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home : opinions : reader opinions August 2, 2014

READER OPINION-Ramthun has core values
Hi folks of the 59th State Assembly District,
I'm just a grandma who moved to the Midwest from upper New York state about 16 years ago.
When people asked me how I liked it here, I told them, "The values I grew up with as a child were still here in the Campbellsport/Kewaskum area." Our neighbors always watched out for each other.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Moments in TIme

READER OPINION-Ceremony cites Jensen on board ship
Jim and Pat Jensen, Kay Martinson, Marine Corps General Gerry Miller, and Al Bubolz, historian for American Legion Post 126 Brillion, had my wife and I on board the USS Green Bay at San Diego, Calif. for the ceremony to place the plaque of Jim and Kay's brother, Richard "Chugger" Jensen, on the USS Green Bay's Wall of Honor.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
READER OPINION-VA will need more money
Recently a Vietnam vet was on television thanking our congressman for getting him an appointment at the VA.
If our congressman had done his job in the first place, no vet would need extraordinary help to get the health care they earned.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
READER OPINION-Elect leaders who will focus on ending divisiveness
In 2010, Scott Walker and his Legislature passed Act 10, stripping all but the most minor bargaining rights from most public worker unions.
Supposedly, it was necessary to solve a critical budget deficit. Actually, it was punitive and political.

Monday, July 28, 2014
READER OPINION-A community mourns, a legend rests
On July 13, 2014, New Holstein lost one of its most prominent, prolific, and influential members.
Jim Flora, "Big Jim," or simply "Mr. Flora," as many of my classmates and cohorts addressed him for years, passed from this world into the next.
Mr. Flora was much more than a high school teacher.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
READER OPINION-School Board lets Meeme go to pieces
All of the readers of this paper have been on the edge of their seats weekly as they open the paper on Wednesday nights/Thursday mornings to see if the go-getters for Meeme LEADS or the backers of the KASD would write a letter to the editor in regards to what they may "believe" is the right thing to say in the Meeme vs. KASD.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
READER OPINION-Walker has rolled back protections
Some say justice is beyond price; however, there appear to be some benchmarks to measure the current cost of law.
Earlier this year, Joel Kleefish (R-Oconomowoc) introduced a child support bill that would cap child support payments for the wealthy. Joel and Rebecca Kleefish received $10,000 in campaign donations from the bill's proponent.

Monday, July 21, 2014
READER OPINION-A little more Romans, a little less Rome burning?
There are dramatic changes occurring in the world on a daily basis, yet most people in this country go on about their daily lives as if nothing is amiss.
The car payment is made, a six-pack in the fridge and the Packers of Brewers are doing OK, and a new and improved TV is in the offing.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
READER OPINION-Ramthun gets support for 59th Assembly
As a citizen in the 59th Wisconsin Assembly District, soon it will be time to cast your vote in the upcoming Republican primary on Aug. 12.
There are four candidates running for office, but only one can win the primary. Who would be the best choice? I believe that Tim Ramthun would be that choice and here's why. I believe that he is, among the candidates, best qualified overall for service in our state government. As an experienced professional with a multifaceted business background, he has proven himself successful in multiple professional environments, both private and public, and can bring those quality skills to bear in government.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
READER OPINION-Grothman represents true conservative in race for 6th
Recently a letter writer named Beatrice had a letter published in several local newspapers complimenting Senator Leibham.
It was a good supportive letter until she changed direction and began making baseless, unsubstantiated statements about Senator Glenn Grothman who is also running for the Sixth District Congressional seat vacated by Rep. Tom Petri.

Monday, July 14, 2014
READER OPINION-Kiel School Board just puts stamp on district proposals
Right, wrong, or indifferent I do not believe in or adhere to the mantra of political correctness.
An individual should be of character to be openly and honestly truthful in expressing one's views and thoughts, for this is what the First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees-freedom of speech.

Friday, July 11, 2014
READER OPINION-Laning backs 4K options for local schools
If you had a choice between sending your child to a babysitter or to a high quality 4K program, which would you choose?
90 percent of school districts in Wisconsin know the answer to this question. Other states around the country agree.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
READER OPINION-Candidate has life experience
I am running as a candidate with no political experience.
But let me explain. I mean that I have never run for office, campaigned for myself or sought any elected position. However, that is not to say I have no experience. I do believe that those who serve as elected officials need to have integrity, insight, awareness, and vision.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
READER OPINION-Grothman true conservative in 6th District
Glenn Grothman is the Republican candidate we need in the 6th Congressional District.
Glenn has authored numerous bills signed by Governor Walker and was the lead senator in pushing the Walker tax cuts through the Senate which gave almost $1 billion in tax relief to Wisconsin taxpayers.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
READER OPINION-It only takes 19 minutes to be informed
Be an informed voter on Aug. 12. It will take you 19 minutes to do!
Usually it's difficult to reach out in a letter to the editor when you have so much to say; however, they say "a picture is worth 1,000 words." Therefore I ask, how much is a video worth?

Monday, June 30, 2014
READER OPINION-It's up to voters to change this government
It is interesting keeping up with the "see-saw" goings on with the court challenged John Doe investigation.
Is the "secret" John Doe probe alive, dead, or somewhere in between?
We now know that the court battles are partly about free speech. Does a person, group, or company have the right to anonymously spend as much as it wants whenever it wants in order to promote a candidate or an issue?

