Opinions

Sat
14
Apr

Those four dreaded words

Shaking me awake, my husband’s words jolted me out of a deep sleep: “The Angus got out!”

Immediately, my eyes flew open and in the muddiness, I tried to comprehend what he saying. I sensed it was urgent.

“I got them back in! You’ll have to go out there when it gets light out and tie the gate up better until I get back home to fix it tonight! Listen, listen, you awake? Go in the milk house, there’s a thick yellow rope hanging in there. Cut it into three pieces and tie the gate up to the feed wagon on the cow yard. I gotta go!”

I could hardly comprehend “the Angus got out” without letting it soak in about what I’m supposed to do. In a matter of seconds, I went from shock to relief to anxiety.

Fri
13
Apr

Forgotten purses lead to memorable moments

A woman and her purse is a relationship that most men would not understand. Purses, no matter the size, color or design, are an object that a woman never wants to be parted from.

For the past several years I have been working on making my purse be much lighter. However, I find I need to carry several items with me, just in case they are needed.

I carry a purse calendar, even though I believe I could program appointments into the cellphone. However, that calendar also contains phone numbers, but, ah, well, those are programmed into the phone also.

Another needed item is my wallet. It has everything in there, money, credit and store cards, business cards, my driver’s license, the checkbook — you get the idea.

Other stuff needed in my purse are antacids, and breath mints, just in case they are needed. Plus, since I am a diabetic, I carry sugar pills, and a protein bar, in case those are needed.

Sat
07
Apr

For Whealon, winning only the beginning

Congratulations are in order for Ed Whealon and his supporters for staying true to his conservative fiscal campaign message and his commitment to becoming an active manager in the day-to-day operation of Shawano city government.

Even Tuesday’s terrible spring blizzard, dropping more than 11 inches of snow on the Wolf River Region, couldn’t keep voters from exercising their right to elect Shawano’s mayor. Despite treacherous travel conditions, voters went to the polls and awarded political newcomer Whealon a narrow victory over incumbent Mayor Jeanne Cronce in her bid to serve a second two-year term.

Whealon and Cronce are to be commended for conducting respectful and issue-based campaigns, offering voters a clear understanding of the priorities for their respective administrations should they be elected mayor.

Shawano was very fortunate two community-minded individuals, who both clearly love the city, stepped forward to answer the call for public service.

Sat
07
Apr

‘Good old days’ were a simpler time

When were the “good old days”? I read a definition that said it was a period of time in the past that a person thinks were pleasant and better than the present time.

I saw some humor when someone said: “Remember when all we had was landline phones instead of cellphones and when the phone rang everyone in the house yelled ‘I’ll get it,’ and now if a landline rings nobody moves because it is obvious we don’t know who it is or they would call our cell phone.”

I loved growing up during the 1950s and 1960s, I just didn’t realize how lucky I was at the time. As a kid, I didn’t have to worry about an active shooter alert, I only had to worry about a tornado or fire drill and eating those awful goiter pills.

Sat
07
Apr

Weather patterns can’t read a calendar

Spring? Snow? Winter? The calendar says spring, but I doubt our weather patterns can read a calendar, because as I look outside my window, it looks more like winter. Somehow that does not fit into most people’s plans for spring.

I had to clean several inches of snow off the car after finishing up my election work shift at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. When I got near my driveway I saw a huge bank of snow, left by the plow and wondered how I would ever make it in the driveway. However, I put the pedal to the metal and drove right through it. The car was fishtailing up my knoll that I call a driveway, so had to let up the gas so I wouldn’t hit the garage. But the car straightened up and kept going and I got parked safely. The garage floor may be wet with melted snow, but at least the car is not stuck in the snow.

Sat
31
Mar

Editorial: Whealon best choice for mayor

On Tuesday, Shawano voters will head to the polls to elect their mayor for the next two years. Incumbent Jeanne Cronce, seeking a second term, faces former police chief Ed Whealon for the opportunity to lead the city through 2020.

Regardless of which candidate prevails, Shawano finds itself in an enviable position as both candidates are community-minded, dedicated and selfless individuals who have a true love for the city.

How then, should voters decide which candidate deserves their vote? Both are popular members of the community, but will this be a popularity contest, or will substantive issues facing Shawano guide voters?

The Shawano Leader’s editorial board tackled these questions long and hard as we contemplated our endorsement for mayor. We took into consideration all of the information made available during the mayoral forum and debate and in private interviews with both candidates. We weighed several factors.

Sat
31
Mar

Which side of history will representatives be on?

To the editor:

Recently I sent the following email to Rep. Mike Gallagher, Sen. Ron Johnson, State Rep. Gary Tauchen and State Sen. Robert Cowles.

“I hoped you watched some of the coverage on the marches all over the nation on Saturday. I read an opinion piece in the Boston Globe that highlighted seven things that could be done with guns to save lives. I recommend the article to you and hope that you will take the time to read it. One fact that I did not realize. Twenty-two percent of adults in the United States own guns. Seventy-eight percent of adults don’t own guns.

Sat
31
Mar

Euthanizing geese not common sense solution

To the editor:

If you think about it, common sense is often not too common these days. This is very true in the people making decisions for us.

The thought that the answer to handling the goose problem in Shawano is to euthanize many of the geese. Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks and Shawano Mayor Jeanne Cronce are showing that they don’t understand what they are trying to push through.

First of all, the large amount of geese that were here used the Shawano waterways as a rest and feeding stop on their way back to Canada. They were not here to breed. This should have been obvious as there is no such thing as a Wisconsin goose. Common sense.

Sat
31
Mar

Screnock best choice for Supreme Court

To the editor:

With many of today’s societal ills being the direct result of decisions rendered by the courts, it is more important than ever to elect the right judges.

That is why I am asking my fellow citizens to support Michael Screnock for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Judge Screnock is a committed constitutionalist, which means he will defend the rtle of law, as well as enforce the laws of our state as written. He is supported by the majority of our state law enforcement and county sheriffs.

His opponent, on the other hand, is a Milwaukee liberal with a record of going easy on hardened criminals, as well as being dedicated to legislating from the bench despite what our constitution has to say. Remember, all our constitution means, and this includes our national constitution, is what a certain number of people in black robes say what it means. Vote wisely, my friends.

John Krizan,
Shawano

Sat
31
Mar

State treasurer wants voters to cut his position

To the editor:

I am the current Wisconsin State Treasurer and, with your help, will hopefully be the last. I ask you to join me in voting yes on April 3 to permanently eliminate the state treasurer’s office.

I know it may seem odd to be advocating for the removal of the very position I hold, but the treasurer’s office has outlived its purpose and simply is no longer needed.

The office of the treasurer was established by the Wisconsin Constitution in 1848 and, while the position originally did hold a variety of duties, these were administrative in nature and have subsequently been transferred to other agencies to streamline government and increase efficiency.

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