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home : opinions November 20, 2014

EDITORIAL-Support community fund raising drives
Whether it is called the Community Chest, United Fund or some other name, these drives are under way in communities in the Tri-County News area.
Accompanying these annual drives is this annual plea for support because these drives make a lot of sense for the communities they serve. They benefit numerous local and area-wide organizations which provide services to their respective communities, and they limit the number of individual fundraisers each of these organizations need to do.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


EDITORIAL-Have a safe deer hunt
The tracking snow has arrived and that will help deer hunters as they head into the woods this Saturday morning for the start of the annual gun hunt in Wisconsin.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
READER OPINION-Remember Sandra Fluke?
Do you remember who Sandra Fluke is?
Sandra Fluke is, or was the women's rights activist and unofficial spokesperson defending the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) provision that insurance plans should be required (mandated) to cover use of birth control pills in their insurance coverage; in other words that "Obamacare should have a contraception mandate."

Thursday, November 20, 2014
READER OPINION-Obamacare really must go
President Reagan forced the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago.
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) collapsed two years later on Dec. 31, 1991. R. J. Rummel concluded that Joseph Stalin, leader of the USSR, personally caused the deaths of 62 million of his own people. Stalin murdered farmers called ulaks causing famine for millions. Rummel created the term democide, which he defined as death by government. Communists, socialists, statists have caused the deaths of more than 100 million people.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
HEALTH HELP-Red meat vs. white meat? Some of each may be best
For years, health experts have advocated that we eat less red meat and substitute white meat whenever possible, since white meat is generally considered healthier.
To a large extent, this is true; however, there are actually some significant nutritional differences between the two and some legitimate reasons to avoid cutting red meat out of your diet altogether.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
READER OPINION-Assemblyman elect discusses death penalty for child killings
I remember talk about the death penalty when I was a fourth grader in the mid-'80s.
Whatever happened to that discussion? There is no justice by placing murderers who kill innocents-especially children!

Monday, November 17, 2014
READER OPINION-Come to Nov. 17 forum to discuss elementary issue
This has been an emotional year for many community members as it relates to the elementary school program in Kiel.
I am writing this letter as a concerned parent and KASD resident. I am expressing my individual opinions and observations. I am not speaking as a School Board member.

Friday, November 14, 2014
READER OPINION-Meeme School issue returns to table once again
Here we are, right back where we were a few months ago.
Will there be enough public support for the existence of two elementary schools in KASD?

Thursday, November 13, 2014
HEALTH HELP-Back surgeries carry risks, so weigh it carefully
Back pain is incredibly common-in fact, just about every adult in the U.S. has experienced back pain in some form or another.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
EDITORIAL-Veterans Day more than Wilson knew
In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.
World War I-known at the time as "The Great War"-officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. Fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
EDITORIAL-6 years of stalling on pipeline decision
Basketball season is starting up again and coaches everywhere will be instructing their teams in tactics, including the occasional use of a stall to get a last shot, slow down an opponent, or give an over-matched team a chance to win.
Monday, November 10, 2014
READER OPINION-Effort to cut state offices a 'black cloud'
A black cloud hangs over Wisconsin. Disguised as a budget cut is a plan to erase two offices from our Wisconsin State Constitution.
The Legislature wants to eliminate the positions of treasurer and secretary of state. Do some politicians think they are wiser than our founding fathers?
This summer, a candidate for state treasurer offered his nomination papers. I asked two simple questions: What knowledge would he bring to the job and how would Wisconsin citizens be served?

Friday, November 7, 2014
KIELEIDOSCOPE-Schools seek continuous improvement
Continuous improvement in an organization requires on-going, job embedded professional development. This describes what we as educators in the Kiel Area School District have determined to be a priority. As professionals we must continuously learn and grow to become better at what we do. As adults in a district learn, so do the students we teach.
Last year, a group of educators and community members developed a strategic plan for the district. This year, we are further refining the action steps that will lead us to implementation of the goals outlined in the plan.