Thursday, June 26, 2014
READER OPINION-State Soccer a great ride for Huskies, fans
A number of years ago (several of my kids in diapers) I was the bystander to a conversation amongst parents that were involved in the State championship run of the New Holstein baseball team.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
READER OPINION-Helmet doesn't matter in most motorcycle crashes
The Tri-County News does a great job of covering local events, but sometimes I wish that Paul Harvey was still alive and employed at said newspaper so that we could hear "the rest of the story."
He is not, so I'll help out a bit. Here we go.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
READER OPINION-Laning would help bring accountability
Accountability is a word we hear a lot lately.
To be accountable means to be answerable or responsible to someone. In public education, school boards are accountable to the taxpayers of their districts for efficient use of resources; district administrators, principals, and teachers are accountable to the students and parents for programming and curricula that meet the needs of all students and that meet the standards mandated by the state. This is as it should be.

Monday, June 23, 2014
READER OPINION-Is society reaping what it has sown?
News reports about more shootings in our schools and public places is disturbing and deplorable, but we should not specifically blame this phenomenon on guns alone, without also considering the many other changes we are constantly making to God's world, in our behavior and life style, and the way we choose to live.
Friday, June 20, 2014
READER OPINION-Distortion or facts in Kiel school issue?
It is amazing how facts become distorted and then the distortion becomes fact.
This is what is occurring since the World Wide Web came on the scene and into our lives. This is also the scenario that is being played out on almost a daily basis in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
READER OPINION-Time to be honest about reasons for closing school
I wish to address the issue of Meeme School.
After the failure of the revenue cap exemption in 2012, the subject of closing Meeme was brought up to the Board of Education. This issue was brought up due to the need to find the hundreds of thousands of dollars to run programs that the revenue exemption was meant to cover. With the failure of the exemption, the board now had the choice of not taking care of such programs or cut elsewhere to find the monies to run said programs.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
READER OPINION-Disappointed by lack of willingness to compromise
The general public may be interested to hear some information from last week's School Board meeting. 
The Meeme Governing Board and the public have been told many times that the problem with Meeme LEADS is funding the school with budget cuts forced on the District.  

Thursday, June 12, 2014
If you support racism, homophobia, a seven-day work week, and believe that single parenting is a form of child abuse, then by all means, vote for Glenn Grothman.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
READER OPINION-Grothman gets support in race for Congress
The 6th District of Wisconsin primary congressional race on Aug. 12 will make two things distinctively clear in Sheboygan County.
One, Glenn Grothman is a proven leader with an unwavering commitment to protecting and promoting our conservative principles. We can depend on him to get the job done in Congress.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
READER OPINION-Support sought for NH prairie
Summer is finally here. Riding the rays of the sun comes warmth and energy. The sunshine stimulates growth in all living things, including flowering plants and weeds.
Friday, June 6, 2014
READER OPINION-Loss of students a reality
In regards to your May 29 article stating "Meeme parents threaten to leave the district," I am not so sure it is a threat, but more of a reality.
The Kiel School District is projected to save at most $61,665 by relocating the third grade class to Zielanis and avoid hiring one extra teacher to fully staff Meeme Leads 4K-fourth grade.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
READER OPINION-Meeme parents will not give up in fight for school
As a parent with four children at Meeme LEADS Charter school, I hope this board knows we will not give up!
We have been fighting this cause for over a year. We have worked very hard trying to promote Meeme, both for the cistrict as well as the school's survival. We met countless times with the previous board going over facts and figures, data, surveys, studies, and documented comments. The board did not reach their decision lightly.

Monday, June 2, 2014
READER OPINION-Months later, Meeme points remain true
The following is a letter which I submitted October of 2013. I am re-submitting it so that I can self-critique it and add additional comments:
To close it or not to close it, that seems to be the question. In 2012 I decided not to attend anymore School Board meetings. That being said, I will accept criticism for my ignorance or unawareness. I do, however, believe that there are many unanswered questions and there is a need for greater evaluation as to whether or not the Meeme School should be closed.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
READER OPINION-Can't give up on forefathers
For those of you that have run into me lately, you know exactly why I am seeking a role as a "representative."
I am distraught at the direction this country is heading and do not want to pass this on to my children. I am praying that Wisconsin, God-willing, can continue to make wise decisions and become a leader for the rest of the nation.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
READER OPINION-Presidents invoke religion on Memorial Days past
By Dr. Gary S. Smith
Throughout American history presidents have often used religious rhetoric for various reasons: to provide comfort and consolation, argue that God providentially directs our nation, celebrate our Christian heritage, defend democracy, hold citizens and the country accountable to transcendent standards, help accomplish their own political aims, justify America's actions, foster traditional morality and justice, promote prayer and Bible reading, call for national and individual repentance, unite Americans, and satisfy citizens' expectations.

Friday, May 23, 2014
READER OPINION-Laning would back education
In 2011, Governor Walker and legislative Republicans passed a biennial budget that cut public education funding the most it has ever been cut in state history.
In many districts, those cuts led to staff layoffs, and consequently larger class sizes, program cuts, and fewer educational resources.

Monday, May 19, 2014
READER OPINION-Does math add up for Easter?
The much celebrated day of Easter is now past for another year, but I imagine that few of you readers ever considered that by keeping Easter as a religious holy day, you were denying that Jesus was your Saviour.
To understand this, step away for a bit from your tradition and consider truth as it was recorded from Jesus' own lips.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Still short a few hundred million people
Still short a few hundred million people
Friday, May 9, 2014
Board member enjoyed her years of service
I wish to thank you for entrusting me with the responsibility of leadership in the Kiel Area School District.
Monday, May 5, 2014


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