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  • To open­—let me state that I believe most readers of this newspaper are God’s people, either as descendants of the Twelve Tribes of Jacob, meaning to a large extent, Europeans (according to scholars of Bible history) or as according to Jesus Christ, if you are just simply a believer.
  • Too many people from all walks of life are needlessly killed and injured in traffic crashes because they were not wearing safety belts.
  • In the Fond du Lac Reporter, the article on April 13, 2016, our county health officer, Kim Mueller, stated, “There isn’t any conclusive evidence that the (wind) turbines cause human health problems.”
  • The Kiel School District Board of Education has been quite an interesting read.
  • Fond du Lac Public Health Officer Kim Mueller is correct that for the last three years she has been stating that there is no evidence wind turbines cause health issues.
  • If you have been out and about at local businesses you may have noticed the red crepe paper poppies attached to a container for donations and maybe wondered what these are for.
  • It comes but once a year and National Nursing Home Week is upon us.
  • I am writing in regard to the tragedy on prom night at Antigo High School.
  • The November presidential election is vitally important, but the election, of equal significance, is the competition for the Senate seat of Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson.
  • Democrats are constantly on the warpath against the recently enacted Wisconsin Voter ID law.
  • In 1962, the Kiel High football team had a safety, he wasn’t a big guy, but no matter who came at him he did his best to stop him.
  • Serving on the School Board was an emotional rollercoaster.
  • Earthquakes are a natural phenomenon, are usually unpredictable, can cause devastating destruction, and can produce massive tsunamis.
    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump, like many of his fellow citizens, was acutely aware of the burgeoning economic stagnation, Constitutional disruption, neglect of rule of law, terrorist disregard, and loss of American dominance in our foreign relations.
  • Now that the new growing season has actually begun, many property owners will notice that dandelions will be among the first plants springing up in their lawns this month.
  • There are lots of un-met needs in our community.
  • Analytics are big these days in business, sports and politics.
    When it comes to auto care, the numbers tell a very revealing story as 80 percent of vehicles inspected at community car care events last year required service, a new part and/or repair.
  • In this election year we have seen and heard controversies, and innuendos made, and criticisms voiced, and misconceptions abound.
    Too bad I’m not referring to the national presidential primary elections, but rather the very essence happening right here in our own community with our recent school board election. In fact one could say that there was dirty politics involved in this election which 99 percent of the citizenry don’t know about or were unaware of. I consider myself a very honest person but very gullible at times and trust worthy of other people’s comments.
  • In response to all the people that have the impression Ted Cruz is eligible for the presidency of this great country, did you miss civics class in school?
    To become president you have to be 35 years old or older, a natural born citizen (born in this country or one of its territories with representation in Congress to parents of legal residence), and lived (here) at least the last 14 years if you lived abroad after you were born here.
  • To the editor:
    My name is Dan Dietrich and I am the current Kiel Area School Board president seeking re-election in the upcoming school board election.
    I have served the community as a school board member for the past 15 years. In my tenure on the board I have contributed to many district initiatives that have further advanced our reputation as a quality school district. I am dedicated to the education of all children with the purpose of preparing them for work, school, and career. I will ensure our facilities are updated and safe while maintaining comprehensive programming. I will do this by setting priorities and staying within the budgetary limitations facing the Kiel Area School District.
  • To the editor:
    You know we have a problem when the district administrator brings in a consultant to evaluate the School Board.
    I was told before the last election the board didn’t want Chuck Hartman elected, so I was not surprised that problems arose. The voting has gone 5-2, and now 4-3 with Janelle Liermann’s election. There seems to be no compromise.
    Prior boards had hired a pool consultant to evaluate the current pool. He never stated we needed a new pool, he suggested the board hire a structural engineer. It never happened, because the board didn’t want to spend more money, they wanted a referendum for a new pool. We voted it down and now are getting the pool fixed for under $200,000.
  • To the editor:
    My name is Brian Murphy, a parent of four children in the Kiel Area School District (KASD).
    I grew up in Idaho and moved to Kiel in 2002 when I married my wife. I am very involved in my children’s activities. I help coach soccer, baseball, and basketball. I serve on my church’s parish council board. Recently, I started attending meetings of the Parental Advisory Committee (PAC). Through all this service I have met many great members of the community. I truly think there is no better place to live and raise a family than Kiel.
  • We are in spring campaign season again and the news media are doing their routine character assassination to Justice Rebecca Bradley.