Friday, November 7, 2014
READER OPINION-How easy was it to turn US socialist?
When candidate Obama campaigned in 2008, he repeatedly stated his three-part plan which he would use to "fundamentally transform America."
Part one was to expand the power of the federal government, part two was to reduce American world influence, and part three was to redefine American exceptionalism. This plan was not disguised by fancy rhetoric but was reiterated for easy analysis by anyone.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
A HAND IN HEALTH-Why don't kids feel cold the same way adults do?
Walking around with my son, Edwin, at Ledge View Nature Center, I was getting frustrated.
He refused to keep his stocking cap on. He was too hot, and it made his head itch. While I insisted he keep it on, it was a losing battle. Instead of losing the hat altogether, I stuffed it in my pocket and let him win. I occasionally checked his ears to make sure they weren't too cold, and he seemed to do fine for the remainder of our hike.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
WISDOM FROM WILLOWDALE-Dispelling myths about health power of attorney
Serving as a medical social worker for many years, I have assisted a variety of people with the completion of Powers of Attorney for Healthcare (POA/HC).
The purpose of a POA/HC is to allow an individual to name a healthcare decision maker in the event they are unable to make their own decisions. It allows the individual the opportunity to express feelings about end of life care, as well as decisions that impact their recovery such as tube feedings and IVs, assisted living and nursing home placement.

Monday, November 3, 2014
READER OPINION-Laning gets backing for Senate seat in election
I am writing this letter in support of the most remarkable woman I know, Martha Laning.
Martha first came to my attention when she gave a presentation to the ADRC (Aging & Disability Resource Center) Governing Committee about her plans to hire an onsite chef for the Senior Meal Site and Head Start in Plymouth. The result was that the cost of the food served went down and the quality went up. Plymouth now has the highest voluntary meal contribution rate in the county.

Friday, October 31, 2014
READER OPINION-Leibham gives support to LeMahieu for Senate
It has been a true honor and privilege to represent the residents of Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Calumet counties in the State Senate for the past 12 years.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
READER OPINION-Laning grasps budget issues
I attended the Oct. 23 debate in Manitowoc between the two candidates running for Wisconsin's 9th District Senate seat.
Candidate Martha Laning showed a realistic grasp of the pending state budget financial crisis our legislators will have to deal with next year. The debate can still be viewed online.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
A HAND IN HEALTH-Do cooler temperatures really help weight loss?
Those who are a bit overweight and are trying to lose a few pounds are generally aware of many of the factors that make it harder to lose weight-the prevalence of high-fat, high-sugar junk foods everywhere we go, inactivity dictated by jobs that keep us at our desk all day, driving as opposed to walking-the list goes on and on.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
EDITORIAL-Citizens don't give up, they go to vote
Next Tuesday is the fall general election in Wisconsin, and voter turnout should be heavy-well, heavy by today's abysmal standards for voter turnout.
Generally, more than half of eligible voters will stay home from the polls. The one exception might be the presidential election.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
READER OPINION-Facts don't point state in the right direction
Governor Walker and his supporters are trying to convince us that he has turned Wisconsin around and that we are going in the right direction.
The following facts, however, do not add up to "the right direction" in my book.
A recent ar

Monday, October 27, 2014
KIELEIDOSCOPE-Thanks to Kiel District for time on pool survey
Residents of the Kiel Area School District, your input is needed. Last week, a survey from the Board of Education was mailed to your home requesting your advice related to the four options for the pool and other budget items such as the locker room renovation at the high school and exceeding the revenue limit for operating expenses.
Monday, October 27, 2014
READER OPINION-Grothman provides right sort of representation
If Glenn Grothman's conservative and pro-business record in the State Senate says anything, it's that he provides the sort of representation the 6th Congressional District needs in Washington.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
READER OPINION-Hearing set for Nov. 3 on Calumet County budget
On Nov. 3 at 9 a.m. the Calumet County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing regarding the 2015 Calumet County budget.
I would encourage attendance for this hearing, as it relates to what the tax levy and rate will be for 2015, services that will be provided and taxed for.
The budget is a team effort in developing a financial plan for the upcoming year. Department heads and their staff work together and results in a budget that continues public services while maintaining a $5.25 tax rate, the same as the 2014 rate.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
READER OPINION-Laning knows what takes place in Wisconsin schools
I recently read a letter by Mr. Gasper, giving his party's candidate preference over Martha Laning for state Senate.
He used teacher and school demonization to discredit our great schools. Plymouth schools are exceptional.

