Opinions

Tue
13
Aug

Fate leads siblings to revisit senior show

Coincidence is a funny thing. Some people believe that nothing happens by accident in God’s universe or our lives; thus, there is no such thing as a coincidence.

Some people refer instead to synchronicity, the experience of two or more causally unrelated events occurring together in a meaningful manner.

Well, whatever you choose to believe, stuff happens, right?

When my sister, Joyce, was in Wisconsin in May, she met an old high school friend for dinner, and one of the topics of their conversation was their collaboration on the set design and construction for their high school senior class play back in 1958. The play was “Around the World in 80 Days,” a stage adaptation of the famous Jules Verne novel of the 1870s.

Joyce talked to me about the play as we drove to Marshfield and back to visit our lone remaining aunt.

Tue
13
Aug

Pulaski official should resign due to citation

To the editor:

I would like to address the Pulaski School Board members. With the recent citation being given to School Board member Christine Vandenhouten after hosting an underage drinking party at her home on May 12, why have you not censured or asked Ms. Vandenhouten to resign?

Also, where is the outrage of the parents who have students in the Pulaski community school system? Is this a person you would like representing your children and also taxpayers in the school district?

Vandenhouten is not a good representative of the school system and its mission statement and has missed several School Board meetings since this occurred. What example is this setting for our children?

Tue
13
Aug

Looking at sunny side after rainy night

On a dark and stormy night last week in a number of different locations along the path around the Falls, Mother Nature decided to push the start of the fall wood-cutting season. The rain and wind Wednesday night combined to topple all or major portions of three mature trees in this observer’s farm yard, closing one driveway but missing the buildings and power lines. That same gust of wind tore off a number of shingles, but these are replaceable.

Other property owners suffered similar fates. The east side of Kelly Lake was particularly hard hit. In other places, there may not have been damage to buildings, but the almost straight-line rain found its way into homes where it was never expected. This caused a few people to jump out of bed to deal with the deluge coming through windows.

Thu
08
Aug

Back-to-school checklist now includes medical checkup

An all too frequently heard question on the path around the Falls the past couple weeks has been “Where has the summer gone?” The almost automatic response from this observer has been, “It’s not gone, it’s still July, and we have a long way to go.”

Reality hit last week when the calendar page turned to August. The dose of cooler weather reinforced the message that the approach of fall was not that far off. The real reminders started coming over the weekend. Apparently, the first weekend in August is the season opener for the back-to-school merchant fliers. The flashy pictures in the ads and the well-designed displays in stores can get students in the mood for that first day of school.

Unfortunately, that first day of school is not about wearing the latest and greatest in school outfits or having the newest designer backpack. There are higher priorities, but still getting a couple of nice things for school can be fun.

Thu
08
Aug

Weed pulling unearths grisly origin of childhood rhyme

“Silver Bells and Cockle Shells”

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells, and cockle shells,

And pretty maids all in a row.

I thought of that verse a while ago because I found a good crop of weeds near a little tree I’d transplanted in the yard. Several of them were plants that my dad used to call “cockles,” and he hated them almost as much as he hated wild mustard. When it appeared that my sister, Joyce, and I didn’t have enough to do to occupy our time, he’d say, “Go out there and pull some mustard and cockles, and don’t drop the seeds!” and he’d send us out in the field of alfalfa with a big bag to haul them in so he could burn them.

Wed
31
Jul

Batting around baseball facts, figures

The great Hall of Famer Ted Williams wrote a book in 1968 called “Science of Batting.” Actually, it was “written” by a guy named John Underwood, but supposedly it was Ted Williams telling the story. In it he says, “Hitting a baseball … is the single most difficult thing to do in sport.”

Ted Williams had a lifetime batting average of .291, even though he had one season in which he hit .400, the last person ever to do that. He was a superstar in his era and would have been a multi-millionaire if he were playing today.

Wed
31
Jul

Catalog pales in comparison to first-hand look

Top-notch teachers who travel the path around the Falls know one technique to get youngsters to read: provide them with high-interest reading materials. For girls, it may be one type of literature, and for boys, it may be something else.

Thinking back to our younger days, at some point we came across one of the best, high-interest reading materials for boys of all ages, the Herter’s Sporting Goods catalog. Anyone who has ever seen one would agree. George Herter started his mail-order business in 1937 from atop his father’s dry goods shop in Waseca, Minn. When we first saw it, the thick catalog was printed in black and white, but the descriptions of the products were as colorful as any of today’s flashy websites.

Many of the products carried the Herter’s name and bragged of being better than any competitor’s products. George Herter wrote much of the copy. No one would accuse him of being overly modest. He inspired a dedicated following.

Wed
24
Jul

'Seinfeld' has nothing on column 'about nothing'

When I tell people that I write a weekly column, they often ask “What is it about?” And I usually say, “It’s kind of like ‘Seinfeld’; it’s about nothing.”

So, it was interesting to me when a reader stopped me in church recently and said he liked my latest column. “But,” he said, “I feel compelled to tell you it was a lot like ‘Seinfeld’ — a whole lot about nothing!” I laughed because here was a guy who “got it”!

In one of the early episodes of the show, Jerry and his friend George go in to “pitch” a show to some TV executives. George explains the concept of the show saying, “Nothing happens on the show. You see, it’s just like life. You know, you eat, you go shopping, you read. You eat, you read, you go shopping.”

So the “show about nothing” was really a show that dealt with everyday life. Not much happens on most days of our lives, right? The real secret of the success of that show was not in its plots, but in its witty dialogue.

Wed
24
Jul

What Madison gives, supervisors take away

To the editor:

The recently completed state budget will actually provide some benefits to middle-class taxpayers. My guess is that the theory in Madison is that if they let us keep more of our money, we might spend it at local businesses and support job creation and retention.

The folks down in Oconto have other ideas.

Wed
24
Jul

This is what makes Oconto Falls great

To the editor:

How often I have thought how lucky we are to live in Oconto Falls, from the beautiful location to the fine schools. With dedicated city employees, from snow removal to the pleasant employees that check our utilities, we are truly blessed.

Another gem in Oconto Falls is David Polashek. His perceptive and human articles in the Times Herald are a joy to read and deserve an even larger audience.

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