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Sam Zuehls, Peshtigo Middle/High School eighth grade English teacher, had his students research controversial issues of their choosing and debate one another. Afterwards, some students worked on writing editorial letters to legislators, and others wanted to write letters for a newspaper. The letters received by the Peshtigo Times will be presented weekly until all are published.

Homelessness

Homelessness in the U.S. needs to end! According to anawimcc.org, the estimated number of people in the U.S. who is homeless for any period of time in a year is about 3.5 million. If 40% of homeless veterans who risked their lives for us, why can’t we do a little to help them? We need to make a bigger effort to help the homeless in our communities. There are so many things that can be done to help the homeless, but we don’t. We have left them to fend for themselves. We are dehumanizing the homeless! This can be stopped; there are three main things you can do to help.

First of all, you can volunteer. According to volunteer.org, volunteering your time to work directly with people experiencing homelessness is one of the best ways to learn about homelessness. There is a lot of behind the scenes work to be done at shelters and other direct service agencies. Think of the things you do best and the setting you work best in. Then call a shelter near you and volunteer.

Secondly, you can donate. Donating may not be as big as volunteering, but it still helps a lot. According to donationforthehomeless.org, talking to a local shelter and finding out what items they need helps them. Some things you can donate include: household good or other materials service providers may need such as kitchen utensils, furniture, books, toys, games, stuffed animals and even diapers. You can also donate clothing and shoes, but clean them before you donate.

Finally, according to respectthehomeless.com, just respecting the homeless can go a long way. Smile, whether or not you choose to volunteer or donate, please don’t look away from homeless people as if they don’t exist. If you feel comfortable enough, sometimes just making eye contact or saying a few words can reassure them and they will be glad you simply acknowledge them.

We need to stop homelessness. Volunteer or if you don’t have time to volunteer, donate. Sometimes even the smallest things can go a long way, so respect the homeless. We may not be able to completely stop homelessness, but we can make a difference.

Emily Ahrens

Say No to Salary Caps

There should not be salary caps in professional sports. Teams should be able to spend as much as they want. America is a free enterprise system.

If a bad team needs a good player and they can’t afford them, they might be able to get rid of a player or two to make cap room in order to get that one player. And they also will be down a couple players.

Baseball has no salary caps. It has the greatest diversity among championship wins, more than any other sport in the past 25 years. This is better because it’s not fun when it’s the same teams playing for championships over and over again.

Some teams can’t afford to pay a lot for their good players. So then they don’t get paid as much as they should. That’s not fair because some of them have been training their whole lives!

Those are the reasons why I believe there should not be salary caps in professional sports. If people knew the reasons to not have salary caps, there would probably not be salary caps in professional sports!

Brennan Bayer

Stop Child Labor

Child labor is a huge problem around the world. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, over 158 million children worldwide, ages five to fourteen, are engaged in child labor. Children work in hazardous conditions that can harm their health. The United States needs to do more to stop it! We need to boycott child labor.

Children are unable to attend school regularly and have little to no say on how they spend their small wages. They receive minimal food and shelter, and they don’t have access to drinking water or toilets.

Children often do hazardous jobs that can harm their health. According to the World Health Organization, kids work with pesticides and other harmful chemicals, they chimney sweep and work with dangerous machinery. Children also work without any protective measures. Over 22,000 children get killed every year, according to ILO (International Labor Organization).

Not only do children get harmed physically, they also get emotionally damaged. Without going to school, children don’t make friends or spend time with people they like. They also don’t get to talk to many people or have fun. This messes up the lives of millions of children.

We need to put an end to child labor to save children from physical and emotional harm. Also, we need to let them go to school and live a normal life. We could do more to prevent child labor. For example, we can stop buying products from countries that use child labor and only purchase goods from places that make products without it. We need to end child labor.

Taylor Barggren

Life Is No Choice!

Unless the mother’s life is in danger, abortion is murder and must be banned. It is a huge and gruesome issue worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, about 46 million abortions are performed annually around the planet. About 46 million innocent children get their life snatched away by their parents who made a mistake. Consider the following reasons why abortion should be banned.

