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EDITORIAL—State of state good
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker delivered his latest State of the State address last week and, frankly, it is hard to say the overall state of the state is anything but good.
EDITORIAL—Time to start acting like a president
It is a week away from Inauguration Day and time for President-elect Donald Trump to start acting like a president and less like a gradeschooler.
EDITORIAL—Support Chamber, Ditter at dinner
Next Thursday, Jan. 12 is the annual dinner of the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce, and it would be great to see a big turnout of local business people for a couple reasons.
EDITORIAL—Trust shaken in lottery complaint
If states and often multiple states are going to conduct lotteries as a way to help fund government, there needs to be an assumption that those games are going to be conducted on the up and up.
Here’s wishing a very merry Christmas to everyone in the Tri-County News area and beyond!
EDITORIAL—As expected, it was a waste of time
It would be too easy to say “we told you so” regarding the vote recount for president in Wisconsin and what a colossal waste of time, money, and resources it was, so it will not be said.
Are today’s young students of history reminded of the meaning of Dec. 7 as much as previous generations were?
THROUGH THE VIEWFINDER—Everyone has opinions, armpits
For more than 120 years, this newspaper has prided itself in being a community institution devoted to building success in our communities.
ASSEMBLY REPORT—Hemp has many uses; state should produce it
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “hemp?” Marijuana?
THE MAYOR'S UPDATE—Kiel’s budget helps keep taxes low
The City of Kiel budget for 2017 was approved by the City Council with no major changes anticipated for 2017. The budget for the city calls for an increase in spending of 1.6% to $2.86 million for city services. City taxpayers saw an increase in the tax levy of 1.55% from $1.13 million to $1.15 million with the tax rate set at $5.21 per $1000 of an assessed property value.
EDITORIAL—Thanksgiving and a divided country
Thanksgiving is now in the rear-view mirror, but a holiday message from President Tom Fitton of the organization Judicial Watch made a few points worth passing along.
EDITORIAL—Check out local holiday events
Several local Christmastime events are planned in the area in the coming week, and area residents are encouraged to support them.
EDITORIAL—Plenty for which to be thankful
No reminder is needed that this Thursday is Thanksgiving, but sometimes Americans need the reminder to pause for a moment on that day to reflect on all the things for which they can be thankful.
EDITORIAL—What’s wrong with this picture?
If a person is upset with something to the point of being willing to stage a protest but is not willing to be part of the solution then they are really nothing more than a complainer.
RUTH'S REFLECTIONS—According to some, 53 the cut-off age for jeans
Recently publicized results of a survey reported that respondents agreed adults should stop wearing jeans at age 53.
EDITORIAL—Donor could make auditorium happen
The opportunity exists for a major area donor to put their name on a new performing arts center for Kiel High School.
PONDER THIS—Lead shot continues to cause issues with birds
We are fortunate to live near open water where eagles, hawks, and other incredible wild birds frequently visit.
EDITORIAL—A safe Halloween
Sometimes people—including the media—like to get worked up over nothing.
EDITORIAL—A sneaky softening
Remember a number of weeks ago when former president Bill Clinton made a seemingly off-the-cuff remark that Obamacare is a “crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have healthcare?”
EDITORIAL—‘Down ballot’ races more important?
A letter to the editor in this week’s Tri-County News alludes to a point which cannot be stressed enough: No matter how frustrated voters might be with the presidential race, there is still very important work to be done at the polls on Nov. 8.
RUTH'S REFLECTIONS—Creating bucket list may be first on her bucket list
I recently read an article about an elderly (102 years old) Missouri resident named Edie Simms, who had an unusual item on her bucket list.
ASSEMBLY REPORT—Appointing non-activist judges necessary in U.S.
“As a firefighter, I am sick and tired of cleaning up fatal accidents on STH 23.” “I’m a 23-year-old single guy, why am I forced to purchase an absurdly expensive insurance plan that covers pregnancy?” “Why is Voter ID still in the courts?”
EDITORIAL—How about some rules in debates?
It is probably too late to do anything to improve the current presidential debate format as only one remains, but here is a thought for the future—how about having some rules attached to these debates?
PONDER THIS—Distracted driving serious problem
In a rush the other day, I was multi tasking as so many people do, by applying mascara and reading a few stories in the local newspaper while replying to a text message, when a vehicle I was passing on the roadway honked at me.
EDITORIAL—Recognizing board of ed members
Among the number of special recognitions going on in early October—including Fire Prevention Week and National Newspaper Week—is Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week Oct. 2-8.
RUTH'S REFLECTIONS—Try not to overdose on pumpkin spice this fall
We’re officially into the fall season now.
PONDER THIS—Sharing talents in times of need
All of us are good at something and it is nice when we can share our talents with others.
EDITORIAL—Have fun, sensible Homecoming
This week is Homecoming Week at Chilton and Kiel high schools, and next week it is New Holstein’s turn.
WISDOM FROM WILLOWDALE—Urinary incontinence problems can be helped
Urinary incontinence is the loss of urine.
MADISON REPORT—Law would help parents save back-to-school bucks
September has arrived and school is back in session.
EDITORIAL—Is ‘Obamacare’ consumer fraud?
