Opinions

Sat
11
Mar

Letter: Oconto Co. resident appreciates Shawano parks

To the editor:

Dear friends in Shawano, I am your neighbor from Oconto County, but I come to visit your city twice a week to swim at the Shawano Recreation Center. In the summer, I often eat lunch at Huckleberry Harbor afterwards.

Those two wonderful facilities alone would be worth the $25 per year on $100,000 of assessed valuation that you are being asked to approve in the advisory referendum next month.

There are more parks that I have yet to experience — 26 in all, according to the city of Shawano website. Currently, I can only imagine all of the baseball and soccer and basketball and football and swinging and sliding and hiking and running that must be happening there.

Another way to look at your $25 would be to say that it’s less than one buck per year per park. A really good deal.

Fri
03
Mar

Letter: Democracy under attack by Trump

To the editor:

President Trump has denounced the American media, accusing them of reporting fake news and calling them the enemy of the people.

Thomas Jefferson said if the United States could have a government or a free press, he would prefer the latter.

Sen. John McCain said the first thing a dictator does in taking over a country is silence the independent media.

President Trump is now selectively inviting representatives of the press to briefings, excluding those media that have been critical of his policies and leadership.

The moment for America is more serious than Watergate and Nixon.

Fri
03
Mar

Letter: Social Security under attack from Republicans

To the editor:

Each month, those of us on Social Security look forward to the day that our check will arrive. Those of us still working hope that the money we paid in will be there when we retire. Currently, 39 million retired workers receive these payments averaging less than $1,300 per month.

Under Social Security, workers earn retirement benefits by making payments during their working years. In 2005, President Bush and other GOP leaders proposed to have Wall Street manage Social Security funds. The public rejected this plan. Now, Social Security is under attack again.

Fri
03
Mar

Letter: Clintonville students need proposed new school

To the editor:

On April 4, you and I will have a decision to make. It will affect the lives of all the children that will be educated in the Clintonville Public School District for the next 20 years or more. We will be voting to build a new building for them or to work with what we’ve got now.

How they learn and what they learn in those 20 years will be affected by our votes. What do you want them to learn? What will they need to know to get a job 20 or 30 years from now?

When I think of how much our world has changed since I went to school, I consider myself fortunate to have found a job that I enjoyed. We want, for them, the same opportunities we had. We want them to be prepared for the world they will grow up in and raise children in. With how amazed I feel by the power of electronic communication in our world today, who can predict what these students will need?

At the very least, we can give them an adequate, comfortable building.

Fri
03
Mar

Letter: Media should forgive Trump; he knows not what we does

To the editor:

It hurts to hear the bitter criticism of the news media.

The press, in all its dizzying variety, makes available to us “the great conversation.” There is an array of talent from our own Shawano efforts to New York tirelessly moving the conversation along.

What is its purpose? Knowledge. Honest news brings us ideas, but not so we can oppose or demolish the others’ ideas. We need to include those others into a larger story. Without this larger structure, the conversation stops and pitchforks come out.

We have a big job to find the Walter Cronkites of our day, who know the danger of fake news versus real news, truth versus lies. They are out there fact-checking their own stories, committed to our great free press.

Fri
03
Mar

Letter: Trump doesn’t mind bad press if it’s true

To the editor:

On Feb. 17, you carried an AP story about Donald Trump’s Thursday news conference. The article said that “Over and over, he accused the political press of being dishonest and suggested that any negative coverage of his administration was ‘fake news.’”

Actually Trump said that if he makes a mistake and the press writes bad about him, he can handle that. He doesn’t mind bad stories if they are true. This is just the opposite of what the AP article said. I recommend that the Leader fact check the stories it publishes to make sure they are true.

Michael Richter,

Shawano

Fri
03
Mar

Reflections on life in the 1950s


Contributed Photo Conrad Bobb operated Tommy Store Lunches, better known as Connie Bobb’s or Conrad Bobb’s, located across from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in the 1950s.

I doubt the good Lord is concerned about what we wear to church; He is just glad to welcome us to worship.

However, back in the 1950s and 1960s when I was growing up, most wore their very best clothes to church. Everyone looked so nice. Women wore their finest dresses or suits. Many wore hats, some wore matching shoes and gloves. Men often wore hats, too, and suits with white shirts and ties.

I had Sunday clothes that could only be worn to Sunday school, church or a wedding. I don’t ever remember anyone wearing T-shirts, tennis shoes or blue jeans to church or Sunday school back then; not even if they were new. Everyone dressed up for weddings and funerals, too. Maybe it was a form of respect.

Saturday nights were busy. Mother checked our Sunday school work, shoes were polished, a bath was a must, and hair was shampooed.

Sat
25
Feb

Staying at Grandma’s house was always a treat

This is the second article in a series I am writing about growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. Looking back, I realize many families, like ours, lived quite modestly. We didn’t have a lot of material things. There were no cellphones, computers, video games or movies to rent during the years I grew up. We always found plenty to do.

On Sundays, our family often visited a relative or friend’s house. Most of our relatives lived in Shawano. Sometimes, they came to our house in Marion. Usually there was a card game. Every family had a penny jar. Besides Go Fish and rummy, I learned to play sheepshead, smear and poker. First the adults played, and then they let us kids play a few hands with them, too. Lunch was always served, as were a few bottles of Pabst Blue Ribbon or Adler Brau. Us kids had a root beer or cream soda.

Sat
25
Feb

Letter: First Amendment should get more respect

To the editor:

“Facts and truth are not partisan. They are the bedrock of our democracy.” — Dan Rather

I went to school quite a few years ago, but I do remember that the math and science I was taught was based on hard facts and data. Two plus two equals four then and still today. We cannot blindly believe tweets and demonize the free press, calling it fake news if it is in contrast to those tweets.

So much credence is paid to the Second Amendment, and it is a very important part of whom we are, but the First Amendment should be given at least as much respect, because what do we have left to defend if “we, the people” become isolated factions at each other’s throats?

Sat
25
Feb

Letter: Bonduel plans referendum information meetings

To the editor:

The residents of the School District of Bonduel are being asked to vote on April 4 on a resolution to exceed the revenue limit. Naturally, this type of referendum is sure to spur questions from community members. It is the goal of board members and administration to answer your questions and provide the reasons why the referendum question is being asked.

To help community members to learn more about the referendum, you can visit our web page at www.bonduel.k12.wi.us and follow the link to Referendum Information.

Also, the board and administration will host town hall informational meetings on March 6 at 6 p.m. at Bonduel High School and on March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Bonduel Elementary School.

Board members will be visiting local government and civic meetings to answer questions, or come visit us at a regularly scheduled board meeting.

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