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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.

Sat
21
Feb

Letter: World Day of Prayer is March 6

To the editor:

Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 6.

This year, the women of the WDP committee of the Bahamas call us to consider Jesus’ words to the disciples after washing their feet: “Do you understand what I have done for you?”

The women of the Bahamas describe what Jesus does when he washes the disciples’ feet as “radical love.” Radical love comes from humility, compassion and commitment. God’s radical love is not static or self-centered; it reaches out and draws others in.

Sat
14
Feb

Bonduel trustee backs Wussow for president

To the editor:

As a trustee for the village of Bonduel for almost four years, I have been in a position to closely observe the three candidates for village president. In my opinion, Sharon Wussow is by far the best person for the job.

Sharon is very enthusiastic about village activities and is knowledgeable regarding village operations. Sharon has served on the Village Board for many years and also on various committees. Sharon is a team player who works cooperatively with other community organizations such as the Bonduel School District and the various baseball clubs.

If you want excellent, energetic service in the position, please join me in voting for Sharon Wussow for president of the village of Bonduel.

Thank you.

Bob Thayer,

Trustee,

Bonduel

Sat
14
Feb

Letter: Success of farmers market due to many

To the editor:

In the true fashion of neighbors helping neighbors, the supporters of the Shawano Farmers Market rallied to match a generous $3,500 challenge by the Harold E. Pevonka Trust. They raised this, and more, giving the fundraiser a total of $7,185.

The donations came from individuals and businesses, vendors, artists, local market fans and out-of-town visitors. On behalf of the Shawano Farmers Market Board, I’d like to express our sincere thanks for these donations, as well as the donations to Friends of the Market and in-kind donations throughout the year. These funds will be used to bring a well-managed, farm market to Shawano and will also help expand the opportunities for new vendors and family activities.

Fri
06
Feb

Letter: Please support Shawano Athletic Booster Club

To the editor:

On behalf of Shawano Community High School, I would like to thank the Shawano Athletic Booster Club for their support of Shawano athletics.

Since its inception, the booster club has provided support to all Shawano sports programs, having donated over $500,000 to Shawano athletics. It goes without saying that the booster club is very generous and all inclusive in their support of Shawano athletics. Any coach or group in the community is able to make a request for assistance. This year alone, they have purchased warm-ups for the softball and hockey teams, sponsored banquets and purchased equipment for various other teams.

The booster club also supports Shawano youth sports such as baseball, softball, football and hockey. They have assisted in improving baseball and softball diamonds, press boxes, and in purchasing batting cages. The club has also purchased a new popcorn maker and lockers at the Crawford Center for the hockey association.

Sat
31
Jan

Letter: Shawano should appreciate jazz program

To the editor:

Once again, kudos be bestowed upon Shawano High’s jazz orchestra entry at Purdue University where they, under Mr. Chris Kent’s tutelage, prevailed as top dog out of 100 other school entrants.

Wake up, all Shawano! The Shazz band is 6 years old and by now should be appreciated as a city treasure for its artistic accomplishments in a music style that has been pretty much “foreign” to a city that is mainly “cowboy-polka” in musical taste. Never too late to change, folks!

Jazz has elevated itself, through many struggles, to a ranking of music style that today is considered as artistic in its structure as any formal European classic symphonies. It has become an overwhelming success by being taught in any high school or college/university of any size.

We of Shawano have the Pride of the Midwest, at least, able to rub shoulders with the best jazz orchestra from the Canadian border to New Orleans.

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