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Sat
05
Oct

There’s something for everyone this weekend

“If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.” — Dr. Seuss

This is Shawano’s homecoming weekend. The game is at 1 p.m. today. The student’s enthusiasm and the community’s support are always apparent. I’ve heard numerous positive comments about coach Alan Tomow. Go, Shawano Hawks!

In addition to homecoming events, there is so much going on in and around our community today (Saturday). The eighth annual Oktoberfest kicks off this morning at 9 a.m. There will be sidewalk sales, free music, games, crafts, petting zoo and the Farmers Market. If you are hungry, stop by the Rotary’s food stand for a hot pork sandwich, brat and kraut, German potato salad or pretzels and mustard. Oktoberfest beer will be available. Downtown diners will be serving Oktoberfest specials.

The Shawano Area Quilters will feature a creative display of quilts at the Shawano Civic Center beginning at 10 a.m. There will also be quilting demonstrations.

Sat
05
Oct

Letter: Do we live in a democracy?

To the editor:

Quips, quotes and points to ponder:

Since 2005, 95 percent of new wealth in America went to the top 1 percent.

The top 400 families in America have a greater net worth than the bottom 150 million Americans.

Student higher education loan debt exceeds national credit card debt.

In Texas, only 2 percent of land is public. In Wisconsin, one-third of land is public, available to all.

America has public corporations that pay their CEOs more in an hour than an average employer makes in a year.

The Fortune 500 corporations in America pay an average of 13.8 percent in federal taxes after factoring in subsidies and tax breaks.

Several of our largest corporations paid their CEOs a salary higher than the taxes the corporation paid to our federal government.

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln defeated Steven Douglas in Wisconsin by 21,092 votes. In 1864, Abraham Lincoln defeated George McClellan in Wisconsin by 17,574.

Sat
05
Oct

Letter: October recognizes Wisconsin manufacturing

To the editor:

The state of Wisconsin uses the month of October to recognize manufacturing. The Shawano Community High School Technology Education Department wanted an opportunity to talk about the many changes that have occurred since last school year.

Fri
27
Sep

Letter: Affordable Care Act is a necessity

To the editor:

One of the most conflicting issues of Mitt Romney’s campaign was his stance on health care — and perhaps one of the reasons people with logic and common sense voted against him.

As governor, he offered health care benefits for people of his state but ranted about all people in the United States getting the same. You know, that terrible Obamacare.

Romney’s wife suffers from multiple sclerosis, a disease that requires thousands of dollars of prescription medications. So you know it’s OK for his wife to have health care benefits to take care of her ailments, but not for all people in this country. After all, why should all people have the right to get their multiple sclerosis held at bay? All people aren’t really as special as some, are they?

We realize that members of Congress who despise the Affordable Care Act (ACA) perhaps really despise the leader who insisted that health care is a need for all people in this country.

Fri
27
Sep

Letter: Dixieland band truly powerful

To the editor:

Last Saturday night (Sept. 14), the city of Shawano was treated to a fantastic, rousing musical alternative in the form of the Dairyland Dixieland Dynamos. How truly great and very awe-inspiring it was to be totally overwhelmed by seven very professionally styled student musicians led by Shawano’s own Brittany Sperberg, leading six fellow musical students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This group has rehearsed together for a mere five months or so, yet The Gathering was a scene of powerful Dixieland jazz, the likes of which rarely exists anymore. The DDD truly was the “band of the land” that Saturday night — no putting up with the nauseating nasal whinings of some cowboy, cowgirl or croaking karaoke pretenders of music.

Fri
27
Sep

Letter: Mailboxes not a threat to public safety

To the editor:

I wrote a letter to the editor in the winter of 2012 after the Shawano County Board narrowly passed the unneeded mailbox ordinance. I warned the people of Shawano County of what I was afraid was going to happen now that the troublemakers on the County Board got their way.

Well, 1 1/2 years later, I have been notified that mailbox that has stood on County Road J south of Tigerton for 26 years is now illegal and will be removed in 30 days.

I will be billed for the removal, prosecuted and fined.

When I placed the mailbox at its site 26 years ago, I checked with the highway commissioner and the post office to make sure it was placed legally, and it was.

Sat
21
Sep

Residents give Housing Authority high grades

“A city has to be responsible to its residents to provide affordable housing.” — Esther Sanchez

The city of Shawano Housing Authority (HA) provides adequate and affordable housing and a suitable safe environment free from discrimination.

To be eligible for housing, the family’s gross annual income may not exceed the applicable income limit, which is established and revised annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Every fiscal year, the housing authority must reserve a minimum of 75 percent of its rental assistance for families whose incomes do not exceed 30 percent of the area median income. The remainder must have gross annual incomes that fall within the very low income limit.

The housing authority consists of six properties:

• Elizabeth Manor was built in 1981. It contains 31 one-bedroom apartments and one two-bedroom apartment.

Sat
07
Sep

Acts of kindness prevalent throughout community

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” — William James

Last week I wrote about how the city responded to the aftermath of the storm. This week I would like to comment on how citizens handled the devastation that occurred at their own homes as well as the homes of their friends, neighbors and families.

I heard so many wonderful stories about people helping one another during and after the storm. I learned of a gentleman who rushed over to a 90+-year-old neighbor who lived alone. He knew she could not get down to her basement so he went over to assist her and stay with her until the storm was over.

Three young boys went around the neighborhood in the Andrews Street area offering to clean up yards. When asked how much they were charging, they replied “No charge; we’re just trying to help people.”

Sat
07
Sep

Letter: Roundabout best answer for Airport Drive/County B intersection

To the editor:

The city of Shawano, along with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, is now in the design state for the reconstruction of Airport Drive (state Highway 47/55) from state Highway 29 to East Green Bay Street.

Living and working in the local area, I see the Airport Drive and County Road B intersection becoming increasingly dangerous.

The intersection, I believe, needs serious control consideration.

Increasing traffic volume, minimal sight distance to the north and more truck traffic to adjacent industrial parks make the through and turning movements from County Road B challenging. Recently, a fatal crash occurred at the intersection.

Consider Shawano’s first roundabout there. Roundabouts have proved to smoothly control traffic and, most importantly, reduce serious injury and fatal crashes.

Sat
07
Sep

Letter: Menominee change tune on mining?

To the editor:

When Gov. Thompson was promoting a mine at the headwaters of the Wolf River, the Menominee leadership was vehemently opposed.

In his letter to the editor (Aug. 31), Menominee Chairman Craig Corn writes, “We’ve seen Gov. Walker show admirable grit and tenacity in promoting mining legislation.”

I guess it depends on who’s backyard the mine is located.

It’s an insult to all who worked so hard to prevent the Crandon Mine, and especially to Walt Bresette, from Red Cliff, whose spirit must surely be tormented by this statement.

Len Pubanz

Shawano

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