Opinions

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.

Sat
17
Jan

Reading programs benefit parents as well as kids

To the editor:

One of your best parenting partners is the Shawano City-County Library Children’s Department. An appreciation of reading will help your children excel in life, and the library offers helpful programs.

The children’s department offers story times three days a week at 10 a.m., Baby and Me for babies up to 2 years of age on Tuesdays, and for all ages on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Story time is a great way to role model the importance of reading, and you will meet other thoughtful parents and grandparents who are also raising children to be readers. Your social network will grow, your children will make new friends, and you will get the satisfaction of knowing you are introducing a child to the wonders and benefits of reading.

Happy New Year, and read on!

Mary Winter,

children’s library assistant,

Shawano City-County Library

Fri
12
Dec

Letter: Players union should say no to criminal behavior

To the editor:

By now all of you have heard that Ray Rice has been reinstated on his appeal to play in the NFL again. If some team wants him. You can bet Adrian Peterson will also be reinstated soon.

All the sports media wants to do is take shots at Roger Goodell. Has Roger Goodell punched a woman and knocked her out? Has Roger Goodall taken a tree branch and whipped some little kid’s butt and scared him? Not that I know of, yet they want to make him the bad guy.

Roger Goodell was trying to send a message to the players that this behavior will not be tolerated!

The NFL players union and their executive director, DeMaurice Smith, jumped right in to side with Rice and Peterson. Will they do that with any player that commits a crime? Will you ever see the sports media come down on the players union?

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.

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