Opinions

Fri
17
Jun

Police officers aid family caught in storm

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to express my gratitude to the officers of the Shawano Police Department.

Last Sunday, I got caught in the middle of a severe thunderstorm with my two young daughters and 78-year-old father. As we struggled to push our bicycles through the downpour and strong winds, two policemen came to our rescue. After stowing our bikes next to a building, they brought us safely home and out of the elements.

Unfortunately, I don’t know the names of the young men, but I am so grateful for their assistance. I am certain that for this one act of kindness, there are probably hundreds of other duties they perform each day to keep our community safe.

I offer my heartfelt thanks to these men and all the officers of the police force. Your sacrifice and dedication deserve to be recognized.

Shannon B. Daun,

Shawano

Sat
11
Jun

Letter: Californian impressed by county barn quilts

To the editor:

Last October, while in Wisconsin to attend a Green Bay Packers game, I had the privilege of meeting Jim Leuenberger, coordinator of the Shawano County Barn Quilt Project, and at the same time saw the barn quilt workshop at the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce.

What started out about five years ago as a local interest project of about 30 barn quilts now exceeds 300 and continues to grow, thanks to the determination and creativity of Jim and Irene Leuenberger. What a treat it was traveling the county highways and rural back roads viewing the creative efforts and all the hard work by the quilt-making volunteers under Jim’s direction. The whole Shawano area should be very proud of the Shawano County Barn Quilt Project. Keep up the good work promoting barn quilts in Wisconsin.

Fri
03
Jun

Mayor, former mayor sit down for monthly chat

Mayor Jeanne Cronce and I have made plans to meet on a monthly basis to discuss relevant information regarding what is happening in the city of Shawano. We will share that news with you in this column.

I advised Mayor Cronce I would like to write this first article about her and how she is settling in to her new position as mayor. I placed a call asking what her work hours are and when she would be available to meet with me. She replied: “I generally arrive at City Hall by 8 a.m. daily. I work until 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until noon on Friday.”

She added, “I am also available evenings and weekends by appointment.”

Fri
03
Jun

Letter: Stippen explains run for state Senate seat

To the editor:

As a husband, father and small business owner, I care deeply about our community, and that’s why I want to serve the people’s interests in the 12th Senate District. We must work together to make sure our community and local governments can work for us and aren’t hamstrung by Madison politics.

My experience serving on a city council and on numerous boards showed me firsthand how the policies coming out of Madison have made it difficult for local governments to attract new jobs, keep our schools running well and keep our communities safe. Instead of working with local governments, the legislation pushed out of Madison has devastated local education and road budgets, making it difficult for our economy to grow.

Sat
28
May

Sometimes a hug makes all the difference

During my time in public office, I learned many things; not all of them were city government related. I learned communication comes in many forms.

I grew up in a loving family which consisted of my parents, my two brothers and me. Dad worked a 4 p.m.-to-midnight shift as a superintendent at the Four Wheel Drive. My dad did not want my mother to work outside the home. He always felt it was his responsibility to provide for his family. We were a modest family. My folks were good people.

My mother was always there when I came home from school. She had freshly baked cookies, a dish of strawberries or some other special treat ready as an after-school snack. I remember chattering away, telling her about my day.

Fri
20
May

Letter: Let’s remember to appreciate our community peacekeepers

To the editor:

Much has changed in policing since 1962 when President Kennedy set aside May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as a time to recognize America’s peacekeepers, but the dedication and self-sacrificing nature of the men and women who commit themselves to the profession has been ever present.

Some may view policing as just one of many career options, but in reality, if you ask most law enforcement professionals you’d likely learn many regard it as a calling.

Fri
06
May

Letter: HPV vaccine provides cancer prevention

To the editor:

Last year, the Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Department was awarded a grant from the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program to bring information about the HPV vaccine to the public and health care providers.

Human Papilloma Virus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 80 million adults, roughly one in four, are currently infected with HPV. While most HPV infections go away on their own, a few types of the virus can cause serious health problems, including cancer.

Sat
30
Apr

Letter: Parents, be sure to enjoy the moment

To the editor:

Raising children in our society, with all the demands on parents, is challenging.

On occasion one hears a frustrated parent indicate they can’t wait for their children to grow up and get out on their own.

Woo, Nellie! For those that have raised their children and reflect on that period in their lives find those years to be filled with humor and pleasure.

The following piece encapsulates the experience generation many fond memories.

One of these day you’ll shout, “Why don’t you kids grow up and act you age?”

And they will.

Or you’ll say, “Kids, get outside and find yourselves something to do and don’t slam the door.”

And they won’t.

You’ll straighten the boy’s bedroom neat and tidy, bumper stickers discarded, spreads tucked and smooth, toys displayed on the shelves, hangers in the closet with clothes attached, animals caged — and you’ll say out loud, “Now I want it to stay just like this.”

Fri
22
Apr

Letter: Multitaskers should heed cellphone advice

To the editor:

Two things jumped out at me while reading the article addressing the use of cellphones while driving a car.

First, I know how I feel when a vehicle is near enough to notice the driver is using a cellphone — wonderment. They are multitasking. Surely, the more you can pack into 24 hours the happier you can become, and what better way than to multitask? I remember feeling that way.

Well, I guess I have done a 180-degree turn. Now, just driving has a richness that I don’t want to complicate even with a radio. A good reliable car, money for gas, a destination — that’s enough for me.

Second, I notice that most multitaskers are youngish or at least strong. They look as if their bones are wrapped in an abundance of muscle and if someone bumped into them they could bounce. Me? I would break.

Fri
22
Apr

Letter: City electrical workers worth more than any athletes

To the editor:

I present some real world points to ponder concerning the electrical malfunction that occurred Sunday, April 17.

The most important point to give some honest evaluation to is just who is really worth their salary: athletes who make millions for entertaining or public workers of all sorts who keep our very existence alive? Do you think any pro basketball, baseball or football persons would dare to go out and “play games” with 13,000 volts like our city electricians did to reestablish the lifestyle we take for granted?

Take time to decide what really matters most in this world. It takes the blind willingness of “die-hard sports fans” to pay the freight for the many millionaire sports “heroes” to become the gluttonous ilk that they are. I say that our city electricians’ efforts on Sunday past are worth more than any athlete is for his full season, regardless of sport.

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