Opinions

Sat
30
Nov

Letter: Obamacare warnings prove accurate

To the editor:

Recently 77,000 Wisconsin residents found out they are losing the health insurance they have. This, as revealed on Fox News, is only part of the 5 million across the nation who have found themselves on the short end of false promises from the White House.

Next year when the government mandate kicks in — Obama delayed it this fall, estimates by the CBO, Government Accountability Institute, The Heritage Foundation and others tell us 129 million more will lose the health care plans they now have.

Sen. Ted Cruz was vilified for trying to make us aware of the disaster Obamacare was to become. Do you think he was wrong now? Sen. Ron Johnson has tried to sound the alarm, as well.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services has spent millions of dollars on the website from hell, healthcare.gov, and it still does not work! Do you really think they will do a better job with the real thing?

Fri
22
Nov

Walking program inspires students, gets them moving

“Of all exercises, walking is the best.” — Thomas Jefferson

Park and Recreation Director Judy Judd stopped at City Hall the other day. She commented, “Today I attended a meeting at the Shawano Community Middle School where I just saw an inspiring sight. I went past the gym and I saw dozens of students walking; one with crutches. They seemed to be quite focused and appeared to be enjoying themselves.”

Judd inquired and learned what she observed were Mileage Club participants. Judd told me if I wanted to learn about the program, I should contact Associate Principal Tami Bagstad, who is in charge of the program. I enjoy hearing about projects and programs our youth are involved in, so I did just that. Today, I would like to share with you the details of this amazing program, which Leader reporter Lee Pulaski also wrote about in a Page 1 feature story last month.

Fri
22
Nov

Letter: Libraries play vital role in community

To the editor:

Everyone loves libraries, but libraries can’t live on love alone. Whether it’s for storytimes, job information for the unemployed, vital health care facts, online access, finding scholarships, planning travel, becoming a citizen or simply curling up with a good novel, each library in America serves a wide range of needs in the information age.

Far too often, funding priorities for libraries have not reflected their demonstrated value and service successes to the communities they serve. Despite this, there are few Americans who don’t clearly understand the value provided by their public libraries.

Public libraries are among the most effective of all public services, serving more than two-thirds of the public with less than 2 percent of all tax dollars. What’s more, they are an important part of the solution to the problems facing us from unemployment to staying up to date on changing world events.

Fri
22
Nov

Time to move on: Facts debunk JFK conspiracy theories

As we observe the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, perhaps it is also time to lay to rest the various conspiratorial theories that have been perpetuated on our nation since those three shots were fired. It was, without a doubt, our generation’s seminal moment and one of the major factors that eventually defined who we are.

Fri
01
Nov

Projects, new businesses show bustling Shawano

“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew; just go right along and you’ll start happening too.” — Dr. Seuss

Earlier this week someone posted this comment on Facebook, “Driving through Shawano is like driving through Green Bay, sure does seem to be thriving.” No doubt the writer of that comment noticed existing businesses as well as several construction projects, new business signs and lots of activity throughout the community.

Several new businesses opened recently on East Green Bay Street. If you haven’t tried El Tequila’s, you are in for a treat! The décor is bright and colorful and the food is wonderful, with generous portions. Service is great too, friendly and helpful.

It is nice to have Papa Murphy’s back in Shawano. One day when driving by, I saw people lined up outside the door waiting to get in. Papa Murphy’s is located in the recently remodeled former Kwik Trip building.

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.

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