Opinions

Fri
01
Jan

Letter: ThedaCare CEO addresses insurance situation

To the editor:

A few weeks ago ThedaCare announced our termination of our Network Health Plan contract. Since then many people have contacted us with questions. Our decision also caused some angst for some of you. That was not our intent. ThedaCare is focused on making health care better for consumers, patients, families and communities. We are committed to improving the health of the communities we serve.

In that spirit, I want to keep you current on the status of our effort to secure a contract extension with Network Health Plan.

Sat
26
Dec

Graceland Cemetery lot becomes dumping ground

To the editor:

After following the rules and removing all plants from the four lots I tend at Graceland Cemetery on time, I was surprised to get a call from another cemetery lot owner telling me all discarded materials from other lots had been placed on the historic Kuester lot located right on the circle in front of the chapel. I immediately drove out to take a look.

I thought I was on the wrong road as I didn’t even recognize the lot or see any of the headstones. Instead I saw dozens of discarded hooks, ornaments and miscellaneous materials taken from other lots. If any of our relatives were to come and visit the cemetery during this holiday season, they would share my shame at the condition of the resting place of these city pioneers.

Sat
19
Dec

Removing flowers from graves is deplorable

To the editor:

Through the years I have read articles and seen on TV about the destruction and theft in cemeteries. I always thought what demented moron or morons could do such horrible acts on the resting places of the loved ones we have lost.

On a quiet cemetery lay several of my loved ones: my husband, parents, grandparents, sisters, brother and other relatives. In early spring, I visited the graves of my family members, and to my surprise, the decorations for my husband and parents were gone. They could not have blown off as I had them wired on. I was shocked and angry to think it happened to me.

The summer moved on, and in early October after many visits, the decorations on my sister and brother’s graves were missing. They, too, were wired on and couldn’t have blown off. My sisters and I have been putting flowers on their graves for 50 years.

To the person or persons that did this, shame on you. Get yourself help as you are very mentally ill.

Fri
11
Dec

Letter: Teen reading program continues through Jan. 4

To the editor:

Everyone knows about summer reading programs, but here in Shawano we don’t let the fun stop there! We have a Not-So-Summer Reading Program for teens that runs through Jan. 4.

Teens can register and participate in the library or online at shawanolibrary.org under the Programs/Teens! There will be five weekly prizes of $10 gift cards for local restaurants and five overall prizes of $50 gift cards from various retailers. Teens, ages 12-18, will get to choose which prizes they want to be entered for with each book they read or library program they attend. They are required to read teen or adult books or graphic novels from the library (any library within our system) to qualify. Children’s books, audio books, e-books, personal or school books, and movies do not qualify.

Fri
11
Dec

Letter: Concert doesn’t need to feature holiday music

To the editor:

Do you have any idea, John Ainsworth, how long it takes to prepare a concert? For a Dec. 1 concert, preparation begins in September.

So these third-graders would be learning Christmas music at the beginning of the school year instead of letting each season progress as it comes – fall, October with Halloween, November with Thanksgiving, etc.

These children and you, John, still have a whole month to enjoy Christmas music!

June Brockman,

Shawano

Fri
04
Dec

As city’s CEO, mayor fills variety of roles

“Earn your leadership every day.” — Michael Jordan

Thank you so much for the kind emails, social network comments, phone calls and cards. Serving as your mayor has been one of the most humbling yet exhilarating experiences of my life. I shall treasure the memories forever.

Several have asked me to explain the duties of a Wisconsin mayor. I will do my best to give you details, and a little personal commentary as well.

The mayor is the chief executive officer of the city and is elected by the voters on the first Tuesday in April, usually in even-numbered years. A mayoral candidate must be a citizen of the United States and of Wisconsin and an elector of the city. Electors must be 18 years of age, and must have resided in the state and the city for at least 10 days.

Fri
04
Dec

Letter: The world apparently needs Christmas

To the editor:

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, we attended the winter concert performed by the third-grade students of the Olga Brener Intermediate School.

The students were all dressed as neatly as could be. The staff had obviously prepared them very well for the task at hand. The auditorium was packed with courteous and attentive family and friends of the students. After the concert, we stopped for a treat at a local restaurant as other families apparently had.

A perfect evening, but where was the Christmas music? They did not perform even one Christmas carol! Even the pseudo-Christmas music (“Rudolph,” “Jingle Bells”) was avoided. The staff of our local school district is so afraid of offending even one resident that they ignore the expectations of the vast majority.

Even the very marginally religious respect the Christmas season as a time of giving, sharing, family gatherings and the renewal of practicing good will toward others.

Sat
28
Nov

It’s time for someone else to lead city as mayor

“The key to retirement is to find joy in little things.” — unknown wise person

Life is filled with difficult decisions. Deciding if I should seek re-election was not a decision I took lightly. My husband and I talked about it for several months, but he made it clear, the decision was mine to make and he would support my decision, whatever it was.

Leaving something one enjoys makes the decision so much more difficult. There is no question, I could never find a nicer group of people anywhere. The city staff is such a joy to work with, the Common Council is a great team, and the citizens of this community and our surrounding townships are second to none! To say I have enjoyed serving as your mayor would be putting it lightly.

Sat
28
Nov

Letter: Waupaca County Board needs to cut costs

To the editor:

On Nov. 10 at 9 a.m., the Waupaca County Board held a public hearing on its 2016 proposed budget. There were four citizens who addressed the board. I was one. After thanking the board for reconsidering the work to be done on County Road I and agreeing to widen it, I made the following points:

1. Since the meeting was held on a weekday morning, most working folks were unable to attend. I also noted that since all board meetings are held at 9 a.m., most board members are retired. Chairman Richard Koepen not only heads the board, at a salary of $13,000 plus over $12,000 in meeting and travel pay, but heads his own company and also runs the taxi for Clintonville while attending some 170 meetings for the county.

Sat
21
Nov

There’s plenty to be thankful for in Shawano

“Give thanks for blessings already on their way.” Native American saying

I have heard people throughout our city talking about the horrific acts of terrorism that took place in France a week ago. Our community joins hands in prayer for the victims and their families. We pray for peace for all people. We pray for America and for the safety of our citizens.

To all our active military personnel, as you work to keep the flame of freedom shining bright, the thoughts and prayers of a grateful nation are with you. Thank you for serving. To all those in our community who keep us safe we say “thank you.” Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.

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