Opinions

Sat
23
Jul

Letter: Republicans have changed meaning of lying

To the editor:

Ever since Hillary Clinton loomed as a formidable presidential candidate, the right has bombarded her with the terms lie, lying, liar and even crooked, suggesting that somehow she deserves jail time.

During the Republican presidential debates, the candidates used these same terms against each other frequently enough to change their connotation. As a result, when Republicans use the term liar, it simply implies, “I don’t agree with you, but I don’t have a good argument against you. Therefore, you are a liar.”

Hillary Clinton accusers must surely know that liar, for example, is a nice, safe, political term that when used often enough might sway a gullible listener. No one has even been prosecuted for or convicted of being a liar.

Sat
23
Jul

Letter: There are plenty of eyesores to address

To the editor:

In response to the recent articles in the Leader concerning the blight and the Redevelopment Authority action:

Through the years getting my exercise walking many city streets, I’ve noticed a number of buildings that were literally a disgrace, in appearance, repulsive, and downright disgusting! Why not do something about these eyesores first before forcing people to leave their domains?

After all these buildings are empty and have been for a number of years. I can list a few in particular:

• On Main Street, 300 block, next door to the print shop. At one time, this was a boarding house. Oh my! Take a look as you drive or walk by. Yuk!

• On Main Street, 100 block south. Hals’ Hallmark (has not been in business for many years). Why all these years empty? Items in window fading, the screen door left open. Sickening.

Sat
23
Jul

Letter: Town’s recycling bags going into landfill

To the editor:

I am writing regarding our town of Herman’s recycling program. I went on a field trip to the Outagamie Recycling and Solid Waste Landfill Center with my NWTC energy class. I discovered that our town is using the blue recycle bags instead of the recycle bins.

The recycling center will not open any tied recycled blue bags, so all of our town’s recyclable garbage is being dumped directly into the landfill.

The center prefers that the recycles are not in bags at all.

A simple solution would be to provide each house with a recycle bin or a place to purchase the bins. The cost of the bin would be recovered quickly because the bags are about $9 to $10 for a roll of 50. It would be a cost savings to the household and it would be showing responsibility as well as caring for our planet’s environment.

We can start using any blue recycle bin for recycling and stop using the blue plastic bags immediately.

Sat
23
Jul

Letter: Senators should not undermine Iran deal

To the editor:

It has been a year since the U.S., Iran, and international negotiators

reached a historic deal on Iran’s nuclear program. I feel safer because of

this deal, and I look to my senators to speak out in

support of it.

Since the deal, Iran has dramatically shrunk its nuclear program and

submitted to the most comprehensive inspection regime ever negotiated. If

the country makes a move to cheat on its commitments, we will know about

it.

I’m concerned that attempts by members of Congress to pass new sanctions

and other harsh legislation could sabotage the deal and reverse this

progress. I hope that our senators will lead efforts to support the gains

we’ve made and oppose any efforts to undermine the deal.

Bruce Eggum,

Gresham

Sat
16
Jul

Democrats can reverse state’s backward direction

To the editor:

It’s happened again, just like last campaign season. Vandals tried to tip over a Democratic sign on Lake Drive. When they failed, they got a red marker and crossed out the word “forward” on the sign and wrote “backward.” Actually, Democrats want this to happen.

Our state will have to go backward to go forward.

The Wisconsin Legislature has sent us “backward” when it comes to public school funding, transparency in government, and enforcement of regulations to preserve our natural resources, and in protection of our fresh water supply.

Wisconsin once had the reputation for having a quality university and public school system. Republicans have slashed more than a billion dollars from our public schools since Walker took office. They’ve cut spending on our university and technical colleges system by another billion dollars. Walker’s been working the state toward mediocrity.

Sat
16
Jul

Who’s muddying the election year waters?

To the editor:

Although I agree with Wendy Gribben to a point — “government for the people” and “every vote is important” — I do believe we still have a big decision to make this election year.

“Vote your conscience.”

Now for the real problem. Mr. Watters is so quick to blame all these murders, yes, senseless murders, on our elected Democratic officials that he fails to look at who voted for the gun laws that are now in place.

It is a Republican House and a Republican Senate that voted for the law that allows anyone and their crazy friends and family to have a gun. If a more restrictive law for gun ownership was in place, maybe there would not be so many crazies out there with big war type weapons.

You don’t need these kinds of weapons for any kind of hunting that I am aware of, except hunting down and killing innocent people.

Yes, Mr. Watters, you need to check out who voted for these present laws.

Sat
16
Jul

Mother shares her pain over son’s death

To the editor:

On July 25, 2015, my son, David J. Hawpetoss, was killed by a drunken driver. Now the anniversary of my son’s death is coming up and a lot of people have asked what happened? Did you give up on fighting your son’s case? The answer is no. We are trying very hard to get the decision overturned on prosecuting the person who killed our son.

I sit around and cry and ask the good Lord to help find a way for this guy to be prosecuted. Some of the reports that we were promised, we could not get because we need to file through the Freedom of Information Act. We are struggling with the cost of this.

It is not only my son’s death that is making me upset and angry. Other people seem to be planning memorials but haven’t felt the need to see if or what we were planning.

As I write this letter, I think of other mothers who suffered through similar situations, never having answers and wondering why.

Sat
16
Jul

Australian photographer has local roots

On May 10, an Australian mother who gave birth to quintuplets released a photo shoot of her precious new arrivals. The photographs quickly went viral and appeared on Good Morning America, Fox News, Woman’s Day and US Weekly to name a few.

Many of you no doubt saw the delightful photographs but might not have recognized the name of the internationally acclaimed photographer, whose business name is Erin Elizabeth Photography.

However, I am sure many of you may know her by her maiden name, Erin Kuck. She is the daughter of Al and Pam Kuck. Erin was born in Shawano and graduated from Shawano Community High School, Class of 2000.

During high school, she traveled to France and England with her French Club. She loved the experience and knew then she would like to travel extensively sometime in her future.

Sat
09
Jul

City officials douse former fire chief with praise

He left quietly; no party, no open house, no dinner and no gifts. It’s the way he wanted it. Anyone who personally knows Doug Knope would not be surprised by that. He is a humble man, and he dislikes being in the limelight. He is quick to give his praise to others, but he doesn’t care to be on the receiving end.

I am sure there are those within our community who are unaware Knope recently retired from the position of fire chief, a position he held since February 1961. We just couldn’t let him depart without saying a public thank you for a job well done.

Mayor Jeanne Cronce commented, “Shawano has been privileged to have Doug Knope devote 55 years to the Shawano Fire Department, 25 as chief. He helped shape the brotherhood that defines the department today.”

Sat
09
Jul

Where did all the money go?

To the editor:

In December 2014, Todd Schultz, representing an investment group, purchased the building at 153 S. Main St. (former Qualheim building) and established a for-profit LLC called 153 SMS LLC. Purchase price of the property was $48,000.

Principals associated with 153 SMS LLC are Todd Schultz, Danial C. Rogers, Michael J. Kivin and others. If the name Todd Schultz sounds familiar, it’s because he tried to purchase the former Shawano Medical Center and convert it to a doctors training center. The offer failed and was eventually rejected by ThedaCare.

On Jan. 8, 2015, the Shawano City Council approved a pact with 153 SMS LLC, resolution 05-015, providing a 10-year loan of $140,000 at an interest rate of 4 percent and additionally a $60,000 TIF fund grant upon completion of the restoration of the property.

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