First of all, you are murdering a baby when you have an abortion. In fact, it’s a first degree murder. You are deliberately killing an innocent human being, according to Peter Kreeft, a professor of philosophy at Boston College. The Declaration of Independence states that everyone has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You are taking the life of a child that the Declaration of Independence states everyone has. By abortion, you are murdering an unborn child and they can’t do anything about it.

Secondly, a ton of couple who aren’t able to have children want to adopt. According to the Opposing Viewpoints Collection, the number of adoptions is rising more than 130,000 per year. Instead of murdering the baby, you could simply put it up for adoption and let the baby live. Adoptions save the lives of thousands of babies and give them a family who will love and supply for them. If you don’t want the baby, at least put it up for adoption so he or she can have a life.

Finally, the parents made a mistake, not the baby. The baby had nothing to do with the mistake, so why punish him or her? People think abortion is a form of birth control. They don’t use birth control so they take the baby’s life instead. According to the World Health Organization, 96 percent of abortions represent a secondary form of of birth control. If those people would have used birth control, they wouldn’t have to kill the child they created.

Abortion is taking a child’s life and is not okay. The only time someone should ever have an abortion is when the mother is going to die, too. Abortion is murder and should not be allowed. People who are unable to have their own children are willing to adopt. The parents are the ones who made the mistake, so don’t punish their innocent children! Abortion should be banned in the United States and worldwide.

Ashley Dudka

Animal Testing

Did you know that, according to the American Academy of Neurology, our average human life span has increased by 50 years? That’s a pretty amazing statistic to think about. You see, animal testing has greatly helped us in the long run, and should be supported by law.



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Medical advancement is a quite obvious reason to keep the animal testing law legal. Many disabilities have been treated, thanks to animal testing. This includes Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, brain tumors and multiple sclerosis. This is also from the American Academy of Neurology. Without animal testing, we also would not have any vaccines, life-saving surgical procedures or essential medications that some people now take for granted! How else could we have gotten these essentials? Can you see how far we have gotten with animal testing? It’s incredible!

Animal testing has also greatly helped us gain more scientific knowledge. We know so much information about animals today! If we never would have experimented with them, we wouldn’t know much about them! Many students’ favorite class, biology, would have never been possible if we didn’t have information on animals. We will most likely learn more medical and scientific information in the future if we keep the law!

Animal testing is better than any other alternative, such as using computers. According to the American Academy of Neurology, animal testing is the only accurate way to obtain essential information. We have been using animal testing for a long time, why do we suddenly want to ban it now? No human has enough knowledge to know the complicated information on animals. This includes how to duplicate them, knowing its diseases its reaction to medications or its side effects that a medication may cause. How can we figure this all out you may ask? The answer is animal testing. It’s the only way to test, and have an accurate response.

In conclusion, animal testing is obviously a must-have. Medical advancement would not have been possible without it. Scientific knowledge would not have been so advanced without the help of animal research. Also, it is the most accurate thing to use.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Autumn Clement



To the Editor:

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported me in the April 2 judicial campaign. In particular, a big thank you to my wife and family and Rick Thill and his family. We came up short, and now I will continue doing the best job I can for the people of Marinette County as their district attorney.

I met with the Eagle Herald and expressed my displeasure with the negative turn taken in their April 1 edition. Not surprisingly, it was to no avail. It is unfortunate that a local office campaign denigrated into the lowest level of negative politics due to unsubstantiated information. Its success means we should expect more of the same in the local races in the future.

I am confident that with everyone working together on the challenges we face, we can keep Marinette County as one of the best places in the country to live.

Allen Brey,

Marinette



Dear Editor:

After reading the front page article Expanded County Board i-Pad Use Is Considered it now seems I was wrong about how many expensive i-Pad computers the county had purchased in my letter to you around the first of the year. I wonder why no one from the County Board corrected the information we were led to believe in an article that I got my information from in the paper? It was a committee meeting article if memory serves me correctly. It appears none of the 30 members of the Marinette County Board or the County Administrator can read or care if the public is misinformed. That is sad, very sad.

