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30
Jul

Letter: Gallagher best person for congressional seat

To the editor:

I have been paying close attention to literature from the candidates running for Congress in the 8th District of Wisconsin. This appears to be a contest between just two of the candidates, Mike Gallagher and Frank Lasee.

Mike Gallagher is a young man from Green Bay who first served his country as a Marine officer and after being discharged continued to serve in Washington, D.C., working at the National Counterterrorism Center, the Drug Enforcement Agency and as head of counterterrorism and Middle East policy for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Sat
23
Jul

Feds recognize Shawano PD’s progressiveness

It is heartbreaking that police officers nationwide are under attack. It is sickening to turn on the news or read in the paper the events that are continuing to occur across our nation. We are a small community, but we are not immune from potentially dangerous situations, and our department and our citizens need to work together to keep our community and our officers safe.

During my tenure as mayor, I was always impressed by the progressiveness of our Police Department. Our officers are proud to serve their community, and they need our continued support.

Mayor Jeanne Cronce commented, “Our police chief recently received an invitation from the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to attend a 21st century task force symposium.”

Cronce continued, “It is quite an honor for the chief of a small city in the Midwest to be recognized and invited to attend a briefing being held at the White House.”

Sat
23
Jul

Letter: RDA urges residents to speak up on blight

To the editor:

The first step to fixing a problem is admitting that you have one. The second step is taking action to remediate the problem.

The Shawano community has a problem with vacant and blighted properties, a fact that has been determined and corroborated multiple times, and about which many residents have voiced displeasure and demanded action be taken by city leaders and elected officials.

Like most of our fellow residents, we are absolutely pained to admit that this is a problem, but we cannot ignore the facts and the resulting negative effects that this problem has had and continues to have on our community.

As Shawano residents, property owners and business owners, we are not willing to stand idly by as our own property values and quality of life continue to be negatively affected by these excessively blighted conditions. That is why we have chosen to take action, but it is clear that we cannot affect change alone.

Sat
23
Jul

Letter: Political forces attacking our way of life

To the editor:

In valor, there is hope.

I want to take time to thank the residents of Shawano County who have reached out in gratitude to the men and women that serve in law enforcement. It means so much to our correctional officers and deputies when you show appreciation for the service they provide 24/7/365.

Law enforcement has met tough challenges throughout history, but recent times seem ever more difficult for the men and women who try to keep chaos at bay. It is even more frustrating when our leaders use political propaganda during election years to try to divide us. Governors of certain states and our president have accused police of racism and biases hours after incidents without knowing the facts of each incident.

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.

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