    It seems that anytime a woman or black person, who is perceived not to be a progressive/liberal, attempts to gain an important government position, the vicious attacks rise to a level beyond the normal. Indeed, the news distorters go out of their way to ignore the qualifications and background of candidates they oppose and use their position not to provide information but for personal attacks. Unfortunately, there are many who cannot or will not distinguish between the ruthless assault going on against Justice Bradley and the truth.
  • To the editor:
    This letter is urging a no vote on the ballot referendum for the Chilton School District on April 5.
    The district wants taxpayers to provide an additional $5.2 million over the next three years, over and above the revenue spending limit specified by Wisconsin state law. As stated in the referendum, the specific reason for this spending request is “for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing educational programming.”
  • I am writing a letter of recommendation for (Kiel) School Board candidate Dan Karls.
    I met Dan 54 years ago when we were incoming freshmen at Kiel in 1962. My friendship with Dan and my admiration for the kind of person he is remains ongoing and continues to grow.
  • To the editor:
    A couple weeks ago, Dr. Louise Blankenheim wrote about, in this paper, a group called the Parental Advisory Committee (PAC). As mentioned, we are a group of parents with children enrolled in the Kiel Area School District. We were not hand-picked to be on this group. We are parents who already do dozens of other things for our children, yet feel strongly about participating in their educational lives. What is really special about this group is that we are all different. We come from different backgrounds. Some of us grew up in Kiel, while some grew up far away. Some of us have kids in Zielanis, some in the Middle School, some in the high school, and some have kids spread throughout all the schools. We are men and women. Some of us are educators ourselves, some are stay-at-home parents, and others work for local businesses. Most important, we have different opinions. We treasure these differences, which can be seen in the feedback we’ve been fortunate to provide in areas such as buildings & grounds, technology, and the mission of KASD.
  • To the editor:
    I have been thinking about writing a “Cheers” for some time but I have let time slip by.
    I felt that this might be a good time to compile a smorgasbord of topics.
  • To the readers,
    The Wisconsin Primary is April 5, 2016.
    We the taxpayer ask the candidates to cut through the rhetoric regarding our future Social Security and Medicare status. Pie charts relate the largest expense of the national budget to be Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. One surmises that action needs to be taken on these issues; however, what action? I have not heard any definite plan of what this action would be from the candidates seeking the presidential nomination. What is their plan to preserve the security of a population who no longer is part of the working world?
  • To the Kiel Area School District community and readers:
    The Kiel Area School District Board of Education strongly supports the use of the district’s phone notification system by District Administrator Dr. Louise Blankenheim for the purpose of communication, including the primary election of candidates running for the School Board.
  • To the editor,
    As the community of Kiel is preparing to vote for new School Board members, I hope the parents, grandparents, relatives, neighbors, and friends of all the children in the Kiel School system have the opportunity to look at the candidates available and see which candidates have the belief that improving the education of our children is the number-one priority on their agenda.
  • Up like a rocket—down like a feather.
    You know what I’m talking about. The petroleum industry would like you to believe that price increase is due to changing over to summer blend.
  • I must express my disappointment regarding the response to my concern submitted to the Tri-County News.
    First and foremost, my statement in the “Cheers & Jeers” simply expressed disappointment over an “egregious” or “outstandingly bad” misuse of the Kiel Area School system emergency phone system, aka “Alert Now.” An allegation suggests “illegal activity without proof,” simply not representative of my statement or intention!
  • 2016, I believe, will be a defining year in our history as a country.
    We have many choices and opportunities that have never been available before in history that complements our present and past.
    Our political landscape is changing dramatically before our eyes. Dare I say that each of us will have the opportunity to make a difference by the actions or inactions we choose. There is a known fact that it takes 12 positive experiences/voices/people to change the negative. That positivity changes the world we live in daily. We are kind, generous, and knowledgeable people who should be able to share our opinions respectably without tearing others down.
  • In reference to the article on page 13 of the Feb. 18 edition of the Tri-County News, “Zielanis recognized as High Progress.”
  • A reply to Mr. Harlee Suttner,
    Mr. Suttner, I would like to start this letter out by saying that I respect your opinion and your letters, but I only wish you would respect others, and not only those with the same viewpoints as you.
  • The legacy of Barack Hussein Obama has received considerable attention for the past several months.
    The American people have rejected some of his policies because his policies are contrary to the American philosophy of liberty and freedom.
