Opinions

Sat
09
Aug

Letter: Time for change at Sheriff's Department

To the editor:

In a story in The Shawano Leader on July 26, Randy Wright engages in County Board bashing, stating a handful of members make up a “faction” to “block borrowing.”

I serve as a member of the Shawano County Board and hope I am being included in that conservative group. Wise use and the protection of the taxpayer’s dollar is our job. We must spend on needs, not just wants.

Wright also blames the board for things being “stalled” and implies there is a need to “get things moving.”

Wright seems to be under the misguided perception that he is running against the County Board in the Aug. 12 election. No County Board members are on that ballot.

The next sheriff will have to work with the County Board, like it or not. We are supposed to all be on the same team, working for the people of Shawano County.

Sat
09
Aug

Letter: Kuester opposes Rose recall effort

To the editor:

A citizen is circulating papers to recall Alderperson Greg Rose. Just 56 signatures will require the city to hold a special election. These signers do not have to be registered voters and do not have to have voted in the last election.

The cost of this special election is estimated at a little over $2,500, not including the time city staff will have to spend preparing and implementing the election. If a primary was necessary there would be the additional cost of another election.

Rose was elected in 2013 to a two-year term. By the time an election could actually be held, if the effort succeeds, Rose will have served much of his term. So just 56 people will be able to force a redo of the election held in 2013. When Rose was elected he had 84 votes, and his opponent had 77.

Sat
09
Aug

Letter: We need to cut costs, not spend more

To the editor:

Only government bureaucrats who have made a career of spending other people’s money could be so ignorant as to how to run an efficient operation and minimize cost to shareholders, aka: taxpayers.

The proposal to maximize tax levies simply because “we can” is unconscionable. Local unemployment is still over 6 percent, housing values have not returned to pre-recession values, and the average taxpayer income of $29,000 is far less than the average local government school employee income of $42,000.

Let’s not forget that 75 percent to 80 percent of all local taxes go to pay salaries and benefits of government employees. The tired government bureaucrat justification of “it’s for the children” is only about 20 percent accurate.

Sat
09
Aug

Letter: Client appreciates pantry, workers

To the editor:

I recently received this letter and wanted to share it:

“For months my family struggled until I could put it off no longer, so I called the food pantry. The call was to inquire about income limits, hours, etc. Flo answered. Not only did she answer my questions, but she also encouraged me to come if needed.

“One day I put on my girl girl panties, which come from being a mom, and, shaking like a leaf, headed to the pantry, knowing this had to be done. Who would see me? What would people think of me?

“From that first phone call to the moment I walked in the door, and every time since, I have been treated with dignity and respect. Heck, there’s even been a dance (polka) in the aisle I’ve watched bring a smile to another person picking up food and myself peaking up to watch.

Fri
01
Aug

Letter: Sheriff, not board, blocked evidence storage solutions

To the editor:

Sheriff Randy Wright’s comments in the July 31 Leader article contain incorrect statements about the evidence storage building. Let’s look at facts.

The Shawano County Board approved a secured evidence storage building in the Capital Improvement Plan, a 50- by 100-foot building, for a cost of $306,545, to be constructed in 2009. The board funded the project on Jan. 29, 2009. Resolution 6-09 borrowed $2.5 million on a temporary borrowing, including more than $370,000 for the evidence storage building and $750,000 for Maple Lane.

Wright stalled the project, not the County Board.

The storage facility did not get built or even started because it wasn’t good enough for the sheriff. We paid (wasted) bankers’ fees and interest on this money for a year and a half while the sheriff complained that it had to have fancy offices, a lab, conference room, heated storage for junk cars, talk of a kitchen and, at one point, a medical examiners office.

Fri
01
Aug

Letter: Obama administration not protecting our borders

To the editor:

Just today, a retiring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent leaked to Fox and other news agencies that all the “new” ICE and Border Patrol agents we are supposed to have enforcing immigration laws have been reassigned away from the border by the administration flunkies at Homeland Security!

These agents in many cases work only four hours a day with zero border enforcement duties. Disease carriers, gang members, drug dealers, terrorists and criminals are flooding our southern borders, and the administration refuses to act.

A report from ICE shows juvenile criminals are just set free on orders of the administration. Depending on which agency you believe, only 20 percent to a maximum of 60 percent of those crossing the border are children.

Why are more “news” outlets not reporting on this?

Bruce Watters,

Bowler

Fri
01
Aug

Letter: It's time to say no to Republicans

To the editor:

It is sad to see what has happened to the Republican Party in this country. Influenced by tea party extremists, the Republican Party is now little more than the Party of No.

Led by their visceral hatred of President Barack Obama, they no longer are interested in the national or state economy, much less the poor and minorities. Their leader in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Mitch McConnell, made it clear after Obama’s election in 2008 that the single most important thing Republicans wanted to achieve was for President Obama to be a one-term president. From then on, the Republican Party, both nationally and in our own state, has become the Party of No.

Fri
01
Aug

Letter: SMC could make good justice center site

To the editor:

In a recent Shawano Leader article about the sheriff candidates, it was suggested the Shawano Medical Center might be a possible site for a justice center. Even before any research on costs, it looked to be a possibility. SMC has the space and, with all the years of updates and remodeling, it has been kept up to code while being used as a hospital. It’s close to new, without the cost of a new building.

Sheriff Wright stated, “It would be more costly than building brand new. … It would take a valuable waterfront property off the tax rolls. … It is an aging building.”

Fri
25
Jul

Letter: Unique pageant gets little attention

To the editor:

On May 22, an event took place that received little notice: the Ms. Senior Waupaca/Shawano County Homemaker Pageant. The venue was the Clintonville Bowling Lanes.

Each contestant completed four stations with four judges per station: prepare your favorite dessert for judging; wear your favorite outfit and tell a story about it — be prepared to answer questions about your life; participate in multi-tasking table; and answer a “mystery” question.

Six candidates participated, each with quite different backgrounds.

Val Quaintance had played in a well-known polka band and wore her full-skirted outfit.

Arlene Creapeau displayed her ancestral cape and sash composed of thousands of beads.

Anna Borntreger appeared in her mother’s wedding dress and entered a “next-to-nothing” cake that was a mile high.

Irma Timmons played “Hungarian Dance No. 5” wearing her symphony outfit.

Sat
19
Jul

Letter: Board needs to reconsider pool decision

To the editor:

It must have come as a surprise to Shawano area residents that the Shawano School Board is no longer allowing the community to use the same swimming pool paid for and maintained by taxpayers. I am writing, of course, about the swimming pool at the Shawano Community High School that is often referred to as Shawano’s best kept secret.

Few are aware that a clean, well-managed and maintained swimming pool with handicap accessibility is open to the public— the same public who paid for its construction and maintenance with school levy bonds coupled with the assurance to the taxpayers the pool would be available for community use.

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