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Letter: Referendum will help Bonduel maintain quality education

To the editor:

On April 4, the School District of Bonduel is asking its residents to vote on a referendum measure that would allow the district to levy additional funds for operating expenses. Board members and I have attended and hosted meetings to share information in hopes to answer as many questions as possible. It is an important decision. Our goal has been to inform you on the need and why the voters are being asked to provide additional funds.

Passing the referendum resolution was a difficult decision for the board. The belief is that school district is doing well and we want to maintain the programs and services we offer. It is a balance between stewardship of your tax dollars and the needs of the children.

Sat
01
Apr

Letter: GOP plan helps wealthy, hurts older people

To the editor:

The GOP health plan isn’t so much of a new health care plan as it is a tax cut for the wealthy.

It will repeal the Medicare taxes that help pay for the ACA to give $275 billion in tax cuts to the rich.

Insurance companies get a $400 million tax cut.

The older you are, the more you will pay in premiums, but with no penalty, many young healthy people may skip buying insurance. Also, insurance companies can charge older adults five times more than younger people.

They want to give us the freedom to choose, but if the choice is paying for health insurance or housing and food, that’s not freedom.

Anne Drinkwater,

Birnamwood

Sat
01
Apr

Letter: Referendum decision made by small group of people

To the editor:

Voters in the Clintonville School District should keep in mind the existing debt on the high school and the poor performance of the school on the state report card when voting on the referendum to spend $25 million on razing the old block of schools on Eighth Street and rebuilding a new, smaller facility.

In addition, what you don’t know is what the designers of a new facility told the task force about what could be done to rehab and update the existing facility. As a member of that task force, I was impressed with photos they showed of redoing old facilities. In the plan for rehabbing, they recommended saving the beautiful auditorium with updated sound and lighting. They also would have converted the gym in the 1918 building to a large library.

Sat
01
Apr

Letter: Private funds, not taxes, should be used for park improvements

To the editor:

Do you want Shawano property taxes to increase? If not, then vote no on the April 4 referendum.

People already have to work more, so they hardly have time to enjoy the parks we have. Most people in Shawano are on a fixed income. The city wants to borrow $1.85 million to improve city parks.

The yearly budget for the park and rec department is $1,054,590. This amounts to about $100 for each man, woman and child. Borrowing and spending the referendum amount would mean about an additional $200 for each man, woman and child. As usual, the people paying for this would be the approximately 4,000 property owners.

Also, the city has already spent $200,000 to satisfy the heirs of Smalley Park (former hospital property).

Sat
25
Mar

Remember to thank your mentors

One day, before retiring from serving as mayor, I received a card at City Hall that meant the world to me. It was from someone I hired while working at Citizens Bank (now Associated Bank). It was a thank you note from a former teller who wrote to tell me how much it meant to her that I believed in her. She said I inspired her and helped her become the person she is today. She said she considered me a role model and a friend. I shut my office door so visitors to City Hall didn’t see my tears.

What a wonderful and humbling thing to hear, learning you have been a positive influence on someone’s life! Why am I telling you this? Because we all have people in our lives who helped to mold us; people who have seen talent and ability within us that we have not seen in ourselves. People who have brought out the best in us. But how often have we actually taken the time to let that person know how they inspired us?

Sat
25
Mar

Letter: Salute to physicians for National Doctors’ Day

To the editor:

National Doctors’ Day (March 30) is a chance to express appreciation for doctors’ extraordinary roles in serving and caring for their patients, families and communities. This Doctors’ Day is particularly special for me as it’s my last before retiring as ThedaCare president and CEO, moving away from full-time health care leadership.

I was a physician long before I came into health care administration, and as I reflect on why I went into medical school and what has motivated me as a physician and a leader, I bet they’re the same things that drive my physician colleagues in the community to deliver exceptional care each day. A starting list might include the following:

• To learn about the human mind and body to satisfy my intellectual curiosity.

• To use my God given gifts to the fullest to help people in need.

Sat
25
Mar

Letter: Park improvement benefits far outweigh costs

To the editor:

I just wanted to write a quick letter supporting the referendum for the parks and rec improvements on April 4. I was not able to make any of the town hall meetings, but I had a chance to see the flier with the proposal and am very excited for what this could do for our city.

The updates at Smalley Park would finally offer a great area for recreation on our beautiful waterfront in this City on the Wolf. The splash pad at Memorial Park will be a great addition for young kids and likely be used more than the wading pool, which I think a lot of people forget is even there, with less maintenance. Lastly, the development of Franklin Park with an outdoor bandshell is the most exciting to me. I have wonderful memories as a child of summer evenings spent at my old hometown bandshell listening to concerts on picnic blankets with my family surrounded by neighbors and friends.

Sat
25
Mar

Letter: Businesses should have well-displayed street numbers

To the editor:

I have a question for anyone who does business in Shawano. Am I the only person who drives down Main and Green Bay streets and tries to locate a business by its street number? I find it almost impossible to find one displayed. I would say that about 75 percent of the businesses do not have a number on their building.

I have tried for several years to get this problem corrected. I have presented this problem to the previous mayor and to the present one and to my councilman, but to my knowledge, so far nothing has been done to correct it. I also made my concerns known to the chamber of commerce and was told, “That is a city problem and we would not address it.”

Sat
25
Mar

Letter: Attacks on police are attacks on America

To the editor:

Citizens of America: Be it known to all that if by unanimous proclamation of the U.S. Congress entirety, and upon the written approval of our new president, that a law of protection becomes enacted in each of our states that will help protect each and every properly uniformed police officer on duty from personal attack by any enemy of the U.S.A.

The entirety of the police forces, be it a single small-town policeman or the entire force of large cities, is to be hereafter known as the United States Police Corps. Any and all of this force is given the rightful duty so that, being fired upon by anyone with a will to kill, a USPC will dispatch the intended killer with use of finalizing deadly return fire.

Sat
25
Mar

Letter: Shoreland restoration funding available

To the editor:

Careful use of land surrounding our lakes and streams is essential to protect one of Shawano County’s greatest assets – clean water. Good water quality is also necessary for many wildlife species and providing us with recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating and swimming.

Shawano County has begun a program offering cost-sharing of 50 percent (up to $2,500 per property) for the voluntary installation of shoreland restoration projects. Property owners, who are required to complete shoreland mitigation projects, will be eligible for a 25 percent cost-share rate and up to $1,250 of cost-share per property.

The majority of this program will be focused within the Shawano Lake watershed. The Shawano Lake watershed contains Shawano, Bahr, Korth, Lily, Loon, Lulu, Washington and White Clay lakes, their tributaries, and all lands draining into these waterways.

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