Opinions

Fri
23
Aug

Recommendations made for SMC site

“Your aspirations are your possibilities.” — Dr. Samuel Johnson

The Shawano Medical Center reuse task force met this week. Members who recently toured the facility were impressed with the overall condition of the building. They were surprised to learn it is larger in square footage than the local Walmart.

The main entrance, which includes the atrium, waiting area, offices and public restrooms, was built in 2007. The Riverside Clinic, also built in 2007, consists of 30 exam rooms and 14 offices. It is separated from the rest of the building by a corridor.

Also on the first floor are three operating rooms and 17 preparation rooms, the Riverside Café and dining room, a laboratory, the emergency area with triage, 14 exam rooms, two trauma rooms, 10 offices and an ambulance garage. Housekeeping, medical records, physicians’ lounge, radiology with 11 exam rooms, three offices, the boiler room and maintenance shop are also on the first floor.

Sat
17
Aug

Letter: SCEPI needs more diversity on board

To the editor:

The article “New position signals shakeup at SCEPI” in the Aug. 9 edition of The Shawano Leader inferred that the development of a new position will guide the SCEPI organization in the future. I am hopeful that with the addition of the new chief economic development position, SCEPI will capitalize on the opportunity to diversify its board to include more women, younger people and minorities.

I know the members of the board have the education, experience and credentials to be productive. The concern, however, is that the SCEPI board does not have a well-rounded perspective regarding the representation of the community as a whole. Of the 15 board members listed in the 2012 Annual Report/2013 Plan of Work, there was one female, very few members under the age of 40 and no minority representation. And if this area wants to increase in 1,000 new jobs by 2017, diverse perspectives will be pertinent to success.

Sat
17
Aug

Task force takes firsthand look at SMC facility

“Be happy, and a reason will come along.” — Robert Brault

On Monday evening, the Shawano Medical Center reuse task force went on a tour of the facility. Drawings of the various heating/cooling systems and the dates of building additions were distributed to the members. Committee members were able to get a good sense of the size and condition of the entire structure.

Carol Ryczek, SMC community relations manager, said, “Most folks on the tour did not have a sense of how big the building is, but did after the tour. The tour will be a valuable part of the decision making process for this committee, and I look forward to hearing their comments at Monday night’s meeting.”

She added, “Kudos to SMC’s facilities manager, Tony Jagla, for (literally) opening so many doors.”

Task force chairperson Jeanne Cronce commented, “The building is in remarkable shape for how old it is and how many building additions were added.”

Mon
05
Aug

More history of the Soo Line depot

To the editor:

Referencing Ron Dahm’s letter to the editor of July 26 regarding the preservation of the Soo Line (Wisconsin and Northern) depot, Mr. Daum misses a number of salient facts that should be brought to the attention of the residents of Shawano County.

The Wisconsin and Northern Railroad, which eventually connected Neenah to Argonne, was begun in 1906 and completed by 1920. The railroad was constructed in a number of unconnected sections beginning with a right of way south of Crandon and finishing with the completion of the right of way between Shawano and Neenah, via Black Creek and Appleton.

Mon
05
Aug

It’s never too late to become what you might have been

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” — Albert Einstein

Congratulations to William (Bill) Beyer on his recent retirement. Bill began his employment with the City on June 13, 1977. He officially retired on July 1 of this year. He worked in the Department of Public Works as a truck driver. His many years of dedicated service are appreciated.

The task force appointed to make recommendations regarding the re-purposing of our existing hospital (Shawano Medical Center) will be touring the facility on Aug. 12. The task force will meet in City Hall’s community room on Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Qualified candidates have until Aug. 10 to apply for the position of assistant city administrator/public works coordinator. Interviews will be scheduled for late August or early September. We are pleased to have Mary Nordin filling in as an interim public works director until the position can be filled.

Mon
29
Jul

Trees raise questions about airport operation

To the editor:

To the casual observer, recent news begs answers to some elementary questions.

Who or what entity owns the airport? Who or what entity is responsible for the operation, administration and safety of the airport? Who is the ultimate authority?

As for the trees, were they an imminent hazard, nuisance or safety concern? If legitimately so, then that would seem to trump any further debate. They’re gone; end of story. If not, why on earth would they be summarily removed? Was there no middle ground sought here?

The apparent lack of decorum between interested parties is somewhat disturbing and quite unflattering to both sides.

If any tax dollars are involved with the airport, then I, and I’m sure many others, would be interested in answers to these questions.

Jim Reetz

Shawano

Mon
29
Jul

Shawano is filled with interesting people

“When we’re connected to others, we become better people.” — Randy Pausch

Being your mayor has allowed me the opportunity to meet many interesting, caring and genuinely nice people here in our community. It is the people who make the city of Shawano a great place to live/visit. In today’s column, I’ll share with you the personal and professional stories of two such folks.

Are you aware a well-known and much respected professional walleye angler lives here in Shawano? Her name is Marianne Huskey. At age 6, her grandfather took her fishing on Lake Michigan. Her first trip out on the lake was on his 26-foot Sea Ray in the rain. They fished for perch and salmon. Huskey commented, “I was so excited from the moment I put my first crawler on the hook. That excitement has never worn off.”

Mon
29
Jul

Soo Line depot should be preserved

To the editor:

Congratulations to Dean Proper on his efforts to preserve our area’s railroad history with the replica of the Zachow Depot at Heritage Park. My grandfather was employed by the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Company for 30 years as a freight conductor. Railroading is in my family’s blood.

It pleases me to see that Mr. Proper has taken the time to keep Zachow’s history alive, and also show the importance of the railroad. Job well done.

I am disturbed to see a piece of Shawano’s railroad history deteriorating. The old Soo Line (now Canadian National) depot on Green Bay Street is being ignored. This depot is a major piece of Shawano history.

A railroad company was established on this site. It was a major line of commerce for northern Wisconsin’s forest and lumber industry. Please refer to historian and author Ila Moede’s Shawano history books for more details.

Wed
24
Jul

Shawano should do its part to preserve biodiversity

“Garden as if life depended on it.” Dr. Douglas Tallamy Humans can’t live as the only species on earth. It is other species that create the ecosystem essential to our survival. Bob and Nancy Dumke, owners of the Cobblers Closet in downtown Shawano, are concerned. Bob commented, “We need biodiversity. The ecosystems that support us are run by biodiversity. Each time we force a species to extinction, we promote our own demise. The overwhelming accumulation of scientific data shows a significant loss of pollinators, habitat, native plants and biodiversity.” Statistics show that in the lower 48 states, 54 percent of the land has been turned into cities, suburbs, highways and shopping malls. Another 41 percent of the land is being used for various forms of agriculture. We humans have taken 95 percent of nature and made it unnatural. In 1950, the population of the U.S. was 151 million. As of last year, it has risen to 314 million.

Mon
22
Jul

Shawano should do its part to preserve biodiversity

“Garden as if life depended on it.” Dr. Douglas Tallamy

Humans can’t live as the only species on earth. It is other species that create the ecosystem essential to our survival.

Bob and Nancy Dumke, owners of the Cobblers Closet in downtown Shawano, are concerned. Bob commented, “We need biodiversity. The ecosystems that support us are run by biodiversity. Each time we force a species to extinction, we promote our own demise. The overwhelming accumulation of scientific data shows a significant loss of pollinators, habitat, native plants and biodiversity.”

Statistics show that in the lower 48 states, 54 percent of the land has been turned into cities, suburbs, highways and shopping malls. Another 41 percent of the land is being used for various forms of agriculture. We humans have taken 95 percent of nature and made it unnatural.

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