Opinions

Sat
25
Apr

Spirit of Shawano Park getting a face-lift

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

Greetings, it is nice to be back visiting with you once again. There are so many exciting things happening in our beautiful city, and I look forward to sharing them with you through this weekly column. If there is a particular topic you would like me to write about, my e-mail address is mayor@shawanonet.net and my direct line at City Hall is 715-526-6152.

First, I have a message to share with you from our public works department. You will notice construction taking place on Presbyterian Street. There will be temporary postal drop boxes set up in the 200 block of South Washington Street by Monday. The temporary drop boxes will require you to get out of your vehicle, as South Washington Street will remain a two- way street throughout the construction season.

Sat
11
Apr

Letter: There are ‘Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library’

To the editor:

From April 12-18, communities across the country will celebrate National Library Week, a time to remind the public about the contributions libraries, librarians and library workers make to their communities.

“Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library” is the fitting theme for this year’s National Library Week celebration. Libraries of all types serve as catalysts in their communities, offering opportunities for children, teens and adults alike to learn, grow and achieve their dreams. In addition to providing access to books, e-books, computers and other resources, public, school, academic and special libraries offer expert teaching and guidance to aid library users in their quest to open new worlds and change their lives.

Sat
11
Apr

Letter: Butterfly questions on Conservation Congress agenda

To the editor:

If you like monarch butterflies, we need your help! The monarch population has decreased by 95 percent since 1996.

Would you like to vote on the idea of having the monarch butterfly as Wisconsin’s butterfly?

Do you believe the DNR should create a public awareness campaign aimed at restoring more milkweed vegetation in Wisconsin?

These two questions will appear on the ballot at this year’s Wisconsin Conservation Congress public hearing on April 13 in all 72 counties at 7 p.m. There may also be discussions about the issue to change the DNR board from a policymaking board to an advisory board as proposed in the state budget.

Sat
04
Apr

Letter: Too many don’t care about what Walker, Congress are doing

To the editor:

Let’s stop the insanity: Suppression of the right to vote. Suppression of a safe working environment. Suppression of a living wage. Tax breaks to corporations (do not create jobs). The more money you make, the less you pay in taxes. Cuts to Medicare that hurt women, children and the elderly.

We need to restore our constitutional rights, voting rights, safe working place, living wage, the right to a good education for everyone, not just the wealthy.

Too many people out there really don’t understand or don’t care about what Congress and our governor have done that is really hurting not only Wisconsin, but also other states that are blindly following suit, with the Koch brothers’ money so freely paving the way to complete destruction of real democracy and promoting dictatorship where the very wealthy control the world.

Sat
04
Apr

Letter: Youngsters’ circus performance never gets old

To the editor:

Once again, the Dellwood kindergartners put on their traditional circus performance last month. My cousin, Linda Rockman, was in Mrs. Rosemary Rafoth’s first kindergarten class at Dellwood about 65 years ago. I am curious to know if this event has been a continuous effort.

In any case, it couldn’t be any better. John Young, the teacher, and Amy Bindas, the principal, are excellent examples of the outstanding people getting our young people started right. Teacher John Young emceed the show in the spirit of a true PT Barnum showman. The fierce wild tigers and lions, clown, silly monkey, tightrope walker, ribbon dancers, kittens and strong men and, yes, the first strong woman ever put on quite a show. Costumes were creative and music brought us right into a big top mode.

Sat
28
Mar

Letter: Clintonville superintendent criticizes budget plans

To the editor:

Every year we acknowledge that our fine school system exists due to the support of our entire community. The reason for this communication is to ask for you assistance. The Clintonville Public Schools has operated under state imposed revenue limits for over two decades. Even with those limits there were revenue increases allowed at the rate of inflation due to costs increasing each year.

Funding has been changing rapidly over the past couple of years. Or proposed general fund budget for 2014-15 is over $2 million less than what our budget was in 2011. During this time period, state aids have dropped to less than 56 percent of the budget; eight years ago state aids were over 67 percent.

In the proposed K-12 budget by Governor Walker for next year, there are several significant proposals that would negatively impact our local schools financially. These proposals include the following:

Sat
28
Mar

Letter: Trespassing dogs, bear hunting among congress questions

To the editor:

First, I would like to encourage all of you that hunt and fish in Wisconsin to take the opportunity to attend your local Conservation Congress spring county meeting on April 13. It is a chance for everyone to have a voice in the rules and regulations that govern us while we hunt and fish in Wisconsin.

It is really important this year for you to show your support as there are events taking place that could greatly impact your hunting and fishing rights.

Second, I would like to point out question No. 23 in the WCC portion of this year’s questionnaire — to increase the fine for dogs running at large. The fine — $25 minimum and $100 maximum — is not enough of a deterrent to keep some dog handlers from allowing their dogs to trespass onto private property. Increasing the minimum fine to $250 and the maximum fine to $500 would better serve to stop the practice of illegal trespass.

Sat
21
Mar

Letter: Outdoors sports enthusiasts should oppose budget plan

To the editor:

I am a local sportsman who is greatly concerned about some of the conservation issues in the proposed state budget.

The governor’s budget makes the Natural Resources Board an advisory council rather than the official decision-making body for the Department of Natural Resources. Sportsmen and women many years ago fought to have a citizen board over the DNR to minimize political decision-making in the DNR. Board members, even though appointed by the governor, have shown a willingness to listen to average citizens on conservation matters and have shown independence in making their decisions.

Sportsmen and sportswomen should not want to go back to the days when hunting, fishing and trapping regulations were set by what friends of the governor wanted and not what the average sportsman or sportswoman wanted.

Sat
21
Mar

Letter: Clintonville resident seeks answers about auditors, debt

To the editor:

News flash: A cat is out of the bag! It was reported to the Common Council at their meeting Monday, March 16, that Clintonville owes $1 million in unfunded retirement benefits. Acting City Administrator Chuck Kell made this announcement that our city is near the top of the list of delinquents.

What is worse is the interest charges are adding thousands of dollars to the debt, with the state charging 7 percent interest. Also, the city Finance Committee chairperson, Mark Doornick, stated that he was unaware of the unpaid benefits! How in the world could this happen?

Did the auditors, Schenck, not make anyone in the city aware of this? Council member Mary Beth Kuester asked the administration if anything had been done on the council vote to hire a new auditor. The response was not yet.

Sat
21
Mar

Letter: Various types of unions exist in US

To the editor:

The recent right-to-work decision by anti-labor union forces in Madison shows how well unionism does work. It took a united bonding of all Republican state legislators to suppress unionism at the workplace by standing together in total solidarity.

Oh sure, both sides practice unionism to get things done. Everywhere you go there is unionism of a sort. What would sports teams do without united action? No one player can win the game by himself. Yes, unionism is everywhere!

When this North American continent began to take a new population shape from the flow of immigrants from Europe, and this vast new land needed an identity, no immigrant nation chose to name it New Germany, New France, New Spain, etc. There probably were too many people from each old country for any to be more deserving than another, so they maybe thought that a single nation of united groups with a brand new name would work best. So, United States it became.

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