From our readersIssue Date: August 29, 2013
I am upset with the Marinette County OWI Task Force in the Twin Bridge area. They are taking away what little fun we can have. The OWI task force has spent the summer in the area, where 58% of the population are senior citizens. Because we enjoy having a couple of drinks with friends and visiting with them, you now put the fear in us that we might get picked up for drunk driving.
We have never caused the police any problems and dont know why the task force is picking on this area. Resorts are losing business because of this and if this keeps up they will have no choice but to close their doors.
The intimidation and the harassment of the Task Force has put a stop to our annual Lawn Mower Tractor Run, which is a community charity event for the Twin Bridge Fire Department. We always had the support of the police department before this sheriff took over. In all the years we have had this fundraiser there has never been anyone disorderly or out of hand.
So, we cant even have a few drinks for a worthy cause because we live in fear of the OWI Task Force - even on lawn mowers! Give us retired people a break and dont break up a charity event that provides much needed funds to our volunteer fire department and fun for the seniors.
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 8-Sept. 14, I would like to encourage the public to learn more about suicide and ways to prevent it.
Learning the key warning signs such as feelings of hopelessness, withdrawing from family and friends and making suicidal statements can help save lives. Suicide is a National Emergency. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or just needs to talk, help is available by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. Someone will ALWAYS listen.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 15-24. Worldwide there are more deaths to suicide than accidents, homicides and war combined. Over 1 millions people attempt suicide annually in America. Every 13 minutes someone dies by suicide in the United States.
The community can also help by volunteering and participating in the 5th Annual
Dickinson County Out Of The Darkness Suicide Prevention Memorial Walk Event taking place in Iron Mountain at City Park on Saturday, Sept. 7. Registration can be done online by visiting The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention at www.outofthedarkness.org , or walk up registration between 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. the morning of the walk. Look for the building at City Park with the registration signs.
Walk Pre-Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. with the walk itself getting underway at noon. This years Memorial Walk Event will include memorial quilts, memory boards, suicide education packets, horse riding, face painting, games for children, raffles for door prizes and dove release along with live music, luncheon to follow the Walk.
Donations received will support both Local and National suicide prevention for vital research, Education Programs, Printed Materials and Awareness Materials. Help stamp out the social stigma associated with depression, mental illness, and suicide.
More needs to be done to prevent suicide, and you can help make a difference. Suicide is a national emergency. Help erase the stigma and walk in the light of HOPE and Out Of The Darkness of depression and mental illness.
Tina Tappy, Co-Chair,
2013 Dickinson County
Out Of Darkness
Memorial Walk Event
Re: Moral Corruption
Because most of the United States of America has turned away from God and His Holy Word, the American system has fallen into moral corruption and all because of greed and popularity.
The issue of homosexuality has become popular because we dont live by the Holy Word. There are at least 14 passages in the Bible AGAINST it and yet is is accepted because it is POPULAR. Yes, it is true that Jesus loves everyone but it also states that God Almighty HATES our sins and it is an abomination to Him.
The general public would rather listen to the ACLU than the Word of God. What is worse is that so many big RELIGIONS say its okay. Even the Pope, and all for the sake of popularity. Evidently he has not read the Bible, which is what he is supposed to live by.
There is a way out and that is to repent, turn from your wicked ways and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and the only means to Heaven.
We have also killed 55 million innocent babies in the past years and call it abortion. It is not abortion, it is MURDER. We are to a point where we consider it legal to kill human babies but if we shoot a dog its illegal. My God Almighty, what have we come to?
With this I would ask all the media I send this to, please print or read it on the air and allow me to exercise my right of freedom of speech, if there is any left.
God bless you.
Jerome E. Finn,
Continued on A-5
To the Editor:
County workers do not punch a time clock. They do not have to take a drug test. They retire at 85% of their wages, get full insurance, and that goes on for 10 years of retirement. Employees also get seven paid holidays, 12 sick days a year and of course, have their own health clinic.
Now they want wages comparable to private sector workers and the county board unanimously agrees.
In the private sector there has to be productivity. The worker must make a profit for the company to survive, not so in government. Government workers are not productive.
The servants of the people do better than those they serve.
Letter to Editor:
Ive read comments from Sheriff Jerry Sauve in the Peshtigo paper where he blames the economy for a sudden drop in revenues from tourism, instead of blaming presence of police and the random stopping of autos leaving restaurants and bars. There are many annual events such as car shows, tractor parade, fishing contests, motorcycle fund raisers for charity, all being cancelled because of the task force in the High Falls area. People are pulling their RVs and travel trailers out of the High Falls campgrounds and heading to Oconto County, where there is no police state.
I, like many senior citizens, call the Town of Stephenson home. We like to go out to dinner and, yes, have a drink. From what I am hearing from business owners and their customers, the Sheriff is blamed. When officers must stop a car every 40 minutes for no reason, looking for a drunk driver, maybe someone should remind him that this is America. Whatever happened to the Constitution and Bill of Rights?
The Marinette County Board had better wake up. There is more than $20 million at stake in tourism. Many of my friends have changed their vacation plans for friendlier areas of the state. Just go online and see what is being said about the High Falls area. If you want a DWI, go to High Falls. Officers said families will come here because they feel safer. I say, get off the Kool Aid! Spend the taxpayers money fighting crime instead of chasing cars like a dog!
I purchased the August 14 edition of the Peshtigo Times and was shocked by the headline, Heroin Use Continues Huge Problem In Marinette County.
Could anything be more indicative of the completely failed war on drugs than this horrendous development?
Its time Americans come to understand that prohibition only makes the problems associated with drugs worse.
Several years ago, I wrote an article about alcohol prohibition and gangster, Al Capone. The story points out that the then-illegal activities of alcohol consumption and gambling that brought Capone $75,000,000 annually in 1928 dollars are now legal in most of the nation. And the sky hasnt fallen.
Please direct your readers to http://schaarcommunications.com/Al-Capone-Prohibition-Legalization.html
Law enforcement will never eliminate drugs. The reason is demand. As Capone said during a news conference in 1927, I never had to send out high pressure salesmen. Why, I could never meet the demand.
Its time to take an entirely different course of action.
Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005
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