Friday, October 24, 2014
THE MAYOR'S UPDATE-Kiel budget starting to take shape for 2015
The City of Kiel Budget Committee is working on the City's budget for 2015. We are not expecting to see any significant changes in the budget over 2014 with the preliminary numbers showing about a 1.5 % increase in spending and revenue. The budget for city services will be $2.7 million in 2015. The breakdown of the budget as sources of revenue is as follows: Property Taxes - 40%, Inter-government Revenue - 29%, Taxes and Transfers from Utilities - 15%, Licenses and Permits - 7%, Fees - 2% and Miscellaneous Revenue - 6%. The breakdown of the budget as expenses is as follows: Public Safety - 36%, Public Works - 22%, General Government - 8%, Culture and Recreation - 11%, Debt Service - 15%, and Capital Outlay - 7%.
Friday, October 24, 2014
READER OPINION-Reflection on prep sports in Kiel over past decade
This letter is not meant to be a message from a complaining parent.
In fact, my kids received plenty of playing time in high school. It is merely my opinions from a decade of observing high school sports in Kiel. I can only reflect on the sports my kids have played in high school because I am not familiar with the other programs. Golf and cross country varsity level is based on the individual's score or time, so team member ranking is simple and fair. Other team sports, such as football, basketball, and baseball are more complex.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
EDITORIAL-NH citizens turn out for Tecumseh issue
The three public meetings held in New Holstein over the last several months to discuss the future of the former Tecumseh Products Company property are now over, and citizens of the community are to be commended for their willingness to participate in this process.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
HEALTH HELP-TENS unit doesn't solve problem, but it can help
Anyone with chronic back pain has most likely heard of a TENS unit if not tried one already.
A TENS unit is a battery powered device that was developed to do one thing-relieve pain.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
READER OPINION-Laning right choice in 9th Senate
With political campaign costs in astronomical figures, the dominance of special interest groups, prevalence of one issue voters, gerrymandered legislative districts, clandestine voter suppression activities, and the seemingly void of any in-depth substantive discussion of the major issues facing our society, recruitment of the best candidates for public office can be difficult.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
FROM THE MAYOR'S DESK-Partnerships work well for New Holstein Utilities
The City of New Holstein is one of 2,000 communities nationwide that has its own electric utility, owned by the community and managed by a utility commission.
Across our country, this model has proven to be successful in very small communities (many smaller than New Holstein) and the very large cities such as Los Angeles and Orlando.

Monday, October 20, 2014
READER OPINION-Gubernatorial election all about unions
A few comments about the upcoming election.
All the naysayers of Walker claim the neighboring states have it so much better. It's odd to see that Wisconsin has the lowest unemployment rate since 2008. Go and move to Illinois; just remember they are $40 billion in debt. Maybe you could try Michigan where the Mafia union controls everything, including Washington, although they still refer to themselves as the UAW. The City of Detroit is in bankruptcy. Looks like a great place to live.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
HEALTH HELP-Feet provide foundation on which rest of body sits
Did you know that fully a quarter of your body's bones are in your feet?
These complex structures provide your body with a firm foundation, and are constantly in demand to help move the body from one place to another. With 19 muscles and 28 bones each, your feet are important for the balance and health of the entire body.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
EDITORIAL-Hidden agendas in march to go 'green'
A recent march in New York City once again highlights the fact that there are hidden agendas and short-sighted thinkers among the climate change activists.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
READER OPINION-Gov. Walker has done plenty to boost state
Elected governor in 2010, Scott Walker faced a $3.61 billion deficit which was engineered by the Doyle/Burke-borrow/spend administration.
In his 2011-'13 budget, Governor Walker instituted Act 10, stopped collective bargaining by public unions, compromised on their pension and health insurance benefits, and created a $912 million state surplus. Municipal expenditures were reduced, and, in his 2013-'15 budget, Walker returned the state surplus to the people in the form of reduced property, withholding, and income taxes.

