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Working to drop the debt to zero with our veterans

On Sunday, we pay tribute to our veterans, the people who chose to put their lives on hold to fight for our freedom. They are the ones who went toward the battle as others fled. They are the ones who knew there was the risk they could die in battle, but they moved forward anyway.

Veterans Day is this weekend, which means that the tributes that normally take place on one day take place over several days. The Allied Veterans Council will hold its annual ceremony on the day itself, but Shawano Community Middle School and Wolf River Lutheran High School held their events Friday, while many other schools are hosting events on Monday.

It’s a time of red, white and blue everywhere, as we all gather together and say thank you to our veterans, a way to remind them that we care and we appreciate their service.

Sat
10
Nov

Writer reflects on causes of war

To the editor:

As a 77-year-old retiree now, I reflect on what might have been avoided then, when I was a fresh 22 years old heading for a draft into military service with a Vietnam conflict that was gradually exploding.

President Kennedy had intentions to end whatever this war had become, but these intentions Lady Bird Johnson could not afford to let happen. She was primed up to gain untold billions of dollars income through her vast corporate war support supply companies, which she headed. Her corporate bundle was, after JFK’s murder, to provide for the next seven-plus years, billions upon billions of taxpayer-bought war munitions, i.e., “whatever generals ‘need’ to fight a war ‘properly.’” Lady Bird’s greed didn’t give a damn for the 38,000 US troops who would die, which the passage of time has ultimately shown, to have been sadly, sadly in vain.

Sat
10
Nov

‘Novitiate’ actually a mansion

To the editor:

The building in the full-page photograph and article in the Wolf River Living section of the Oct. 27 issue was misidentified. That was the mansion built by a family from Chicago.

The actual novitiate was torn down, and all traces of it removed many years ago. It no longer exists, so the ghost hunters could not possibly have been in it.

Looks like the person writing the article didn’t do proper homework.

Jeanne Connors,

Wescott

Sat
10
Nov

GUEST COLUMN

From Nov. 12-18, we join the more than 795 other community foundations across the country to celebrate Community Foundation Week, when we share and reflect on the stories that have helped to strengthen our communities over the last year.

Community foundations like your Shawano Area Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, work to support the efforts that will help the places we call home continue to flourish and grow.

We live in a special place with people who deeply care about one another and their communities. The culture of philanthropy in the Fox Valley region goes back many generations.

Sat
03
Nov

Corrections officer still awaits exit interview

To the editor:

After reading last Friday’s article concerning our sheriff candidates’ comments on jail staff turnover, I felt compelled to respond, since our current sheriff seemed to be having difficulty grasping reality.

I have been a correctional officer for the last 20 years with the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department, and it was true that I received a face-to-face interview when I was hired. One month prior to my departure, I received an exit survey that I was expected to complete and return anonymously. There was no interview as our sheriff contends, and the only paperwork that he was referring to in the article might have been my two-week notice.

Twice in the article, our sheriff referred to exit interviews in which information was gathered from departing staff. Mine never happened. I’m still waiting.

Sat
03
Nov

We deserve better when it comes to sheriff

To the editor:

I have followed with interest the two candidates running for sheriff and I believe Officer Sorlie will be the best candidate for the job. When Sheriff Bieber talks about the low morale and the high turnover rate at the sheriff’s department, his excuse is that we’re comparable to every other sheriff’s department and jail the same size as our county’s. Is this what this county is paying for? Someone to be just like every other county our size? I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to be paying a person’s salary, I want them to be better than everyone else. Officer Sorlie is promising just that: to do better than the others. To fix the morale and whatever else is affecting our police and corrections officers, so they stay.

Kathleen Ile,

Gresham

Sat
03
Nov

Taxes already going up before referendum vote

To the editor:

For those of you in the Gresham School District who may not be aware, the tax levy rose at the annual school board meeting on Monday night.

The mill rate increased from $10.93 to $12.92. That is $1.99 higher, or as the proverbial saying goes, $199 on a $100,000 home. If you are a renter, your landlord will no doubt raise your rent to make up for the increase.

Be mindful that this amount is before the “new school referendum,” which goes before voters on Nov. 6.

I believe all voters should be well informed before making a vital monetary decision that will no doubt raise the taxes even more.

Kathy Froemming

Gresham

Sat
03
Nov

Vukmir supports veterans, conservative values

To the editor:

On Nov. 6, I will be voting for Leah Vukmir for the United States Senate. I was watching a debate between Senate candidates in Indiana. The Democrat stated that the Republican was against pre-existing conditions. Sound familiar?

I have military friends across the country, and apparently every Democrat across the country is making that ridiculous statement and saying that their Republican opponent wants to cut Social Security and Medicare. Sound familiar?

I am confident in Leah’s support for veterans. I am a 34-year military veteran with two combat commands. Leah has a son, Niko, who graduated from ranger school this spring and was selected to be part of the Old Guard, the unit that works the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Arlington Cemetery. Leah is a strong military mom. Leah stood strong in Madison when demonstrators were trashing our beautiful state Capitol.

Sat
03
Nov

Farmers are a cog in the wheel

The farmer is the central cog in a system wherein all ancillary cogs profit because the central cog keeps turning. Seed and agrochemical companies, animal breeders, equipment dealers, crop insurance salesmen, and bankers on the front end, and food processors and manufacturers on the tail end — they all need the farmers’ wheels to keep spinning in order to make money.

These ancillary cogs fuel overproduction. The more corn a farmer plants, the more profit for the seed and agrochemical companies. The more cows a farmer breeds, the more profit for the animal genetics companies. The more loans a farmer takes out to expand his operation, the more profit for the banks and equipment manufacturers and dealers. The more surplus farmers produce, the lower the price of agricultural commodities for food processors.

Sat
03
Nov

Politics take all the fun out of the parties

There’s just three days until Election Day, but who’s counting? Oh, yeah — everyone who is yearning for the nightmare to be over.

I don’t know about anyone else, but Tuesday can’t come fast enough. Once we finish this election, maybe all the hysteria will die down.

Check that. The hysteria never dies down, but it will at least be dialed back when we don’t have television commercial breaks filled with every political candidate under the sun touting accomplishments or being vilified. Whether it’s one candidate painting a scary picture of an opponent or political action committees using broad strokes to create an image of one of the political parties, election season has become more terrifying than any haunted house you visited for Halloween.

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