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  • It has been over 135 years since the use of electricity began to have an impact on our way of life.
  • Once again the city of Kiel and the organizers of the Kiel Picnic and Parade can hold their heads high.
  • Sometimes tragic events bring to the surface what are often unnoticeable traits.
  • Recently the national news was flooded with reports of celebrations at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
  • The 2016 political campaigns can be overwhelming.
  • I was privileged to be able to attend the July 29, 2016 Welcome Home for the Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight.
  • In last week’s paper of the Tri-County News in Mark Sherry’s column, “Behind the Front Page,” he re-iterated the heroic story of Capt. Humayun Khan entitled, “An American soldier’s story.”
  • Today, our world faces two major problems of equal importance.
  • Science to re-think ideas about evolution, Darwin had it all wrong. Vanity of vanities; we think we know it all.
  • I have been in law enforcement in Sheboygan County for a total of 23 years with the last 11 years as a detective.
  • Nathan Haberman has been a leading prosecutor in the Sheboygan County District Attorney’s Office for seven years now.
  • By now you have seen political yard signs throughout your community.                                           
  • Wow, how fast time flies, the Fourth of July is behind us, only a few days left in July!
  • I would like to take the time to introduce a man whom I wholeheartedly support for the upcoming 6th Congressional District Democratic primary.
  • As the law enforcement executives of Calumet County we urge you to get out and vote on Tuesday, Aug. 9 for Nathan Haberman who is running for the office of district attorney of Calumet County.
  • Party conventions, campaigns, an August primary, and November general election are now dominating our news. We will elect representatives who must deal with significant national, state, and local challenges. A recent Marquette poll indicates our governor has a 38 percent approval rating and a 58 percent disapproval rating. It is interesting that these ratings come after 50 statewide “listening” sessions (invitation only)!?
  • First things first, I would like to commend Representative Ott for his years of service to the district and I hope he enjoys retirement.
  • Probably everyone who reads the editorials and readers opinion in the Tri-County newspaper is very familiar with the news commentary of the late Paul Harvey.
  • As the victim witness coordinator for Sheboygan County, I have worked with Nathan Haberman for the past almost seven years.
  • I am honored to write this letter in support of Calumet County District Attorney Nicholas Bolz. District Attorney Bolz is a prosecutor who is dedicated to serving his community, responsive to law enforcement, a partner with victim advocacy groups and a leader who has served Calumet County residents well.
  • As we are all mourning the horrific violence in our country these past weeks, these words of Eleanor Roosevelt after World War II ended have much for all Americans to ponder.
  • “Invincible”
    A clarification to the “Bits and Pieces” by Vern Rolbiecki is in order.
  • If a person without health insurance runs up a massive hospital bill, who pays for that?
  • As the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • “Unnecessary noise, then, is the most cruel absence of care which can be inflicted either on sick or well.”
  • To all you members of my fan club who have been asking me for more updates.
  • As I and the rest of my high school classmates who graduated from Kiel High School in l961 approach our 55th class reunion, it is interesting that two of our former teachers make the news.
  • In 1997, William J. Clinton founded the Clinton Foundation to secure funds for the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
    Through 2014, the Foundation had raised $2 billion from Wall Street corporations, foreign governments, political donors, and other moneyed interests. With this capital, the Foundation expanded and began its humanitarian intentions to help serve worldwide problems. In 2013, Hillary and Chelsea were added to the Foundation, and the name was changed to The Clinton Family Foundation.
  • I hope that you enjoyed the Independence Day weekend, and all that the holiday celebrates in terms of our national heritage.
    Undoubtedly, many Americans took the time to visit national monuments in the past couple of weeks, such as the Statue of Liberty or the Washington Monument. Millions of people flock annually to see these treasures of our storied past.
  • Farmers and ranchers,
    It’s that time of year again. The Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) 2016 county committee elections begin soon.
  • Recent Sheboygan Press headline reads: “Sales tax goes forward despite pushback.”
  • I got an answer why the Meeme playground equipment was given to School Hill at the June 1 School Board meeting.
  • The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (recently) released new protocols to rebuff the advance of the invasive fishes on the Great Lakes.
  • You may have to be over 50 to answer my question.
  • I write this letter to inform people of an issue I encountered when becoming a patient of the podiatrist hired through Calumet Medical Center (Affinity) in Chilton.
  • This writing is in support of Mark Sherry’s viewpoint article on May 12, concerning the recent complaints brought by The Freedom from Religion Foundation against a group of Christian parents providing a free bag lunch accompanied by a five minute message about Jesus taking place at a city park adjacent to Middleton High School during that school’s lunch period.
  • This letter/message is intended for a thief, and the general public whose assistance I seek.
  • My letter to the editor concerns Mark Sherry’s Viewpoint article on May 12, 2016 concerning the recent complaints brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation against a group of Christian parents providing a free bag lunch accompanied by a five-minute message about Jesus taking place at a city park adjacent to Middleton High School during that school’s lunch period.
  • Two weeks ago, the federal Department of Education (ED) and Department of Justice (DOJ) issued guidance containing example policies regarding who is allowed to use changing facilities in schools that accept federal aid.
  • The New Holstein Police Department is an active member of the Calumet County REACH program (Reducing Excessive Alcohol Consumption for Health).
  • Before you go camping, fire up the grill or leave the house to fish or golf, think for a second. Why aren’t you at work today?
  • 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?