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Nov

Church basement women an interesting bunch

Who are church basement women, and what exactly do they do? There was a book written many years ago that was all about these women. It had recipes and poems, and took a humorous look at them and the church basements, which were their domain. Their main thing was making funeral lunches, and sometimes even wedding meals.

Eventually, the book was adopted into a play that toured in the Midwest. I saw it in the Minneapolis area, and then went back again to see “Church Basement Women, a Second Helping.” It was funny, as I saw glimpses of my own ladies group at my church as being much like the play. After all, humor is only funny if it has an element of reality.

Sat
18
Nov

Think about the food before you donate

It’s the season of giving and thanksgiving, and many of us will be asked to donate to food drives to help support families in our communities. We might turn to our pantry and grab something to donate without giving it much thought, such as a box of noodles or a can of soup. While these choices play an important role in stocking the shelves at local food pantries, we should remember that patrons at food pantries — our very own friends and neighbors — reflect many of the same health and nutritional concerns that our own families experience.

Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity coupled with a person’s simple desire to feel well mean we should watch the preservatives, sodium content, added sugar and overall nutritional value in the food we donate.

Sat
18
Nov

ThedaCare acknowledges its role in rural areas

Dear Editor:

ThedaCare health clinics and hospitals play a vital role in the rural communities they serve, providing high-quality care close to home for area residents. We look forward to joining with the Wisconsin State Office of Rural Health to celebrate National Rural Health Day on Thursday to draw attention to the unique health needs of rural areas and the efforts we take to address them.

Approximately 1.5 million people — or one in four Wisconsin residents — live in rural communities across the state. The small towns and rural areas served by ThedaCare are the heart of our state. The hospitals and clinics serving these areas keep communities strong and healthy by not only providing high-quality heath care, but also providing good jobs.

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18
Nov

This Thanksgiving, keep your family close

Some time ago, I read a Thanksgiving story about a blind boy who sat on the steps of a building with a hat at his feet. He held a sign that said: “I am blind, please help.”

There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man walked by and dropped a couple coins in the hat and he then took the boy’s sign, turned it around, and wrote something on it. He gave the boy his sign back and walked away.

People passing by started dropping coins into the hat and the hat filled up. The man returned to see how things were going. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”

The man replied, “I said what you said, but in a different way.” I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.”

Both signs told people the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said he was blind. The second sign reminded people how lucky they were for being able to see the beautiful day.

Sat
11
Nov

Home remedies help to cure what ails you

I grew up in the late 1940s and 50s. In those days, you had to be mighty sick to go to the doctor’s office or hospital. There was one time when I was very sick with the chicken pox, and the doctor came to our house. Other than that, I don’t ever remember seeing a doctor during my childhood.

Nurses came to school to give us our shots. Remember those pills that were supposed to prevent a goiter? I always thought a goiter couldn’t be as bad as those pills were.

While growing up, my parents took care of me if I was under the weather or hurt. When I had a cold/congestion, my mother filled a teakettle with water and added some Vicks. She would wrap me in a warm blanket and I would sit next to our kerosene stove. She told me to inhale the fumes to help me breathe better. She also rubbed Vicks on my feet and put my dad’s wool deer hunting socks on me.

Sat
11
Nov

Alderman will vote no on city budget

To the editor:

As an alderperson for the past 15 years, I have served on most of the committees/commissions. I currently serve on the Shawano Municipal Utilities commission. I also serve on the city finance committee with Sandy Steinke and Rhonda Strebel. Mayor Jeanne Cronce is ad hoc member.

Putting together an annual budget is time and labor intensive. Elected officials meet with the city administrator, department heads and staff to review the draft budgets and concerns. Many meetings follow.

As the numbers started coming together, I was very thankful to both the Shawano school board and the county board members for adopting budgets with decreased taxes. I would also like to thank Sheriff Adam Bieber for withdrawing the request for monetary assistance from the city for the evidence center for the 2018 budget.

Sat
11
Nov

Cut costs instead of implementing taxes

To the editor:

It has come to my attention that some members of our local governments are floating the possibility of a wheel tax to offset shortfalls caused by excessive health care costs and other expenses for the “top tier” plans some of the local government employees have. What I mean by top tier plans are those with only $500 “out of pocket” costs as opposed to most private plans the general public have, which have $5,000 “out of pocket” costs!

Sound familiar? When costs for government exceed the dollars brought in by taxes, the first thing to happen is “raise taxes” instead of looking for ways to cut costs.

Maybe we should institute a “benefits tax” on people who get greater benefits than their counterparts in the private sector? Please call your local representative if you think another “tax” is not in our best interest.

Just want you to know what may be coming.

Bruce Watters

Bowler

Sat
11
Nov

Bystanders detriment to democracy

To the editor:

Jeff Flake’s speech on the Senate floor reminds us that, in a democracy, there can be no bystanders. He is stepping down rather than ignoring the distress that our country is feeling because of Trump’s careless leadership.

Trump’s latest statement suggested a wish for the judicial system to be hijacked so as to conduct political prosecutions. Speaking to the disruptions in his campaign rallies, Trump said “in the good old days” we could take matters into our own hands.

Sat
11
Nov

‘Les Miserables’ raised bar for Clintonville High

To the editor:

How nice to see such a big audience for the Clintonville High School musical production last weekend. I probably was one of a few who had not seen the musical or the movie “Les Miserables.” That made it even more enjoyable to see the characters come to life. The book was required reading when I went to CHS, and one cast family member told me she had to read it in French.

This production certainly raised the bar for high school productions. The large cast showed a growing interest in theater at the school. I personally was thrilled to watch one performer who started out at the first children’s theater workshop at the Mielke Arts Center. Wow, what a lot of talent and experience can do over a relatively short time. It’s a long way from singing “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” to “I Dreamed a Dream” in Les Miz.

Sat
11
Nov

‘Thank you for your service’ least we can say to veterans

This is the week we celebrate Veterans Day. We honor our veterans and often say, “Thank you for your service.” Have we said it? Do we know why?

Recently, a movie came out with that very title. It is based on a true story of Staff Sgt. Adam Schumann from North Dakota, who was deployed to Iraq three times, the last in 2007. After Schumann’s service, his battle was back in the United States with post-traumatic stress disorder.

When Schumann was newly interviewed, he referred to the phrase “Thank you for your service” without criticism but posed the question of what the phrase means. This has had my mind wandering. What does the phrase mean, and what does that mean for those of us who have not served?

Here are some statistics provided by several resources — The Watson Institute, Brown University and Wikipedia’s United States military casualties of war — of which citizens might not be aware.

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