Opinions

Sat
30
Jan

Letter: Single-payer system not health care solution

To the editor:

So you say you want single-payer health care to replace the disaster of Obamacare? Well, now if you had relatives who live in a country that has it, you might not feel this way!

We have family living in Windsor, Ontario, who won’t go to their government run health care system for anything greater than a Band-Aid boo-boo! They come to Detroit, Michigan, USA, to get treatment for serious ailments and pay out of pocket rather than trust the underpaid and overworked Canada health care disaster!

Waiting months to get appointments with specialists and having a medical board tell you what you can and cannot get for treatment doesn’t cut it, either. (These board members many times have zero medical background.) That’s why Canada tried to get away from it several years ago and that is why Denmark is currently running away from socialized medicine now!

Fri
22
Jan

Mayor hopes for better city-SIST relations

Today, I would like this column to serve as on open letter to Dr. RC Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology Inc. (SIST), Marom Golan Corporation of USA Inc., Timtza Etzepo Corporation of USA Inc. and Beit Mamtakin of USA Inc.

During my term in office, Kal Gronvall, Naomi Isaacson, Zachariah Sindt and Linda Gray acknowledged they were responsible for pamphlets, newsletters, news releases or videos about me.

I have been accused of being evil, bigoted, a racist and Hitler-like. Former CEO Isaacson said I have attempted to destroy your businesses, tried to shut you down and financially hurt you. It was also claimed that I created laws that only apply to your businesses. Although I would argue I am none of those things, nor have I done the things you have accused me of doing, at this point it doesn’t really matter.

Fri
22
Jan

Letter: Time for someone else to head Red Kettle campaign

To the editor:

Local people with emergency needs for medicine, fuel, utilities or food will be thankful this year for the generosity of their neighbors. The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, to which many of your readers contributed, has resupplied the funds that will be needed.

Some of these readers gave their pocket change each time they passed the kettle. Others pulled cash from their wallets a few times during the season. Whatever they gave, whenever they gave, they helped their neighbors get through tough times. Most of us can remember our own tough times, and how we made it past them. Those who need assistance apply at the local police department and, if approved, receive vouchers, not cash, to be used locally as needed.

Fri
22
Jan

Letter: Oberstein has right stuff to be Shawano’s mayor

To the editor:

Our city has been fortunate to have had dedicated leaders who have served to make our city and community better for the majority of the people.

We now look forward to another election where we the people can choose those who will lead. Even in a smaller community, our choices are important. We need to select leaders who have the courage and capacity to keep us moving forward, always striving to improve our community.

I have come to know Jim Oberstein and have had the privilege to work with him in volunteer work. Not only is he a dedicated and dependable worker, but also when you check his résumé it becomes clear he has the expertise, values and experience to be the kind of leader we looking for as our next mayor.

I suggest each voter carefully examine his record. I’ll be voting for Jim Oberstein.

Wil Kleinschmidt,

Shawano

Fri
15
Jan

The phone call that changed the mayor’s life

I was amazed by the response I received from last week’s column. Many readers requested additional excerpts from my book. In answer to the questions about its completion, I will write the final chapter in April.

Here are a few very condensed excerpts:

The voice on the other end of the line said, “I am trying to reach the mayor.”

I responded “This is she.”

The male voice responded. “I am not really sure how to say this to you, but I have been asked to take you out. I have been paid to take you out.”

I responded “Excuse me, you have been asked what?”

The called replied, “I have been asked to take you out; I have been hired to take you out.”

My mind was racing, as I wondered if I had someone with mental issues on the line. I responded, “Look, I don’t know if this is some kind of joke, but I am in my 60s and happily married for more than 40 years, so I am certainly not interested in going out with you or anyone else.”

Fri
15
Jan

Guest Opinion

This column is a response to the front page article from Dec. 30 regarding the insurance negotiations between ThedaCare and Network Health Plan and the allegations made by a local business.

I’m not writing this as a corporate representative of ThedaCare, but as a local physician who happens to work for ThedaCare. I’m not sure what word best describes how I felt after reading that article, but a few that come to mind are mad, frustrated and hurt. Let me explain.

Mad: I feel like the response from the HR representative from TimberPro was completely inappropriate and detrimental to this community. I’m very sad to hear that she knows people who say they have not had a good experience at the new campus of ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano because that should not be the case. I’m truly sorry that it was.

Fri
15
Jan

Letter: Workers, equipment pass 1st winter test

To the editor:

Clintonville came through the first big snowstorm with flying colors thanks to a hard-working, creative street crew and the arrival of our new high-tech snow plow.

With a crew of just four, plus department manager Toby Kersten, the department took care of an estimated 9-plus inches of snow in record time. The department also employs two mechanics who service vehicles for all city equipment.) Next time you see a city truck go by, give them a thumbs up for the effort.

A few facts: Working 12- to 14-hour shifts and sometimes starting at 1:30 a.m., the crew using the newly arrived snow handling equipment put 188 miles on the new truck and applied just 4.9 tons of dry salt, as compared to the 12 yards they would have used without the new equipment. The new equipment applied gallons of salt brine with excellent results, according to Kersten.

Sat
09
Jan

Tales of a small-town mayor come to life

Here we are in 2016 already. I don’t know about you, but to me, 2015 seemed to go by quickly. A new year brings with it another chapter in life waiting to be written.

Speaking of writing, a book I have been working on for several years is nearing completion. It is about my experiences as a small-town mayor. I have not used names of individuals or the name of our community. Profits from book sales will be donated to local civic and nonprofit groups. Here are a few excerpts:

My phone rang. The caller asked, “Is this the Mayor?” I replied, “Yes, speaking.” The voice on the other end said, “You don’t know me. I used to live there, but I don’t anymore.”

She continued, “I have read the horrible pamphlet about you, and I have heard about the videos on social media. I know who is responsible, and I am so sorry.”

Sat
09
Jan

Letter: Health care changes shortchange public

To the editor:

Regarding Dr. Gruner’s letter to the editor in The Shawano Leader:

As you know, you talk to us from great privilege, and when you say, “I’ll keep you posted,” my thought is that, as a member of the general public, I wish I could keep you posted.

With the changes in health care (Affordable Care Act), the power battle between Washington, insurers, hospitals, patients, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment suppliers and the general public came down like this: Insurers got a fair shake; uninsured and underinsured patients truly benefited; while hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment companies were left free to charge exorbitant prices.

The general public? No real strategy for cost containment. At the moment, the hospital sets the price and the insurer jumps to it.

So, I guess, there is nothing for me to “post.”

You say, “We are committed to improving the health of the communities we serve.”

Sat
09
Jan

Letter: ThedaCare problems extend beyond insurance battle

To the editor:

ThedaCare’s Dr. Gruner speaks with a forked tongue, as the city has found out when at the last minute ThedaCare said no to a medical residency training center at the old Shawano Medical Center and now is telling all those people with Network Health Plan that they will be dropped or have to pay an out-of-network extra charges.

Why can Bellin and Prevea accept our plan but ThedaCare can’t? The reason is just plain greed of the worst kind. They knew most would blame Network Health even after it offered ThedaCare more money — but not enough for Dr. Gruner and his bunch.

Dr. Gruner talks about the wonderful service, but why is it every time you go to a fast-food place, you see new people? The same at ThedaCare. Most times, you get to see a nurse or a PA, but you paid to see a doctor.

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