Opinions

Sat
17
Mar

Broadband helps keep rural Wisconsin connected

If you scan through the 20 or so customer reviews on the website for Superior Sauna & Steam, a company near the northern Wisconsin city of Ashland, you’ll notice something right away: Few of the people who thanked the firm for its products and service are from Wisconsin.

That’s because Superior Sauna & Steam, founded in 2004 as a business that once seemed destined to be confined to northwest Wisconsin, has found customers all over the United States and the world through its robust broadband connections to the internet.

“You can do business anywhere in the world if you have the right connections,” said Chuck Porter, owner and managing partner of the firm, which makes and ships sauna heaters, doors, do-it-yourself kits, tubs and more from its plant in the Bayfield County Business Park.

Sat
10
Mar

Dad naturally intelligent, strong in his convictions

I loved listening to Eddie Fisher sing:

Oh! my papa, to me he was so wonderful

Oh, my papa, to me he was so good

No one could be, so gentle and so lovable

Oh, my pa-pa, he always understood.

Gone are the days when he could take me on his knee

And with a smile he’d change my tears to laughter

Oh, my pa-pa, so funny, so adorable

Always the clown so funny in his way

Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so wonderful

Deep in my heart I miss him so today.

That song touches my heart and I found myself singing it earlier this week. If my dad was living today, he would have celebrated his 100th birthday on March 5. His life was short; he died at age 55. Although his life was short-lived, the memories of him will last my life time.

Dad was old school. He was strict. He was the head of the household. He believed it was his responsibility to provide for his family, so Mom was a stay-at-home mother.

Sat
10
Mar

Vukmir would be best choice for Wisconsin

To the editor:

I have had the pleasure of serving with Leah Vukmir in the state Legislature for the last 11 years. She’s someone who is committed and dedicated to making Wisconsin an even better place to live, work and retire.

As someone who grew up on and lives on a dairy farm, I understand and value sticking with your roots. Leah has stuck with her roots. Her support for not only her constituency but all the people in Wisconsin has been unwavering. Even though her current district does not include a dairy farm, she has never forgotten that all industries, including agriculture, make our state stronger. She knows a smaller, more responsible government is the only way to create an environment where business can thrive.

Sat
03
Mar

Customers, author express gratitude for kindness


Photo by Lorna Marquardt Vicki Wartman, an author who goes by the pen name, Nanny V, dedicated a book to columnist Lorna Marquardt titled “Lorna the Leprechaun.”

Our area has some wonderful stores and shops. Do we wish we had more? Absolutely, but we need to support and appreciate those businesses we do have. I decided to go to social media to ask what positive things customers had to say about area businesses. I know many of you don’t use social media, so I will share a few comments.

Happy customers wasted no time in responding. This column is not long enough to share with you all the wonderful comments, but here are just a few:

Barb Heidke: “I have always had wonderful service from Shawano Auto Sales. Those kids are making their dad proud.”

Tom Mehlberg: “Gresham Hardware store. Service and prices are always the best.”

Marjorie Hagen: “We always receive excellent service and great food from Farm Inn … great service from Hein’s Appliance and also American Car Care. Love Shawano.”

Jenny Specht Snyder: “Doc’s Harley-Davidson staff rock; the customer service is amazing.”

Sat
03
Mar

Drunk driving not prerequisite for car crashes

In response to the guest column “Guns are not a prerequisite for violence,” I will simply restate the main gist of the column using a different societal problem.

Car crashes are caused by things other than drunk driving. In fact, throughout history many many car crashes have other, completely different, causes. Therefore, trying to outlaw a specific individual behavior, such as drunk driving, will solve nothing. We’re merely chasing our tails with that approach.

Thus, simply restating his premise in a different way makes it clearly evident how meaningless his argument on the problem of mass shootings really is.

David R. Block,

Shawano

Sat
24
Feb

Don’t blame guns; blame people

It is incomprehensible to any normal human being, why anyone would deliberately choose to massacre other innocent human beings. Yet it continues to happen at alarming rates.

As emotional human beings, the automatic knee-jerk reaction for many is to look for a simple, quick solution or focus for the blame. For others, it’s a chance to push or advance a personal political agenda.

My wife drives a Ford Escape. It’s classified as an SUV, currently a very popular segment of the automotive industry. What if she deliberately drove it into a crowd of innocent people, killing and injuring many? Would thousands of people all over the country be demanding we ban or eliminate all Ford Escapes, or all SUVs? Of course not!

When a gun is used by an insane, crazy person to do something similar, the anti-gun battle cry resumes.

Sat
24
Feb

Obstructionists need to stop dragging feet on guns

I have to write to tell you how much I appreciated your editorial today on school shootings and common sense gun laws. The day after the last shooting in Florida, I happened to get into a conversation with a person whose every opinion came straight from the NRA playbook; i.e., that it was all about mental health. No, it was about the media, if only they’d stop publicizing the shootings. No, it’s all about ammunition because as long as it’s manufactured, people will buy it. No, it’s about cars and trucks being used as weapons of mass destruction. No, it’s the students’ faults, those who knew the shooter was odd but said nothing.

Sat
24
Feb

Common sense gun legislation needed

To the editor:

Thank you for your very timely and thoughtful article on the recent school shooting (it’s unfortunate that in this country we now have to specify). Hopefully, this will spur our leaders to step up and finally initiate some meaningful, common sense gun legislation, and if this won’t, we need to vote in some good people who will.

David Block,

Shawano

Sat
24
Feb

Gun violence should be national health emergency

I appreciated the courage that you had in running the editorial titled “It Happened Yet Again” on the first page of the Feb. 17 Shawano Leader. For too long, the gun industry has spent millions buying politicians and using fear and misinformation to suppress common sense changes in our gun laws. Gun violence should be viewed as a national health emergency, and the CDC should have been permitted to study this issue. Insight from research could help craft possible changes to our gun laws, and develop solutions to this problem. However, the Republican-controlled Congress has prevented the CDC from doing this. You only ban research in an area when you are afraid of what may be found. Many of these same politicians want to write this off as a mental health issue, yet they have long opposed developing a fully funded national health care system that could begin to address this aspect of the problem.

Sat
24
Feb

Guns are not a prerequisite for acts of violence

This is in response to your editorial in the weekend edition of The Shawano Leader addressing the school shooting in Florida.

While in complete agreement that it was another senseless, horrible act of violence, I disagree in your seeming belief that enacting more gun control measures will eliminate these horrendous acts. I would think, as reporters, you would have looked into the shootings you referenced to see what could have been done to help prevent the tragedies. I’m disappointed in your lack of even basic investigative skills. In the latest shooting, as well as three others you mention specifically, various government entities failed to do their part to help keep this from happening. Had proper procedure and/or follow-through been completed, these tragedies could have been averted.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Opinions