From our readersIssue Date: August 3, 2011
To the critics against Mayor Harbick, you are talking about human frailty. It is not about how much he has accomplished for Marinette or the overwhelming amount of work he has done for the community. He is one person, one body, one human being who has always been extremely passionate about serving the people, in helping to make Marinette reach every potential and keep it a wonderful place to live and raise your children. And, yes, he has experienced human frailty, to which he openly admitted, apologized to all, paid his fines, taken his punishment, stood through public humiliation and is seeking professional help. This is far more than you or your relatives may have experienced with the all-too-common Wisconsin disease, overdrinking.
It is time to talk about his accomplishments for every citizen of Marinette. Bob has an overall love, dedication and service to Marinette because he cares so deeply in moving Marinette forward. He began his adult in Marinette by joining forces in serving our country as a U.S. Marine. Returning home he became a deputy in the Marinette Sheriffs Department, then elected Marinette Co. Sheriff. He was also the Marinette Co. Clerk. Later he became Marinette City Mayor. His life was all about doing all he could to help better the lives of Marinette citizens.
While many cities are deeply in the red, Marinette, under Mayor Harbicks tenure, is very financially sound. A few accomplishments include his work in helping Marinette Marine, which will soon bring in more employment and growth to Marinette; Super Walmart, soon ready to open; completion in the Fall of the new water treatment plant, helped with a stimulus grant and the balance by another grant and low interest loan; the Industrial Pond upgrade; new Ansul construction; Harbortown Condo development; nearly $2 million retail/restaurant Center near Country Inn Suites to begin; new planning grant from WI Department of Commerce to help the city plan for improvements to the infrastructure. Many other gains have been accomplished with Harbick as our mayor.
Because he does not possess a self-important nature, he continuously expresses his thanks and credit to the council, department heads, standing committees and every employee who works so hard and shows effort to make development projects happen He is quick to credit Marinette citizens for their help in moving Marinette forward. He has much more in the works. Let him do it!
We feel you have a dedicated, hardworking, humble and very caring mayor with Bob Harbick. Let ye without sin, cast the first stone.
Letter to the Editor:
Town of Brazeau Residents:
We have a problem in our community. Their names are Darrell Enix and James Hanna, who have been recently elected to the positions of Town of Brazeau supervisors. In their first three months of office, Darrell Enix has submitted reimbursement requests totaling $1,389.01 and James Hannas requests were for $337.55. Their total reimbursements for only three months is $1,726.56. In all of 2010, the former town chairman submitted reimbursement requests for a total of $219.56 and the other two supervisors had no requests. Do the math?
Mr. Enix and Mr. Hanna promised Town of Brazeau electors that they would lower taxes and cut spending. These men claim they are looking out for the best interests of the town but I see them lining their pockets with excessive mileage requests. Mr. Enix also stated at a town board meeting last year that board members traveling throughout the Town of Brazeau on any town business is part of the boards job, therefore submitting mileage requests would be improper.
At the May 19 2011 town board meeting, during the public comment portion, I asked Mr. Enix about his May 2011 mileage reimbursement request of $492.07. He gave me a vague answer, subsequently I did some research and put a letter to the editor in the Peshtigo Times. Following that meeting, an angry Mr. Enix was demanding that the public comment section be removed from the agenda. Because of my questions and opinions, Mr. Enix wanted me banned from attending town meetings and wanted to restrict my access to the town hall. Has he not heard of the right to free speech and that public buildings are for the public?
At the June 24, 2011 board meeting, I read a statement about my right to the freedom of speech. Now Mr. Enix was trying to keep me from helping the clerk with a preliminary and public test of voting equipment to be used at the July 12, 2001 Recall Election Primary. I would call his actions an interference with the election process. What is he afraid of? I have to think Mr.. Enix does not want to be challenged on his activities as town supervisor. He makes decisions on his own without consulting the full board. I guess he doesnt think he has to, since he works in lockstep with Mr. Hanna. At board meetings one always agrees with the other, resulting in the approval of all their reimbursement requests and anything Mr. Enix wants. Mr. Enix is under the impression that he is the town board and whatever he says goes. The Enixes and Mr. Hanna are doing everything in their power to undermine the integrity of our town board. Dysfunctional describes our new board, making governing extremely difficult.
