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From Our Readers

Issue Date: August 8, 2019

Letter to Editor:

In a small town like Peshtigo where almost everyone knows everyone else, it is time for our residents to take a stand against the bullying and incompetence repeatedly demonstrated by the leadership of the community.



On Friday, Aug. 2, the city was struck with a terrible blow when a power-blinded mayor made the decision to fire Mr. David Zahn. Dave is a much loved member of our community and has served as the Director of the Peshtigo Parks and Recreation Department for the last six years. During that time he has worked diligently to improve our city. He has always listened to the residents and visitors and has given his best effort to improve their experiences when engaging with our seven parks and many recreation opportunities.



He has expanded programming for the residents, improved the facilities, operated a fiscally responsible department and brought joy to innumerable people, all while working with an ever shrinking budget and staff. He has worked over 70 hours a week on more than one occasion and despite all of his dedication and hard work, was continually berated, harassed, and tormented by the Mayor.



Now that she has won her imaginary battle against Mr. Zahn and fed her hunger for power, it is only a matter of time before she starts targeting others, whether it be City workers or residents who disagree with her. She has a pattern of unacceptable behavior that is all a matter of public record and would take far too long to enumerate in this forum.



I implore all of the residents of our fine community to take a stand. Start attending City Council meetings, run for office, start a recall petition against Mayor Malke, and make your voice heard by voting in the next election. Visit City Hall or go to "https://ci.peshtigo.wi.us" to find out when the City Council meetings will take place but please note that the website is not always up to date.



And to the Mayor, good luck finding someone with the heart, the energy, and the time commitment to replace Dave Zahn. Those are very big shoes to fill.

Sincerely,

Jenifer Techmeier,

Resident



Letter to the Editor:

Having everything at our disposal may not have been the promise our ancestors had in mind. But we do. We have all the things that we need and access to any merchandise we may want. Our responsibility that comes from having so much is for us to choose wisely to preserve this kind of freedom.



There are some items that I cannot get locally. For example, parts for an electric razor that I received as a gift. My mother-in-law lives in a remote rural area. She cannot just hop in the car and travel 90 miles to buy curtains or a toy for the grandkids. This is where Amazon meets a need. But careful of this choice. Amazon's goal is to dominate, they always need more. If we buy into their massive artificial intelligence-driven messages and needlessly transfer our spending to them on impulse, unnecessarily, they get more, you get less, and your freedom of choice will go away. (i.e., ShopKo, Younkers) Each alternative that we lose is cancer on our liberty and prosperity. To keep your independence, choose wisely.



Choosing to buy from local independent merchants is your wisest choice, your dollar is worth more than double any other option. Not only do you get what you pay for, but your money also recirculates within our community 7 times. Each time is providing jobs that support our family, friends, and neighbors. For example, it helps my neighbor pay for little league, swim lessons, or dance class for their children. It provides for the volunteers, the non-profit organizations, small businesses, that support little league, swim lessons, or dance classes. It perpetuates the cycle of local enterprises that contribute to all of this. This example can be said about every program in our community. Buying from locally-owned companies recycles your dollar 7 times. The next best option; buying from local chain stores recirculates 3 times in the region. Buying from Amazon does not power your family, friends, neighbors, and community.



If you opt to buy first from locally owned businesses. And, second from other local options, and hold Amazon as a last resort, there is no need to feel guilty about how you shop. You will have continued guiltless buyer independence. Today you have the privilege of choosing. Will you prioritize your choices to protect this freedom? Buy Local First!

Keith Killen,

Marinette

Editor:

I'd like to thank Lee's Foods and Jack's Market for allowing us to sell our Forget-Me-Nots on July 27-28 and Aug. 2-3.

Robert L. Hass

Disabled American Veterans

Marinette County



"The Little Gray Squirrel"

A little gray squirrel lived in a tree

He liked to eat acorns and pumpkin seeds

He scampered around, his tail in the air

Chasing leaves in the wind and running from a bear.



A beautiful white swan lived on the pond

Swimming from sunrise to sundown

She dived in the water to catch a fish

But the fish got away because he made a wish.



A pretty bluebird made a nest in a pole

And laid four blue eggs deep down int he hole

The eggs soon hatched and the babies sang

I'm hungry mom as their dinner bell rang.



A fast little bunny raced to the field

To find green clover for his next meal

He said thank you Mr. Farmer, it's nice of you to share

And then he ran back home without a care.



A funny little monkey climbed a tree

She said little gray squirrel you're as silly as me

I'll trade you a banana for an acorn or two

The gray squirrel said fine but I'll give you more than two.



The barn owl said it's time to hoot

His stomach looked like a checkered suit

The red suns et in the west

And the baby birds fell asleep in their nest.



The giraffe stood tall his neck stretched out

And the elephant blew a song from his snout

You could hear the music from miles away

It meant thank you Mother Nature for this beautiful day.



The little gray squirrel had to laugh

And then he ate his supper and took his bath

He smiled as he closed his eyes to sleep

And started counting fuzzy little sheep.

Roger Lanich,

Wausaukee


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