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Sat
01
Dec

Peas on a knife

As the holiday season approaches, I have been thinking about family, mainly family of the past. I don’t recall a Christmas spent at either of my grandparents’ homes, but a child’s memory is somewhat sketchy.

Since my mother grew up in Shawano County, and my father grew up in Milwaukee, I am sure we did not trek down there for Christmas but would likely go to Grandpa and Grandma Nuske’s farm, west of Shawano. I don’t remember Grandma that well, since I was only 6 when she died, but I do recall Grandpa and the farm, located on the end of a dead-end road.

It always seemed like an adventure when we traveled there. Of course, he didn’t know we were coming; he had a phone on the wall, but I don’t think it worked, and we couldn’t call it anyway, as we did not have a phone.

Sat
24
Nov

The case of the disputed deer

(From the Adventures of Hogan Bleak)

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and I’m trying to figure out what to do with all my Thanksgiving dinner leftovers. There’s more than I expected because my friend Bunny didn’t drop by for the holiday feast, which happened to fall this year on the anniversary of the JFK assassination, which she generally observes by getting morose and staying home watching Oliver Stone movies.

Anyway, I’m on the Internet trying to sell my leftovers on eBay when I’m distracted by some kind of argument outside. Two guys with guns, one of whom is my neighbor Bob, are standing over a dead deer. Not an uncommon sight this time of the year, except you don’t usually see it on the lawn of a residential neighborhood.

Sat
24
Nov

Unspoken truth

The truth may set you free, but telling the truth may not.

In the new age of “Me Too,” telling the truth about sexual harassment or violence is not only considered freeing for the individual involved, but a necessary part of both healing and justice.

We also know that it has to be done immediately, or the message becomes something else — a suspicious personal “Gotcha,” where salacious details are stored for the day when they will be most effective in damaging the unsuspecting perpetrator.

Some women — and men, who can be victims, too — are immediately vocal about what happened to them, but not everyone. For those who choose to wait, remaining silent may be one of the few choices they were able to make about their experience. It may be the only part of their experience that they have ever been able to control.

Sat
10
Nov

Working to drop the debt to zero with our veterans

On Sunday, we pay tribute to our veterans, the people who chose to put their lives on hold to fight for our freedom. They are the ones who went toward the battle as others fled. They are the ones who knew there was the risk they could die in battle, but they moved forward anyway.

Veterans Day is this weekend, which means that the tributes that normally take place on one day take place over several days. The Allied Veterans Council will hold its annual ceremony on the day itself, but Shawano Community Middle School and Wolf River Lutheran High School held their events Friday, while many other schools are hosting events on Monday.

It’s a time of red, white and blue everywhere, as we all gather together and say thank you to our veterans, a way to remind them that we care and we appreciate their service.

Sat
10
Nov

Writer reflects on causes of war

To the editor:

As a 77-year-old retiree now, I reflect on what might have been avoided then, when I was a fresh 22 years old heading for a draft into military service with a Vietnam conflict that was gradually exploding.

President Kennedy had intentions to end whatever this war had become, but these intentions Lady Bird Johnson could not afford to let happen. She was primed up to gain untold billions of dollars income through her vast corporate war support supply companies, which she headed. Her corporate bundle was, after JFK’s murder, to provide for the next seven-plus years, billions upon billions of taxpayer-bought war munitions, i.e., “whatever generals ‘need’ to fight a war ‘properly.’” Lady Bird’s greed didn’t give a damn for the 38,000 US troops who would die, which the passage of time has ultimately shown, to have been sadly, sadly in vain.

Sat
10
Nov

‘Novitiate’ actually a mansion

To the editor:

The building in the full-page photograph and article in the Wolf River Living section of the Oct. 27 issue was misidentified. That was the mansion built by a family from Chicago.

The actual novitiate was torn down, and all traces of it removed many years ago. It no longer exists, so the ghost hunters could not possibly have been in it.

Looks like the person writing the article didn’t do proper homework.

Jeanne Connors,

Wescott

Sat
10
Nov

GUEST COLUMN

From Nov. 12-18, we join the more than 795 other community foundations across the country to celebrate Community Foundation Week, when we share and reflect on the stories that have helped to strengthen our communities over the last year.

Community foundations like your Shawano Area Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, work to support the efforts that will help the places we call home continue to flourish and grow.

We live in a special place with people who deeply care about one another and their communities. The culture of philanthropy in the Fox Valley region goes back many generations.

Sat
03
Nov

Corrections officer still awaits exit interview

To the editor:

After reading last Friday’s article concerning our sheriff candidates’ comments on jail staff turnover, I felt compelled to respond, since our current sheriff seemed to be having difficulty grasping reality.

I have been a correctional officer for the last 20 years with the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department, and it was true that I received a face-to-face interview when I was hired. One month prior to my departure, I received an exit survey that I was expected to complete and return anonymously. There was no interview as our sheriff contends, and the only paperwork that he was referring to in the article might have been my two-week notice.

Twice in the article, our sheriff referred to exit interviews in which information was gathered from departing staff. Mine never happened. I’m still waiting.

Sat
03
Nov

We deserve better when it comes to sheriff

To the editor:

I have followed with interest the two candidates running for sheriff and I believe Officer Sorlie will be the best candidate for the job. When Sheriff Bieber talks about the low morale and the high turnover rate at the sheriff’s department, his excuse is that we’re comparable to every other sheriff’s department and jail the same size as our county’s. Is this what this county is paying for? Someone to be just like every other county our size? I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to be paying a person’s salary, I want them to be better than everyone else. Officer Sorlie is promising just that: to do better than the others. To fix the morale and whatever else is affecting our police and corrections officers, so they stay.

Kathleen Ile,

Gresham

Sat
03
Nov

Taxes already going up before referendum vote

To the editor:

For those of you in the Gresham School District who may not be aware, the tax levy rose at the annual school board meeting on Monday night.

The mill rate increased from $10.93 to $12.92. That is $1.99 higher, or as the proverbial saying goes, $199 on a $100,000 home. If you are a renter, your landlord will no doubt raise your rent to make up for the increase.

Be mindful that this amount is before the “new school referendum,” which goes before voters on Nov. 6.

I believe all voters should be well informed before making a vital monetary decision that will no doubt raise the taxes even more.

Kathy Froemming

Gresham

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