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  • 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. 
  • Well, here we go again. Kind of like when I was a kid and we used to watch Saturday night wrestling on our table-top black and white television. This letter has actually two parts to it on two different subjects. But they sort of tie together in the end.
    First, I read with interest the submission by Eric Mathes with whom I am often on the other side of the line drawn in the sand. Just a reminder to all, that beside my discern with his beliefs, I also stated in a previous printing that were Eric to show up destitute on my doorstep, I would take him in and offer comfort and shelter. That being said, my hackles were quite dormant until the part that claimed my writings to be quite rhetoric. Let me state, I do not write fantasy. My opinions are for the most part backed by facts taken from other sources and many from words uttered by those of whom I write about. I don’t dream these things up. The information was out there long before my pen inked my words into the local newspaper. 
  • After my husband’s death in July of 2013 many strange things have taken place.
    At the funeral Mass my sister and I had different visions. My sister looked up and saw our mother sitting in my pew where I had been at first. I saw the altar right in front of me at the time of the Consecration of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus Christ. I saw Father Loren break the bread very delicately as not to cause pain. 
  • It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to publish something here, so I thought I’d check in.
    I didn’t think my name would appear anywhere in these pages before I got to pen a letter like this, but I have to thank Harlee for the shout out a while back.
    I apologize I didn’t respond sooner, I’ve been busy moving all the way down the map and settling in to a new life far away from the homeland. It’s been quite a ride. 
  • This past week, another horrific mass shooting took place in yet another "gun-free" school zone.
    I cannot even begin to comprehend what the parents of these victims are going through and pray that our family will never have to endure this type of pain. 
  • Driving is a privilege, not a right!
    My aunt was killed by a drunk driver and my uncle by a hit-and-run. Just a week ago, my brother-in-law by an elderly person that crossed the center line. All three deaths were senseless.
    We all need to get proactive and make roads safer. 
  • I hope New Holstein residents are aware of the treasure we have right here in our town-the prairie and woodland area just south of Kiwanis Park.
    There you'll find 10-plus acres planted with prairie grasses, well-maintained walking paths (paved and gravel), and beautiful rock gardens, as well as natural woodlands with their own paths. 
  • To the editor:
    I am often asked if my most recent occupation as a state legislator is everything that I expected. 
  • To the editor:
    The disturbing statements regarding Muslims and Islam emerging from the Republican presidential campaign over the course of the last two weeks have been a painful reminder of the widespread religious intolerance that is deeply entrenched in our American society. 
  • It is that time, again. Another year of school is upon us. Accompanying the thoughts of new shoes, backpacks, and school supplies should be the ever-pertinent role of vaccination in keeping students in the classrooms and out of the hospitals. 
  • It appears that the "political correctness" movement in our country has run amok when attacking and scathing the so-called Confederate flag.
    This is just another prime example of liberal, socialist, fascists who are determined to rewrite America's history and obliterate what is fact and fiction and bury history six feet under. 
  • The Calumet County 4-H Leaders Council duly elected Board of Directors work hard to make decisions and we take our responsibilities seriously.
    Our primary responsibility is to make sure our county's youth have a fun, educational and safe experience around the year with high quality programming. This includes ensuring the county's youth have a fun, educational and safe experience at camp. 
  • Recently undercover videos (seven thus far) released by the Center for Medical Progress have provided a "smoking gun" of the gruesome procuring and sale of fetal body parts by the Planned Parenthood organization.
    The videos show disturbing and potentially illegal acts described by Planned Parenthood executives. The videos include: 
  • Called "a simple policy that would spur economic growth, lower gas prices and please international allies" by the Washington Post's editorial board, ending our nation's 40-year-old ban on exporting crude oil is a no-brainer.
    Luckily our congressman gets it, and that's why Rep. Reid Ribble supports this common sense legislation. According to studies, removing this simple export restriction could lower international oil prices and subsequently lower American fuel prices by as much as 13 cents per gallon. 
  • The petroleum industry would like you to believe that the recent $1 gasoline price spike is due to a problem at one refinery and is a rare occurrence affecting what is normally a "free market" system.
    Nothing could be further from the truth. 
  • There were more than 24,000 convictions for drunken driving last year in Wisconsin.
    That means far too many people made the reckless and irresponsible decision to put their lives and the lives of others in grave danger by driving drunk.
    To get drunken drivers off our roads, Kiel, New Holstein and Chilton police departments will join other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin in the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign from Aug. 21 to Sept. 7. 
  • The end of an era: Since Aug. 24, 1896, the Society of the Divine Savior Sisters have heard the call of their founder, Father Francis Jordan, to minister to the people of St. Nazianz and the surrounding neighbors in Manitowoc County.
    The Salvatorian Sisters eventually continued the work of the Oschwald Sisters. More sisters arrived from Milwaukee and the Salvatorian Sisters' work grew to five hospitals, two homes for the aged, an orphanage and a nurses' training school, in 1908. 
