Opinions

Sat
25
Aug

Beauty fades; so should pageant

There is a saying, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” It comes from the bard himself, William Shakespeare, in the play “Henry IV, Part 2.”

Who would have guessed that a line written more than 400 years ago to describe English royalty would become so relevant in an American beauty pageant?

Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News commentator and the woman once seen as the potential savior to revamp and revise the Miss America pageant, is now seen as a major liability for said pageant, less than a year after she was appointed as the chairwoman of its board.

The latest bombshell hit earlier this month when the reigning Miss America, Cara Mund, wrote a five-page letter outlining what she describes as attempts to bully her and erase her from the position.

Sat
25
Aug

PACs shouldn’t have constitutional rights

To the editor:

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision commonly known as Citizens United, which grants corporations, unions and PACs (political action committees) the right to donate unlimited amounts of money to advocate for or against political candidates. This ruling effectively gives constitutional rights to large moneyed entities, thus empowering them to pour huge sums of money into campaigns and ads to influence public opinion.

United to Amend is a national movement established to put pressure on Congress to act on amending the Constitution to make it clear that only individuals have constitutional rights — not corporations, unions or PACs, and that money is not political speech under the First Amendment.

Over 750 communities across the U.S. have already passed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment. According to polls, this movement is supported by a majority of both Republicans and Democrats.

Sat
25
Aug

Outdoor pool issue should go to referendum

To the editor:

On behalf of citizens who may be reluctant to express their opinions on the issue of the outdoor pool, I am writing to share another opinion. I encourage others to express their thoughts as well.

I grew up in Clintonville before there was an outdoor or indoor pool. A bus took us to Sandy Beach for swimming lessons taught by two local teachers. No staff and no other expenses. Recreational swimmers could ride the bus as well. I personally feel the weather this far north makes an outdoor pool impractical. Our much larger neighboring cities New London and Shawano have long ago abandoned the outdoor pool concept. People say the rec center is too expensive for families. It would cost less to subsidize swimming for families than operating an outdoor pool for just a few months.

Sat
11
Aug

Schools no longer safe havens for students

It was rather interesting sitting through the Shawano School Board meeting on Monday and listening to officials talk about door sensors and emergency radios in an effort to keep schools safe and secure.

After the meeting, I got to thinking about how far we’ve come in terms of the way schools are designed. When I went to high school 25 years ago, there were no school resource officers, no technological system saying that an exterior door was ajar, not even any cellphones or radios to spread the word that there was danger in the school. The only drills we had were monthly fire drills, and there was no need for active shooter drills, because there were no active shooters in the early 1990s.

Back then, schools were for learning.

Sat
11
Aug

Fire crews helped protect home from nearby blaze

To the editor:

When I dressed in the gear firefighters wear to compete in the fitness challenge in Embarrass, I had no idea I would be seeing the real heroes in action this week when I was awakened at 2:30 a.m. by a fire right behind my house and called 911.

I watched nervously as the flames shot up until the first firetruck arrived and was relieved to see that first stream of water aimed at the fire. I live just two blocks from the fire station, but it seemed like an eternity for the trucks to arrive.

Later, several more fire departments arrived, all dressed in that heavy, bulky and warm gear plus 45-pound air tanks. The Red Cross was on hand with coffee and breakfast sandwiches (sorry, none for dogs), but I shared mine between the three of them.

Sat
04
Aug

Concern about state, nation transcends party

To the editor:

The period in time for a lifelong commitment to political parties or candidates is over. Being concerned for our state and country transcends party. This should be the standard for all public servants in Wisconsin. However, integrity has never slipped more in the public’s eye than now during the U.S. political era that is post-truth.

We need to keep in mind that we have never been here before as a country. Our founding fathers spoke of “truths self-evident” regarding our newly minted countrymen, while denying their wives and slaves even basic rights for human beings. Our founders weren’t perfect men, but they did set our American vision. We have always striven for a more perfect union.

Sat
04
Aug

Current sheriff providing public outreach

To the editor:

I write in support of Sheriff Adam Bieber for another four-year term as sheriff of Shawano County. I was fortunate to be invited by Sheriff Bieber to participate in the second class of the Shawano Sheriff Citizens Academy. It gave me an excellent insight into Sheriff Bieber’s vision for the future of Shawano County. He is to be commended for his public outreach programs and the innovative ideas he has implemented in the department.

I came away from the academy with a much better appreciation for what our sheriff’s department is charged with for safeguarding the citizens of Shawano County and the methods employed to accomplish the task. They have an extremely difficult and dangerous job, and I commend Sheriff Bieber and all his deputies for accomplishing it.

Sat
04
Aug

Bieber deserves four more years as sheriff

To the editor:

I attended the Republican Party Picnic on July 24. I heard both Sheriff Adam Bieber and Mr. John Gutho speak.

Bieber has accomplished much in his four years as sheriff — solved the problem with the evidence storage building, ALICE training for school staff and students, started the citizens academy, added a traffic officer position, and focused on child predators and drug traffickers.

Adam Bieber deserves to have another four years to keep the sheriff’s department moving forward. My heartfelt thanks to Sheriff Bieber for all he has done for Shawano County residents.

Patricia Gipp,

Shawano

Sat
28
Jul

Put bailout away and let farmers work

Farming can be more of a game of chance than any you’d find in Atlantic City or Las Vegas, and the stakes are much higher. There could be too much rain, or not enough. Maybe some uninvited insects decide to set up shop and ruin the crops. A tornado might mow down the cornfield, or a wildfire might destroy your fruit grove.

Still, farmers go to work every day. Why? Well, we’ve got to eat.

More importantly, the farmers have to make their living. When there’s not enough money coming in from crops, they cannot upgrade their equipment, hire enough workers to harvest the fields or milk the cows, and some eventually go out of business.

Sat
28
Jul

Sarnwick wants to see healthy future

To the editor:

I have been a doctor in Shawano for nearly 30 years and recently announced I am running for Assembly District 6 as a Democrat on a theme of “Healthy Future.”

While I have heard from my patients for years their frustration with the state of health care, especially the near-impossible challenge of getting decent coverage for small business owners and farmers, what has surprised me is what I have heard since I announced my run.

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