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Issue Date: May 17, 2017

Times Editor:

Re: Support of the Town of Wagner Volunteer Fire Department

Recently I had a grass fire near my house. After failing control it myself, I called 911. They sent the Town of Wagner Volunteer Fire Department. I am not sure of the time, but I believe the first truck arrived in less than 15 minutes. The flat bed pickup truck sped across my lawn, as I sat exhausted on my lawn chair, to the edge of the fire. He almost ran me over. The driver jumped out, grabbed a hose and began spraying the front edge of the fire. I could tell by his actions he was "a man on a mission" he had a job to do and wouldn't let anything interfere with his duties, an attitude I admire.

Shortly, other personnel and equipment began arriving. The fire had gotten into some brush and tall dead grass and it became more difficult to extinguish. There was plenty of work to be done. In a short time the personnel had the fire contained and began putting out smaller cells of fire. The personnel were very thorough in seeing that the fire would not start up again.

In short, I was very impressed with rapid response and professional performance of the crew. They have my utmost respect and gratitude.

Grateful Town of Wagner Resident,

Sidney Konell



Letter to Editor:

I have been a prosecutor for over 25 years, and in that role I have had the honor of working alongside law enforcement, to help bring safety and security to our fellow Wisconsinites.

Wisconsin's men and women in law enforcement set out each and every shift to keep our communities safe, and they do so not knowing what they will encounter or what will be asked of them. This bravery alone is nothing short of extraordinary.

Unfortunately, there are some officers who never make it home at the end of their shift. Each year around this time, we recognize National Police Week, in order to honor the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting their communities.

Sadly, in the last 12 months, Wisconsin lost four officers of our own: Town of Salem Police Officer Michael Ventura, Rusk County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Glaze, Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland, and Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Anthony Borostowski.

I attended the funerals of all four of these brave men, and each time I remembered not just the sacrifice these officers paid, but also the sacrifice made by their family. The family of our law enforcement officers watch their mom or dad, or child, or grandchild, or brother or sister, leave the safety of their home to protect the rest of the community, not knowing what danger their loved one will face.

During National Police Week, as we remember four Wisconsin officers who gave their lives for us, pray for these families, and all law enforcement families, as we thank them for their sacrifice. Also, consider putting up blue lights or blue ribbons outside your home to show your support for our law enforcement, and when you encounter an officer, thank them for their service.

To our Wisconsin law enforcement team " I and everyone at the Wisconsin Department of Justice wishes you many safe shifts ahead, and thanks you and your families for your service. Stay safe.

Attorney General

Brad Schimel



Letter to Editor:

Pragmatism vs. Ideology

It seems to me that pragmatism is in many ways a necessary element of organizational functionality. Pragmatism means to solve problems in a practical way without sacrificing the goals of the general welfare or hindrance of the advancement everybody's general good. Ideology is a system of concepts that fits operating systems into a set of beliefs and values. This results in rigidity and elements of distortion in any outcome.

Ideology requires labeling of a solution as true to the ideology or an enemy (valueless or worse). I believe the result of this is unstable solutions, condemnation of whole ideas and proposals instead of working to address needed repair/adjustments, and a "repeal and replace" mindset when an opposing ideological political power exists. This is obviously a downward cycle. The classical example of our time is the Affordable Health Care Act that was passed under President Obama, and the Republican efforts to "Repeal and Replace" for the last 7 years including their demonizing/submarining of this Act.

Hence our government has been essentially deadlocked and dysfunctional only operating when under extreme economic threat. It appears to me this in large part has been the decision of the Republican Party to be ideologues. It continues to be the choice of many of the Republican state and federal officials to be ideologues. I believe our country needs pragmatists.  

Gilbert Engel,

Niagara

 

Letter to Editor:

It was with great interest that I read the article of May 10, "Wisconsin is Doing Well; Washington is Broken." I disagree completely with the assessment that Wisconsin is doing well. Perhaps, if one is comparing the state to other states, but not if you are considering Wisconsin's history.

At one time, Wisconsin was totally free of debt, which was before the time of dummy corporations and borrowing from varied funds. Legislators from both sides of the aisle worked together to solve problems. Today, partisan politics has full sway. At one time, Wisconsin was known for its clean government and lack of corruption. When Scott Jensen misused his office for campaigning, he was prosecuted. Now, the lawyers are called in and blame is placed on the opposite party. Drawing new lines to favor one party or the other was not the main goal. A neutral committee was in place. In fact, many bipartisan efforts were completed to move Wisconsin forward. Legislation was written by our own legislators, and no template from ALEC was used.

No, Wisconsin is not broken, but we are on a slippery slope where ethics, integrity, and clean government without debts has taken a secondary role. Can we find someone to blame? That seems to be the current game. Let us work together in a bipartisan way to restore Wisconsin to its former proud glory.

Lorraine Gerhart.

Crivitz





Times Editor:

A thank you to all individuals, groups, and businesses who donated to the Peshtigo School District S.E.E.D. (Students Eat Every Day) Food Program! Your generous contributions helped give food every weekend during the 2016-2017 school year and throughout the summer when Free/Reduced breakfast and lunch are not provided. Donations for the 2017-2018 school year are appreciated and accepted any time at the Middle/High School office or via mail to:

Dan Vanidestine,

S.E.E.D. Program,

Peshtigo High School


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