Opinions

Sat
01
Nov

Sheriff’s duty is to protect and serve, Mr. Bieber

To the editor:

I am writing today about the election for sheriff.

Mr. Bieber said in an Aug. 9 article in The Shawano Leader that he is not there to save lives, and we are responsible for our own safety. He said 99 percent of the time he’s going to be finding your dead body.

If Mr. Bieber isn’t about being there to protect and serve, then I have to wonder why on earth he’s even wearing a badge.

Randy Wright is the exact opposite of Mr. Bieber. He wants to keep people safe. He’s not finding many dead bodies because he wants his officers to do all they can to handle each call in a timely manner so that doesn’t happen.

I don’t know about you, but my vote is in favor of Randy Wright.

Kathleen Ile,

Shawano

Sat
01
Nov

Walker campaign ads negative, twist the truth

To the editor:

We are being bombarded by TV and radio ads promoting our next governor. The profusion of ads is the result of the Citizen’s United Supreme Court ruling that allowed seemingly unlimited caps on campaign donations. Big-money groups such as the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Foundation and the Koch Brothers can attempt to buy elections.

Walker’s campaign is using this money to flood the airwaves with negative ads against Mary Burke and half-truths about himself. Too much of this money is from out of state.

Sat
01
Nov

Sheriff’s Department should welcome investigation

To the editor:

Supervisor Faehling, what do you mean when you say this missing $1,000 is just water over the dam? If it was your personal money, would you feel the same way?

I must commend Mr. Erdmann when he said government must be transparent. If there is nothing to hide in the Sheriff’s Department, they should welcome this investigation.

Al Teetzen,

Shawano

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.

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