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Sat
01
Nov

Gov. Walker is part of the solution

To the editor:

In the early 1950s Hansen Glove, of Clintonville, moved their hand-detailed gloves to Mexico. I crocheted button holes for these gloves and received 75 cents. Starting wages were 49 cents.

Our state and federal highway must all have union scale workers and pay. Double time and triple as work is needed. Union scale is breaking our America.

People can’t exist at minimum wage. There has to be a solution.

People can’t live on welfare, food stamps and subsidies.

People can’t afford their doctors and dentists. There has to be a solution.

Social Security wants to stop the program and people should buy IRAs and save for retirement. There is no money to save.

Please keep Scott Walker in office. He is doing a good job. Vote Republican.

Esther Heling,

Clintonville

Fri
24
Oct

Letter: Are we better off than four years ago?

To the editor:

While thinking about whether I was going to vote for Scott Walker or Mary Burke for governor, I kept thinking, are we better off now than four years ago? Are we going to be better off four years from now? Will our kids be better off four years from now?

When Walker took over, he promised our property taxes would go down. Living in Shawano County, only last year did my taxes finally go down — by $20. You cannot cut money from educational funding; the money has to come from somewhere. Robbing Peter to pay Paul has never worked.

Walker also states how he froze the UW tuition for the second year. We can’t do this without it catching up with us. Is freezing tuition going to help the freshmen entering the UW System? Yes. Will it help the freshman who is entering high school? No, they will end up paying for it.

Fri
24
Oct

Letter: Minority of board stalling progress

To the editor:

A couple of months ago, Sheriff Randy Wright wrote a letter to the editor about the Shawano County Board describing how eight or nine individual members are holding up projects that are approved but not supported with funding due to the lack of board votes.

This group has been a hindrance in moving Shawano County forward to grow and develop the community for more than 10 years.

Unfortunately, some of these same board members manipulate and belittle department heads to control the outcome of progress in the county. There is little to no respect for other educated people within the community. One members of this same group made the statement that the whole board could not reach an IQ of 135. This is an example of the arrogance that is demonstrated, and the words that an individual is capable of stating about his colleagues.

Fri
17
Oct

Letter: Learn about Common Core at BHS next week

To the editor:

If you are like I was, you’ve heard of Common Core curriculum but don’t know what it is. After hours of research, I can’t explain it here, so consider: It isn’t a conservative issue.

The Chicago and New York state teacher unions are against it, and the NEA calls it “completely botched” and not good for teachers.

Conservatives object to “one size fits all” national control. It’s called No Child Left Behind on steroids and forces “teaching to tests.”

It was written by five people, none of whom ever taught K-12. No teachers were consulted beforehand. It’s called flexible, but it is rigid.

Math experts say it moves U.S. education backward. English/literary arts experts are highly critical.

It’s not a mandate. but teacher and student advancement depend on its tests.

Menomonee Falls abandoned Common Core to create stronger curriculum and standards.

Fri
17
Oct

Letter: Writer can’t stand Walker approach

To the editor:

I wonder what it is that the Scott Walker for governor supporters believe that they are “standing with.”

I supposed they believe that Walker and the Republicans in the statehouse believe that they really solved the core of the state financial dilemma by hard negotiations with the teachers union. I assert that they misled the public about whom we need to compete with. Walker and the Republican allies are competing with “we the people” and cooperating with the takers of our wealth. Walker and his supporters are “standing on” false beliefs.

All Wisconsin governors are obligated by state law to balance the budget. Walker did not fix that. Walker’s budget has borrowed money to create a structural deficit. Walker gave away the natural resources of this state to the mining company that contributed $700,000 to his campaign war chest. We the people of Wisconsin will see nothing from the “taking” of our natural resources.

Fri
17
Oct

Letter: Sheriff's Department probe should continue

To the editor:

Regarding the sheriff department probe, I have a few concerns. The first thing that comes to my mind is why is our sheriff trying to stop this probe? Is there something he fears that it will reveal?

Remember that this all started with $1,000 missing. Then it was found by different committees that money was missing twice before. It took months before any member of the county board was even notified that the original $1,000 was missing and that money was transferred to cover that loss without any committee approving a transfer of funds.

How much money is really missing? How many more times has it gone missing? Why weren’t any committees notified? It also amazes me that it took months and complaints from some of his staff before a protocol was finally put in place.

Sat
11
Oct

Letter: Sheriff explains write-in candidacy

To the editor:

I have decided to run as a write-in candidate for the sheriff of Shawano County.

Why have my family and I decided to do this write-in effort? Primarily, because I feel that I am the best qualified to be the sheriff of Shawano County. Secondarily, because numerous people have contacted us from around the county saying that they did not vote in the election because they assumed that I would win the primary.

After listening to the concerns of these people and many others, I have been convinced to run as a write-in candidate.

I feel that after decades of service to the taxpayers of Shawano County, I need to allow all of the voters in the county the opportunity to vote for the person who they feel is the best qualified to protect and serve them. I feel that person is me.

Sat
04
Oct

Letter: Questions to ask before Nov. 4

To the editor:

In a democracy, it is of utmost importance that the candidates and their followers give voters truthful campaign information to make choices. This sheriff’s campaign has turned into a lying, gossiping mess, about things that don’t matter.

Shame on you who are playing dirty tricks. You are people who are destroying our democracy and country. Such destruction is plain as day at the federal level.

Remember this: Candidates and their followers who purposefully lie and twist the truth are not honorable, trustworthy people. They will lie to you if they get into public office.

The focus of your choice should only be done after these questions are asked. Is the candidate …

- Doing the best that the candidate can do to detect crime and prevent crime?

- Doing the best he can to keep anyone and any family safe?

Sat
04
Oct

Letter: Alderman wants open discussions

To the editor:

A special meeting of the Clintonville Common Council scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, was cancelled on Monday, Sept. 15. City Clerk Peggy Johnson told me that the three council members who requested the meeting had cancelled it. This was not the case.

Now the question arises as to whom has the authority to cancel a legally called meeting. I am concerned about the precedent set by a meeting cancellation without reason and without proper authority. Council rules allow for three members to request a meeting and the mayor must call such a meeting. This is part of the balance of power in our city government. I have asked city attorney April Dunlavy to research this question. The meeting was not postponed, just cancelled.

Sat
27
Sep

Letter: Wright no Democrat, but right man for job

To the editor:

I have heard many rumors that Randy Wright has changed his party choice to Democrat.

Well, let me assure you that is not true. Randy is still a strong Republican. Although we would welcome him with open arms, he has said he will not change parties.

As past chair of the Shawano County Democrats, and currently second vice chair of the 8th Congressional District of the Democratic Party, I can assure you Randy has not joined the Democratic Party.

Yes, I will vote for Randy in November, because I vote for the person, not the party he or she may be with.

Randy has served Shawano County well and is the best man for the job; a good family man and Christian. He will serve and protect you no matter what party you belong to.

Leone Schneidewend,

Shawano

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