Opinions

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02
Apr

Letter: Former student praises Cronce’s influence

To the editor:

I am writing to you today to express gratitude to a very important person in my life. This person was such a huge influence on me that I believe she helped mold me into the individual that I am today.

As we grow up from child to adult, many of us can recall a special someone who helped correct our course when we had veered off the righteous path. For me, this person was my fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Cronce.

When I was in school, I wasn’t necessarily a terrible child. I came from a good family with loving parents. However, I do remember having some trouble fitting in and thinking how cool it was to be “bad.” I guess I figured the easiest way to get attention was to break a rule.

Sat
02
Apr

Letter: Cronce has done much for community

To the editor:

I have known Jeanne Cronce for over 46 years, and I believe she is the best candidate for mayor.

Jeanne not only has the leadership abilities and the qualifications to be our mayor, but also her compassion for this community is overwhelming.

Jeanne is not only a lifelong resident of this community but she also has dedicated her life to this community. Jeanne was a teacher for 22 years in the Shawano School District, principal for 12 years and served as a student life coordinator for NWTC, Shawano for five years. She has been on the planning commission for 15 years, served on the Safe Haven board, served as St. James Lutheran School director and is a board member for Community Education.

Jeanne was a Junior Achievement teacher, served as president for the Optimist club and is a member of the Shawano Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Sat
02
Apr

Letter: Oberstein will fulfill need for change

To the editor:

To Shawano voters, we have an important mayoral election next Tuesday, April 5. As a downtown business owner for 31 years, it’s time for change.

Having owned Ruthies’ Shawano News and Liquor (1968-1999), I’ve had the opportunity to talk with people over the years. Many expressed their concerns and need for change. It seems that with local representation in our city government, nothing really changes.

I feel that Jim Oberstein would fulfill our need for change. He has demonstrated his desire to make this a better community by his involvement in several organizations and programs since he’s chosen to live in Shawano for his retirement years.

Ruth Hartleben,

Shawano

Sat
26
Mar

Serving as mayor has been learning experience

“I am always ready to learn, although I don’t always like being taught.” — Winston Churchill

When I ran for mayor 14 years ago, I felt I had good qualifications for the position. I served as alderperson for eight years, and during that time I was council president and finance chair.

Now, 14 years later, I realize what a truly extraordinary learning experience serving as your mayor has been! Although I believe I had good skills coming into the position, I am ending my political career wiser and with a great deal of acquired knowledge and understanding. Here are just a few of the things I learned:

Sat
26
Mar

Letter: Make a doctor’s day; say ‘thanks’

To the editor:

“Whereas society owes a debt of gratitude to physicians for the sympathy and compassion of physicians in ministering to the sick and in alleviating human suffering: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that; March 30, 1991, is designated as “National Doctors’ Day.”

The enactment of the 1991 law gave citizens throughout the United States the opportunity to publicly show appreciation for the role of physicians play in caring for the sick, advancing medical knowledge and promoting good health.

Today, National Doctors’ Day is also celebrated in Canada and throughout the world. It’s an opportunity to recognize physicians for their selfless acts and dedication to serving their communities.

Sat
26
Mar

Letter: Taxi service needed in Clintonville

To the editor:

There has been a lot of discussion about the need for extended hours for taxi service for the city of Clintonville.

I attended a meeting of the Transit Commission recently and heard several members of the commission and others question whether or not anyone is asking for more taxi service. There I sat with my white cane, the symbol that I am sight-impaired. Of course, I could not drive myself to the meeting, and since it started at 5:15 p.m., taxi service for the day had ended. Others who rely on taxi service would not be able to attend this meeting or any city meeting, including the council, which meets at 6 p.m.

Sat
26
Mar

Letters: Street should be changed to 2-way

To the editor:

Now that the old Shamoco Ford garage has been razed, I think the city should consider making the 100 block of North Sawyer Street a two-way street once again.

I know there are drop boxes for different businesses, but I’m sure they could be relocated, possibly on the one-way Presbyterian Street by the post office and their mailboxes.

This two-way street would provide easy access to Green Bay Street for drivers. I think it would be more beneficial for everyone.

Joe Skaleski,

Shawano

Sat
26
Mar

Letter: When will voters get sick of negative campaigning?

To the editor:

Is anyone else fed up with the kindergarten tactics being taken by some local as well as national campaigns for public office?

Really now, is it in the voters best interest to dig up decades old comments by people serving in office instead of looking at the public record of those same people to see just how they served and the decisions they made while in office?

Is the record of those who seek to smear someone else so weak they feel the need to get into the gutter?

When are voters going to say enough is enough with the rotten tactics in elections?

Why not debate whether a former senator consistently voted for gun control and tax increases instead of gun rights and balanced budgets.

Ask yourself if taking actions to prevent voter fraud is in our best interests. I don’t want my vote stolen by voter fraud, do you? Enough said!

Bruce Watters,

Bowler

Sat
26
Mar

Letter: Vote for change in county elections

To the editor:

This is a very important year in county government, and going to the polls should be a high priority for all. Do we really want our tax money going to pay for board members’ personal vendettas?

As reported at an early 2015 administrative and insurance committee meeting, which was taped, a private attorney hired by this committee cost only $34,000. It is rumored that the true cost is approximately $74,000.

Sat
19
Mar

Letter: Oberstein the best choice for mayor

To the editor:

When faced with a dilemma, it’s imperative to look at the facts of the situation in order to make a decision that will best meet the needs of all concerned. At this point in time, there is only one question to ask: Who is the best qualified to be the mayor for the city of Shawano?

Let’s look at some facts.

Fact 1: Jim Oberstein is the only candidate who has developed a specific plan for growth of business, job development, youth activities, downtown revitalization and expanding health care.

Fact 2: Jim Oberstein has an extensive background in finance based on his education and work experiences (responsible for a $10 million budget). This is essential in dealing with taxpayer dollars.

Fact 3: Jim Oberstein has excellent management and people skills (department head, overseeing 100-plus people/team members).

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