Other people seem to be planning memorials but haven’t felt the need to see if or what we were planning.

As I write this letter, I think of other mothers who suffered through similar situations, never having answers and wondering why.

Sat
16
Jul

Australian photographer has local roots

On May 10, an Australian mother who gave birth to quintuplets released a photo shoot of her precious new arrivals. The photographs quickly went viral and appeared on Good Morning America, Fox News, Woman’s Day and US Weekly to name a few.

Many of you no doubt saw the delightful photographs but might not have recognized the name of the internationally acclaimed photographer, whose business name is Erin Elizabeth Photography.

However, I am sure many of you may know her by her maiden name, Erin Kuck. She is the daughter of Al and Pam Kuck. Erin was born in Shawano and graduated from Shawano Community High School, Class of 2000.

During high school, she traveled to France and England with her French Club. She loved the experience and knew then she would like to travel extensively sometime in her future.

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.

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