    Citizens have concluded that the Obama legacy must die. This massive, socialist government with all its political correctness, taxes, regulations, and executive orders must be removed from its suffocating blanket of influence over the American people.
  • In response to the Jan. 7, 2016 Tri-County News article and editorial regarding the sale of Badger Creek Golf Course, I feel it is appropriate to quell all the rumors that have been going around town. As the late Paul Harvey said in his radio broadcasts, “And now...the rest of the story.”
    As you may or may not know, a passion of mine over the last several years was to help improve one of the amenities in this area, Badger Creek Golf Course. One of the ways I was involved at Badger Creek was in the formation of the Badger Creek Men’s Club (BCMC) in 2002. The BCMC’s motto is: “Organized to promote good fellowship and golf at Badger Creek Golf Course.”
  • I feel the need to set the record straight on Dennis Gasper’s statement, and I quote, “In Wisconsin we avoided the spectacle of a Bankrupt Pension System through Governor Walker’s Act 10 reforms.”
  • Over the last few weeks, we have been taking a number of phone calls from our patients and community members asking whether our Fox Valley Hematology and Oncology (FVHO) clinic at Calumet Medical Center will remain open.
  • Talk about a great community effort in a small, rural area...one word comes to mind, “Wow!”
    As a committee member, race volunteer and a runner myself for nearly 40 years, what a sight greeted my eyes as I marshaled at my usual two- and five-mile split on Calumet Avenue. Never in all my years of volunteering have I had the pleasure and privilege to see quite so many runners and walkers.
  • One of the best-run private volunteer organizations in the local area and probably well beyond is the Kiel Area Basketball Association (KABA).
    With strong leadership, lots of adult and high school basketball player volunteers, and a heavy reliance on online communication, KABA hosts several weekends of tournament and northeast Wisconsin boys and girls league basketball games for elementary and middle school students every winter on up to six courts at the local schools.
  • So many interesting articles in the Jan. 7 edition of the Tri-County News.
    Mark Sherry is always an interesting read and Mikes Mathes’ view on the Green Bay Packers echoed the mind-set of the probably close to 100 percent of their fans. Reader John Goswitz of Manitowoc hit the nail on the head many times and probably unintended and unknowingly supported things that I’ve bee trumpeting for years with a bit of Charles Hartman intellect thrown along in. Then the interesting article by Jeff Goeldi and his disenchantment with my view on Muslims. I tend to give people 100 points, and let them take those points away. If a line in the sand were to be drawn I think I know where Jeff’s alliance would lie. None the less, I’m sure he means well, so his thoughts are welcome and they open more cans of worms.
  • Condolences offered to Henrietta Blatz family.
  • The last eight political years have taken from me the profound, soul-stirring emotion that once came to me with each new year for I have learned that each of the last eight years is verily one like another.
  • I was shocked and saddened to hear of the unexpected death of Glen Riesterer—a quality person taken too soon leaving behind a beautiful family and a thankful community.
    Glen and Renae respected their daughters’ involvement in choir and theater during my time at KHS. I traveled each year with the choirs and always had total support from the Riesterer family.
  • 2015 has been a very busy year for Calumet County supervisors and staff, but a most rewarding one.
    As we look back over the year, we made significant progress on a number of important projects.
  • I am very concerned about retirement and senior issues, especially the MPRA Law which was passed by sneaking it onto the 2014 Federal Omnibus spending bill.
    Over 90 percent of congressmen didn’t even know it was in the must pass spending bill. It was never publicly debated and had no public input. This new law wiped out a 40-year-old ERISA law which protected pensions. It must be stopped and reversed.
  • The holiday season is a time for family, friends and celebrations.
    But between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, there is a tragic jump in the number of alcohol-related injuries and deaths due to traffic crashes and falls.
  • In Wisconsin (http://dma.wi.gov/dma/news/2015news/15162.asp) and across the nation, we are reducing the size of our armed forces and the National Guard.
    Do these cuts make sense given world events? It is a dangerous and uncertain world. Terrorist groups remain committed to harming America and our allies.
  • A profound situation has been fostering in the area for several years now and it recently resulted in another Kohler strike.
    I do recall the Kohler strike back in the early ‘50s that got quite violent at times. I would hope that this one doesn’t escalate to those past proportions.
    I have numerous friends and relatives that work at Kohler Company. One presented me with several sheets of information regarding the back and forth dialogue between Kohler Company and the union. I read and re-read the offers and counter-offers, and my thoughts were, “confusion reigns.” Quite a boondoggle. A very close relative of mine stated that as a simple explanation, he hasn’t had a raise in five years and the newly offered raise would not cover the cost of his increased medical insurance and co-payments. So, bottom line, no increase in usable revenue in his household.
