Opinions

Sat
17
May

Area fortunate to have professional dive team

“Seven days without swimming make one weak.” — Unknown

The Shawano County dive team started in 1984 when two sport divers from the Shawano Police Department, Sgt. Al Schultz and Sgt. Ed Whealon, volunteered to search for a 2-year-old child believed to have drowned in the Wolf River. The group has since evolved into a highly skilled and professional dive team with 11 members.

I visited with Shawano Police Chief Mark Kohl earlier this week. He commented, “The continued support and collaboration with the agencies involved make the dive team a valuable and cost effective public safety program.”

Chief Kohl continued, “Team members receive training and can become certified in advanced open water diving, public safety diving, swifter water rescue and recovery, ice rescue and ice diving, light salvage and recovery, and underwater evidence search and recovery. Several of the members have received various certifications.”

Sat
10
May

Your mom will always be with you

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

Thank you for your inquiries as to why I haven’t been writing this column lately. I’ve been using my available time trying to complete a book I am writing. It is truly enjoyable communicating with you readers via this column and it is good to be back.

In response to many requests, here is a reprint of the Mother’s Day article that previously appeared:

“Is this the long way?” asked the young mother as she set her foot on the path of life. And the Guide said, “Yes, and the way is hard, and you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning.”

Sat
12
Apr

Department, friends salute retiring police chief


Contributed Photo Lt. Dan Mauel and Officer Kurt Kitzman, Shawano Professional Police Association president, present a set of badges to retiring Police Chief Ed Whealon.

On his last day of work, a group of active and retired law enforcement officers from a number of agencies, city staff, Police and Fire Commission members, elected officials, friends and family assembled together at The Gathering to pay tribute to retiring Shawano Police Chief Ed Whealon.

It was clear to see Ed was held in high esteem by those who retired before him. Thirteen retired Shawano police officers were in attendance. Debbie Dorak traveled from Texas, and Maynard Rosenberg came back early from Arizona to be in attendance. Robert Shanahan also traveled a distance to be here. Local attendees included Elroy (Butch) Bergner, Bruce Brodhagen, Gary Burr, Harold (Bern) Burrack, Mike Jesse, Scott Otto, Chuck Reinke, Al Schultz, Don Schoenhofen and Myron Heistad.

Fri
11
Apr

Every vote does count

To the editor:

One vote matters. The April 1 vote for alderperson in Clintonville’s Fourth District ended in a tie: 100 votes each for me and for my opponent. Turns out one more person voting would have made the difference.

Now the election is likely to be decided by drawing a name from a hat. My thanks and appreciation to the 100 voters who did turn out for me and to the other 100 who voted for my opponent, which was the highest total for any district.

However, over 900 people reside in District 4 and there are over 400 registered voters. But the final outcome may be decided by a 50/50 chance drawing. If just one more person had voted …

Mary-Beth Kuester,

Clintonville

Sat
05
Apr

Don't take local values for granted

To the editor:

To be away from one’s home gives one a better view of it. After so long from their home in Shawano, a person misses more than a doughnut from Bult’s, swimming at “the Rock,” dinner at the Spinning Wheel or getting to pick from any Lutheran church imaginable.

For the past year, I have been living and working in the middle of Norway. I miss my home, Shawano, its people and the small-town values we live out: self-reliance, responsibility and generosity.

This is not to suggest that Norwegians are by any means cruel or selfish, but they have been brought up in a culture that sees bureaucracy as the solution to all of their problems. With millions of dollars (or kroners in Norway) of annual surplus from taxing oil drilling operations in the North Sea, the Norwegian government can provide more comprehensive services to its citizens than most other countries.

Sat
05
Apr

National Library Week events planned

To the editor:

Shawano City-County Library will observe National Library Week from April 13-19. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee’s goals ranged from “encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time” to “improving incomes and health” and “developing strong and happy family life.”

We are pleased to use this time to showcase our library with the various materials and activities we have to offer and the ongoing changes that have taken place.

Sat
29
Mar

Clintonville candidate urges everyone to vote

To the editor:

Thanks to your publication and other area media for helping bring issues involved in the coming elections in Clintonville to the attention of voters. For the first time in 10 years voters in Clintonville’s 4th District will have a choice on the ballot.

I am challenging the incumbent at the urging of residents in our district. Growth of Clintonville’s population and support of local business are some of my goals, set after holding listening sessions with citizens. I will donate my salary and fees for attending committee meetings back to taxpayer-supported activities.

Candidate information can be obtained by checking Facebook pages, area newspaper candidate profiles and calling candidates with questions. The local radio station has been running candidate profiles on the Clintonville elections.

The important thing is competition on the ballot should increase voter turnout. Exercise your right to vote April 1.

Sat
29
Mar

Library crafts variety of programs

To the editor:

The Shawano City-County library is not just books and movies anymore. We also do a wide variety of programming.

Do your children like story time and a craft? We have a program for that. Do you have an e-reader or device that you would like help with? We have a class for that. Do you like to knit? We have a weekly group for that.

March is National Craft Month, and we definitely have a class for that! For the second year, a monthly craft or DIY project is offered to the public. From hammered plants and button flowers to homemade fabric softener and lip balm, this once-a-month program offers a fun variety of projects. Crafts and More: DIY, for the clever and crafty, meets the fourth Monday of every month from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on the main floor of the library. All materials needed are supplied, and there is no cost to you to participate as the program is sponsored by the Friends of Shawano County Libraries.

Sat
22
Mar

Remember our farmers on Ag Day

To the editor:

I encourage everyone to take a moment to appreciate the hard working farmers in Shawano and Menominee counties on March 25, National Ag Day. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”

USDA is proud to stand behind the producers who rise before dawn 365 days a year in order to put food on the table for 7 billion people.

We recognize the importance of agriculture and hope that the recent passage of a new Farm Bill is a sign that 2014 will be a banner year for the industry. There is no better way to show our support for farmers than to begin implementing a new Farm Bill — legislation that will provide farmers and consumers alike supportive results.

Sat
22
Mar

Treatment plant staff makes community proud

To the editor:

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, I had the privilege of watching the staff of the Wolf River Treatment Plant receive a major award and recognition from the state of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

I congratulate the entire staff and their board for providing outstanding service to the greater Shawano community. According to the DNR staff, this is the first time ever in history that the department has recognized a facility and staff multiple times.

As vice chairman of the Natural Resources Board, this was another time when I was very proud be to a member of the Shawano community.

Well done.

Terry Hilgenberg,

Shawano

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