Opinions

Sat
19
Mar

Letter: City should provide public tour of former SMC

To the editor:

This is an urgent appeal to all Shawano Leader readers, neighbors and friends. If you are like me, you are fuming over the decision to raze the former Shawano hospital located on the shores of the Wolf River.

As every person that I’ve spoken to agrees, we are dumbfounded by the reasoning put forward. Conversely, I’ll be the first person to apologize if the demolition of the structure truly is more cost-effective than refurbishing, If the facility truly is in such “terrible” condition that it can’t be retro-fitted for an alternative purpose, so be it.

If this is just another exercise in the tear-down mentality, then please slow down.

If you believe that the only reason for demolition is that someone conned ThedaCare into paying for it, please let your opinion be known.

Fri
11
Mar

Report details police efforts to protect and serve

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” — Matthew 5:9

The Shawano Police Department recently completed its annual report, which was distributed at Wednesday night’s Common Council meeting. Here is some of the information contained in the report.

City Police Chief Kohl commented: “We are pleased to note it appears as though crime-fighting efforts are paying off. Statistics show a decline from 2014 in two major criminal offenses. Aggravated assaults have decreased by 41 percent and burglaries have declined by 46 percent. That is good news for our community.”

Fri
11
Mar

Letter: Voter would like another mayoral forum

To the editor:

Now that the slate of candidates for mayor is down to the final two, the public is entitled to hear them elaborate on their views relating to pertinent issues.

The Shawano Leader, WTCH Radio and the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce personnel did an excellent job facilitating the first mayoral forum. It was such a positive and professional experience for all.

At this point in time, a public debate should be held to hear where Mr. Oberstein and Mrs. Cronce stand on the relevant issues facing Shawano.

I’ve talked with Jim Oberstein, and he’s expressed his desire to do so and would welcome the challenge to educate city residents.

I strongly encourage The Shawano Leader, WTCH Radio and the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce to again initiate and facilitate this event.

It’s the right thing to do!

Joe Skaleski,

Shawano

Sat
05
Mar

Letter: ‘Spotlight’ educates public about abuse issue

To the editor:

There was a flash flood in America Sunday night for many people who were watching the Oscars. When the Oscar for best picture was given to the underdog, “Spotlight,” a flood of tears raced down the cheeks of thousands of sexual abuse victims, myself included.

Ever since The Boston Globe’s story broke about the sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Boston’s Catholic churches in 2002, I and thousands of other victim’s lives have been in turmoil. So many stories and TV shows have been published, there was no escaping it.

How could you put it behind you? How could you ever forget it? It was like a lamprey attached to your heart, slowly wearing you down.

Sat
27
Feb

Resident shares his love of the American bald eagle


Contributed Photo Local resident Roger Williams enjoys photographing American bald eagles. His license plate reads “Eagle Lover.”

“The eyesight for an eagle is what thought is to a man.” — Dejan Stojanovic

Throughout my 14 years as mayor, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of our city’s residents. People from all walks of life have stopped in my office to visit, as did Roger Williams one afternoon.

Mr. Williams noticed the pictures of eagles displayed at City Hall. He explained how he enjoys photographing and watching the magnificent birds in their natural habitat. He invited me and city staff to come to his home and view the hundreds of photographs he has taken over the years. I look forward to taking him up on his offer within a week or two. Perhaps one of his eagle photos may end up here at City Hall!

The residents who live in the Willow Shores Condo Association have a great opportunity to view the birds as they fly the river looking for food.

Fri
19
Feb

Letter: Column shows what really drives health care

To the editor:

The is an open letter to Dr. Gruner, president and CEO of ThedaCare.

I think I’m correct — 13 questions in your latest post. I am a member of the largest group you serve (seniors) and do agree that this group is “a population with specific health, social, cognitive and emotional needs. They also may rely heavily on the advice and insight of their children.”

I was anticipating putting my thinking cap on so that I would be ready when called upon with my best insights. Well, what the heck, I was wrong. I won’t need to drop you a line or look into my crystal ball, for as you stated, “I’m interested in hearing from other business and nonprofit leaders about your perspective on your organization’s future.”

Fri
19
Feb

Letter: Business will come to great community

To the editor:

We enjoyed the mayor’s forum and wish all candidates well. However, I speak as an observer of a theme that came up over and over again.

Many of the candidates spoke of how we must grow our community with a rapid influx of businesses. Be careful with that.

I believe we have to be a great community first; then the businesses and people will want to come. If there are problems with the infrastructure, those must be repaired or improved. If there are problems with the tax structure/revenue systems, those will not be resolved by taking on another welfare recipient. (Other communities have opted to “give away the farm” in order to attract businesses.)

Any proposal or offer to join our community should not be prefaced with “What can you do for me?”

Fri
19
Feb

Letter: Relatives have no problem with Canadian health care

To the editor:

This is in regard to the Canadian health care system. A recent letter stated the writer had relatives living in Ontario, Canada, who thought little of the Canadian health system.

I also have relatives living in Ontario, and contrary to the other writer, my relatives very much appreciate the Canadian health care system and have never had a problem in receiving timely care, be it for a Band-Aid boo-boo or something much more serious like cancer.

They get their medications and treatments without the worry that the illness will bankrupt them. The young parents take their children in for regular physicals and shots without the worry if their paychecks will cover the doctor visits.

As far as having a medical board tell us what treatments you can or can’t get, isn’t that exactly what insurance companies do?

Fri
12
Feb

Letters: Let’s not return to 18-year-olds drinking

To the editor:

On Friday, Jan. 22, The Shawano Leader ran a column by their regular editorial page contributor, whom you regular readers know well by her quite irregular name. She outrageously suggested that this country should return to the age of 18-year-old drinking.

Her homework on this idea didn’t include the segregation factor of 18-year-olds, who prefer having their own “scene,” being forced to the outskirts of Shawano or even farther, where they drink their beers with one in each had, have chug-a-lug contests and ultimately race home on the highways, well over the intoxicated limit.

Assuredly, some are going to add to the highway accident deaths that the 21-year or older drinkers in town are relatively safe from.

Us elders who remember the beer bars of the ’40s to early ’80s know many incidents that occurred on the homeward bound. Anyone in high school during these years knew people who “bought it” head on. I knew a few.

Fri
12
Feb

Election Day reminders for Shawano residents

“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” — Larry J. Sabato

Tuesday, Feb. 16, is an important day for residents of the city of Shawano. It is the first step voters will take in selecting a new mayor!

There are six candidates seeking the position. The two with the highest number of votes will be placed on the ballot for the April 5 election. If you fail to vote in the primary, the candidate you support might not make it on the April ballot, so voting at the primary is very important.

Our staff has been asked if voters select one or two candidates. You can only vote for one. If you select more than one, your ballot will be considered an “over vote.” You will have an opportunity to remake your ballot, allowing it to be counted.

In today’s article, I will answer some of the questions that residents have been asking our staff.

• Where do the residents of the city of Shawano vote? City Hall, located at 127 S. Sawyer St.

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