Mr. Enix cannot restrict public opinion. If we cannot speak at a town board meeting, we can always express our thoughts in the newspaper. For your information, the public comment section has been removed the Town of Brazeau agenda with Enix and Hanna voting yes and Wendt voting no. Mr. Enix and Mr. Hanna want to establish their rules on how the public can express their personal opinions. How will this affect our freedom of speech? Stay tuned!
Town of Brazeau
To the Readers:
As we all know, our area was hit by some pretty strong storms this past weekend. Almost all the fire departments in the county were out dealing with trees and power lines down from the winds. I am on the Town of Stephenson Fire Department and we were dispatched to numerous places. I was one that went out to St. Paul Road for lines down on pine trees. I want to thank the neighbors that came out and offered us water, soda, and for letting us use their bathrooms. They even had a pizza delivered to our location.
Its good to know that there are good people out there.
We ended up on standby for 12-1/2 hours until Wisconsin Public Service arrived.
If you see Lucy from the Crivitz Vet Clinic, tell her good job and thanks again.
Letter to Editor:
What a disappointment for the community to see that the awesome hard work of several individuals, in a short period of time, bringing back the pride to our citizens for the wonderful Logging and Heritage Festival on July 3-4, could be overshadowed by the events surrounding our Mayor.
Thank you to this group of individuals who worked hard to restore a celebration that was enjoyed by all. Every event was awesome! Starting with the Ella Smetana Run/Walk, the Interfaith Worship Service on Stephenson Island, the Bike and Car Show and the continuous activities for two days, it was a wonderful festival.
Thank you to the many organizations and generous sponsors who helped financially to bring the special events, the music performances, the trained horse show, the ice cream and popsicle giveaways, the Carriage Rides, the Logging Barge rides, the inflatable bouncers and free activities for the children, the music performances, the family movie and the fireworks. It truly was a family-oriented event.
In spite of the weeks that have passed since the festival, I want to say thank you!
Shame on you to the boater who decided to pull in, drop off two teenagers at the beach and drop your anchor right in the middle of Tourist Beach in Menominee, Sunday, July 31. You scared one little 4-year-old right out of the water. Overhearing your conversation with friends on the beach, your music was so loud you could not hear anything. How could you have heard anyone scream if they were in your way? Did you know there are two boat slips just to the north and south of this beach? I do hope you enjoyed your bottle of wine you took off your boat, because we did not stick around to see. We left and went to Grandma and Grandpas pool. Please, for the safety of others, think first before you go boating again.
Signed a comforting mother to a scared 4-year old:
To the Editor:
I am deeply concerned about the future generations of America. The ongoing negotiations between Congressional leaders and Obamas Whitehouse over raising the national debt limit could make one wonder if the inmates are running the asylum. The irrational cycle of spending and borrowing under the Obama administration adds $4.1 billion per day to the national debt compared to Clintons $547 million per day, and Bush at $1.6 billion. All this debt is effectively mortgaging our children and grandchildrens financial future. The Heritage Foundation states that, even with $3 trillion in tax increases over the next decade, the Presidents budget would double the national debt to more than $20 trillion ($138,000 per household) by 2020.
In addition to unfunded public entitlements and public employee pensions, the Heritage Foundation reports that federal employees are paid substantially more than private sector employees. Total compensation hourly wages plus benefits is 30-40 percent above that of comparable private sector workers. If Congress would bring equity to federal pay and align compensation with market rates, taxpayers would save $47 billion per year.
Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. After 30 months of all this hope and change, Id like to see our country return to the basic principles of the free market system of Capitalism where everyone has the opportunity to start and grow a business, create jobs and wealth without their government waging a class war against them, and punishing the successful with exorbitant taxation in the name of social justice.
It is time we returned to foundational values of financial integrity at all levels of government. Proverbs 22:7 says, Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender. Maybe the time has come for the adults in the room to confiscate and subsequently cut up the credit cards and put our nations financial house in order. 1 Tim 2:1-5 says, I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for Gods mercy upon them, and give thanks. Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, for he wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
Wont you join me in prayer for our president and congressional leaders to have the courage to do what is right for Americas future generations? It is time to say no to big government and yes to the people. It is time to return to fiscal sanity.
Pastor Tim Hawthorne,
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