  • The Chilton City Council has just passed an ordinance that will further inflame the hysteria against former sex offenders and their families.
    It brands these internet public registrants as incurable, repeat predators who pose an exorbitant threat to public safety. The new code will do a lot more than shame them and set them up for vigilante attacks. It bars them from living within 2,000 feet of the property line of any library, school, church, day care center, theater, playground, park, trail or other place where kids congregate. That covers just about the whole city. 
  • Well, I guess I ruffled a few feathers a few weeks ago with my letter regarding homosexual viewpoints, Supreme Court decisions, and my thoughts on this present pope and our so-called president.
    I am not the originator of many of these thoughts. Most of them stem from previous writings or quotes from the very lips of those whom I put down. 
  • Governor Scott Walker announced his Republican candidacy for president on July 13.
    Without a teleprompter, he succinctly summarized his bold, Wisconsin leadership-reduced spending; lowered property, income, and payroll taxes; and turned a $3.6 billion deficit into a $912 million surplus. His refreshing, U.S. presidential agenda included domestic and foreign goals. 
  • The John Doe investigation is over. The political witch hunt by a lawless group that included district attorneys, special prosecutors, a couple of judges and even the Government Accountability Board (GAB) has been finally put to rest by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a 4 to 2 decision. 
  • Wow, how fast time flies. The Fourth of July is behind us and only a few days left in July.
    At this time of the year the thoughts of the good people start to turn to the Kiel Community Picnic. The picnic means many different things to lots of different age groups. To the younger generation it signals the last fling before school begins, rides and games, and perhaps a burger or two. 
  • This is in response to Dan Stier's letter to the editor in last week's paper demanding that Wisconsin eliminate personal and religious vaccine exemptions as California has recently done.
    Regardless of which side of the vaccine issue one takes, no one should be denied the basic right to make informed medical decisions. Just as it would be wrong to deny vaccination for all people, it is wrong to force vaccination upon all people without their consent. 
  • I recently came upon a publicized expression by a state legislator reflecting (alleged) illegalities of the sale of body parts from abortions by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. 
  • Over the weekend I took my head out of the sand long enough to look around.
    The first thing I saw was a letter to the readers. Here, I thought, is one of those "The Sky is Falling" rants. Next thought was that here is a person with the courage of his convictions. I may or may not agree. That's the whole point of these letters, no? He got me thinking enough so that, here I am, writing a letter with my own biases. I'll take them point by point so the reader may skip those s/he isn't into. 
  • How blessed we are to live in a country where all opinions can be heard and even published in a newspaper. 
  • I've been a resident Wisconsin Badger for 69 years.
    I've especially been proud of my state government's deserved reputation for honesty, integrity, and squeaky-clean politics. But now for the first time since Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy conducted his communist witch hunts in Congress, I'm ashamed to be from Wisconsin. I'm ashamed of my Assembly, Senate, and governor for passing a despicable bill that puts us on a race-to-the-bottom with Mississippi for the worst voting law in the country. 
  • My dad, Buck Stier, was a World War II veteran and local baseball legend.
    He was stricken with polio in 1950 when I was a toddler. That horrible disease left him with a withered right leg, causing a severe limp he endured for the rest of his life. 
  • Although the economy will probably be the major issue in the presidential election of 2016, there is one issue which may gain even greater prominence than the economy. 
  • With the world in turmoil and prophetic signs all around, many of the general populace continue to bury their head in the sand. 
  • The U.S. Supreme Court legalized an alternate type of "marriage" this past week. 
  • Thomas Sowell wrote: "You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization-including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility, and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain-without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large." 
  • Another setback for the STH 23 project.
    A group of mass transit loving liberals, mostly from Madison, who call themselves "1000 Friends of Wisconsin" filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the STH 23 project. A federal judge, former Democrat state senator Lynn Adelman, could not bring himself to tell that group of busy bodies to buzz off. Never mind the fact that this project went through all of the environmental hoops required by state and federal agencies. Never mind the volume of traffic congestion on STH 23. 
  • The Department of Justice Drug Take-Back Day was held May 16 throughout the state of Wisconsin.
    In its inaugural year, Wisconsin DOJ took the lead and coordinated a prescription drug disposal program, breaking records for previous collection efforts and saving lives. 
  • Kiel Area Theatre needs a little love.
    In the month of February, Kiel Area Theatre was proud to produce our first musical. "Next to Normal" was a labor of love from the beginning. Our small committee divided all the roles needed to be filled for the production, and also funded a majority of the production costs. 
  • If you are hitting the road this summer, you will have lots of company.
    With millions of Americans taking road trips, the last thing you need is car trouble. A simple pre-trip driveway vehicle inspection helps ensure a safe and stress-free journey. 
  • For the first time ever, the Kiel Public Library's 2015 fishery at Hingiss Park by Kiel Fish & Game is cancelled. 
