Opinions

Wed
23
Aug

Salutes

Trail supporters thank sponsors, volunteers

To the editor:

The third annual Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce “Run for the Trails” took place on June 24. Events included a timed half-marathon run, 10K run, 5K run or walk through beautiful Oconto Falls. The family friendly quarter-mile fun run/walk took place on the new track at ST Paper Stadium.

Adult participants received a ticket to enter the drawing for a Fitbit and other prizes, and the Fun Run participants received an extra entry into the kid bike giveaways that took place at the Health & Safety Fair held at the elementary school.

We send out a big thank you to all who helped and supported this event. Without help from our volunteers, Oconto Falls School District, city of Oconto Falls, Oconto Falls Utilities and the Oconto Falls Police Department this event would not take place.

Wed
23
Aug

If I had a nickel …

How often have you heard someone say, “If I had a nickel …”?

I heard someone say it recently in regards to our flamboyant and unpredictable president.

That expression jogged my memory. When I was a little kid, helping Dad do chores in the barn, Dad would often sing songs. When I think about it objectively now, I realize Dad wasn’t a great singer and didn’t have a very large repertoire, but you know how memories are, don’t you? We remember the things we want to remember the way we want to remember them, not necessarily the way they really were. They get bigger and more wonderful than might actually have been.

Anyway, like I said, I heard somebody say the old “If I had a nickel” line recently and it reminded me of a song Dad used to sing sometimes. I can’t even remember for sure how it all went. There were many verses, but they all meant essentially the same. The chorus was something like:

Wed
16
Aug

It’s that green and gold, cardinal and white time of year

It’s football season again, and the Pack looked pretty good in its first preseason game, even though we didn’t get to see some of our stars play. The coaches are necessarily playing their new recruits to see who will make the the squad for the season. Even so, it was fun to watch the Green and Gold beating Philadelphia fairly handily.

I have been a Packers fan since I was a little kid. I have also been an avid Badgers fan for as long as I can remember, so football season is exciting to me. I’m one of those guys who has paraphernalia to wear while I watch the games.

It’s an interesting phenomenon, isn’t it, the way Wisconsinites support “our” Packers? I read an article once a couple of years ago that said that the average person in Wisconsin has something like 14 pieces of Packers paraphernalia. Look around in church on a Sunday; it’s amazing how many people are wearing the green and gold or the cardinal and white.

Wed
09
Aug

The days of walking 10 miles, uphill both ways

Here we are, in the first week of August, and the back-to-school merchandise has been on the shelves in the stores for several weeks already. Going back to school in the fall was always kind of a happy time for me. I loved school, and I got a chance to see the “city” friends that I’d hardly seen all summer.

When I was a kid, I walked 10 miles uphill both ways in the rain and sleet and snow to get to and from school.

I’m kidding, of course. We lived about 2 1/1 miles from school. But walk I did, along with most of the other kids in the neighborhood, and we didn’t think much of it. There was a big group of us – all my Konitzer cousins, the Lutzes, and my sister, Joyce, and me, and along the way we’d pick up another Konitzer family, the Steffens kids and the Ostrengas as we made our way to St. Anthony’s in town.

Those were the days before parochial school kids were allowed to ride the buses that carried the public school kids to school. So we walked.

Wed
02
Aug

Letters to the Editor

A lack of love

To the editor:

We have so many problems in this country and in our state! And they all center on a lack of unconditional love for our fellow humans.

For instance, in Wisconsin, we now spend well over $1 billion annually on the Department of Corrections; far more than we pay for education. Rolls off the tongue until one bothers to calculate it takes 32 years to live one billion seconds! Each of us pays hundreds of tax dollars annually intentionally inflicting pain and suffering while helping almost no one.

We have over 22,000 incarcerated and the number is increasing – again. It’s all part of a financial growth industry and perverted/unholy/evil psychology that specializes in cruel and inhumane treatment.

Wed
02
Aug

Shine little glow worm, glimmer, glimmer

One evening last week, while I was mowing the lawn in the waning minutes of twilight, I was suddenly accompanied across the lawn by a flock of lightning bugs. Maybe you prefer to call them fireflies? Some people in some areas of the country call them glow worms.

Remember the Mills Brothers’ hit from 1957: “Shine little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer! Lead us lest too far we wander. Love’s sweet voice is calling yonder! Shine, little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer. Shine …”

Wow, senior year in high school! We had some great music back then! But I digress.

Lightning bugs. What great little pieces of engineering. They’re not bugs or flies or worms; they’re actually beetles. But whatever they are, they’re fascinating creatures.

Wed
26
Jul

Computer scammers almost got away with it

We recently got scammed on our computer. The scammers were pretty clever, more clever than I am, for sure. Without going into too much detail, suffice it to say that I got suckered when our email disappeared from our computer, and heaven knows, we can’t get along without our email even though two-thirds of our emails would be considered junk mail if they came in our USPS mailbox.

So, anyway, in an attempt to recover our our email, I went to Google support, or so I thought. What I actually got into was some scammer posing to be Google support who promised to fix my problem. After about an hour and a half on the phone explaining my problem, he promised me he could fix my problem for me for a small fee. He actually did make my email reappear for a short time, but then he said that in order to guarantee that the problem would not reoccur, I would have to have him “scrub” my computer for viruses.

Wed
19
Jul

50 years later, Greetan remembered as hero

To the editor:

The years have gone by now since one native of Oconto Falls’ life was taken in combat. It’s been 50 years (July 18, 1967) since the Greetan family received the news that their son/brother, Pvt. Roger W. Greetan, was killed in action while serving his country during the Vietnam War.

Roger will always be remembered for the person he was, along with the outstanding athletic ability he had during his four-year, four-sport career at Oconto Falls High School, the only four-sport athlete up to this present date.

He always gave it his all, at every sporting event he participated in. Many of his teammates will account for this, along with the fun they had playing together at events through the years. He entertained many fans and earned the respect of all his coaches. Just as his combat buddies have stated, and have shared their stories about him, up until his final day when he was killed in combat.

Wed
19
Jul

Statistics offer food for thought

To the editor:

Points to ponder

1. Half of U.S. popcorn is grown in Nebraska.

2. Seven percent of Americans think chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

3. Twenty-five percent of Japan’s population is retirement age. The sale of adult diapers exceeds those for babies.

4. In 37 states the highest paid employee is a sports coach or athletic director.

5. Sixty-five percent of U.S. households own a pet.

6. There are over 700,000 health insurance policies on pets.

7. The cost of raising a medium-sized dog to age 11 is $16,400.

8. Coca-Cola was originally green.

9. One-third of America’s hundred best paid CEOs earned more than their corporations paid in federal taxes.

10. The largest block of Republican voters are white males with a high school education or less.

Bert Grover,

Gresham

Wed
19
Jul

We have met the enemy and he is triskaidekaphobia

One of my favorite cartoon characters was Pogo, the title and central character of a long-running daily American comic strip created by cartoonist Walt Kelly. Set in the Okenfenokee Swamp of the southeastern United States, the strip often engaged in social and political satire through the adventures of its anthropromorphic funny characters.

Pogo mouthed some of my favorite comic strip lines. In one strip, Pogo and Porkypine are walking through the swamp, and Porkypine says, “Ah, Pogo. The beauty of the forest primeval gets me in the heart.” To which Pogo responds, “It gets me in the feet, Porkypine.” In the next panel we see that the swamp is full of litter and junk, and Porkypine says, “It is hard walkin’ on this stuff.” And here’s the line I love: Pogo says, “Yep, son. We have met the enemy and he is us.”

In another strip, Pogo announces, “Friday the 13th came on Tuesday this month.”

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