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is in a close battle for re-election right now so he probably did not mind that he recently made a few headlines by declaring “Obamacare” to be consumer fraud.
PONDER THIS—Enjoying newest role
This week I became a grandma.
RUTH'S REFLECTIONS—Local attractions can be easy to overlook
Why is it that we seem to go to local attractions only when out of town visitors are on hand?
EDITORIAL—Teamwork great concept for cities
Sports fans from Kiel and New Holstein have witnessed a lot of great competition over the years.
PONDER THIS—TNR a great program
Along with cows, pigs, chickens, and other assorted farm animals that reside on area farms, hobby farms, and country residences, there are normally barn cats.
EDITORIAL—Crossing the line from information to agenda
Once upon a time in this nation, people looked to respected news networks as a means of finding the news.
READER OPINION—Former history teacher sees dangerous parallels
Almost without fail every class of my sophomore students I taught world history to at Kiel High School would be dumb founded as they tried to understand how the people of Germany in the 1930’s could elect and support a man like Adolf Hitler.
PONDER THIS—Great people make for great stories
I must admit to being something of an information sponge. I love to learn and delve into unique stories and situations.
EDITORIAL—‘Obamacare’ needs to be on agenda
Whomever is elected the next president of the U.S. should and almost surely will have government-sponsored health insurance near the top of their agenda.
ASSEMBLY REPORT—Elections have consequences
“I hate politics.” “I don’t like politicians.” “I don’t follow elections.” “What I think doesn’t matter.” Do these words sound familiar? I hear them all too often and it saddens me.
KIELEIDOSCOPE—Preparing to begin another school year
In only two short weeks the Kiel Area School District will begin the 2016-2017 school year.
MADISON REPORT—Reducing state’s skills gap
In April, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent, a mark that remains below the national level of 5.0 percent.
A HAND IN HEALTH—Take ounce of prevention to keep elderly from falls
Falling is never good at any age, but is a particularly hazardous event for the elderly, who are not able to reduce the impact of a fall as well as those of younger ages.
EDITORIAL—The bottom of page 4...
The continuing saga of the Steven Avery/Brendan Dassey murder case took another big twist this past week with news that a judge has ordered that Dassey either be released or retried within the next 90 days.
PONDER THIS—First flight a memorable but scary one
Another year has come and gone for airplane and flying enthusiasts attending the Experimental Aircraft Association Airventure (EAA) in Oshkosh.
WISDOM FROM WILLOWDALE—Take steps to prevent effects of heat exhaustion
Heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in Wisconsin and in the U.S.
EDITORIAL—Good jobs in good communities
Among the top goals most people have in their lives is to have a good job—one they like with decent pay and benefits—and to live in a community they enjoy.
RUTH'S REFLECTIONS—Trip back from Alaska goes as well as trip there
Our journey home from Alaska was every bit as enjoyable as it was getting there.
EDITORIAL—Accident redaction lifted in Calumet
A commendation is in order for Calumet County officials for removing the redaction order on certain aspects of public documents, although an asterisk needs to be placed on that commendation.
RUTH'S REFLECTIONS—Now or never, off to our Alaska dream trip
In the past thirty-odd years, at various times we’ve owned a small motor home, two slide-in truck campers, and a fifth-wheel trailer.
FROM NEW HOLSTEIN CITY HALL—Come on out to Airport Day and enjoy EAA connection
In this season of never ending events I would like to invite you to our New Holstein Airport Day on Sunday, July 24 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
EDITORIAL—Calling out hate, anger as destructive forces
In the summer of 2016, the large majority of our nation is absolutely appalled and fearful over the vicious attacks on law enforcement across the nation.
PONDER THIS—Big lessons learned from little horse
Part of the joy of working with animals is what we can and do learn from them.
KIELEIDOSCOPE—Board retreats to focus on its path
Recently, I had the privilege of facilitating our first School Board Retreat of 2016.
EDITORIAL—Keep supporting summer events
Discussion was had at a local meeting this week about how many activities around here are packed into July and really the entire summer.
EDITORIAL—More deserving of protection?
There is plenty of hypocrisy to go around in the ongoing debate about gun laws.
CHILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS—Technology integration critical to school districts
Throughout each spring, summer and fall, a beige sedan is driven down the road by a crop analyst who is marking aerial images of fields.
RUTH'S REFLECTIONS—Is Up North a place? And if so, where exactly is it?
When someone around here says they’re “going up north” for the weekend, a friend might reply, “So are we, so we’ll see you up there.”
EDITORIAL—Support local community picnics
The community picnic season is under way, and area residents are once again encouraged to support these events as much as they can.
A HAND IN HEALTH—Psychology of health care: The ‘Placebo Effect’
Originating in Latin, the word “placebo” is often translated into English as “I will please.”
KIELEIDOSCOPE—Kiel Schools continue to shine in many areas
It is hard to believe we have completed another school year.
FROM THE SENATE—Committee recommends decreasing lake Chinook
On Monday, June 13 the Lake Michigan Committee recommended the reduction of stocking Chinook salmon in Lake Michigan by over 60 percent beginning in the spring of 2017.