Opinions

Sat
06
Feb

Incidents this week reminders to look at whole picture

“Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy the thorn bush has roses.” — Proverb

A weary mother returned from the store

Lugging groceries through the kitchen door

Awaiting her arrival was her 8-year-old son

Anxious to tell what his younger brother had done

“While I was out playing and dad was on a call

T.J. took his crayons and wrote on the wall!

It’s on the new paper you just hung in the den

I told him you’d be mad at having to do it again”

She called his full name as she entered his room

He trembled with fear, he knew that meant doom

For the next 10 minutes, she ranted and raved

About the expensive wallpaper and how she had saved

Thinking about all the work it would take to repair

She was so disgusted with his total lack of care

The more she scolded, the more upset she got

She angrily left his room, totally distraught

Sat
06
Feb

Cronce is right person to lead city

To the editor:

With a diversity of prosperous businesses, quality schools and a state-of-the-art hospital/medical center, Shawano is one of the more progressive communities in the area. In order to build on these successes, the city of Shawano needs a mayor with Jeanne Cronce’s qualifications.

Being a lifelong member of the community, Jeanne attended local schools while working at the family’s Main Street shoe store. It was obvious, at an early age, she learned that success and hard work go hand-in-hand.

Just living in a community does not necessarily qualify someone for being mayor. A mayor must have proven leadership skills. Jeanne has demonstrated this by being a teacher in the Shawano School District for 22 years, a principal for 12 years, a member of the St. James Lutheran School board of directors, past president of Optimist Club, and she currently serves on the Shawano Plan Commission while working at NWTC West Region campus in Shawano.

Sat
06
Feb

Proven leader, Oberstein would make good mayor

To the editor:

I am privileged to recognize James Oberstein as an outstanding candidate for the office of mayor of Shawano. Jim achieved his BAS and MBA degrees in business administration. He is a proven professional in the fields of credit and collections, budgeting, data management and computer operations, building efficiency programs, commercial and consumer lending.

In each of the various fields of employment, he has served as a director or manager of diversified challenges of productivity, customer requirements, discovery of new business and information technology for improvements of hardware and software products.

A great strong point that he has developed is a team effort approach in each of his management positions. A proven leader adept at building teams to think creatively for the future needs and ideas to plan accordingly.

Sat
06
Feb

ThedaCare does much for community

To the editor:

Sometimes good work isn’t always known or acknowledged at the local level. Such may be the case with ThedaCare being selected as one of the top four finalists in the country for the 2015 Foster G. McGaw Award for Excellence in Community Service.

Just a few of the programs that ThedaCare has supported locally: Rural Health Initiative, the 10 large binge-drinking awareness signs and corresponding brochures, four workshops on alcohol and drug use in the workplace, two all-day plunges (workshops), Bike the Barn Quilts and the wellness articles that have appeared in The Shawano Leader.

For a community the size of Shawano, we are very fortunate to have a hospital facility of this quality.

C.H.A.T. (Community Health Action Team), developed and sponsored by ThedaCare, allows community members to identify local issues, prioritize our efforts and develop a plan of action.

Sat
30
Jan

52 years of marriage fly by quickly

“Our wedding was 52 years ago. The celebration continues to this day.” — Lorna Marquardt

I’ve written this column Positively Shawano for several years. The purpose of the column is to share information about good things that occur in the city of Shawano and surrounding areas. Today, my article is of a personal nature. It is “positive,” and to me at least, it is about a good thing. On Monday, Feb. 1, my hubby and I will be celebrating our 52nd wedding anniversary. It seems quite extraordinary to me that the time has passed so quickly.

I have told you a few stories about my hubby before, and it brings me such joy to have another chance to let my hubby of 52 years know how much he means to me.

Sat
30
Jan

Letter: Rubio, Cruz would reverse diplomatic gains with Iran

To the editor:

Five American hostages were released by Iran. A sixth American is still not accounted for. He was a retired FBI employee and was doing contract work for the CIA in Iran. If the United States discovered an Iranian in our country with the same type of credentials, we would surely hold the person hostage.

How Iran treated the American hostages is being discussed. Let’s hope that they were treated better than the prisoners held by American forces in Iraq Abu Ghraib prison. They were sexually and physically abused and photographed. Rush Limbaugh’s conservative response was our troops were entitled to have a little fun.

Let’s hope Iran treated the hostages better than we have treated individuals held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They have been handcuffed and held outside in dog-like cages. When several went on a hunger strike, they were force-fed with a tube inserted in their stomach, a practice used to fatten geese.

Sat
30
Jan

Letter: Cronce will make a great mayor

To the editor:

I first met Jeanne Reinholz Cronce when I began teaching at Lincoln School in 1977. I worked with her as a fellow teacher for many years and then was fortunate to have her as our Lincoln School principal later in my career. I feel that Jeanne Reinholz Cronce is the best candidate for mayor of our great city of Shawano.

Jeanne was born and raised in Shawano and returned here following her education to begin a successful career as an elementary teacher and then later as the principal at Shawano Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School. Jeanne understands and treasures the history of Shawano. She has always worked to make Shawano a better community. When I worked with Jeanne, she was a wonderful resource who would share the history of Shawano and the families that live here.

Sat
30
Jan

Letter: Single-payer system not health care solution

To the editor:

So you say you want single-payer health care to replace the disaster of Obamacare? Well, now if you had relatives who live in a country that has it, you might not feel this way!

We have family living in Windsor, Ontario, who won’t go to their government run health care system for anything greater than a Band-Aid boo-boo! They come to Detroit, Michigan, USA, to get treatment for serious ailments and pay out of pocket rather than trust the underpaid and overworked Canada health care disaster!

Waiting months to get appointments with specialists and having a medical board tell you what you can and cannot get for treatment doesn’t cut it, either. (These board members many times have zero medical background.) That’s why Canada tried to get away from it several years ago and that is why Denmark is currently running away from socialized medicine now!

Fri
22
Jan

Mayor hopes for better city-SIST relations

Today, I would like this column to serve as on open letter to Dr. RC Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology Inc. (SIST), Marom Golan Corporation of USA Inc., Timtza Etzepo Corporation of USA Inc. and Beit Mamtakin of USA Inc.

During my term in office, Kal Gronvall, Naomi Isaacson, Zachariah Sindt and Linda Gray acknowledged they were responsible for pamphlets, newsletters, news releases or videos about me.

I have been accused of being evil, bigoted, a racist and Hitler-like. Former CEO Isaacson said I have attempted to destroy your businesses, tried to shut you down and financially hurt you. It was also claimed that I created laws that only apply to your businesses. Although I would argue I am none of those things, nor have I done the things you have accused me of doing, at this point it doesn’t really matter.

Fri
22
Jan

Letter: Time for someone else to head Red Kettle campaign

To the editor:

Local people with emergency needs for medicine, fuel, utilities or food will be thankful this year for the generosity of their neighbors. The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, to which many of your readers contributed, has resupplied the funds that will be needed.

Some of these readers gave their pocket change each time they passed the kettle. Others pulled cash from their wallets a few times during the season. Whatever they gave, whenever they gave, they helped their neighbors get through tough times. Most of us can remember our own tough times, and how we made it past them. Those who need assistance apply at the local police department and, if approved, receive vouchers, not cash, to be used locally as needed.

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