Opinions

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24
Feb

Don’t blame guns; blame people

It is incomprehensible to any normal human being, why anyone would deliberately choose to massacre other innocent human beings. Yet it continues to happen at alarming rates.

As emotional human beings, the automatic knee-jerk reaction for many is to look for a simple, quick solution or focus for the blame. For others, it’s a chance to push or advance a personal political agenda.

My wife drives a Ford Escape. It’s classified as an SUV, currently a very popular segment of the automotive industry. What if she deliberately drove it into a crowd of innocent people, killing and injuring many? Would thousands of people all over the country be demanding we ban or eliminate all Ford Escapes, or all SUVs? Of course not!

When a gun is used by an insane, crazy person to do something similar, the anti-gun battle cry resumes.

Sat
24
Feb

Obstructionists need to stop dragging feet on guns

I have to write to tell you how much I appreciated your editorial today on school shootings and common sense gun laws. The day after the last shooting in Florida, I happened to get into a conversation with a person whose every opinion came straight from the NRA playbook; i.e., that it was all about mental health. No, it was about the media, if only they’d stop publicizing the shootings. No, it’s all about ammunition because as long as it’s manufactured, people will buy it. No, it’s about cars and trucks being used as weapons of mass destruction. No, it’s the students’ faults, those who knew the shooter was odd but said nothing.

Sat
24
Feb

Common sense gun legislation needed

To the editor:

Thank you for your very timely and thoughtful article on the recent school shooting (it’s unfortunate that in this country we now have to specify). Hopefully, this will spur our leaders to step up and finally initiate some meaningful, common sense gun legislation, and if this won’t, we need to vote in some good people who will.

David Block,

Shawano

Sat
24
Feb

Gun violence should be national health emergency

I appreciated the courage that you had in running the editorial titled “It Happened Yet Again” on the first page of the Feb. 17 Shawano Leader. For too long, the gun industry has spent millions buying politicians and using fear and misinformation to suppress common sense changes in our gun laws. Gun violence should be viewed as a national health emergency, and the CDC should have been permitted to study this issue. Insight from research could help craft possible changes to our gun laws, and develop solutions to this problem. However, the Republican-controlled Congress has prevented the CDC from doing this. You only ban research in an area when you are afraid of what may be found. Many of these same politicians want to write this off as a mental health issue, yet they have long opposed developing a fully funded national health care system that could begin to address this aspect of the problem.

Sat
24
Feb

Guns are not a prerequisite for acts of violence

This is in response to your editorial in the weekend edition of The Shawano Leader addressing the school shooting in Florida.

While in complete agreement that it was another senseless, horrible act of violence, I disagree in your seeming belief that enacting more gun control measures will eliminate these horrendous acts. I would think, as reporters, you would have looked into the shootings you referenced to see what could have been done to help prevent the tragedies. I’m disappointed in your lack of even basic investigative skills. In the latest shooting, as well as three others you mention specifically, various government entities failed to do their part to help keep this from happening. Had proper procedure and/or follow-through been completed, these tragedies could have been averted.

Sat
24
Feb

Quality service can keep customers coming back

“Merely satisfying customers will not be enough to earn their loyalty. Instead, they must experience exceptional service worthy of their repeat business and referral.” — Rick Tate

We are all customers and have choices regarding where we want to do our business. There are factors that influence that decision. Location, convenience, prices, and business hours are considerations. For me, and perhaps for many of you, customer service tops the list. I want to give my business to a place where I feel it is appreciated; a place where I am treated respectfully and in a friendly and efficent way.

Most businesses will say customers are their No. 1 priority, but not all take the time to ensure their employees are delivering exceptional service. Businesses spend money placing ads in the media. While that may be important, they should realize the service their employees are giving is daily advertising.

Sat
17
Feb

EDITORIAL

It happened yet again.

America once again played witness this past Wednesday to the mindless slaughter of innocent children and educators, this time at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As in the past, Americans were again insulted by political leaders who issued hollow condolences while preaching that gun control changes aren’t necessary.

While parents everywhere weep for the lives destroyed by this senseless act, many are realizing that something like Columbine, Sandy Hook or Douglas could happen even here. Is there any doubt that thought has crossed the mind of every parent across America this last three days? As they put their son or daughter on a school bus or waved goodbye after dropping them off at school, somewhere in the back of their minds could be the nagging question, “What if I never see them again?” Because, it could happen here.

Sat
17
Feb

Good service expected from employees, but what about customers?

I serve on the Shawano County Humane Society board. Recently, each board member was given a list with 10 business names. Our task was to personally visit the businesses on our list and ask if they would be willing to donate a prize (gift or a certificate) for our annual fundraiser.

Admittedly, asking businesses for a donation is not a task I enjoy. I realize that our local businesses are “hit up” frequently for contributions for fundraisers and benefits. January and February are often slower months for many businesses. Knowing their profits are down made it even more difficult to ask.

The response I received from every one of my 10 visits spoke loudly about the type of businesses we have in our area. Every single business gave something. Donations included gift certificates for overnight stays, food, gas and so much more.

Sat
17
Feb

Former mayor backs Whealon’s bid

I am proud to support Ed Whealon in his effort to become the city of Shawano’s next mayor. Ed and I worked closely together while he was police chief and I was mayor.

I learned Ed has excellent follow-through. When he said he was going to do something, he did it. He is a good decision maker, firm and decisive. When he has something to say, he is up-front, honest and direct. I always appreciated his “common sense” approach while dealing with complex issues.

During my tenure with the city, Ed told me becoming mayor was a goal of his. His wife, Diana, supported his dream and she signed his nomination papers before succumbing to cancer on Christmas Eve.

The city of Shawano deserves a strong leader; someone who will stand up for the taxpayers; someone with follow-through and commitment. Having been a city department head, Ed understands budgets, TIF districts, borrowing limits, etc. His many years of municipal experience are invaluable.

Sat
17
Feb

Congress needs to legalize hemp

I recently had the honor to hear President Donald Trump address my fellow members at the 99th annual Convention of the American Farm Burau Federation in Nashville, Tennessee. Not surprisingly, he addressed major agricultural issues like tax reform, regulatory reform, rural broadband access, Waters of the U.S. and trade policy. Every farmer in this country is impacted by these issues, and I hold faith that the president understands the incredible challenges we face every day in our barns and in our fields.

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