  • Between 1914 and 1918, nationalism died in Europe, and transformations occurred in many countries in the world.
    Russia, in 1917, terminated its alliance with the Allied Powers (Britain and France) because of the Communist Revolution. The Armistice of 1918 ended World War I. To establish peace, Britain and France were granted, by the League of Nations, mandates which guaranteed them complete control over their assigned countries. The French were mandated Syria and Lebanon, and Britain was assigned Palestine and Transjordan.
  • Thousands of retirees have recently received letters that their pensions are going to be cut in half.
    Some will be cut as much as 70 percent. I am one of them. After working 31 years in the warehouse and driving semi for Piggly Wiggly warehouse, putting a part of my wages into a pension fund, I have been notified that the pension fund is going to run out of money within 10 to 15 years. After hours of investigation, it seems as though there are many reasons this has happened and many people responsible. Unfortunately if these cuts go through the people that are going to be devastated are not the people that are at fault.
  • I read with interest Mark Sherry’s editorial titled “It’s about evil and terror, not religion.” As usual, Mark has presented a fine article with some very valid points. I have a bit to add to the context of the article. In the end, you be the judge. I’ll just give you some facts.
    Presently, all Muslims are not terrorist, but mostly all terrorists are Muslims. I have read parts of the Koran that call for the extermination of all who do not convert to the teachings of Mohammed. Mohammed is reputed to have been a caravan robber, but I haven’t established that fact yet with research. For sure Jesus Christ was not a robber or a killer of any who were not believers.
  • When we purchase a product we expect value.
    We are always comparison shopping whether it is a gallon of milk or a kitchen remodel. Americans want bang for the buck. That fact does not in any way deter Democrats from promoting minimum wage laws which raise the price of labor without providing added value.
  • I am more than troubled by the rhetoric we now hear from our “political leaders” directed toward Syrian refugees.
    Evidence suggests that one of the Paris attackers entered Europe on a forged Syrian passport and then melded into the European populace. As a result, Scott Walker and the governors of 25 other states have announced they will not accept Syrian refugees because “we cannot determine” who is friend or foe. The rhetoric is simply that and has no basis in fact.
  • I would like to pay tribute to my military family. That’s what I call them. Veterans of World War I and veterans of World War II.
    My dad, Alex Stewart, Army, WWI, was on the ship Tuscania on the way to France and it was torpedoed and sunk. He survived but gave his life jacket to another young man and later received a letter from this young man’s mother to thank my dad but sadly this young man died (was killed in war).
    My brother “Bub” Alexander Jr. was a fighter pilot in World War II. There might be someone who remembers him flying low over Kiel years ago. He did receive some awards, among them the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired from the Air Force. His rank was major.
  • I believe it’s time to do a letter that doesn’t ruffle too many feathers.
    Let’s move back in time to a place in the history of New Holstein that would show an unequaled surge in job employment. I’m referring to the glory years of Tecumseh Products. It was a time when a large company maintained a branch in a small city and paid above average (for the community) wages and benefits.
  • Thanksgiving is a good time to remember that the U.S. has always acknowledged that our nation is dependent on God’s grace and providence; believing in this statement I’d like to make the following proclamation.
  • Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, is being observed this week in the United States and elsewhere around the world. Armistice Day was established long ago to mark the end of World War I.
    An armistice was signed by the United States and other combatant countries at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918.  World War I was to be “the war to end all wars.”
  • To the editor:
    Although it seems just like yesterday, in 2013 we ordered, sold and dedicated the official flag of the city of Kiel.
    At that time we took orders in advance and bought a few extra. After all of those flags were sold, there have been people asking if they could still get a flag. In order to do this we had to place a new order and again meet the minimum quantities to get them at a reasonable price point.
  • Wisconsin is a manufacturing state and a significant percentage of what we make here is exported around the globe.
    But Congress’s failure to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank has put thousands of Wisconsin manufacturing jobs in jeopardy.
    The Ex-Im Bank finances the purchase of U.S.-produced goods to foreign buyers, like Boeing 787s to international air carriers. The U.S. is now the only industrialized nation in the world without a government agency to perform that function, leaving U.S. exporters at a clear competitive disadvantage.
    In Wisconsin, 224 exporters had been using the Ex-Im Bank.