Opinions

Sat
19
Jan

It’s time to change State of the Union

There’s really no love lost between U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump, especially as the federal government shutdown approaches a full month. However, I couldn’t help but chuckle when I read that Pelosi was recommending Trump delay his State of the Union address due to the continuing shutdown.

It’s a sure sign Pelosi doesn’t like Trump when she doesn’t even want him to come over to her house.

Pelosi’s argument is that, with much of the federal staff furloughed or working without pay, there might not be enough security to keep the president, the vice president, all the cabinet members (at least the ones still in their jobs), 535 elected officials with the legislative branch, and anyone else who is part of the menagerie.

I can understand her concern, considering the last time a State of the Union was targeted, we wound up with Kiefer Sutherland as president. Oh, wait. That was just a television show.

Sat
19
Jan

GUEST COLUMN

America needs workers but legal workers. The confusion is caused by politics. Are the people we are discussing immigrants or migrants? America is a country of immigrants, and no person disputes that fact. But if we are to maintain our identity as a country, we must enforce our laws. Those who wish to immigrate to our country should want to assimilate. Migrant workers do not need to assimilate but should be documented.

I propose a plan with three lines of effort — build the wall, document and educate.

Build a wall with controlled entries that is patrolled on both sides. This will help stop the deadly human trafficking.

Sat
19
Jan

Volunteers, Knights of Columbus made dinner a success

To the editor:

For the last 16 years, there are very clear choices that we Knights and Lady Knights make when we decide to put our communities and families first and do the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Council 12185 Elmo Novelli and Alvin J. Rathsack Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner.

We would like to thank all those businesses and people for your generous donations toward our Thanksgiving dinner.

Thank you to the Knights and Lady Knights and all those community members who have donated their time with preparations of food, delivering dinners, cooking, serving and cleaning to make this special occasion a reality.

We served 277 sit-down meals, and we delivered 251 meals to Shawano, Keshena, West Branch, Neopit, South Branch and Cecil.

Paul A. Marroquin,

Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus No. 12185

Sat
12
Jan

Protecting people the correct thing to do

There comes a time when “political correctness” or insisting on political correctness is immaterial, or at least not the major item.

On Tuesday evening, I was checking out in a gasoline convenience store. I noticed that their Amber Alert listed the Jayme Closs of Barron, Wisconsin, alert from Oct. 15, 2018. I had been notified on my cell phone just two hours earlier on Tuesday of a new Amber Alert of Angel Ros Tomow (Angel Madosh) of Shawano. I mentioned this more recent Amber Alert, questioning why the new one was not on their in-store notice. The clerk, a mature female, told me that she noticed that the girl was listed as “Indian.” This clerk said she took it as an offense and refused to list this Amber Alert because the alert notification was not politically correct.

Sat
12
Jan

Opening government won’t happen with closed minds

It’s easy for all of us to gripe about our jobs from time to time, but on the bright side, most of our jobs aren’t put immediately on hold as a result of political bickering.

The Great Wall of ‘Murica, a figurative wall that has been the subject of nervous whispers and occasional fist-pounding for almost three years, has now suddenly turned into a symbol of how fractured and partisan American politics. Because there was no funding to build a physical wall between the United States and Mexico, much of the federal government has been shut down for three weeks now.

Sat
05
Jan

Time for state’s OWI laws to get sober to reality

You can say one thing about Wisconsin — folks take the second item in “Eat, drink and be merry” very seriously. Have a beer or three. Enjoy some wine. Tequila? Sure thing.

However, many of those who imbibe in alcohol decide that it doesn’t have the same intoxicating effects on them that it would everyone else. They drive the wrong way on divided highways, wrap their vehicles around trees and poles, and occasionally kill someone.

So what does Wisconsin do when someone empties a bar of its liquor and gets behind the wheel? It gives said offender a civil citation if it’s the first time. It’s not a crime until you’ve done it multiple times and proven your judgment to be as solid as melting snow — or until your actions have forced municipalities to change the population number on their signs.

Sat
29
Dec

Bring the troops in Iraq home, too

President Donald Trump surprised Republicans, Democrats and much of the world as he announced last week, just in time for Christmas, that the United States plans to withdraw all 2,000 troops currently in Syria and half of the 14,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan and bring them all home.

For the parents and families of those troops, that news was most certainly welcome, as it means loved ones would be out of harm’s way and back home, but for those in Congress and Trump’s administration, the news was akin to yanking the rug out from under them. Jim Mattis resigned as Pentagon chief in protest. Mattis had noted in September that the U.S. military remained in Afghanistan to ensure security at home.

Sat
22
Dec

Trump hoping Santa delivers a border wall this Christmas

Negotiations were said to be continuing today between attorneys for President Donald J. Trump and the North Pole regarding the annual naughty-or-nice list being compiled by Santa Claus, according to anonymous sources.

Though Mr. Claus has not revealed where President Trump stands on the naughty-or-nice list, sources at the White House say the president is unhappy with speculation that Mr. Claus might place him in the naughty category.

Trump has decried reports of a feud with Santa Claus as fake news and publicly released his yearly letter to Santa to prove their relationship is still good.

“Dear Santa,

“I want to thank you for the Elf on the Shelf you left me last year. At first, he was just a cute Christmas toy, but he’s become one of my closest advisors and I’m seriously considering making him my chief of staff.

“I’m a little disappointed you didn’t deliver the border wall I asked for. Maybe this year.

Sat
22
Dec

Council shuts down democratic process

To the editor:

The Shawano Common Council’s decision to approve the resolution to amend Citizens United but not to allow it to go to referendum on the April ballot missed an opportunity to bring the democratic process to a subject that we all care deeply about.

Why is it important to bring this subject to a vote? If you look at the questions that the audience asked at the council meeting you realize that answering those questions is at the heart of democracy. The informed citizen is absolutely the end game. That is the only way democracy can work.

When our citizens vote, they don’t want to sign on to a proposition they are ignorant of. They want to know and will read, listen to the news, talk with their neighbors, in order to be informed.

Sat
22
Dec

Voice of the people matters little to GOP

How much does it matter to the Republican leaders of the Wisconsin State Legislature what the people they are elected to represent think?

Time and again, we’ve seen, the answer is hardly at all.

Late in the day on Nov. 30, the Legislature’s GOP leaders unveiled a raft of so-called lame duck legislation. The bills sought to significantly limit the powers of the incoming Democratic administration and make it harder for people in Democratic strongholds to vote.

About 1,400 people turned out Dec. 3 to register their opposition during the sole hearing devoted to the bills. More than 100 people waited as long as 10 hours to testify for up to two minutes each. All but one person was opposed. The bills passed easily in the Republican-controlled legislature, on mostly party-line votes.

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