Opinions

Fri
25
Oct

Public works transition going well

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” — Vince Lombardi

The city of Shawano recently welcomed Eddie Sheppard as our new assistant city administrator/public works coordinator. Prior to Sheppard’s arrival, we were fortunate to have Mary Nordin, professional engineer, at the helm of DPW serving as interim director.

Administrator Brian Knapp commented, “I really appreciated Mary taking time from her business and her ‘normal’ life to help manage the day-to-day activities at public works. She continues to be a valuable resource to us.”

Nordin grew up in West Allis. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where she met Scott, a Shawano native. Upon earning their engineering degrees, Scott convinced her to move to Shawano.

Fri
25
Oct

Letter: Casino would be good for area, tribe

To the editor:

I’m writing in regards to the proposed casino in Kenosha. I strongly believe that Gov. Walker should give the Menominee tribe the OK to build a casino at the Dairyland Greyhound Park site.

A casino in Kenosha would give people who live in Racine County and neighboring counties the opportunity to enjoy gambling a lot closer to home. It would also create a lot of jobs, and I’m sure there are a lot of unemployed people in Racine and neighboring counties who are in need of good jobs to support themselves and their families.

It would be good for the Menominee Tribe, as well. I’ve been to Menominee bingo/hotel in Keshena several times and really enjoyed the slots there. I also met some really nice Menominee people there.

Leigh Kilsdonk

Milwaukee

Fri
25
Oct

Letter: Health care promises have been broken

To the editor:

If you like your current health care insurance policy, you can keep it. Everyone will be able to purchase affordable health care insurance. The middle class will benefit. We all remember these glowing but completely empty campaign promises.

One member of our family, who pays his own health care insurance premiums, was notified on Oct. 1 that his policy is being canceled.

Very few have been able to get any information on the health care exchanges. No actual number of enrollees is available.

Another member of our family, who pays her own health insurance premiums, was notified of a 20 percent increase in those premiums. This certainly doesn’t sound “affordable” to me.

Sat
12
Oct

Government creates mess of biblical proportions

In the year 2013, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in Oregon, and said: “Once again, the earth has become evil and I see the end of all flesh before me. Build another ark and save two of every living thing along with a few good humans.”

He gave Noah the blueprints saying, “You have six months to build the ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights.”

Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard – but no ark. “Noah!” He roared, “I’m about to start the rain! Where is the ark?”

“Forgive me, Lord” begged Noah, “but things have changed. I need a building permit. I’ve been arguing with the boat inspector about the need for a sprinkler system.”

Sat
12
Oct

Letter: Teacher turnover creates significant void

To the editor:

Teacher turnover through resignation or retirement is at an all-time high in most Wisconsin school districts. Traditionally, about one-half of new teachers seek another career in the first five years in the profession. Many find teaching more difficult than originally anticipated, and with society’s harsh criticism and lack of public support, other professions become more attractive.

The proclamation that teacher turnover is good because new, inexperienced teachers bring energy and enthusiasm to the profession and that the district can save money by paying entry-level salaries is without merit. Energy and enthusiasm are only a small part of being a good teacher. A good teacher is a professional who has mastered the subject matter to be taught, but equally important, the art of teaching. The exit of senior professional teachers denies new teachers the opportunity to grow by sharing in their cumulative knowledge of educational best practices.

Sat
05
Oct

There’s something for everyone this weekend

“If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.” — Dr. Seuss

This is Shawano’s homecoming weekend. The game is at 1 p.m. today. The student’s enthusiasm and the community’s support are always apparent. I’ve heard numerous positive comments about coach Alan Tomow. Go, Shawano Hawks!

In addition to homecoming events, there is so much going on in and around our community today (Saturday). The eighth annual Oktoberfest kicks off this morning at 9 a.m. There will be sidewalk sales, free music, games, crafts, petting zoo and the Farmers Market. If you are hungry, stop by the Rotary’s food stand for a hot pork sandwich, brat and kraut, German potato salad or pretzels and mustard. Oktoberfest beer will be available. Downtown diners will be serving Oktoberfest specials.

The Shawano Area Quilters will feature a creative display of quilts at the Shawano Civic Center beginning at 10 a.m. There will also be quilting demonstrations.

Sat
05
Oct

Letter: Do we live in a democracy?

To the editor:

Quips, quotes and points to ponder:

Since 2005, 95 percent of new wealth in America went to the top 1 percent.

The top 400 families in America have a greater net worth than the bottom 150 million Americans.

Student higher education loan debt exceeds national credit card debt.

In Texas, only 2 percent of land is public. In Wisconsin, one-third of land is public, available to all.

America has public corporations that pay their CEOs more in an hour than an average employer makes in a year.

The Fortune 500 corporations in America pay an average of 13.8 percent in federal taxes after factoring in subsidies and tax breaks.

Several of our largest corporations paid their CEOs a salary higher than the taxes the corporation paid to our federal government.

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln defeated Steven Douglas in Wisconsin by 21,092 votes. In 1864, Abraham Lincoln defeated George McClellan in Wisconsin by 17,574.

Sat
05
Oct

Letter: October recognizes Wisconsin manufacturing

To the editor:

The state of Wisconsin uses the month of October to recognize manufacturing. The Shawano Community High School Technology Education Department wanted an opportunity to talk about the many changes that have occurred since last school year.

Fri
27
Sep

Letter: Affordable Care Act is a necessity

To the editor:

One of the most conflicting issues of Mitt Romney’s campaign was his stance on health care — and perhaps one of the reasons people with logic and common sense voted against him.

As governor, he offered health care benefits for people of his state but ranted about all people in the United States getting the same. You know, that terrible Obamacare.

Romney’s wife suffers from multiple sclerosis, a disease that requires thousands of dollars of prescription medications. So you know it’s OK for his wife to have health care benefits to take care of her ailments, but not for all people in this country. After all, why should all people have the right to get their multiple sclerosis held at bay? All people aren’t really as special as some, are they?

We realize that members of Congress who despise the Affordable Care Act (ACA) perhaps really despise the leader who insisted that health care is a need for all people in this country.

Fri
27
Sep

Letter: Dixieland band truly powerful

To the editor:

Last Saturday night (Sept. 14), the city of Shawano was treated to a fantastic, rousing musical alternative in the form of the Dairyland Dixieland Dynamos. How truly great and very awe-inspiring it was to be totally overwhelmed by seven very professionally styled student musicians led by Shawano’s own Brittany Sperberg, leading six fellow musical students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This group has rehearsed together for a mere five months or so, yet The Gathering was a scene of powerful Dixieland jazz, the likes of which rarely exists anymore. The DDD truly was the “band of the land” that Saturday night — no putting up with the nauseating nasal whinings of some cowboy, cowgirl or croaking karaoke pretenders of music.

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