Opinions

Sat
13
May

Letter: It’s time to raise the minimum wage

To the editor:

Right now, a person in Wisconsin working 40 hours a week and making minimum wage earns $15,080 a year. That’s only slightly above the federal poverty line.

It’s a struggle for a single person to get by on the current minimum wage. If you add children into the mix, it becomes nearly impossible for a family to make ends meet.

Wisconsinites are no strangers to hard work, but it is time to make sure they are fairly compensated for that hard work. That’s why U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin supports legislation with Sen. Patty Murray and Bernie Sanders to raise the minimum wage to $15.

Americans working day-in and day-out should be able to earn enough to provide for their families, give their children more opportunities and save for retirement.

The federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised since 2009, but the cost of living has continued to rise. As a result, working-class families have been left behind.

Fri
12
May

Letter: Senate needs to stand up to the bullies

To the editor:

For a long time I kept secret about my bipolar condition. Recently because of the potential loss of health coverage for the mentally ill, I have told all.

My friends have been universally supportive. Of course, you say they are my friends. I am a member of St James Lutheran Church, a Missouri Synod church. I am an organic chemist. I am a lifelong Democrat. I believe God created and sustains this world. I support woman’s equal rights, gay people and the right for Muslims to become U.S. citizens by immigrating to this great nation. I am pro-life. Most of my friends know all of this about me because I have sent them an essay explaining it. I also sent the essay to both of my pastors.

I want to thank Sen. Ron Johnson and the other Republicans for their actions to repeal Obamacare. It has given me the impetus to tell my story. The support that I have had is overwhelming.

Fri
12
May

Letter: RTC, city should hold open house on plans

To the editor:

The Leader reported on April 21 that a medical residency training center was approved by the city council despite hearing another skeptical voice in opposition.

According to the Leader: “Todd Schultz, who worked as a lead consultant for the project on behalf of RTC Estate Holdings, said in an interview Thursday he didn’t feel it was his role to address the objections.

“‘Everyone is entitled to their opinion,’ he said.

“Schultz added, however, that the six to eight people who have objected at city meetings had never reached out to the RTC Board to ask questions or seek an explanation of the group’s plans.”

Fri
05
May

New technology helps keep seniors informed, in touch

Mark Twain enjoyed and made use of new inventions. He was the first author to submit a “typewritten” manuscript to his publisher. It makes me smile to think of the many times I wrote on a manual typewriter, not unlike Twain. Computers would’ve made life much easier! The phrase “We’ve come a long way baby” is quite true when it comes to modern-day technology.

I wonder how many of you, like me, struggled to learn how to program the VCR. Times are changing, and seniors’ use of current technology, including the internet and cellphones, is increasing. While many of us are far from being fully techy savvy, we are learning.

Today’s technology can help keep us engaged, connected, mentally active and physically safe. Surveys show that 59 percent of seniors 65 and older use the internet. In addition, 77 percent have cellphones and 47 percent have broadband. Surveys also show among older adults who use the internet, 71 percent of them go online daily.

Fri
05
May

Letter: RTC, city should hold open house on plans

To the editor:

The Leader reported on April 21 that a medical residency training center was approved by the city council despite hearing another skeptical voice in opposition.

According to the Leader: “Todd Schultz, who worked as a lead consultant for the project on behalf of RTC Estate Holdings, said in an interview Thursday he didn’t feel it was his role to address the objections.

“‘Everyone is entitled to their opinion,’ he said.

“Schultz added, however, that the six to eight people who have objected at city meetings had never reached out to the RTC Board to ask questions or seek an explanation of the group’s plans.”

Fri
05
May

Letter: RHI helps bring health care to farmers

To the editor:

I’m sure many of you’ve seen the recent story in the media about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s recent visit to Wisconsin and his time spent on a farm. Zuckerberg spoke about his experience on a Wisconsin farm, and some of the highlights included a farm visit, a taste of raw milk and cheese curds. From his farm visit, he spoke about how disciplined the farmers he met were, stating that the farmer’s last trip was in 1981 when he got married, and that “everyone worked from daylight to dark, seven days a week.”

This dedication is admirable, but because they often don’t take the time to leave so they can take care of their livestock and crops, they often postpone care of themselves or get proper medical care or attention. Unfortunately, medical care comes to them after it’s too late and their conditions are chronic or emergent.

Fri
05
May

Letter: Scouts help prepare Heritage Park for spring tours

To the editor:

The Shawano County Historical Society salutes the Boy Scouts of Troop 32, Scoutmaster Bob Smits and the parents of the Scouts who, on a recent Saturday, did the spring cleanup of the grounds of Heritage Park.

The Boy Scouts have been volunteering for the cleanup for many years, and the society is very grateful for their hard work. This is a great help to us as we get ready for spring tours.

We thank the adults who organized the cleanup, as they are teaching these young boys a valuable life lesson in community service that will serve them well all of their lives.

The Shawano County Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization, and we depend on volunteers such as the Boy Scouts to help us keep Shawano County history available to all of our visitors.

Thanks again, Troop 32!

Elaine Knope,

for the Shawano County Historical Society

Sat
29
Apr

May Basket Day has become a forgotten tradition

In a few days, it will be the first of May. In some parts of the world, May Day is a traditional spring holiday, a day that signals rebirth and new beginnings.

Unfortunately, May Basket Day is a tradition that has become lost over time. Back in simpler times, people rang in the first of May with a particularly charming and delightful tradition. People would take all the flowers they gathered at the end of April’s showers, arrange them in a homemade basket, along with small gifts and candies, and then hang them on the doors of friends and neighbors as a means of friendship and welcoming them into warmer weather.

It was also a way for young love to blossom. Boys would hang baskets on the doorknobs of girls they liked. They would knock on the door and quickly run away. If the girl caught the boy leaving the basket, she would chase him down in an effort to steal a kiss. Girls hung baskets on their favorite beau’s door, too.

Sat
22
Apr

Citywide clean-up underway today in Shawano

Today is Earth Day, celebrated in 193 countries. It is a day to raise public awareness about the need for environmental protection.

A citywide clean-up hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will begin at 9 a.m. today. If interested, you can join the volunteers who will meet at the Memorial Park shelter (Lieg and Lincoln). Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Alderperson and church member Lisa Hoffman was instrumental in organizing this effort.

Lisa commented, “A while ago a friend of mine asked me if I knew of any service projects in the community. I contacted assistant city manager/public works coordinator Eddie Sheppard and parks and recreation director Matt Hendricks to ask if there was anything we could help with.”

Sat
15
Apr

Easter traditions vary across the world

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said! Come see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples, He has risen from the dead and He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him.” Matthew 28:6

Tomorrow the trumpets will sound as many Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Church bells will ring and choirs will sing. Excited children will search for their Easter baskets. The smell of honey glazed ham will fill the air. It will be a day to rejoice!

Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon that follows the spring equinox for those Christians who are in the Western part of the world. Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter a week or two after their Western counterparts.

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