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Sat
19
Mar

Letter: Oberstein the best choice for mayor

To the editor:

When faced with a dilemma, it’s imperative to look at the facts of the situation in order to make a decision that will best meet the needs of all concerned. At this point in time, there is only one question to ask: Who is the best qualified to be the mayor for the city of Shawano?

Let’s look at some facts.

Fact 1: Jim Oberstein is the only candidate who has developed a specific plan for growth of business, job development, youth activities, downtown revitalization and expanding health care.

Fact 2: Jim Oberstein has an extensive background in finance based on his education and work experiences (responsible for a $10 million budget). This is essential in dealing with taxpayer dollars.

Fact 3: Jim Oberstein has excellent management and people skills (department head, overseeing 100-plus people/team members).

Sat
19
Mar

Letter: Mayoral election not a popularity contest

To the editor:

The library meet and greet was a great forum to introduce the final two Shawano mayoral candidates, as was the initial forum at the Shawano Community High School with all six candidates.

Citizens of Shawano should obtain as much information from these two candidates as possible in order to make an informed decision on April 5.

One candidate, however, has chosen not to participate in both a debate and a “Conversation with the Candidates.” The conversation was to be videotaped, shown on YouTube and on Shawano Public Access TV, which would have given many citizens who were unable to attend the previous forums the opportunity to better understand their viewpoints. Shawano citizens deserve to hear these viewpoints and deserve a mayor who is both willing and able to give their full attention to issues that affect their community,

Sat
19
Mar

Ideas about old hospital seem unrealistic

To the editor:

I’ve been reading the ideas brought forth regarding the old hospital, and it seems they are not practical. All are big dreams that are not realistic.

A “high-end supper club” sounds ridiculous, while most people in this area can hardly afford fast food. How many people would that benefit?

A community center? How come the Community Hall in the center of the city was sold? Because it wasn’t used?

ThedaCare doesn’t want competition. Why? Competition makes for better business and better services, or is that what they’re afraid of?

How about a drug and alcohol rehab center? Too practical?

A small veterans clinic. Many of these vets are getting older and perhaps cannot bear to sit for a long while.

People don’t think of being practical when they’re sitting in their “high-end” supper club or their condos. They are not thinking or caring what would benefit their community.

Sat
19
Mar

Letter: Answers needed on Gresham referendum questions

To the editor:

Gresham School District voters: Before you cast your votes on April 5, you may want to consider asking for answers to these $9,200,000 questions:

How many students are enrolled in the Gresham Community School? How many students are “open-enrolled” in our district? Is our enrollment increasing? Is our community growing?

How much money is owed on the original 2007 loan taken out to get us started as our own district when we broke away from Shawano? How long will it take to pay off the original start-up loan?

Why did the district lose $212,000 in state aid this current school year? Will we lose more next year?

What were the results of the total building assessment completed in the spring of 2015? How did the School Board prioritize projects?

How will new buildings improve the education programs we have? Will we offer better industrial arts or technical education programs?

Sat
19
Mar

Letter: City should provide public tour of former SMC

To the editor:

This is an urgent appeal to all Shawano Leader readers, neighbors and friends. If you are like me, you are fuming over the decision to raze the former Shawano hospital located on the shores of the Wolf River.

As every person that I’ve spoken to agrees, we are dumbfounded by the reasoning put forward. Conversely, I’ll be the first person to apologize if the demolition of the structure truly is more cost-effective than refurbishing, If the facility truly is in such “terrible” condition that it can’t be retro-fitted for an alternative purpose, so be it.

If this is just another exercise in the tear-down mentality, then please slow down.

If you believe that the only reason for demolition is that someone conned ThedaCare into paying for it, please let your opinion be known.

Fri
11
Mar

Report details police efforts to protect and serve

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” — Matthew 5:9

The Shawano Police Department recently completed its annual report, which was distributed at Wednesday night’s Common Council meeting. Here is some of the information contained in the report.

City Police Chief Kohl commented: “We are pleased to note it appears as though crime-fighting efforts are paying off. Statistics show a decline from 2014 in two major criminal offenses. Aggravated assaults have decreased by 41 percent and burglaries have declined by 46 percent. That is good news for our community.”

Fri
11
Mar

Letter: Voter would like another mayoral forum

To the editor:

Now that the slate of candidates for mayor is down to the final two, the public is entitled to hear them elaborate on their views relating to pertinent issues.

The Shawano Leader, WTCH Radio and the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce personnel did an excellent job facilitating the first mayoral forum. It was such a positive and professional experience for all.

At this point in time, a public debate should be held to hear where Mr. Oberstein and Mrs. Cronce stand on the relevant issues facing Shawano.

I’ve talked with Jim Oberstein, and he’s expressed his desire to do so and would welcome the challenge to educate city residents.

I strongly encourage The Shawano Leader, WTCH Radio and the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce to again initiate and facilitate this event.

It’s the right thing to do!

Joe Skaleski,

Shawano

Sat
05
Mar

Letter: ‘Spotlight’ educates public about abuse issue

To the editor:

There was a flash flood in America Sunday night for many people who were watching the Oscars. When the Oscar for best picture was given to the underdog, “Spotlight,” a flood of tears raced down the cheeks of thousands of sexual abuse victims, myself included.

Ever since The Boston Globe’s story broke about the sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Boston’s Catholic churches in 2002, I and thousands of other victim’s lives have been in turmoil. So many stories and TV shows have been published, there was no escaping it.

How could you put it behind you? How could you ever forget it? It was like a lamprey attached to your heart, slowly wearing you down.

Sat
27
Feb

Resident shares his love of the American bald eagle


Contributed Photo Local resident Roger Williams enjoys photographing American bald eagles. His license plate reads “Eagle Lover.”

“The eyesight for an eagle is what thought is to a man.” — Dejan Stojanovic

Throughout my 14 years as mayor, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of our city’s residents. People from all walks of life have stopped in my office to visit, as did Roger Williams one afternoon.

Mr. Williams noticed the pictures of eagles displayed at City Hall. He explained how he enjoys photographing and watching the magnificent birds in their natural habitat. He invited me and city staff to come to his home and view the hundreds of photographs he has taken over the years. I look forward to taking him up on his offer within a week or two. Perhaps one of his eagle photos may end up here at City Hall!

The residents who live in the Willow Shores Condo Association have a great opportunity to view the birds as they fly the river looking for food.

Fri
19
Feb

Letter: Column shows what really drives health care

To the editor:

The is an open letter to Dr. Gruner, president and CEO of ThedaCare.

I think I’m correct — 13 questions in your latest post. I am a member of the largest group you serve (seniors) and do agree that this group is “a population with specific health, social, cognitive and emotional needs. They also may rely heavily on the advice and insight of their children.”

I was anticipating putting my thinking cap on so that I would be ready when called upon with my best insights. Well, what the heck, I was wrong. I won’t need to drop you a line or look into my crystal ball, for as you stated, “I’m interested in hearing from other business and nonprofit leaders about your perspective on your organization’s future.”

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