Opinions

Fri
19
Feb

Letter: Business will come to great community

To the editor:

We enjoyed the mayor’s forum and wish all candidates well. However, I speak as an observer of a theme that came up over and over again.

Many of the candidates spoke of how we must grow our community with a rapid influx of businesses. Be careful with that.

I believe we have to be a great community first; then the businesses and people will want to come. If there are problems with the infrastructure, those must be repaired or improved. If there are problems with the tax structure/revenue systems, those will not be resolved by taking on another welfare recipient. (Other communities have opted to “give away the farm” in order to attract businesses.)

Any proposal or offer to join our community should not be prefaced with “What can you do for me?”

Fri
19
Feb

Letter: Relatives have no problem with Canadian health care

To the editor:

This is in regard to the Canadian health care system. A recent letter stated the writer had relatives living in Ontario, Canada, who thought little of the Canadian health system.

I also have relatives living in Ontario, and contrary to the other writer, my relatives very much appreciate the Canadian health care system and have never had a problem in receiving timely care, be it for a Band-Aid boo-boo or something much more serious like cancer.

They get their medications and treatments without the worry that the illness will bankrupt them. The young parents take their children in for regular physicals and shots without the worry if their paychecks will cover the doctor visits.

As far as having a medical board tell us what treatments you can or can’t get, isn’t that exactly what insurance companies do?

Fri
12
Feb

Letters: Let’s not return to 18-year-olds drinking

To the editor:

On Friday, Jan. 22, The Shawano Leader ran a column by their regular editorial page contributor, whom you regular readers know well by her quite irregular name. She outrageously suggested that this country should return to the age of 18-year-old drinking.

Her homework on this idea didn’t include the segregation factor of 18-year-olds, who prefer having their own “scene,” being forced to the outskirts of Shawano or even farther, where they drink their beers with one in each had, have chug-a-lug contests and ultimately race home on the highways, well over the intoxicated limit.

Assuredly, some are going to add to the highway accident deaths that the 21-year or older drinkers in town are relatively safe from.

Us elders who remember the beer bars of the ’40s to early ’80s know many incidents that occurred on the homeward bound. Anyone in high school during these years knew people who “bought it” head on. I knew a few.

Fri
12
Feb

Election Day reminders for Shawano residents

“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” — Larry J. Sabato

Tuesday, Feb. 16, is an important day for residents of the city of Shawano. It is the first step voters will take in selecting a new mayor!

There are six candidates seeking the position. The two with the highest number of votes will be placed on the ballot for the April 5 election. If you fail to vote in the primary, the candidate you support might not make it on the April ballot, so voting at the primary is very important.

Our staff has been asked if voters select one or two candidates. You can only vote for one. If you select more than one, your ballot will be considered an “over vote.” You will have an opportunity to remake your ballot, allowing it to be counted.

In today’s article, I will answer some of the questions that residents have been asking our staff.

• Where do the residents of the city of Shawano vote? City Hall, located at 127 S. Sawyer St.

Fri
12
Feb

Letter: Oberstein has experience and vision to be next mayor

To the editor:

We are fortunate to have a slate of six candidates running for mayor in the city of Shawano, all of which expressed their views at the forum.

Jim Oberstein stands out based on his professional experiences, education, leadership roles and vision for the future of Shawano. He is also active in our community with the hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Orphan Grain Train and the United Way campaign.

He has also taken it upon himself to formulate plans with a fresh approach that would create sustainable jobs, enhance collaboration with and between city and county, partner with downtown business owners, promote business development, improve the wellness and quality of life in Shawano, explore new opportunities for youth and capitalize on the major assets within Shawano.

The future of Shawano will rely a great deal on this elected leader. Please show your support for Jim Oberstein, and vote on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Fri
12
Feb

Letter: Either Oberstein or Cronce could lead city

To the editor:

I love living in a small town! There is the good, the bad and sometimes the uncomfortable.

Well, in this case, I’m talking about the mayor’s race. You see, when you live someplace for such a long time, you tend to get to know everyone. We are lucky to have so many people willing to give up their time to help Shawano grow. I know most of them, but can only endorse two. There are a few more I would have no problem with, but only two can go on.

I have gotten to know Jim Oberstein and Jennie Cronce pretty well. Both come from leadership backgrounds. Both are involved in the community already. Both are easy to approach and will work well with the management we have in place. These two will use their background in problem solving and the resources they have to make good decisions.

Fri
12
Feb

Letter: Classmates urge vote for Kuester

To the editor:

We are classmates of City Council member Mary-Beth Kuester and we have known her for decades. Although not all of us live in her district (4) or even in the city limits, Clintonville is important to us as our hometown.

The fate of our city and its downtown are important to us and to our families. When Mary-Beth returned home after a distinguished career that served national clients, we encouraged her to run for the City Council after hearing her speak up at a council meeting. After serving one term, she is facing a primary election Feb. 16. We urge voters to go to the polls and keep her on the ballot in April.

Sat
06
Feb

Incidents this week reminders to look at whole picture

“Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy the thorn bush has roses.” — Proverb

A weary mother returned from the store

Lugging groceries through the kitchen door

Awaiting her arrival was her 8-year-old son

Anxious to tell what his younger brother had done

“While I was out playing and dad was on a call

T.J. took his crayons and wrote on the wall!

It’s on the new paper you just hung in the den

I told him you’d be mad at having to do it again”

She called his full name as she entered his room

He trembled with fear, he knew that meant doom

For the next 10 minutes, she ranted and raved

About the expensive wallpaper and how she had saved

Thinking about all the work it would take to repair

She was so disgusted with his total lack of care

The more she scolded, the more upset she got

She angrily left his room, totally distraught

Sat
06
Feb

Cronce is right person to lead city

To the editor:

With a diversity of prosperous businesses, quality schools and a state-of-the-art hospital/medical center, Shawano is one of the more progressive communities in the area. In order to build on these successes, the city of Shawano needs a mayor with Jeanne Cronce’s qualifications.

Being a lifelong member of the community, Jeanne attended local schools while working at the family’s Main Street shoe store. It was obvious, at an early age, she learned that success and hard work go hand-in-hand.

Just living in a community does not necessarily qualify someone for being mayor. A mayor must have proven leadership skills. Jeanne has demonstrated this by being a teacher in the Shawano School District for 22 years, a principal for 12 years, a member of the St. James Lutheran School board of directors, past president of Optimist Club, and she currently serves on the Shawano Plan Commission while working at NWTC West Region campus in Shawano.

Sat
06
Feb

Proven leader, Oberstein would make good mayor

To the editor:

I am privileged to recognize James Oberstein as an outstanding candidate for the office of mayor of Shawano. Jim achieved his BAS and MBA degrees in business administration. He is a proven professional in the fields of credit and collections, budgeting, data management and computer operations, building efficiency programs, commercial and consumer lending.

In each of the various fields of employment, he has served as a director or manager of diversified challenges of productivity, customer requirements, discovery of new business and information technology for improvements of hardware and software products.

A great strong point that he has developed is a team effort approach in each of his management positions. A proven leader adept at building teams to think creatively for the future needs and ideas to plan accordingly.

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