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  • 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 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 ( 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.
  • 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.