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From our readers

To the Editor:

A headline in a recent Peshtigo Times article read: “DeSmidt Suit Settled: MarOco To Buy 6 Lots.” Perhaps it should have said: “County Boards chicken out: Taxpayers Buy 6 Overpriced Lots.”

Once again the free spending with taxpayer money Marinette County Board with only one hour in closed session knuckled under in part to the inexperienced but highly paid with excellent benefits and retirement County Administrator, with collaboration from her sidekick, the highly paid with excellent benefits and retirement Marinette County legal counsel, to make yet another very questionable expenditure of taxpayer funds.

On top of buying 6 lots that no one wants to purchase, we taxpayers are stuck paying the legal costs for both sides of the lawsuit. OUCH! Remember, the landfill was in operation well before the DeSmidts purchased their unfinished house, restaurant, golf course and land which the subdivision was created from. No jury or judge with common sense would have found in their favor. To top it off the seller can buy the lots back for $275,000 in 2044 which is 30 years from now. WOW, so potentially the DeSmidts are getting a loan of $250,000 for $25,000 if they choose to exercise the buy back. This is less than $900 per year. The county cannot sell or develop the lots. Now these lots will no longer bring in tax revenue either. I wonder at what rate the lots were being taxed? I’d wager not for $250K in tax value.

It says in the article that “No county dollars are involved in the settlement.” I’d like to point out that this is incorrect as the money being used to purchase the 6 lots belongs to the taxpayers as remaining funds from the landfill are to be split between both counties that continue to operate the landfill when it closes down. There will be $250,000 less money to split eventually.

When are the local politicians going to get all the information. Think about it for awhile and ask the taxpayers their opinions instead of blindly following well paid employees with little real world experience for making expensive decisions with taxpayers money. When is common sense going to weigh in with politicians decisions? Please express your opinions loudly to the people you elected and pay to run our county.

Sincerely,

Pete Pfankuch,

Crivitz



Letter to the Editor:

Re: City vs. Nation

So, plans are underway for next year’s Logging Festival. Are plans also underway for next year’s Fourth of July celebration? Does the Fourth of July need to die along with the local Jaycee Chapter?

Judy Alwin states, “People don’t want to be involved, but they want us to do something for them.” Who is “us”? She also states, “Yes, the birth of our country is very important and it should be celebrated, but from what I’ve heard from people, they’re all saying we don’t need fireworks on the Fourth of July.” Who is “all”?

I love the idea of a Marinette Logging Festival, but not at the expense of our Nation’s birthday party. It appears we cannot do both, because if all efforts and energies are going to a logging festival “to showcase our city,” then where will the efforts and energies come from to provide a Fourth of July celebration?

Will it always be City vs. Nation? Must it be one or the other? No compromise? Let’s move the fireworks back to the Fourth of July so children will remember the birth of our Nation. Let’s give our veterans a pat on the back instead of a slap in the face and show our thanks for the freedom we enjoy. God Bless America!

Sharon Brix Powilaites,

Marinette



Letter to Editor:

This is in response to the section entitled: “Soap Box: Who Shut Down the Government?” that appeared in the Country Cousin Column of the 10/8/13 issue of “The Peshtigo Times.” More and more the author of this weekly feature of the newspaper includes political views with a Republican slant in each column.

It would seem to me that out of fairness to the readership of the newspaper that there should be an “Opinion Page” within the publication where alternate views from various groups such as Democrats, Libertarians, Independents, Tea Party, to name a few, could be stated. This is a common method in many newspapers, assisting readers to learn about multiple ideas about how to create strong government or address serious issues.

As to a response to the section of the Country Cousin Column that I cited above, the issue is not to place blame on who caused this crisis beginning on October 1, 2013. Both sides of the aisle do this entirely too much and it is counterproductive.

Rather, the key problem for the Federal Legislative Branch in recent years is that proposed bills are not being submitted on a timely basis, e.g. the stalling of the Farm Bill, Reform of the Immigration Policy and Tax Code, etc. Therefore, due to the constant quibbling, the creation of sensible and workable laws is prevented. As a result, the citizens of our country are negatively affected in a very dangerous way.

Just note how many have suffered since the Oct. 1st shutdown. The USA is known internationally as a great democracy where every citizen has the potential to live a happy and productive life as the Preamble of the Constitution states. I believe it is becoming more and more difficult for people to achieve this goal.

Obviously, the process utilized since our country began to create successful legislation is broken. I propose a possible solution: let’s eliminate political parties. Rather, let’s use a process of electing the best candidate for leadership regardless of political affiliation.

This would remove the extremely length and expensive political campaigns that utilize huge amounts of time and money that should be used for other worthwhile purposes. Research shows that our nation is the only one of the world’s successful democratic countries that allows the massive amounts of money to be used by candidates. Those nations wisely realize that money corrupts the election process.

Unfortunately, I do not have a plan to fulfill my solution. However, that is okay, because my hope is that improvement will happen when citizens begin talking about the present dire and unworkable situation. With such discussions, a new method will be eventually created that will guarantee that the United States of America will continue as a successful nation.

Let us all take responsibility as citizens to begin pondering and talking about ideas together. We all know that solutions often come from the grassroots, ordinary people. WE are the USA, not just our political leaders.

Rose V. Marcely,

Dunbar


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