From our readersIssue Date: December 12, 2012
Letter to Editor:
Several families from the Lena School District will have a brighter and more delightful Christmas. The families will receive both needs (clothes, personal hygiene items, food) and wants (Legos, a doll, books, etc.) thanks to the generous donation of $2,383 from area individuals, including:
Lena Sportsman and Five Corners Sportsman Clubs, Berts Family Restaurant, Conrad Masonry, Tara and Eric Sellen, Barn Tavern, Rays Boneyard, Udder Bar, Lena Lanes, Michael Janik, Thom Hipke of Ballroom Blitz, Weiner Garrigan, Hilary Nowak and Cassie Burg, Pennie Young, and the Wooden Shoe customers and staff who helped coordinate the Christmas drive.
Shelly Meisner, PK-12 Guidance
Counselor at Lena School
As a non-voting observer of the Wausaukee Town Board meeting on Dec. 4, I was treated to some interesting dynamics. The board recommended that the road construction portion of their budget be increased to put them on a better renewal schedule. It was acknowledged that a substantial tax bite will be coming this year because of (1) Federal level - renewable energy, Obamacare, infrastructure investments, Obama phones and so on and so on. (2) State level - meeting federal mandates, additional land purchases and so on and so on. (3) I am sure the county level will inform us of the necessity of their so ons and so ons. The town board did their part, by a 50% + vote, to increase their share.
With all levels of government not listening to the 49% of citizens and deciding they have the right to spend other peoples money, it is a surety that we will have total government control of the populace. I guess Alexis de Tocqueville was right. This is not a legacy I am proud to pass on to my children and grandchildren.
Letter to the Editor:
Re: Warning About Todays Learning Shortage
As we write this, it is Pearl Harbor Day, the day that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and forced a reluctant America to enter into World War II. What concerns us is that many and perhaps most of our fellow Americans dont know this. At that time, there was much evil going on in the world and people were cowardly, not standing against it. Because the evil went too far, we were forced to enter into the fight against it, and then we won. Evil was defeated and many people were liberated.
Hear this please: those people who do not know history or hear the lessons that it teaches are doomed to repeat it. If you will hear the lessons, you probably will avoid similar mistakes.
You might say that it is not as bad as all that. Well, a recent survey showed that more than 60% of recent graduates dont know that the original 13 American states were along the East Coast. Most graduates dont know who Nikolai Lenin, the father of Russian communism was. Most graduates cant spell well, dont know the multiplication tables, cant cook and dont read much; and Christians, you have houses full of Bibles and you dont know what the Bible says. You dont read it nor do you live by it. We dare say, and include ourselves, most people cant grow their own food, budget their money, survive 10 days in the wild, dont know basic first aid, cant forgive their enemies and wont share their lives or possessions with others.
Why are we concerned? Because when hard times come, and they will come, those who are not prepared will face personal, family and business disaster. Our political leaders are not tackling the serious problem of our national debt, so how could they have motivation or the guts to address our ignorance at self preservation. Today we are concerned with personal rights. So, yes, we have the right to be unprepared for life and to sail into disaster, but do we want to?
We implore you all - teachers, students and concerned citizens. America is not prepared for the future! We cant breed self-centeredness and ignorance and expect to avoid the results. Learn from history. Learn from the Roman and Greek Empires, whose democratic ideals were destroyed by their focus on self.
When there is no gasoline or no power or no internet or stock market, or no ready supply of food, what will we do? What will our fellow citizens be forced to do? So, we urge you, get prepared to save your families and to help others, because many people will need help when hard times come. Lets shake ourselves to wake up and be sober in this society that is asleep and drunk on self love.
Most Sincerely & Urgently,
Mary L. Luczak,
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