Opinions

Sat
19
Nov

What makes a ‘good’ Democrat?

To the editor:

Just who is intolerant of whom? Just for the record, I don’t belong to or advocate for any political party.

Now, if I take to the streets if I don’t like how any election turns out, I wouldn’t make a “good” Democrat.

If I riot and cause property damage because I don’t like the outcome of an election, I wouldn’t make a “good” Democrat.

If I threaten to kill a candidate who won election to any office, I wouldn’t make a “good” Democrat. By the way, if you threaten the president in any way you may well get a visit from law enforcement.

If I have to pull a person from their car and beat them nearly to death just for having a Trump sticker on his car, I wouldn’t make a “good” Democrat.

This is the same thing that happened when Obama was elected when the conservatives rioted! Oh that’s right, it didn’t happen. Grow up, people!

Bruce Watters,

Bowler

Fri
11
Nov

Recipes bring back special memories of Mom

I put it off for a long time, years in fact. Finally, I was ready, the time felt right. I waited until my hubby left to cut wood. I needed to do this alone. I felt apprehensive, nostalgic and uneasy.

I went to the shelf where I put it many years ago. I took the small colorful pink, green and yellow metal box and placed it on the dining room table. I made myself a cup of coffee and sat down. Mittens sensed something was up. She climbed onto the chair next to me and just sat there. I reached over and petted her. For some reason, she had a calming effect and I was glad she was there.

Taking a deep breath, I slowly opened the precious metal box. As I paged through the recipes of delicious things my mother made for our family, the memories over-whelmed me. I could feel the tears welling up and slowly spilling over when I found her homemade ice cream recipe:

1 1/2 cups sugar

6 eggs

1 pint cream

a little milk

Fri
11
Nov

Letter: Praise for Shawano PD and RadKIDS program

To the editor:

I want to recognize and thank the Shawano Police Department, specifically Officers Shane Stange and Heidi Cartwright, for offering the RadKIDS self-defense program in Shawano.

My daughter attended the 5- to 8-year-old session, and Officers Stange and Cartwright did a phenomenal job teaching the children physical skills to protect themselves from violence, while also ensuring the kids internalized that no one has the right to hurt them and it is not their fault if someone does try.

Addressing safety education and violence prevention in today’s world is a difficult job to do without scaring children. It has been extremely well-organized, taught in a manner that is non-threatening, and realistically prepares the children of Shawano to handle a range of potentially dangerous situations they could encounter — whether it is at home, at school or even their own backyards.

Fri
11
Nov

Letter: Theft of sign shows Trump influence

To the editor:

Ten days before the election, I put up a Clinton/Kaine sign on my lawn. Two days later, a Trump sign appeared on a property a short distance down the road. Two nights later, my sign was stolen.

The deputy sheriff I requested to come out advised me that, given the divisiveness and anger generated by this election, I not pursue what had suddenly become a feud by putting up another sign since the election was only a few days away.

The incident, sadly, is a demonstration of how Trump has swayed a certain class of people to blind hostility and convinced them that political opinions and the right to free speech is reserved for Trump supporters only and no longer permitted for Clinton supporters.

Jeanne L. Connors,

Town of Wescott

Fri
04
Nov

Former co-workers stay in touch in retirement

These first six months of retirement have passed by quickly. I am often asked, “Are you enjoying retirement?”

My short answer is “Yes, it is great, but I will be the first to admit, being retired takes some mental adjusting and self-evaluating. When you are retiring from a job or position, you are not retiring from life. Finding new meaning and purpose is important.

Continuing to serve on a few committees and boards has helped me transition and keeps me involved, but to a lesser degree. I serve on the city’s plan commission. I am also a member of the waste management board and the Job Center Inc. Board.

The one thing I miss most since retiring is the people, both the employees and residents. Having been a public servant for 22 years, I considered the city staff and fellow elected officials my “work family” and the residents my bosses.

Fri
04
Nov

A leader’s most important role is planning for succession

Many of you probably saw news of my upcoming retirement. I feel a lot of joy knowing my wife, Pam, and I will have more time to devote to community and family. I’m also confident in the process that will guide ThedaCare to its next leader.

Why? Because we made succession planning a priority almost immediately after my appointment as CEO.

From speakers and leadership books over the years, I’ve noticed the best leaders start succession planning right out of the gates. So, I decided early on to set aside one executive committee meeting a year dedicated to succession planning.

In this group, we plan in two categories: a short-term “If I win the lottery and move to the Caribbean” scenario and a long-term, retirement scenario.

Fri
04
Nov

Letter: Vote substance over style Nov. 8

To the editor:

Tom Nelson has been a dedicated public servant for Northeast Wisconsin for many years.

Cynical campaigns ads, financed by money from outside of Wisconsin, have been trying to paint Tom merely as a career politician. Those running the ads either don’t know Tom or are taking the low road of trying to smear a good man.

I’ve known Tom for a long time, and it has always been clear to me that Tom is only interested in doing whatever he can to better the lives of the hard-working people of Wisconsin. Tom realizes that holding public office allows him to do the most good for the most people.

Unfortunately, campaigning is a necessary evil for getting elected.

Fri
04
Nov

Letter: Washington is broken, and Trump can fix it

To the editor:

If he had put our nation’s security at risk, I would not vote for him.

If his organization received large donations from countries that killed women and gays, I would not vote for him.

If he boasted 30 years of government experience but still could not discern if an email was classified or not, I would not vote for him.

If he boasted about how he has defended children his entire life but is for abortion, I would not vote for him.

If he wanted my 3-year-old granddaughter to go to restrooms with men dressed as women, I would not vote for him. I have taught my daughter and will teach my granddaughter to disregard sexist remarks and move on, especially when they were made so many years ago and also to forgive those who say they are sorry.

If he caused lives to be destroyed in Benghazi and then lied to the faces of the parents as they stood at their child’s casket, I would not vote for him.

Fri
04
Nov

Letter: Nelson will look out for all constituents

To the editor:

As the campaign season winds down, many of us are becoming weary of the pervasive negativity. The overwhelming amount of TV ads and glossy attack mail pieces points to the ability of “big money” to try to influence voters in local races with inflammatory, misleading and often false claims, many of which have not relationship to the issues facing our nation. The issues are important, as is the truth.

Tom Nelson has been trying to focus on issues important to our area. Tom has been subjected to vicious and false attacks by his opponent and well-funded PACs.

Tom has a record of hard work to help working families. Throughout his career he has consistently either returned pay raises to the taxpayers of given the money to charity. He worked to save Senior Care in Wisconsin when the federal government tried to revoke it. He worked has proposed a plan to keep Social Security and Medicare solvent without reducing benefits.

Fri
04
Nov

Letter: Bonduel School District survey closes Nov. 11

To the editor:

To say the community of Bonduel and its surrounding areas are proud of its school would be an understatement. Families, businesses, and community residents support the schools through donations, time and expertise. I believe the School District of Bonduel exemplifies what is great about rural public education.

As we plan for the future, we are asking for input from families and the community. A survey was developed to help us plan fiscally and for programming. Your input is important to the Board of Education and administration as we believe that our district is a reflection of our community. The pride you feel when our students perform on stage, on the field or in the classroom is mutual between students and their families and neighbors.

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