Now they still seem determined to spend a whole lot of money to continue trying to go paperless even though at least three county board members don’t have home computers or internet access. They claim savings of $6,500 annually. Spending $15,000 to save $6,500 makes little sense in our economy right now. They also talked about needing extensive training. Maybe next year or the following it might make more sense. What they fail to mention is the initial costs and ongoing costs of supporting the computers, software, hardware, maintenance, insurance, etc. What happens when one of them cannot get the i-Pad to work? Do the board members get paid to bring the computer in for service or does the county IT expert do home service? All these i-Pad computers will have access to the county system so the units should not be sent in for warranty service or work. What about security for all the files and information that other people in the county board members houses may then have? What happens when an i-Pad gets stolen or lost? What happens when they are not re-elected? What happens when the grand kid spills his soda on the open or even closed i-Pad?

With so many unanswered questions, why are they still headed in this direction? Seems like spending any money when the county still has the old empty jail, Senior Center Building in Niagara and County Fair Grounds buildings to deal with is not a good idea. I’d like to hear some answers from one of the 30 county board members or the highly paid county administrator wouldn’t you?

Sincerely,

Pete Pfankuch,

Crivitz



Dear Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank UW-Marinette for offering Earth Day 2013. The fourth grade students and staff in the Marinette Elementary Schools would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to UW-Marinette for hosting such an important event.

All Marinette fourth grade students were invited to spend April 18th, 2013 at the UW-Marinette Campus, learning about our mother Earth. Students attended sectionals on such topics as: insects, water, local food, petroleum depletion, sustaining the Great Lakes, and renewable energy. We learned about the history of Earth Day and the importance of keeping our environment clean and healthy. Afterwards, students were treated to a tour of the campus. Our fourth grade students even participated in educational activates and were awarded prizes.

Thanks to Cindy Bailey, assistant dean of student services (and organizer extraordinaire), for offering such an educational and fun-filled event for our students. Special thanks to our presenters Scott Ruess, Tina Oman, Amy Redinger, Mike Kirby, Keith West, and Jenny Short for all their hard work. I would also like to thank our helpers Kaylynn Dickson, Julian Laurich, Kelsey Waloway, Ryan Rehberg, Sarah Kirby, Kayler Bailey, Jamie Polasky, Erin Connor and Blake Pogrant. A special thanks to Dan Kallgren for sharing the history of Earth Day. So many professors and UW-Marinette students volunteered their own time to offer this event. Again, thank you UW-Marinette for inviting us to Earth Day 2013.

Sincerely,

Leslie Nemmers,

Marinette Elementary

Schools-Counselor



Editor:

The poet Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote, Nothing is so beautiful as Spring.

Though the recent snowfalls have put a damper on Spring, and it looks as if it will be later than usual, I still can sense and feel its approach.

A few songbirds visited my bird feeder, sandhill cranes are in the fields, and the tiger lilies are peeking out of the ground near my home.

Soon the Canadian geese will be flying north in their V-formation, and maybe I’ll be fortunate enough to see some white swans too.

After a long winter I long to smell the bloom of lilacs and apple blossoms in my yard. It may be a ways off yet, but I anticipate it with baited breath, sitting on my porch as the scent fills the air.

Spring is the season of hope, the season of dreams where Nature is reborn, and the beauty of life comes forth like a rainbow in the sky.

A meadowlark will sing in the valley, the frogs will croak on the ponds, the crickets will chirp in the night, a child will splash in a puddle, a butterfly will land on my arm. The true beauty of Spring not only lies in these things, it also lies in the hope that mankind will treasure all the beautiful things in our hearts.

As I sit writing this in the early morning hours before sunrise, I dream of a dawn where Spring’s dreams encircle our world and fill it with peace and love. May the spirit of Spring live in us all like it does in the heart of a child.

Roger Lanich,

Wausaukee


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