Monday, October 13, 2014
KIELEIDOSCOPE-Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week is here
Strong schools build strong communities and leadership in our schools is vital to the community. This week we honor that leadership. The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has set Oct. 5-11 as Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week. On behalf of the Kiel Area School district, please join me in honoring the dedicated board members who are currently serving and those who have served the Kiel Area School District in the past.
Friday, October 10, 2014
READER OPINION-Elect leaders who care about young people
For the last 20 or so years, middle-class and working-class people's incomes have been stagnant or on the decline.
Fewer parents, therefore, are able to contribute as much if anything to their children's higher education. At the same time, college tuition has increased, due to rising costs and, for the University of Wisconsin System schools, to a decrease in state funding.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
EDITORIAL-Do you have them and do they work?
It is Fire Prevention Week, and the many great volunteer firefighters in this area are asking two simple questions: Do you have smoke alarms, and are they working?
Thursday, October 9, 2014
A HAND IN HEALTH-What makes immune response healthy or not?
The human immune system is an amazing thing-that is, most of the time.
Many people have no idea how the immune system works, but they benefit from it-and sometimes suffer from it-nonetheless. The immune response is how your body identifies and protects itself against bacteria, viruses, and substances that seem foreign and potentially harmful to the body.
There are a number of different immunities-innate immunity, acquired immunity, and passive immunity.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
READER OPINION-Standing for good
If we don't stand for something, we will fall for anything.
The final battle between good and evil is prophesied to be in the paradise of the land of milk and honey, Canaan.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
READER OPINION-Knocking on doors with area candidate
Recently, I had the opportunity to knock on doors with candidate Martha Laning. She is running for the 9th Senate District seat.
It was interesting listening to the conversations she had with folks that answered their door.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
EDITORIAL-Newspapers help bond communities
Next week (Oct. 5-11) is one of at least two special observations worthy of note-National Newspaper Week.
This newspaper and so many others like it throughout the state and nation spend so much time, energy, effort and inches touting the success of others that we rarely remember to point the spotlight at ourselves. National Newspaper Week provides that reminder once each year.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
READER OPINION-Candidate has shown true family values, reduced spending
Now that the campaigns have started we will start to hear again about family values.
But what are family values? The kind that we always attribute to our fathers and members of the "Finest Generation." The kind of values that come from nurturing and supporting a spouse, children and community. The kind that shows you care about the members of society that are not as fortunate as you are or are no longer able to care for themselves.

Monday, September 29, 2014
WISDOM FROM WILLOWDALE-Fall doesn't always have pleasant connotations
When we think of the word "fall," we often think about that beautiful time of year in Wisconsin that allows us to reap the harvest of our summer gardens and prepare for winter.
Monday, September 29, 2014
READER OPINION-Getting back to asking what we can do for our country
What is the biggest threat to our freedom and our Constitution? Is it terrorists, China, Russia or our own apathy towards those involved in our government?
I believe that threat is located right here in our own country, namely the very leaders we elected from both parties because we don't hold them accountable for what they do and don't do, once elected.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
EDITORIAL-Impact of agriculture soars in Wisconsin
The numbers are pretty amazing-almost to the point of wondering whether or not something has changed in the way they were derived-but either way there is great news this week for agriculture in Wisconsin.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
READER OPINION-Do we need or want Harvard or Georgetown in Madison?
An article in the Sept. 18 edition of the Tri-County News proclaimed stark differences between the two candidates running for governor of Wisconsin.
The signed writers are absolutely correct about that particular statement. But beyond that, they are part of the un-informed or are great beneficiaries of "give away government."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
KIELEIDOSCOPE-Staff is learning, too!
Students are not the only ones learning new things this school year. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, students were dismissed early to allow teachers time for training in the new Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness System. The System is mandated by state law and applies to principals and teachers. 
The Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness System is designed by and for Wisconsin educators to support the continuous improvement of educator practice that leads to improved student learning.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
HEALTH HELP-10 reasons why it's still important to drink water
Water is essential to life...we all know that much.
Our bodies consist of 60 to 70 percent water, and those reserves need to be replenished on a daily basis to keep us healthy. Add in our daily consumption of substances that cause dehydration, such as sugar, salts and caffeine, and the need for water becomes even more evident. If knowing that staying hydrated is essential to good health is not enough, there are a number of other beneficial properties of water. Here are a few that are often overlooked and may motivate you to add an extra glass or two into your daily routine.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
READER OPINION-Data shows Walker right for Wisconsin
When I was working, our company lived by the creed, "Let the data drive the decision."
The idea was to take all emotion out of the decision making process. It seems this approach would work well when choosing a governor. Let's look at the facts.

Monday, September 22, 2014

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