Opinions

Sat
26
Aug

Letter: Investing heavily in downtown not a wise move

To the editor:

Beware! The leaders of our burgh have prevailed upon one probable flim-flam man by the name of Roger Brooks (The Shawano Leader, Aug. 10) to tell us how to transform the longtime failing (since the arrival of Walmart) Main Street shopping center into a competitive equal with gigantic Walmart. Fat chance of that, folks!

Brooks paints an impossible dream of how to waste thousands, maybe millions, of dollars into basically beating a longtime dead horse back to life. The first reason it can’t happen is because of Walmart’s vast area size, including parking, and the ability to do all of your shopping under one rain-free roof.

Sat
26
Aug

Letter: County’s day meetings limit candidate pool

To the editor:

The Shawano County Democrat Party at its Aug. 16 meeting approved the intent of the following statement:

To preserve American Democracy, we must expand the opportunity for all citizens to participate on public boards, commissions and committees.

Most public bodies, school boards, town boards and county boards have their regular meetings at night to convenience people in the workforce who cannot be absent during the day from their regular employment.

The Shawano County Board schedules most of its regular meetings during the day as a convenience to board members. That prevents many younger people from serving and has the effect of limiting competition for many incumbent board members.

Sat
19
Aug

Purse holds precious memories of Mom

You would have liked my mom if you had known her. She was the best! Mom didn’t have an easy life. Her father died when she was only 12 years old. She was the oldest of six children. Mother had to quit school to take care of her siblings so her mother could work to provide for the family.

She became a widow at only 53 when my dad passed away. With my younger brother still in school, it was not easy for her, yet she never complained.

We all have things that are private to us, and she did, too. Her purse was off limits; we were not allowed to open it. We all respected that. Mom always kept Chiclets in it, and, even as an adult, I would take her purse to her so she could give me one.

Mom passed away in 2004. As the only daughter, I was given her purse. I placed it on my dresser where it has remained unopened for all these years. It seems lately she has been on my mind more than ever.

Sat
19
Aug

Letter: Foxconn is not a good deal

To the editor:

The great Wisconsin giveaway to Foxconn, courtesy of Scott Walker and his administration, is going from bad to ridiculous.

With the release by the state Legislative Fiscal Bureau’s report on this “deal” (based on Walker administration numbers), we have now learned that maybe Wisconsin might recover its $3 billion about to be given to Foxconn (not to mention the suspension of environmental protections) by 2043!

Walker, who literally promised 250,000 jobs would be added in our state if he was elected, is in such desperate need to be seen as actually creating some jobs, even illusory “possible” jobs, that he is claiming we should not look behind the curtain on this giveaway because “this will be monumental” and could even result in some people from Illinois moving here.

If we close our eyes, we might think it is Trump touting such a “huge” deal.

Sat
19
Aug

Letter: City needs 4-part approach to downtown

To the editor:

As I read the current tourism assessment of the downtown Shawano by Roger Brooks, CEO of a tourism consulting firm, it appears there is much room for improvement to enhance tourism in our community. It appears to be time to bring back the Wisconsin Main Street program we used in the 1980s.

I was a downtown business owner who worked with downtown business leaders, Shawano Chamber of Commerce, mayor and city council, and numerous volunteers to clear land, design and develop the Spirit of Shawano Park as the central focus plaza welcoming everyone downtown. We implemented the Shawano Main Street Program and then formed the Shawano Business Improvement District board.

It is time to return to this four-part strategy of business recruitment and retention, marketing, business facade and signage, and promotion of our downtown.

Sat
19
Aug

Letter: US should stand for human rights

To the editor:

A while back I heard the phrase “We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us” from a Mexican immigrant. I wondered what that meant.

A little history refresher reminded me of the “Manifest Destiny” decree of President James Polk, declaring that God’s will was for the U.S. to conquer all territory to the Pacific Ocean. In 1848, after perpetrating a war against Mexico, the U.S. claimed nearly one third of Mexico, which became the states of California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.

Why does this matter now?

There is no doubt a wave of anti-Mexican sentiment is creeping through this country, being bolstered by legislation imposing harsh punishments that callously rip apart families and devastate lives.

Sat
19
Aug

Letter: Points to ponder

To the editor:

Some more of my points to ponder:

1. Nearly half of American adults say they can’ t cover a $400 emergency expense.

2. At any given moment 65,000 people are in planes flying over America.

3. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln defeated Stephen Douglas in Wisconsin 86,113 to 65,021. In 1864, Abe Lincoln defeated George McClellan in Wisconsin 83,458 to 65,884.

4. The father of Steve Jobs, creator of Apple Computer, was Syrian.

5. One in 10 Americans claim some Irish heritage.

6. The prime minister of Ireland is of mixed racial heritage and is gay.

7. One in four people on this earth is Chinese.

8. One in 20 people on this earth is American.

9. Canada is the second largest country in the world and has 70 percent of the world’s fresh water.

10. Canada has approximately 40 million people; 80 percent live within 200 miles of the border with the U.S.

Sat
19
Aug

Letter: Reflections on the Trump legacy

To the editor:

Donald, take a good look at your namesake. Fine-boned, slight, dimpled chin, a hint of bucked teeth, quick of step and quicker of speech. Hardly a lumbering, pugnacious, scowling, man of few words who is proudly readying a new litigation. I can bet that Jr. would rather be a father and at home.

It must be excruciating for you to watch this son who cannot, could not, will not pull off a scam like his old man. Is Mother watching this spectacle. Does she know that there was a better avenue for her precious firstborn? A better way for him to use his talents?

Now, Donald, will you be shamed? You, who are at the end of your life: Is there enough time left for you to change one little bit? Sad!

Mary Podzilni,

Wescott

Sat
12
Aug

Some old wives’ tales contain nuggets of truth

I’m sure most of you readers, at one time or another, had someone say, “That’s an old wives’ tale.” Some thought the tales were merely superstitions, while others considered them to contain some truths.

These tales are said to have been passed down by older women to the younger generation. The tales often discouraged bad behavior or encouraged ways to stay healthy.

Wives’ tales have been told for centuries. In fact, the King James Bible 1 Timothy 4:7 has Apostle Paul writing to Timothy, “But refuse profane and old wives’ fables and exercise thyself unto godliness.”

When I was a child, my dad told me to eat my carrots so I wouldn’t need glasses. “You never saw a rabbit wearing glasses, did you?” he would ask.

I broke a mirror once and was convinced seven years of bad luck would follow. Subsequently, when something bad happened, I was sure it was because of the broken mirror.

Sat
12
Aug

Easy to get home after going to wedding

Going to a wedding of someone you care about is usually a joyous and exciting endeavor. While I felt a little overwhelmed about the fact that the wedding was taking place in northern Minnesota, and I was driving alone, still I was excited.

I have traveled the highways and byways of northern Wisconsin quite often in the past, so I wasn’t fearful about finding my way. In fact, I was looking forward to seeing some sights that I hadn’t seen for years, such as the Dell’s Mill, near Augusta. This is an old grist mill from the past, before all of the modern machinery was made. I have stopped there many times, even once on a bus trip, where we toured the museum, and were given a tour of the mill, and how it worked. The mill itself is a beautiful red color, and there is a falls to the west of it, which powered the mill. It is one of the most photographed places in the state.

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