Opinions

Sat
17
Feb

EDITORIAL

It happened yet again.

America once again played witness this past Wednesday to the mindless slaughter of innocent children and educators, this time at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As in the past, Americans were again insulted by political leaders who issued hollow condolences while preaching that gun control changes aren’t necessary.

While parents everywhere weep for the lives destroyed by this senseless act, many are realizing that something like Columbine, Sandy Hook or Douglas could happen even here. Is there any doubt that thought has crossed the mind of every parent across America this last three days? As they put their son or daughter on a school bus or waved goodbye after dropping them off at school, somewhere in the back of their minds could be the nagging question, “What if I never see them again?” Because, it could happen here.

Sat
17
Feb

Good service expected from employees, but what about customers?

I serve on the Shawano County Humane Society board. Recently, each board member was given a list with 10 business names. Our task was to personally visit the businesses on our list and ask if they would be willing to donate a prize (gift or a certificate) for our annual fundraiser.

Admittedly, asking businesses for a donation is not a task I enjoy. I realize that our local businesses are “hit up” frequently for contributions for fundraisers and benefits. January and February are often slower months for many businesses. Knowing their profits are down made it even more difficult to ask.

The response I received from every one of my 10 visits spoke loudly about the type of businesses we have in our area. Every single business gave something. Donations included gift certificates for overnight stays, food, gas and so much more.

Sat
17
Feb

Former mayor backs Whealon’s bid

I am proud to support Ed Whealon in his effort to become the city of Shawano’s next mayor. Ed and I worked closely together while he was police chief and I was mayor.

I learned Ed has excellent follow-through. When he said he was going to do something, he did it. He is a good decision maker, firm and decisive. When he has something to say, he is up-front, honest and direct. I always appreciated his “common sense” approach while dealing with complex issues.

During my tenure with the city, Ed told me becoming mayor was a goal of his. His wife, Diana, supported his dream and she signed his nomination papers before succumbing to cancer on Christmas Eve.

The city of Shawano deserves a strong leader; someone who will stand up for the taxpayers; someone with follow-through and commitment. Having been a city department head, Ed understands budgets, TIF districts, borrowing limits, etc. His many years of municipal experience are invaluable.

Sat
17
Feb

Congress needs to legalize hemp

I recently had the honor to hear President Donald Trump address my fellow members at the 99th annual Convention of the American Farm Burau Federation in Nashville, Tennessee. Not surprisingly, he addressed major agricultural issues like tax reform, regulatory reform, rural broadband access, Waters of the U.S. and trade policy. Every farmer in this country is impacted by these issues, and I hold faith that the president understands the incredible challenges we face every day in our barns and in our fields.

Sat
17
Feb

An answer to prayer named Josie

This past August, my sister and her husband lost their beloved black lab, Raven. He had passed away very unexpectedly. Their hearts were broken, inconsolable. No children of their own, this boy was their baby, an ever-present companion that obeyed them without question and gave them bountiful, unconditional love.

The only drawback to Raven was that when they left the house for anything other than church, he’d find some mischief to get into. It seemed to me he was punishing them for having the audacity not to take him along. They had taken him with them everywhere, but occasionally there were situations where he simply had to stay home.

Before going away, they had dog-proofed their home as best they could. Still, somehow Raven found a way, in his mind, to get even. It was astounding that church he could understand; he was the perfect saint while they were away at church. Anywhere else? Game on.

Sat
17
Feb

Learning a new routine to manage diabetes

When I saw my health provider early in January, I didn’t know how my life would change. It was nothing that she said; in fact, my A1C test came back stable, meaning it was the same as the last check. Great news, right. For non-diabetics, that test indicates the average blood glucose level in your blood for the past three months.

However, for the past couple of years, I felt I have had to eat more than I want, just to keep my blood sugar in a safe range. So, I innocently asked to be referred to a diabetic educator. I wanted to be more than stable, I wanted it to be better.

My visit with the educator was Jan. 23, and that was an eye opener, and a game changer for me. I have had to learn a new routine, even though I am somewhat still missing the old routine, I am forging ahead as best I can, and the amount of insulin I take has been reduced twice.

Sat
10
Feb

Humane society prepares for big fundraiser

I love February. It is the month we celebrate our wedding anniversary, my birthday and the birthday of our great-grandson Brody. It is also the month of the Shawano County Humane Society’s annual banquet.

The fundraising banquet will be held on Feb. 17. The cost is $35 per person if registered by Wednesday. Late registration fee is $40. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m.; a perfect time to visit and buy tickets for the raffles and games. The tenderloin tips and broasted chicken dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

Society board member Carolyn Zuhse commented: “It is our main fundraiser for the year. I remember back in the late ’90s, we had a theme for each year’s banquet. When we started building the present shelter, the theme was, ‘We Have Only Just Begun.’ We have the event at The Gathering every year. They are always so accommodating and welcoming.”

Fri
09
Feb

A time for springing into spring

This seems to be the time of year that most people are getting sick of the cold, snow and sometimes ice that seem to be part of what we call winter. Groundhog Day has passed, and it seems he saw his shadow. So, six more weeks of winter. Well, I have news for fans of his prediction: We will have six-plus more weeks of winter, no matter what he saw.

The calendar might say spring begins on March 20, so that in itself says six more weeks. How severe depends on the year. However, residents of Wisconsin know that the end of March, and even into April, can be very fickle in its weather fronts.

I, too, admit I am getting sick of the winter and look forward to springing into spring.

February does bring Valentine’s Day for all those lovers out there — or at least those who like chocolate, which will be on sale on the 15th. There will also be a President’s Day, and this year Ash Wednesday will be on Valentine’s Day.

Sat
03
Feb

Husband provides constant reminders of love

A mayor is often asked to issue a proclamation. The city has a book with examples of proclamations for most occasions. I often chose to write my own. I felt if I was going to sign my name to it, and it was going to be stamped with the official seal of the city, I wanted to be the author.

While in office I sometimes wrote personal proclamations upon request. In fact, I wrote one that I gave to my hubby several years ago on our wedding anniversary. It is framed and displayed in our home, a reminder of how God has blessed our marriage. It says:

WHEREAS, we met, fell in love, and on Feb. 1, 1964 we married, and

WHEREAS, on Nov. 19, 1964 we were blessed with our first born, a beautiful daughter we named Amy; and

WHEREAS, on March 12, 1969 we were blessed once more, this time with the birth of our loving son Daniel; and

WHEREAS, our lives have been enriched with three wonderful grandchildren, Jeffrey, Morgan and Mason; and

Sat
03
Feb

Women’s March, right-to-lifers should walk together

To the editor:

Sunday, Jan. 21, the Menominee/Shawano Chapter of Wisconsin Right to Life commemorated the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion by marching to the county courthouse steps.

I read in the Leader that the community Women’s March did the same thing the day before to protest in part the lack of various rights for women.

Our march was for the same thing. In the United States, more than 500,000 unborn girls are denied the right to life each year. They are killed by abortion.

Next year, we should join forces and walk together. The right to life for unborn girls.

Michael Richter,

Menominee/Shawano Chapter,

Wisconsin Right to Life

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