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Fri
03
May

Is it safe to move rec center to SCHS?

To the editor:

Having read your article in today’s paper, “Rec plan unveiled,” I can understand the need to improve the pool at the high school, to do what should have been done when it was originally constructed.

The real concern regarding the pool issue is the kids who use the pool, particularly during the summer. Admittedly, I have no statistics regarding the number of young people who currently use the pool for lessons, open swim or fitness, but placing the pool at the south end of Shawano, across a busy County Road B, would make it difficult for young people who live in any part of the city to get to the pool safely. Actually, most of the residents of Shawano live on the north side of County B. If parents work during the day, the kids would either have to walk or ride bikes across County Road B to get to the pool.

Fri
03
May

Corrections officers take on dangerous role

To the editor:

Corrections officers fill a law enforcement role that not many others, even most other law enforcement officers, would choose as a career. Their work is unending and oftentimes dangerous, yet it is unseen by other members of our community.

A county jail is the entry point to Wisconsin’s criminal justice system. Every offender, from the most minor offense to the most heinous felony imaginable, begins their incarceration at the county jail. No one wants to come to jail; on a daily basis, our officers and staff deal with people angry about their situation — directing their anger, and actions, toward us.

Most of our community has no idea of the size, complexity and number of inmates we serve, right here locally, day in day out, all year long.

Fri
03
May

Poppies good way to remember defenders of freedom

To the editor:

Memorial Day will soon be here, and once again it will be time for us to remember all the military people who have given their lives. One way to remember these veterans is by wearing the red poppy.

May 24 has been designated as our National Poppy Day. Many local veterans will be approaching the citizens of Shawano and surrounding areas to donate to this worthy cause. All monies collected will be used to support military personnel and their families.

We, the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, are asking for your support so that we can continue to help these veterans.

If you wish to make a donation, the American Legion at 850 S. Lincoln St. in Shawano will accept these donations during business hours, after 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Rosemary Koeller,

Bonduel

Fri
03
May

It takes a village to fight identity theft

​Too many Wisconsin consumers fell victim to identity theft in 2018, according to a report by the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC. Credit card fraud was the most commonly reported type of theft for consumers age 20 and over, and those under 19 reported mostly employment or tax-related fraud.

Particularly concerning about these reports is a sharp increase in identity theft incidents among college- and middle-aged consumers. Reports from the 20-29 age group were up more than 25% from 2017, the 30-39 group was up more than 33% and the 40-49 group was up nearly 20%. The 30-39 age group reported more than 107,000 identity theft incidents to the FTC in 2018 — 27% more incidents than were reported by the next-highest group: 40-49-year-olds. Reports were fairly stable among consumers age 19 and under and those over 50.

Fri
26
Apr

Winning the lottery shouldn’t make someone a target

Most of us have dreams of hitting the jackpot, quitting our day jobs and pursuing our dreams without worrying about how in the world we’re going to be able to pay for it. We dream of big houses with even bigger swimming pools. We dream of taking our families on extravagant vacations with luxurious hotels or cruise ships containing an army of employees to cater to our every whim.

Those dreams don’t carry the fine print that your circle of friends is going to be overrun by looky-loos and opportunists who look at you through emerald-colored glasses. When folks purchase a lottery ticket, they see the potential win as money for them, not necessarily for everyone else, and once the lottery officials announce who the winner is, the schmoozing, stalking and harassment begins.

Fri
19
Apr

Notre Dame fire stirs emotions, appreciation for past

“Paris is Burning” is supposed to be the name of a 1990 American documentary, not the main news on the internet earlier this week.

Yet many of us were transfixed to television and computer screens Monday as the Notre Dame Cathedral had a frightening orange glow from a fire believed to have started from a $6 million renovation project. Over the course of 12 hours, the fire toppled an iconic spire and destroyed much of the roof.

While this spiritual icon started to burn, I was up on the Menominee reservation, witnessing and chronicling another spiritual icon return to the Wolf River. Many tribal members lined the road to watch as Department of Natural Resources employees and fellow Menominee transferred sturgeon from a tanker truck to a nearby creek bed.

Fri
19
Apr

Don’t purge records of expunged cases

Wisconsin legislators are looking to reform current law governing the expungement of criminal records.

Among other things, Senate Bill 39 would allow those convicted of crimes for which the maximum term of imprisonment is six years or less, including some felonies, to ask a judge to expunge their convictions even if they fail to do so at the time of sentencing, as is currently required.

It would also allow those older than age 25 at the time of an offense to request expungement, and expressly provide that an expunged record cannot be considered a conviction for purposes of employment. The standard under present law would be carried forward, which lets judges grant expungement if they determine “that the person will benefit and society will not be harmed.”

Wed
10
Apr

Americans need action, not acting, in Trump’s Cabinet

Perhaps when Donald Trump leaves the White House, whether it’s in two years or six, he should fund a theater troupe.

Democrats might assume I’m making light of his overdramatic personality, but in this case, I’m talking about all of the “acting” Cabinet members and other key agency directors. With the recent resignation of Kirstjen Neilsen, the Secretary for Homeland Security, we now have more than a dozen Trump officials in acting position, with Kevin McAleenan being the latest one offered a chance at the spotlight.

Trump seems to like having acting directors instead of permanent people who can execute a vision of the future for his administration. He told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that “I like ‘acting’ because I can move so quickly. It gives me more flexibility.”

Wed
10
Apr

Keep the government out of higher education

Without college, we will not succeed. Does college guarantee success, or is success up to you? The Declaration of Independence clearly states, “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” no guarantee.

We have all seen the headlines exposing the scam by wealthy people to get their children into big-name colleges, Operation Varsity Blues. It appears these helicopter parents faked their children’s athletic ability and hired coaches to assist and correct admission exams and bribery. This parental effort was not about the child’s education, but rather it was all about attending a prestigious college and networking with other elite young adults.

Wed
10
Apr

It’s more important than ever to protect the earth

“Earth Day. Let’s never call it a day.”

This was the slogan on the 25th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 1995. International alliances brought 184 countries around the world to observe Earth Day in 2000.

Gaylord Nelson was a leading figure in the fight against environmental degradation in the 20th century. In Wisconsin he became known at the “conservation governor.” In 1962, he took his fight for conservation to the U.S. Senate. Through his efforts, the first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. It started out as a teach-in for schools across the country and continues to inspire individuals to do something to preserve our environment ever since.

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