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Fri
17
Oct

Letter: Learn about Common Core at BHS next week

To the editor:

If you are like I was, you’ve heard of Common Core curriculum but don’t know what it is. After hours of research, I can’t explain it here, so consider: It isn’t a conservative issue.

The Chicago and New York state teacher unions are against it, and the NEA calls it “completely botched” and not good for teachers.

Conservatives object to “one size fits all” national control. It’s called No Child Left Behind on steroids and forces “teaching to tests.”

It was written by five people, none of whom ever taught K-12. No teachers were consulted beforehand. It’s called flexible, but it is rigid.

Math experts say it moves U.S. education backward. English/literary arts experts are highly critical.

It’s not a mandate. but teacher and student advancement depend on its tests.

Menomonee Falls abandoned Common Core to create stronger curriculum and standards.

Fri
17
Oct

Letter: Writer can’t stand Walker approach

To the editor:

I wonder what it is that the Scott Walker for governor supporters believe that they are “standing with.”

I supposed they believe that Walker and the Republicans in the statehouse believe that they really solved the core of the state financial dilemma by hard negotiations with the teachers union. I assert that they misled the public about whom we need to compete with. Walker and the Republican allies are competing with “we the people” and cooperating with the takers of our wealth. Walker and his supporters are “standing on” false beliefs.

All Wisconsin governors are obligated by state law to balance the budget. Walker did not fix that. Walker’s budget has borrowed money to create a structural deficit. Walker gave away the natural resources of this state to the mining company that contributed $700,000 to his campaign war chest. We the people of Wisconsin will see nothing from the “taking” of our natural resources.

Fri
17
Oct

Letter: Sheriff's Department probe should continue

To the editor:

Regarding the sheriff department probe, I have a few concerns. The first thing that comes to my mind is why is our sheriff trying to stop this probe? Is there something he fears that it will reveal?

Remember that this all started with $1,000 missing. Then it was found by different committees that money was missing twice before. It took months before any member of the county board was even notified that the original $1,000 was missing and that money was transferred to cover that loss without any committee approving a transfer of funds.

How much money is really missing? How many more times has it gone missing? Why weren’t any committees notified? It also amazes me that it took months and complaints from some of his staff before a protocol was finally put in place.

Sat
11
Oct

Letter: Sheriff explains write-in candidacy

To the editor:

I have decided to run as a write-in candidate for the sheriff of Shawano County.

Why have my family and I decided to do this write-in effort? Primarily, because I feel that I am the best qualified to be the sheriff of Shawano County. Secondarily, because numerous people have contacted us from around the county saying that they did not vote in the election because they assumed that I would win the primary.

After listening to the concerns of these people and many others, I have been convinced to run as a write-in candidate.

I feel that after decades of service to the taxpayers of Shawano County, I need to allow all of the voters in the county the opportunity to vote for the person who they feel is the best qualified to protect and serve them. I feel that person is me.

Sat
04
Oct

Letter: Questions to ask before Nov. 4

To the editor:

In a democracy, it is of utmost importance that the candidates and their followers give voters truthful campaign information to make choices. This sheriff’s campaign has turned into a lying, gossiping mess, about things that don’t matter.

Shame on you who are playing dirty tricks. You are people who are destroying our democracy and country. Such destruction is plain as day at the federal level.

Remember this: Candidates and their followers who purposefully lie and twist the truth are not honorable, trustworthy people. They will lie to you if they get into public office.

The focus of your choice should only be done after these questions are asked. Is the candidate …

- Doing the best that the candidate can do to detect crime and prevent crime?

- Doing the best he can to keep anyone and any family safe?

Sat
04
Oct

Letter: Alderman wants open discussions

To the editor:

A special meeting of the Clintonville Common Council scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, was cancelled on Monday, Sept. 15. City Clerk Peggy Johnson told me that the three council members who requested the meeting had cancelled it. This was not the case.

Now the question arises as to whom has the authority to cancel a legally called meeting. I am concerned about the precedent set by a meeting cancellation without reason and without proper authority. Council rules allow for three members to request a meeting and the mayor must call such a meeting. This is part of the balance of power in our city government. I have asked city attorney April Dunlavy to research this question. The meeting was not postponed, just cancelled.

Sat
27
Sep

Letter: Wright no Democrat, but right man for job

To the editor:

I have heard many rumors that Randy Wright has changed his party choice to Democrat.

Well, let me assure you that is not true. Randy is still a strong Republican. Although we would welcome him with open arms, he has said he will not change parties.

As past chair of the Shawano County Democrats, and currently second vice chair of the 8th Congressional District of the Democratic Party, I can assure you Randy has not joined the Democratic Party.

Yes, I will vote for Randy in November, because I vote for the person, not the party he or she may be with.

Randy has served Shawano County well and is the best man for the job; a good family man and Christian. He will serve and protect you no matter what party you belong to.

Leone Schneidewend,

Shawano

Sat
27
Sep

Letter: Push D.C. to ensure there are ‘no boots on the ground’

To the editor:

Here we go again with the beginning of our next involvement on foreign land as an “advisory training group.”

Our first group in Korea cost 53,000 American lives to achieve a stalemate with the then-dreaded communists in the beginning of the Cold War (1950-53).

Next we stepped in, in Vietnam, to advise and train the South Vietnamese military, such as it was. Well, that advisory and training group became 58,000 dead American troops and airmen.

Are we going to let this ISIS situation cost us another some 50,000 lives as an advisory and training group? That’s what is being OK’d by Congress and the president today (Sept. 18).

This is a nonpartisan issue. It is up to all America to save the sons and daughters of yours who are in high school but should be “just in time” to be killed in the desert. Save your sons and daughters by getting in the faces and ears of Washington, D.C., also in your immediate neighborhoods in towns nationwide.

Sat
27
Sep

Letter: Campaign sign thefts will fire up Dems

To the editor:

Why would Democrats have to worry about their political signs being stolen? It happens every election cycle. It is not only unlawful to take items from private property, it also shows how malicious some people can be about stopping candidates who have opposing ideas.

During Walker’s recall election about 30 signs that promoted his recall were stolen from private property around the city of Shawano — all in one night. Mary Burke signs have already been stolen from locations around Shawano County. On the positive side, these actions only enrage the Democratic base and make them contribute more to defeating Republicans.

Fri
12
Sep

Letter: Concert honors longtime band director

To the editor:

On Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m., a very interesting and unique music program will be featured at the Mielke Arts Center.

Vocal Tapestry is a group of singers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. They will present a concert of choral folk music from around the world. It will feature music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Mozambique, Sudan, Balkans, China and Japan.

One of the musicians, Sheila Feay-Shaw, is a former Shawanoite and a graduate of Shawano Community High School. She is now a professor at UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. She and seven friends are presenting this concert in memory of the late Calvin Brockman, longtime musician and band director at Shawano.

I encourage everyone to come and enjoy this special evening.

Tickets may be purchased at the Mielke Arts Center, N5649 Airport Road, Shawano.

Carol Raeder,

Shawano

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