Opinions

Sat
10
Sep

There are no perfect candidates, so voters must decide

To the editor:

During this past weekend, I spent a few hours tending the Republican Party booth at the Shawano County Fair. Occasionally a visitor to the booth would say that the Republican Party should have chosen a different candidate for the presidency.

In fact, the “Republican establishment” did not select the candidate! There were at least 17 Republicans vying for the honor of being selected as the party’s nominee. After hearing several debates, the millions of citizens who exercised their voting rights selected Donald Trump.

Nobody even needs to be a dues-paying member of any party to vote in the primary election. You only need to declare which party’s nomination process in which you choose to participate.

Sat
03
Sep

Dragging elder abuse out of the shadows

I am writing a two-part article about a subject that isn’t talked about often; however, it is a growing problem that needs to be discussed — elder abuse.

Elder abuse includes physical, sexual or psychological abuse, as well as neglect, abandonment and financial exploitation of an older person by another person or entity. Any older adult, in any family, could experience elder abuse. Sometimes individuals bear responsibility for the abuse. Sometimes ineffective systems bear the responsibility.

I have researched a variety of studies and have learned the following:

• One out of every 10 people ages 60 and older who live at home suffers abuse, neglect or exploitation.

• About half of people with dementia suffer from abuse or neglect by their caregivers.

• Cognitive impairment reduces financial capacity, increasing financial exploitation.

Sat
20
Aug

We all need a good chuckle now and then

Where did laughter go? Sometimes we take life way too seriously. Unfortunately, it has become common for people to run through life with such speed that there is no time to laugh.

I recently read children laugh over 300 times a day while adults laugh less than 15. What happens to us when we grow up?

My dad used to tell me, “Lorna, when you go through life there will be times you are sad, and you will cry. Cry when you need to, but remember to laugh when you can.”

He said, “Laughter can’t solve your problems, but it can help dissolve them.”

I am grateful the good Lord gave me a sense of humor. I have called upon it many times. Here is one example:

Sat
20
Aug

Letter: Festival directors appreciate everyone’s support

To the editor:

Last weekend, Shawano’s Mielke Park was full of music and laughter as the 38th annual Shawano Folk Music Festival filled the park and the Mielke Arts Center.

Musicians from across the country came to Shawano for this yearly celebration of music, dance, crafts and community.

This event is run entirely by volunteers. Some work all year as part of the festival planning committee. Others help out by working a shift during the weekend, and the Shawano County Arts Council gives ongoing support.

To everyone who helped, we give a big thank you. We couldn’t do it without everyone’s help.

Sat
20
Aug

Letter: Accident victims appreciate everyone who helped

To the editor:

On July 30, my husband and I were hit head-on by an alleged drunken driver on County Road A and Blueberry Road just outside of Gresham.

I only remember small fragments of that time, but with the help of my husband, who remembers everything, and my daughter, I have pieced together a rough picture of what happened.

Craig and I would like to take this time to thank everyone who helped us that night.

First, we would like to thank the Gresham Fire Department for the phenomenal job you did in helping my husband get to EMS workers and for extracting me from the vehicle.

I want to thank officers Rekoske and Hoffman for all you are continuing to do in your investigation of this matter, the amazing EMS workers who were with us during that time, and the ThedaCare pilot and flight paramedics who worked on me until I got to the trauma center.

Sat
13
Aug

City officials share what they’ve been doing

I stopped at City Hall this week for my monthly meeting with Mayor Cronce and city staff. It is always such a pleasant experience; everyone is so welcoming and responsive.

After sharing pleasantries, I asked Mayor Cronce how things are going. She grinned and responded: “You were right. This is a part-time job requiring a full-time commitment.” She added, “I don’t mind. I like to be kept busy, and I enjoy the challenges.”

In addition to the day and night meetings and daily office hours, our mayor is busy attending various events.

Cronce commented: “I was recently invited to attend an event for CRI Leadership Shawano alumni. I was one of the spelling bee judges. I dressed in schoolmarm garb, complete with a sunbonnet and a ruler in hand.”

Cronce continued, “I was placed between Hillary and Donald and had to try to keep the peace.” She added, “It was a fun event.”

Fri
05
Aug

Visit to quilting group turns out to be sew much fun

A friend of mine, Melissa Schuler, recently invited me to attend an “Introduction to Quilting “class with her.

“I thought now that you are retired, you might have the time to try something new,” Melissa commented.

I explained I am not a sewing enthusiast, not even close. I don’t even have a sewing machine.

Melissa responded: “You don’t need to know how to sew to take the class. It is held at the Shawano City-County Library. The Shawano Area Quilters instruct the classes. There are three sessions and there is no charge to attend.”

I thought about it and decided, why not?

Upon arrival, all students were placed in groups of three (two students and one helper). Melissa was my partner, and Dee Meyers and Nancy Amundson rotated as our helpers. These two ladies exhibited extreme patience. Melissa is an experienced sewer, but I needed help, lots of help, starting with how to use the sewing machine.

Fri
05
Aug

Letter: Wescott garbage plan seems unworkable

To the editor:

I have been trying to get the attention of town of Wescott regarding its new plans for garbage pickup in our area (Loon Lake Road). As I understand it, the new plan will require us to haul two carts, one loaded with garbage and another one loaded with recyclables, down the roads and up the hills and/or steep driveways to the paved road so that they can be easily emptied into the trucks. Bad thing to have to do on a nice day, worse when there is ice and snow on those roads, hills and steep driveways.

Currently, at our place, we put our clear garbage bags and blue recyclable bags in our car and drive them to the road on garbage day. Then they pick them up. A system that works.

There is room at the top for the bags, but there is not enough room for all these carts. There is no shoulder on this wooded road. Where do they expect us to put these carts on Loon Lake Drive?

Sat
30
Jul

Letter: Middle class is in peril

To the editor:

The citizens living in Northeastern Wisconsin have traditionally enjoyed a middle class standard of living. The area has been blessed with employment enterprises that paid a living wage. Sadly, the middle class standard of living is on the decline in our area and throughout America.

Are you in the middle class? To some degree that is relative. It takes more money to be considered middle class in De Pere, Ashwaubenon or Appleton as opposed to the income requirements to be living in the middle class in White Lake, Leona, Suring or Lena. Assessment of middle class status is not solely the level of income, but rather if an individual can meet the following nine middle class indicators:

• You can make payments on a modest contemporary home with modern appliances.

• You can make the payments on a reasonably modern vehicle.

• You can afford health insurance that does not have excessive co-payments and deducts.

Sat
30
Jul

Letter: Cookout helps residents relate to officers

To the editor:

On July 25, the Shawano City Housing Authority hosted the first ever “Cookout With the Cops” at Parkside Apartments on Main Street.

Officer Jody Johnson was the force behind the cookout. Officer Johnson printed and delivered fliers to the tenants, provided the food and beverages for the cookout, and set up the event with the help of some of the other officers. It was a great success! There were approximately 40 people who attended and at least 10 off-duty officers, including Chief Mark Kohl.

Some of the tenants at Parkside Apartments have a fear of law enforcement, just like some citizens of our community do. This was a great opportunity for them to see that police officers are people doing a job. It was great for two officers who were on duty to stop in and greet the tenants so they can see that they, too, are people just wearing uniforms.

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