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Fri
30
Sep

Letter: It’s time for sportsmen to protest state policies

To the editor:

The year was 2000. Deer gun and archery season harvest was 615,293. In 2015, deer gun and archery harvest was 309,329. Something wrong?

I grew up in western Shawano County. Last year, I did not see that many deer when hunting. I saw more deer in the 1960s. That area has had too many crop damage tags. Once again, tags are being issued. We don’t need them anymore. This year when you buy a license, you get one buck and three antlerless tags. That’s ridiculous.

There are too many wolves. I hope the wolf gets off the endangered species list. The wolf needs to be hunted like the coyote. Last year hunting from a pop-up blind, I had a wolf pass me at 17 yards. Two or more wolves will really be an issue.

Trickle-down deer hunts for the sportsmen must stop. Can’t do much for 2016 — the hunt has started? Wrong! One thing that can be done is only fill one tag, maybe two if you bow and gun hunt.

Fri
30
Sep

Letter: Bullying ordinance could punish victims

To the editor:

I am writing this in response to the institution of the new bullying ordinance in Shawano. This ordinance is an attempt to prevent bullying by giving the parents of the bully a fine of $366, which could increase per subsequent offense.

It’s outrageous that local governments believe they can end bullying in this fashion when the outcome could potentially be worse for victims. Schools could classify almost anything as bullying, from joking with friends to hitting another student.

When I attended Shawano High School, I had an incident with another student in a gym class. This altercation resulted in me receiving a broken nose even though I was not the one who started the fight. The punishments that resulted from this seemed very unfair. I had to visit multiple doctors and experience pain for a period of time, and today I still have to deal with a disfigured nose.

Fri
30
Sep

Letter: Individuals, businesses asked to support JA

To the editor:

As thousands of students in the Wolf River District complete the first few weeks of the 2016-17 school year, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin is kicking off its annual operating campaign to help students manage money and learn about business.

Through the generous investment of individuals and companies throughout the district, approximately 2,700 of the students attending Shawano and Menominee county public, private and parochial schools will experience Junior Achievement. JA is a program that gives kindergarten through 12th-grade students the knowledge and skills to plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.

Fri
23
Sep

Nursery rhymes don’t seem so innocent anymore

My mother often read nursery rhymes to me when I was a child. The book she read from was given to her by her mother. When I was old enough to read, I would sit for hours reading the nursery rhymes to myself. When I married, my mother knew how much I loved the book, and she gave it to me so I could read it to my children.

When cleaning a closet recently, I found the book tucked away on a top shelf. The memories overcame me as I sat on the bed and read Humpty Dumpty to myself. I am not sure if nursery rhymes are still being read to children, but they were once very popular.

I never thought too deeply about the troubling words of some of the rhymes until now. I decided to do a little research and learned some intriguing history I thought you might find interesting too.

The first known publication of nursery rhymes was in 1744 and the first confirmed collection of nursery rhymes using the term “Mother Goose” was published in 1780.

Fri
23
Sep

Letter: Gallagher best choice in 8th District

To the editor:

I have had the pleasure of meeting Mike Gallagher on two occasions. Each time, I have been thoroughly impressed.

As Mike Gallagher has served seven years active duty in the Marine Corps, I shared with him my son’s military aspirations. Mike gave me his personal contact information, noting that he is currently just a civilian, but would love to talk with my son, offering to provide guidance in deciding which route would best suit him.

I found that Mike Gallagher is truly concerned about the issues facing our community. This includes the challenges to the local employers, especially in the smaller cities, villages and townships of the 8th District. From the farmer to the papermaker, he understands the importance these local jobs have on the economic health of the area.

Fri
23
Sep

Letter: Open-pit sulfide mine would be bad for environment

To the editor:

My thoughts will be with the Menominee in October’s public hearing on the Aquila mine.

In the best circumstances an open-pit sulfide mine is terrible for the environment, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have lingering questions about this one. Moreover, as happens too often, tribal concerns have so far been dismissed.

The promised jobs and revenue for Michigan may be enticing, and predictably Aquila Resources Inc. insists that the mine can be constructed and operated safely. We’ve heard this before. A spokesman for the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council says there’s no proof that the proposed plan can prevent acid mine drainage from contaminating the Menominee River.

Fri
23
Sep

Letter: King residents deserve better care

To the editor:

Wisconsin Republican scandal exposed: “State Raids Funds from Veteran’s Home” (Madison Capitol Times). That’s right. Scott Walker, aided and abetted by Republicans like Tom Tiffany, have been taking federal money meant to treat vets at King in Waupaca County and diverting it to the Wisconsin Veterans Trust Fund.

King residents are not receiving adequate care, even though Wisconsin brings in millions more each year than it spends on them.

How could this happen? In 2011, the state budget authorized the Department of Veterans Affairs to transfer funds from King to the VTF. In 2013, the Legislature made that authority permanent.

Question: Should the state be collecting federal money and diverting it from those who served and are now sick and disabled?

Sat
17
Sep

Packer pride has new meaning amid NFL protests

My favorite time of the year is autumn. I enjoy the cooler weather, the trees as they change colors, pumpkin pie and football!

My entire family enjoys football. We all love our Packers and cheer boisterously for them. My brother Joel and wife Barb live in Fort Collins, Colorado. He told me there are lots of Packer fans living there. Sometimes they have a Packer party and sometimes they go to a Packer bar to cheer with the other fans. A large wood bear wearing a Packer jersey and hat and waving a Packer flag stands proudly on their front steps.

Every Sunday morning, I talk with my brother Pat, who lives in Marion, about the week’s games. His wife, Rozanne, and their four sons are also Packer fans.

I should add, we are all Badger fans as well.

Sat
10
Sep

Help is available in elder abuse cases

Elder abuse and neglect is a subject not often discussed; however, it is a growing concern. Many elderly adults are abused in their own homes by a spouse, child, relative or caregiver. Elder abuse can also occur in institutional settings, especially long-term care facilities.

As people age, they often become physically frail and not able to defend themselves against physical abuse. They might not see or hear as well as they used to, which can lead to others taking advantage of them.

Sometimes physical or mental ailments of a partner is too much for an aging spouse to deal with, and mental, physical or financial abuse might occur.

There are different types of abuse. Physical abuse against an elderly person results in pain, injury or impairment. It includes not only assaults such as hitting and pushing, but also the inappropriate use of drugs, restraints or confinement.

Sat
10
Sep

Federal lands need to be protected

To the editor:

As a sportsman, I am getting very concerned about the continuing efforts of the U.S. Congress to sell or transfer our federal public lands.

In the last two years, there have been several bills that have been advanced and in some cases passed one house of the Congress. Our national forests, like the Nicolet-Chequamegon in northern Wisconsin, and our federal wildlife refuges, such as the Horicon Marsh, Meadow Valley and the Upper Mississippi River Refuge, are really important to hunters and anglers in the state, and provide many other recreational opportunities like camping, hiking and bird watching.

In addition, many people from Wisconsin travel and use the federal lands in the western part of our country to hunt, fish, camp and enjoy other outdoor activities. It would be a tremendous loss for us and future generations if these lands are sold off.

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