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04
Apr

Letter: Too many don’t care about what Walker, Congress are doing

To the editor:

Let’s stop the insanity: Suppression of the right to vote. Suppression of a safe working environment. Suppression of a living wage. Tax breaks to corporations (do not create jobs). The more money you make, the less you pay in taxes. Cuts to Medicare that hurt women, children and the elderly.

We need to restore our constitutional rights, voting rights, safe working place, living wage, the right to a good education for everyone, not just the wealthy.

Too many people out there really don’t understand or don’t care about what Congress and our governor have done that is really hurting not only Wisconsin, but also other states that are blindly following suit, with the Koch brothers’ money so freely paving the way to complete destruction of real democracy and promoting dictatorship where the very wealthy control the world.

Sat
04
Apr

Letter: Youngsters’ circus performance never gets old

To the editor:

Once again, the Dellwood kindergartners put on their traditional circus performance last month. My cousin, Linda Rockman, was in Mrs. Rosemary Rafoth’s first kindergarten class at Dellwood about 65 years ago. I am curious to know if this event has been a continuous effort.

In any case, it couldn’t be any better. John Young, the teacher, and Amy Bindas, the principal, are excellent examples of the outstanding people getting our young people started right. Teacher John Young emceed the show in the spirit of a true PT Barnum showman. The fierce wild tigers and lions, clown, silly monkey, tightrope walker, ribbon dancers, kittens and strong men and, yes, the first strong woman ever put on quite a show. Costumes were creative and music brought us right into a big top mode.

Sat
28
Mar

Letter: Clintonville superintendent criticizes budget plans

To the editor:

Every year we acknowledge that our fine school system exists due to the support of our entire community. The reason for this communication is to ask for you assistance. The Clintonville Public Schools has operated under state imposed revenue limits for over two decades. Even with those limits there were revenue increases allowed at the rate of inflation due to costs increasing each year.

Funding has been changing rapidly over the past couple of years. Or proposed general fund budget for 2014-15 is over $2 million less than what our budget was in 2011. During this time period, state aids have dropped to less than 56 percent of the budget; eight years ago state aids were over 67 percent.

In the proposed K-12 budget by Governor Walker for next year, there are several significant proposals that would negatively impact our local schools financially. These proposals include the following:

Sat
28
Mar

Letter: Trespassing dogs, bear hunting among congress questions

To the editor:

First, I would like to encourage all of you that hunt and fish in Wisconsin to take the opportunity to attend your local Conservation Congress spring county meeting on April 13. It is a chance for everyone to have a voice in the rules and regulations that govern us while we hunt and fish in Wisconsin.

It is really important this year for you to show your support as there are events taking place that could greatly impact your hunting and fishing rights.

Second, I would like to point out question No. 23 in the WCC portion of this year’s questionnaire — to increase the fine for dogs running at large. The fine — $25 minimum and $100 maximum — is not enough of a deterrent to keep some dog handlers from allowing their dogs to trespass onto private property. Increasing the minimum fine to $250 and the maximum fine to $500 would better serve to stop the practice of illegal trespass.

Sat
21
Mar

Letter: Outdoors sports enthusiasts should oppose budget plan

To the editor:

I am a local sportsman who is greatly concerned about some of the conservation issues in the proposed state budget.

The governor’s budget makes the Natural Resources Board an advisory council rather than the official decision-making body for the Department of Natural Resources. Sportsmen and women many years ago fought to have a citizen board over the DNR to minimize political decision-making in the DNR. Board members, even though appointed by the governor, have shown a willingness to listen to average citizens on conservation matters and have shown independence in making their decisions.

Sportsmen and sportswomen should not want to go back to the days when hunting, fishing and trapping regulations were set by what friends of the governor wanted and not what the average sportsman or sportswoman wanted.

Sat
21
Mar

Letter: Clintonville resident seeks answers about auditors, debt

To the editor:

News flash: A cat is out of the bag! It was reported to the Common Council at their meeting Monday, March 16, that Clintonville owes $1 million in unfunded retirement benefits. Acting City Administrator Chuck Kell made this announcement that our city is near the top of the list of delinquents.

What is worse is the interest charges are adding thousands of dollars to the debt, with the state charging 7 percent interest. Also, the city Finance Committee chairperson, Mark Doornick, stated that he was unaware of the unpaid benefits! How in the world could this happen?

Did the auditors, Schenck, not make anyone in the city aware of this? Council member Mary Beth Kuester asked the administration if anything had been done on the council vote to hire a new auditor. The response was not yet.

Sat
21
Mar

Letter: Various types of unions exist in US

To the editor:

The recent right-to-work decision by anti-labor union forces in Madison shows how well unionism does work. It took a united bonding of all Republican state legislators to suppress unionism at the workplace by standing together in total solidarity.

Oh sure, both sides practice unionism to get things done. Everywhere you go there is unionism of a sort. What would sports teams do without united action? No one player can win the game by himself. Yes, unionism is everywhere!

When this North American continent began to take a new population shape from the flow of immigrants from Europe, and this vast new land needed an identity, no immigrant nation chose to name it New Germany, New France, New Spain, etc. There probably were too many people from each old country for any to be more deserving than another, so they maybe thought that a single nation of united groups with a brand new name would work best. So, United States it became.

Sat
28
Feb

Boosters have done much for hockey, other programs

To the editor:

Recently I had the chance to catch up on some newspapers, including a recent Hawks Post from Shawano Community High School. In it, I read an article from a student writer who shared his thoughts on the costs of Hawks Hockey and wished for additional support from the Shawano Athletic Booster Club.

While I very much appreciate his concern of costs and need for support from donors, I felt it necessary to clarify and correct some of his points. The Booster Club, from the beginning, has been a tremendous “friend” to Hawks Hockey. Before we were even officially a team, the club stepped up and helped us purchase used lockers so we could create a locker room that our skaters had never before had.

Regularly, my husband and I were asked by booster board members if the team needed anything and to write it up if they did. They helped us with nets and pucks, among other thing, and just this season purchased warm-up suits for the team.

Sat
28
Feb

Menominee show courage, leadership

To the editor:

Congratulations to the Menominee people and Chairman Besaw for your heroic example of leadership.

I wish the rest of the people of Wisconsin had a leader that would stand up for us the way that you have stood up for your people.

I cannot imagine any issue or cause that Scott Walker would walk for 155 miles in five days in subzero weather for the people of Wisconsin.

He might do it for the Koch brothers but not for the people of Wisconsin.

I am so proud of my Menominee neighbors.

Thank you for this beautiful example of leadership.

Riley,

Shawano

Sat
21
Feb

Letter: Clintonville alderwoman seeks input on budget cuts

To the editor:

The Clintonville Chamber of Commerce recently sent out a notice soliciting donations for the flower baskets on Main Street. I applaud the private sector’s initiative to step up to ease the budget burden on taxpayers.

The chamber cites the disappointing decision made by the council but does note it had to make the cut. Please keep in mind that our budget deficit this year is suffering from a decision made on last year’s budget to not meet the state’s spending limits. Thus, this year, because we are meeting the spending limits, Clintonville will receive a $100,000 credit. Since this did not happen last year, the deficit this year is nearly $150,000 instead of under $50,000.

No citizens have come forward to suggest ways to cut the budget. Yet, at each meeting the council hears pleas to save various projects.

No one wanted to eliminate the flower baskets. But it was one thing that was not a necessity, like police and fire.

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