Opinions

Sat
15
Oct

Letter: Forester offers reminder about hazardous, diseased trees

To the editor:

The city of Shawano will be removing hazardous and diseased trees in the city between Oct. 15 and Dec. 31. Please be aware of the potential risk of injury when these trees are being taken down and avoid walking or traveling by vehicle near the contractor conducting the work.

There are two trees in Memorial Park that will be removed near the southeast playgrounds. For your safety, please avoid use of the playground while the trees are being removed.

The city is also in the process of identifying and notifying private property owners of hazardous/diseased trees that need to be removed on their respective properties. We are asking private property owners to visually inspect their property to determine if there are any dead and/or potentially hazardous/diseased trees present.

Sat
15
Oct

Letter: Junior Achievement requests your help

To the editor:

The Wolf River Region Junior Achievement program has enjoyed great support and success from the community since we all began to pull together in this effort here many years ago. However, there still are many local citizens unfamiliar with the programs, initiatives and goals.

The local Wolf River Junior Achievement program includes Shawano County and Menominee Nation and is part of the national Junior Achievement program wherein local volunteers go into the area classrooms with an established curriculum of interactive training materials unique to each grade level to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy.

Sat
15
Oct

Letter: Feingold not friend of military, national security

To the editor:

Almost six years ago, Sen. Russ Feingold was fired from the Senate position he held for 18 years by Wisconsin voters. I have received mailers and have seen his ads. He never talks about what he did for Wisconsin during the 18 years he was in office. So why do we owe him another six years?

After Wisconsin fired Feingold, he eventually took a job teaching college in California and had to re-establish residency in Wisconsin in order to run as senator. In his ads and mailers, Feingold does complain about the last six years, but Barack Obama has been president during that six years.

On Facebook, there is a group,Veterans for Feingold. I’m a 34-year veteran and had two combat commands in Iraq. Sen. Feingold voted 12 times against pay raises for members of the military.

Sat
15
Oct

Letter: Examine Nelson’s record, then vote for him

To the editor:

Tom Nelson’s veto of Outagamie County Board action to use eminent domain to acquire private property for a new sheriff’s department is one of the reasons he deserves our support for election to the U.S. Congress.

Private property rights are a basic right in our country.

Nelson’s record as a public servant is available for us to examine. Don’t rely on flashy, expensive TV ads financed by national funds. The facts are Nelson donated his pay increase to charity, not pocketing it as stated in his opponent’s ads.

Vote Nelson on Nov. 8.

Mary-Beth Kuester,

Clintonville

Fri
07
Oct

Knowing personality types aids communication

I have done a fair amount of research on personality traits/types. Determining the traits of my family, friends and co-workers has helped me communicate with them in a way that suits their personality.

Due to the limitations of space for this article, I will focus on the two major personality types: A and B. Some studies break them down further into four dimensions: assertive, amiable, expressive and analytical.

A rather brief description of type A personalities is as follows:

They are generally overly concerned about time; they feel guilty when they are not doing “something.”

They are obsessed with achievement; they are often overachievers. They get involved in many activities and want to perform well at all.

They experience lots of stress. They often become overwhelmed by what they have to do. The tasks are usually a long list they planned for themselves.

They are very competitive. They love challenges, but they hate to lose.

Fri
07
Oct

Letter: Trump tax plan benefits wealthy more than middle class

To the editor:

Why would anyone believe that Donald Trump would do anything that would fix our broken income tax system to benefit the average American taxpayer? Trump hasn’t given specifics about many the policies he’d enact as president; he has said enough to give a good sense of who would benefit the most. It’s not the middle-class voters he claims to champion.

Evidence continues to mount that he has used this rigged and broken system to get out of paying federal taxes for years, maybe decades. Why would you believe he would fix a tax system that works in his favor? He brags about exploiting the system to get out of paying any taxes at all.

Fri
30
Sep

There really is no place like home

We lived in a new house on the corner of Lieg Avenue and Evergreen Street until I was almost 6. One day, my dad announced we would be “going on a little adventure” and moving to a small farm on the outskirts of Marion.

Some adventure! The farmhouse was old, and there was no indoor plumbing. There was a cistern pump in the kitchen, and behind the house was an outhouse! Quite a change from our lovely new house to this old one, even for a child.

I recollect my mother saying we’d be fine. In later years, she shared with me how difficult it was for her, too.

I vividly remember taking a bath in a wash tub with water my mother heated in a tea kettle on the wood stove. Makes me think of “Little House on the Prairie.” I sure missed our bathtub!

Fri
30
Sep

Letter: Vote your conscience — that’s your choice

To the editor:

Once again, Mr. Watters is telling people how to vote. I always thought that was a personal choice for all U.S. citizens.

Well, if you follow Mr. Watters’ advice, you would definitely vote Democrat! That is good! The reason being all the candidates in our district have not been in office for the past eight years to do any of the voting he has mentioned, such as high taxes, big government programs, military spending, cutting school funding, etc.

Who has controlled the House and Senate for the last eight years? If you check, you will find out that it has been the Republicans. Not only in Washington, but also right here in Wisconsin.

Our kids and grandkids are paying the price here, thanks to all the cuts to public schools, just so private schools can be funded by vouchers; schools that don’t have special education for the kids who need extra help.

Fri
30
Sep

Letter: Both presidential candidates are limited

To the editor:

Here’s to the lighter side of a political dilemma. Owing to the apparent unavailability of a decent candidate for either major party, it seems that the U.S. Congress will have to make a special offer to Mr. Obama for overtime — four years of overtime, in his present office.

Both upcoming hopefuls are limited; one by the curse of male chauvinists who would never vote for a woman, regardless, and the other who is crippled verbally, in a manner of speaking, that befits a middle school punk bully.

Brian K. Semrau,

Shawano

Fri
30
Sep

Letter: Resident appreciates work that goes into Bike the Barn Quilts

To the editor:

Great job to the Shawano Pathways organization for the outstanding effort they put in for the Shawano Bike the Barn Quilt event.

It takes many volunteers to run this event, with Shawano Pathways enlisting Boy Scout Troop 32 and countless volunteers to have the activities run smoothly.

The added feature of the mini-quilts that benefited SAM25, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys & Girls Club showed the outpouring of generosity in the Shawano community.

I really want to let them know that this was a tremendous idea to do mini-quilts at the schools, and I was more than impressed with how they were displayed along Main Street leading up to the event. My son was fortunate enough to have his quilt chosen to be displayed along one of the routes. He was very happy and proud to see it, and I’m sure it was a nice boost to all the young artists’ artistic self-esteem to see their quilts prominently displayed along Main Street.

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