  • The Wisconsin Supreme Court, which was the subject of your editorial on May 21, is an embarrassment within the state and beyond.
    That the court is properly described as"dysfunctional" has played out in several episodes during recent years. It appears that at least three of the court's justices don't have the temperament that should be expected of everyone who is a member of an entity of such stature. 
  • I am writing you today in my capacity as the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Alcohol and Other Drug Education (AODE) campus coordinator to encourage you and your readers to support the efforts of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program of Wisconsin. 
  • Harry Reid called our income tax system a voluntary one.
    He wants you to think it's just like giving to your church, or charity. Giving is an emotional act, usually done from the heart. Americans give to many causes, more than any other nation on Earth. We are a giving people
    George W. Bush once advanced the scariest idea I'd ever heard of. 
  • Everybody talks about "elderly abuse" but do they really know about some of the things that go on in family settings or nursing home situations that are quite unbelievable-neglect is one, and not by staff but by family members. 
  • To prevent deaths and injuries, the Kiel and New Holstein police departments along with law enforcement agencies from all over Wisconsin will intensify our safety belt enforcement efforts during the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization from May 18 to May 31. 
  • I saw a promotion of Governor Walker's budget that labeled WEDC and WHEDA as "job creation" agencies.
    Surely it is the intent of Walker to streamline those agencies and eliminate government waste and I hope that he along with the Legislature can pull it off. It is the reference to WEDC and WHEDA as "job creation" agencies that makes me skeptical. Usually involvement by the state creates government jobs or crony capitalist enterprises at expense of jobs and economic activity in the rest of the economy. 
  • What is Poppy Month and why is it important?
    If you have ever attended the Memorial Day Services at Hillside Cemetery you probably have heard the poem "In Flanders Field." It is a poem crafted by Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian officer killed in the First World War. Its opening words, "In Flanders field the poppies blow, Between the crosses row on row..." are familiar around the world. 
  • My mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease four years ago.
    Since her diagnosis, I have watched her turn into a shell of her former self. It is not an easy process to watch, but I am blessed to still have her on this earth. Several weeks ago she fell and after a short hospital stay she was transferred to a local nursing home for rehab care. 
  • The spirit of giving is alive in the Holyland.
    The area encompasses the east side of Lake Winnebago in the greater Fond du Lac County area. 
  • Two particularly controversial topics of late have been the governor's proposed changes to two very popular aging and long-term care programs-Senior Care and IRIS (Include, Respect, I-Self Direct). 
  • Last Wednesday, I spoke to the (Kiel) School Board about the $52,000 they had allocated to tear out the tennis courts and repair the basketball courts at the High School.
    Now that the pool referendum failed, I think it's more important to use that money to do the repairs on the pool the audit suggested. 
  • This letter is in response to yet another news story about the Central House.
    It's time to give the couple who ran the "Central Hotel" for 27 years the credit they are due and deserve! 
  • Everyone seems to be talking about tax reform again.
    We are going to need statesmen to get it done. With our debt of over $18 trillion and unfunded liabilities of over $60 trillion we are in a grave situation. We are going to need leaders who speak about the fact that the income tax was designed to eliminate capitalism, also known as the free market. And, it's working. We need real leaders to tell folks the corporate tax is a lie. 
  • Potholes have returned, and hitting one with your car can do a real number on tires, wheels, steering and suspension, and alignment.
    To help determine if hitting a pothole has damaged your vehicle, watch for these warning signs: 
  • (Editor's note: April 18 marks the 70th anniversary of the death of famous World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle by a machine-gunner on Ie Shima in the Pacific Ocean.
    To mark this occasion, the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum in Dana, Ind. and Scripps Howard Foundation offer this reprint of the last column written by Ernie Pyle. The uncompleted work was found in the shirt pocket on his body on that date in 1945. Ironically, the subject matter was the anticipated end of hostilities in Europe, or V-E Day, which actually occurred on May 8, 1945. 
  • The stresses of life will alter our immune system and can cause physical, mental, and social disorders which contribute to the infirmities of age.
    Hillary Clinton's trials, and her age, may be deciding factors in her political future. 
  • Dear editor,
    There are many changes in the governor's proposed budget that affect the health of residents throughout Wisconsin.
    As a practicing physician in Wisconsin, I know how important it is to draw attention to each of these changes, particularly those affecting coverage for low-income Wisconsinites. 
  • All of us at Millview Apartments were saddened by the news of our "star" tenant Vernon Raquet's death.
    It was a joy to have him here with us.
    When he left for Rocky Knoll, one of the women said it was like someone turned one of the lights out. 
  • This Mayor's Update to the citizens of Kiel will first focus on some very recent economic development efforts that the City has put in place. Secondly, I would also like to follow up with some comments on the upcoming election and the campaign that has unfolded over the last several weeks.