Opinions

Sat
27
Sep

Letter: Push D.C. to ensure there are ‘no boots on the ground’

To the editor:

Here we go again with the beginning of our next involvement on foreign land as an “advisory training group.”

Our first group in Korea cost 53,000 American lives to achieve a stalemate with the then-dreaded communists in the beginning of the Cold War (1950-53).

Next we stepped in, in Vietnam, to advise and train the South Vietnamese military, such as it was. Well, that advisory and training group became 58,000 dead American troops and airmen.

Are we going to let this ISIS situation cost us another some 50,000 lives as an advisory and training group? That’s what is being OK’d by Congress and the president today (Sept. 18).

This is a nonpartisan issue. It is up to all America to save the sons and daughters of yours who are in high school but should be “just in time” to be killed in the desert. Save your sons and daughters by getting in the faces and ears of Washington, D.C., also in your immediate neighborhoods in towns nationwide.

Sat
27
Sep

Letter: Campaign sign thefts will fire up Dems

To the editor:

Why would Democrats have to worry about their political signs being stolen? It happens every election cycle. It is not only unlawful to take items from private property, it also shows how malicious some people can be about stopping candidates who have opposing ideas.

During Walker’s recall election about 30 signs that promoted his recall were stolen from private property around the city of Shawano — all in one night. Mary Burke signs have already been stolen from locations around Shawano County. On the positive side, these actions only enrage the Democratic base and make them contribute more to defeating Republicans.

Fri
12
Sep

Letter: Concert honors longtime band director

To the editor:

On Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m., a very interesting and unique music program will be featured at the Mielke Arts Center.

Vocal Tapestry is a group of singers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. They will present a concert of choral folk music from around the world. It will feature music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Mozambique, Sudan, Balkans, China and Japan.

One of the musicians, Sheila Feay-Shaw, is a former Shawanoite and a graduate of Shawano Community High School. She is now a professor at UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. She and seven friends are presenting this concert in memory of the late Calvin Brockman, longtime musician and band director at Shawano.

I encourage everyone to come and enjoy this special evening.

Tickets may be purchased at the Mielke Arts Center, N5649 Airport Road, Shawano.

Carol Raeder,

Shawano

Fri
12
Sep

Letter: City beautification efforts appreciated

To the editor:

I actually stopped for a few minutes to admire the beautiful flowers in front of the courthouse. Someone did a fantastic job in the gorgeous arrangements or set-up.

I wondered how many people noticed? Really, I appreciate the people or person who planted these for all of us to enjoy.

Then as I continued my walk going north, there was a round big pot with more beautiful colors of every kind. But, most of all, the lovely breathtaking hybrid gladiola! That is wow! And there are more here and there on the corners. Take notice!

Thank you to the planters, gardeners, weeders and water folks who did a great job to beautify our Main Street in Shawano.

Patricia HesseltVanDinter,

Shawano

Sat
30
Aug

Letter: Breastfeeding healthier for babies and moms

To the editor:

I make milk – what’s your superpower? From Aug. 1-7, families everywhere celebrated World Breastfeeding Week.

Breastfeeding is normal, healthy and efficient. Feeding a baby for the first year on formula can cost over $1,200; nursing is free.

Breast milk has disease-fighting cells called antibodies that help protect infants from germs, illness and even sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of various health problems for babies, including ear infections, stomach viruses, respiratory infections, asthma, obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and childhood leukemia. For moms, breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression.

Infant formula cannot match the exact chemical makeup of human milk, especially the cells, hormones and antibodies that fight disease. For most babies, breast milk is easier to digest than formula.

Fri
15
Aug

Letter: S.O.S. K-9 fills void for county

To the editor:

Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder and fear of crime.

Community policing, recognizing that police rarely can solve public safety problems alone, encourages interactive partnerships with relevant stakeholders. The range of potential partners is large, and these partnerships can be used to accomplish the two interrelated goals of developing solutions to problems through collaborative problem solving and improving public trust.

Since being sheriff, I have stressed to my officers that community policing is an important part of what we do. With 1,000 square miles, 25 townships and 30-plus small communities in the county, you may not see this working, but it’s taking place on a daily basis in some way.

Fri
15
Aug

Letter: Isn't sheriff's job to serve and protect?

To the editor:

In last Saturday’s paper, there was an article about Bieber’s run for sheriff. In that article Bieber said three things I would like to respond to:

1. “He will bring a change of attitude to the department.”

2. “We’re not there to save peoples lives. … We’re going to try, but that’s not going to happen. … Statistically, 99 percent of the time we’re going to be there to pick up your dead body, unfortunately.”

3: “Bieber said the public has to take steps to protect itself.” … “With freedom comes responsibility. … We’ll be there to help, but it’s your responsibility for that. … Part of that mindset is the public is responsible for its own safety.”

Talk about a real shot in the arm for the tourism industry in Shawano County! If Mr. Bieber’s job is not to save lives, then why on earth is he wearing a badge? I have always thought the motto of law enforcement is to serve and protect. Has this now become an outdated idea?

Sat
09
Aug

Letter: Breastfeeding better for mom, baby

To the editor:

I make milk – what’s your superpower? From Aug. 1-7, families everywhere celebrated World Breastfeeding Week.

Breastfeeding is normal, healthy and efficient. Feeding a baby for the first year on formula can cost over $1,200; nursing is free.

Breast milk has disease-fighting cells called antibodies that help protect infants from germs, illness and even sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of various health problems for babies, including ear infections, stomach viruses, respiratory infections, asthma, obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and childhood leukemia. For moms, breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression.

Infant formula cannot match the exact chemical makeup of human milk, especially the cells, hormones and antibodies that fight disease. For most babies, breast milk is easier to digest than formula.

Sat
09
Aug

Letter: Wright is right person for the job

To the editor:

As the primary election is getting close, I want to encourage Shawano County voters to re-elect Sheriff Randy Wright. I have known Randy since my late father-in-law, Jim Knope, was sheriff, and I know that Randy is an honest, hardworking law enforcement official.

Randy has run a clean campaign by telling voters what he has accomplished, what he hopes to accomplish in the next four years, and by standing up to his opponents for what he feels is in the best interest of his employees and the citizens of Shawano County.

The list of supportive law enforcement officials, former employees and former co-workers shows how much respect others feel toward Sheriff Wright. Randy knows the job of sheriff and the years that he has served as sheriff prove that he is the person for the job.

Sat
09
Aug

Letter: Learn about Bonduel budget at coffee chats

To the editor:

The Bonduel School District will be holding “coffee chats” at locations around the district. Topics of discussion will include the proposed increase in the local tax levy, annual budget, state funding, updates for the upcoming school year and highlights of the 2013-14 year.

Property owners, parents and concerned citizens, I urge you to stop in at one of the three chats to find out what is happening in our school district. At the chat you will be able to ask questions.

Patrick Rau, our new Bonduel School District superintendent, will be hosting these chats at 8 a.m. Aug. 12 at The Hungry Bear, 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at Navarino Fire Department and at 11 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Cecil Diner. These meetings are being held prior to the annual district meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the high school commons area.

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