Opinions

Wed
16
Nov

Musings about cellphones

Does it surprise you when the news on TV these days has so many videos and photos of things that have just happened? It seems that nothing today goes undocumented or unphotographed because a large percentage of the population has smartphones, and unlike me, they know how to use them!

I read an article on the internet that said that 68 percent of adults in America now have smartphones. In 2011, the figure was 35 percent. And unlike me, many of the users walk around with their phones in their hands all the time. When something happens, they’re ready to photograph it or video it. More often than not, I forget to take my phone when I leave home, so I’m not likely to take video of some major disaster and sell it to NBC.

Wed
02
Nov

Republicans share area’s traditional values

To the editor:

Recently there has been a barrage of letters by those who hope to push our great country far to the left. Personally I believe that our country and state of Wisconsin need leaders who support our traditional values.

For the U.S. Congress, Mike Gallagher will do the best job of representing Wisconsin. Mike served seven years on active duty (deployed twice to Iraq) and earned the rank of Marine captain. He will be a voice for veterans and believes in reforming the VA.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson deserves to return to Washington as well. We can’t let Congress fall to the free-spending Democrats.

Wed
02
Nov

Dems have the public’s best interest at heart

To the editor:

Conservatives say they uphold our values. Those may be their values, but they’re not ours. Life is probably great for rich conservatives, but for those of us who scrape by in Walker World, not so much.

Mike Gallagher: A pretty face who hasn’t lived in Wisconsin for years. Gallagher was recruited by the Republican Party to vote exactly as Paul Ryan instructs. Mike loves Donald Trump and supports massive cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Ron Johnson: our invisible senator who also loves the Donald. Johnson has done nothing in six years, including his most important job: voting on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

Wed
02
Nov

Baldwin, Ribble support forest health

To the editor:

One of the greatest virtues of an elected official is a willingness to listen to all their constituents, not just those who make major financial contributions. Two such officials are Congressman Reid Ribble and Senator Tammy Baldwin.

I wish to acknowledge their leadership on Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest management and thank them for actions that are helping restore the health of our state’s 1.5 million-acre national forest, and by extension, the health of the economic cluster established in its proximity.

When Congressman Ribble invited me to speak before a U.S. House subcommittee several years ago regarding the economic impact of CNNF mismanagement, it was but one step of many toward both raising awareness and correcting the problem. That same day Senator Baldwin stepped out of a budget mark-up meeting at the U.S. Capitol to meet me and accept my invitation to see the problem firsthand.

Wed
02
Nov

WMS student earns trip to Japan

To the editor:

Sometimes there are stories that need to be told. I think this is one of them. With so much negativity in the world today, a positive story has to be told.

A seventh-grade student came home from Washington Middle School and told his family he wanted to go on the Japanese student exchange trip. His mom told him that he would have to earn the money on his own because of financial circumstances in their family. She told him he should write a resume and start calling people.

He called us and told us he had written a resume. We, relatives, asked to read his resume, and we wanted to do an interview. When we arrived to do the interview (at his home), he was dressed neatly, had his hair combed neatly and met us with a firm handshake. The interview went well, and we hired him to help us with outside work during the summer.

Wed
02
Nov

Knots spoil a Thursday night, or do they?

“Oh, what a tangled mess …”

About 25 years ago, I attended a writing conference for teachers in Petoskey, Michigan. It was a great conference, and Petoskey turned out to be a wonderful vacation spot. During the conference, we were each expected to suggest the name of a “young adult” novel that could be used as a discussion piece and provide subjects for writing for our students.

One of the books that was recommended by two of the participating teachers was a wonderful short novel by Jerry Spinelli entitled “Maniac Magee.” It was published in 1990 and has since become popular in elementary school curricula. It has also been used in scholarly studies about how kids relate to racial identity and homelessness.

Wed
26
Oct

Sheriff endorses Gallagher for Congress

To the editor:

A few months ago I, along with other sheriffs from the 8th District, had breakfast with Mike Gallagher. I learned more about Mike and why he is running for office.

I left more convinced than ever that Mike needs to be our next congressman, not just because of his impressive resume or the time he spent in the military protecting our country (but that definitely does leave an impression) but also because he listened to our concerns and was truly interested in the challenges facing not only Oconto County but also the 8th District, the state of Wisconsin and the nation.

Mike will be the leader that we need fighting for us going forward. I feel he will maintain a dialogue with the people of the 8th District and will serve on our behalf, not on behalf of lobbyists or special interest groups.

I also believe Mike is the best candidate to work with law enforcement in helping us to keep our communities safe.

Wed
26
Oct

Stop use of taxpayer funds for private schools

To the editor:

John Nygren recently asserted state Republican leadership believes “taxpayer dollars should follow the student and be given to the institution that students attend that provide for the resources needed to educate that student.” Nygren’s statement clearly demonstrates the Republican Legislature’s concerted effort to shift taxpayer funds from public schools to private schools.

Nygren claimed the state’s Republican commitment “puts students at the forefront.” Unfortunately, that commitment is solely designed to destroy Wisconsin’s successful public schools and to fund private schools.

Wed
26
Oct

New leaders needed to repair government

To the editor:

I’m looking froward to a very large vote in Oconto County. Don’t forget, voting is free.

Before voting on any party, think about this: We need new personnel to help repair our present broken government and eliminate all corruption that has entered our present government. All present government departments need a complete house cleaning.

Also, our Constitution of over 200 years should be off limits for any politician to alter or destroy.

Jerry Gehling,

Suring

Wed
26
Oct

Is this the Cubbies’ ‘next year’?

Wow! The Cubs are in the World Series for the first time since 1945! Usually, by this time in the season, Cubs fans are chanting their “wait ‘til next year” chorus.

I often make fun of the perennial favorite team of half the Midwest, but that’s OK, because (I’m about to make an embarrassing confession) I, too, was once a Cubs fan! There, I’ve said it! I became a Cubs fan during my innocence in the ’40s.

But I have to explain; there were extenuating circumstances! When I was a little kid, there was no major league ball club in Wisconsin. Around my hometown, we had the Green Bay Bluejays, a minor league team — and the Cubs. What’s a kid to do?

In the late ’40s and early ’50s, before the Braves came to Milwaukee from Boston, all my friends and I were Cubs fans. Guys like Dutch Leonard, Johnny Klippstein, Warren Hacker, Joe Garagiola, Ernie Banks, Roy Smalley, Ralph Kiner, Hank Sauer and Phil Cavaretta were our heroes.

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