Opinions

Fri
02
Oct

Letter: Teacher-parent-taxpayer supports Tigerton referendum

To the editor:

On Nov. 3 there will be a referendum in the Tigerton School District to increase the spending to the district so that the school district will be able to continue operating. This is not because of poor budgeting on the district’s part, but rather inadequate and reduced school funding from the state that doesn’t take into account the financial challenges of rural districts.

No matter how I look at the issue I come to the same conclusion: Vote “Yes.”

When I look at it as a teacher, I have dedicated 27 years (my whole teaching career) to the Tigerton School District, and I believe in the quality education we provide our students. I believe in small rural schools and the advantages they have over larger districts. Even though we are small and lack some of the resources of larger schools, we have earned several awards at both the elementary and secondary levels that acknowledge the high-quality education we provide.

Fri
02
Oct

Letter: Government listens on Clintonville road project

To the editor:

Citizens speak and government listens!

Several months ago, Dennis Lichtenberg and other residents on County Road I in Clintonville got the news that the 50-plus-year-old road was to be resurfaced. The road is only 20 feet wide in addition to being in very poor condition. From a safety standpoint, residents pointed out that people living in the mobile home park and apartments bordering the road frequently walk on it to go to church, shop, etc. Many of these folks do not have automobiles.

Sat
26
Sep

City budget discussions heat up as fall beckons

“In autumn, don’t go to the jewelers to see gold; go to the parks.” — Mehmet Murat ildan

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the fresh cool air, watching the animals scurrying about preparing for winter, the beautiful fall colors and the smell of a pumpkin pie baking in the oven. Scarecrows and fall flower arrangements are beginning to appear here at City Hall. Residents stopping in are wearing Green Bay Packers and Shawano Hawks sweatshirts.

We welcome fall, but we still have a few projects to complete. No doubt most of you have noticed the Spirit of Shawano Park renovation project (corners of Green Bay Street and Main Street) has begun.

Several residents have voiced their concern regarding the statues located at the park. Although their location within the park may change, the statues are part of our history and will continue to be a focal point of the park.

Sat
26
Sep

Letter: Family of hit-and-run victim wants answers

To the editor:

Let me tell you: July 25, 2015, is the day when someone or more than one person killed our son David.

How can these people leave our son lay on the blacktop for more than 10 hours when the temperature was over 84 degrees? Since that day we have no answers for this crime.

First, the investigator disappeared. Second, the FBI, State Patrol and new investigators have given us no answers for the crime this person or persons committed. They have no idea how it is to go every day without even one single clue.

Before we have any meeting with anyone, we’d like to have the FBI, State Patrol, first and second investigators, coroner and police chief records to read what kind of report they made of our son Dave’s death.

Jill Johnson (mother),

Paul Marroquin (stepfather)

Sat
26
Sep

Letter: State residents need to stand up for public education

To the editor:

The continued destruction of the public school system in Wisconsin needs to stop. The provisions of Act 10 eliminated teacher bargaining powers and effectively silenced their voices. Now reduced to second-class citizenship, these teachers would put their jobs in jeopardy if they made any strong protests in regard to the current reductions in public school budgets.

Similarly, administrative representatives have failed in their efforts to sway the conservative faction of the Legislature to restore the budget cuts to public schools. That puts the pressure on the parents of public school children who must assert their influence either through direct pressure or at the ballot box. These parents need to renew their commitment to children and public schools as being the most important element of their communities.

Sat
26
Sep

Letter: Former hospital could be converted into condos

To the editor:

I’d like to make a suggestion for the old Shawano hospital. I’ve mentioned this to a few people and they all thought it was a great idea. Has anyone ever thought about making some “higher end” condos or apartments out of the building for 55 and up?

I am thinking specifically for us snow birds. My husband and I have been thinking about selling our home and getting a condo, but there are very few in the area that we’d like. We really like the single ranch ones on the Wolf River on Main Street, but the only ones we’ve seen for sale are the ones with condos above them as well.

For my husband and me, it would be perfect to be able to go to Arizona for several months in the winter, not having to worry about plowing and upkeep and whether or not the house is OK while we’re gone, and we’d still be able to come back to the area for the other six months we don’t want to be in Arizona.

Sat
26
Sep

Residents show patriotism by flying the flag

To the editor:

Is America’s pride waning?

I took my typical daily doggie walks on the night of Sept. 24 (a nonholiday) around the Hamlin Street, Center Street and Union Street route. As I looked down the streets and side streets, I was able to observe 14 homes with Old Glory flapping in the breeze, either having been affixed to the house or on a nice tall visible pole.

It even seemed to me that a number of neighborhood residents had just put theirs up in the last few weeks. That was a pretty sight to see.

Is America’s pride waning? I don’t think so. An increase in the showing of our colors would indicate that type of patriotism is still alive and well!

Dear reader, how does your neighborhood stack up in terms of flag flying? All neighborhoods of Shawano perhaps should strive and have a goal to encourage more Old Glory sightings on a daily basis in the near future!

Ralph Mueller,

Shawano

Sat
26
Sep

Letter: Tax dollars should not be wasted on private schools

To the editor:

Now that Gov. Scott Walker is back in Wisconsin and his policies don’t have to please his donors, maybe we can talk about how tax dollars shouldn’t be wasted on private schools.

A nonpartisan report estimated that private school vouchers, which have been pushed by the Republican-controlled Legislature, will cost taxpayers over $1.18 billion by the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year. In addition, the state treasury will take a $30 million per year hit from a tax giveaway to parents already sending their kids to private schools.

Sat
26
Sep

Let: Government listens on Clintonville road project

To the editor:

Citizens speak and government listens!

Several months ago, Dennis Lichtenberg and other residents on County Road I in Clintonville got the news that the 50-plus-year-old road was to be resurfaced. The road is only 20 feet wide in addition to being in very poor condition. From a safety standpoint, residents pointed out that people living in the mobile home park and apartments bordering the road frequently walk on it to go to church, shop, etc. Many of these folks do not have automobiles.

Sat
26
Sep

Letter: Seniors hurt by Democrats’ legislation

To the editor:

Seniors, if you are not already aware of the drastic loss of medical coverage by Medicare and Medicaid that had taken place this year, you will soon.

Costs for many routine tests and services that were covered this last year are no longer. Thank your Democratic legislators and some others for this by their support of Obamacare. Stealing millions from the Medicare-Medicaid programs. It’s the law; just read it!

We seniors on limited incomes are those getting the shaft. Feingold says Johnson is getting the support of the wealthy but fails to tell of liberal billionaires like George Soros and Bill Gates who are spending millions lobbying state leaders to adopt Common Core without public debate.

Think, then get out and vote!

Eileen Spittlemeister,

Shawano

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