From Our ReadersIssue Date: June 20, 2019
Letter to Editor:
The City of Marinette is considering banning dogs from public parks. Increasingly dogs are a part of our local pet families. To restrict dogs from public parks is a step backwards in becoming an attractive community to an increasing number of dog lover households.
However, I agree that responsible pet ownership and the privilege to be in public parks rests in good citizenship. Dog waste left in public parks is not good citizenship. I would like to recommend a reasonable solution.
Marinette has a leash law. Having a dog in public on a reasonable length leash, under the control of the pet owner, is enforceable. A person tethered to a dog knows what is happening with their pet and is visibly tied to the problem. You can see who is responsible for the pick-up. While this does not solve the problem, it is observable and enforceable. I recommend recommunicating and reinforcing the leash law.
The rest of the solution is based upon appealing to all citizens as the solution. I believe the best deterrent is when people hold each other accountable. Call it peer pressure, or a social conscious, it is the feeling of responsibility, to each other, that is often overlooked. Feeling that certain behaviors are socially unacceptable is a powerful force. We recommend that the City Council consider asking for help from the Pet Community and Citizens with Dogs to create an environment where responsible pet ownership includes keeping your dog on a leash when out in public and picking up dog waste with every deposit. This solution applies whether you are in the park, on the trail or across the street in an empty lot. This solution will not be perfect, but more effective that creating a ban that is not enforceable.
On behalf of the Menominee American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 146, we wish to extend our appreciation to the community for supporting our veterans during National Poppy Days which were held May 16-18 in the City of Menominee. The American Legion family uses this symbolic flower, which are made by hospitalized and disabled veterans as a form of rehabilitation to honor and support veterans.
In 2018, ALA members throughout the U.S.A. distributed millions of poppies, and raised almost $2 million in donations that went directly to help veterans, military, and their families in need. In addition, area veterans have access to the following: DAV (Disabled American Veterans) for transportation; D. J. Jacobetti Veterans Home, Marquette, Michigan; Oscar G. Johnson Medical Center, Iron Mountain, Mich.; U. P. Honor Flight Program, and Wilwin Veterans Rehabilitation Center, Cygnet Cove in Lower Michigan.
A sincere appreciation is extended to Bay Cities Radio, Eagle Herald, Menominee County Journal and The Peshtigo Times for publishing media news releases informing the community of Poppy Days, and of the American Legion organization with its events and programs. Lastly, Jack's Fresh Market and K-Mart for providing the location settings for poppy distribution, and our volunteers within the DAV and Post 146 Family which includes ALA, Legionnaires and Sons of American Legion for making this event successful.
Thank you for supporting the ALA Poppy Program to honor the fallen, and support the living veterans.
Menominee ALA Unit 146
818 First Street
Letter to Editor:
So the governor of Wisconsin has decided to offend multitudes of decent moral normal people by flying a gay pride flag over the capitol. Is that bizarre or is that bizarre.
What kind of people would intentionally offend decent moral normal people? Probably the same kind of people who would allow discrimination against, legal persecution of, and making criminals out of decent moral businesspeople who merely don't want to cater to heterophobic homosexuals.
And probably the same kind of people who put the disordered feelings of transgenders ABOVE the feelings of decent moral normal people who don't want to share their restrooms with people who are physiologically of the opposite sex. Probably people whose values are upside-down, backward and twisted.
Thinking people from Plato on down have known for centuries that homosexual activity is immoral and that homosexuality is obviously an objective disorder. It is relatively easy to point out serious flaws in all the arguments heterophobic homosexuals use to try to rationalize homosexual activity. So, to put voluntary, aberrant, homosexual activity on the same level as, for examples, involuntary skin color or age is absurd and is downright offensive to many people of color.
These are strange times we live in, where people whose values are so warped yet they actually think they are "progressive" while they are trying to take us back over 2000 years to ancient Greek and Roman times when relatively primitive and ignorant people irrationally valued homosexual activity. Talk about being on the wrong side of history! Unreal. Beam me up, Scotty! The inmates are taking over the asylum!
Downers Grove IL
"Counting All the Raindrops"
(Dedicated to Dorothy Steffens)
She sat by the kitchen window
Starring out at the raindrops falling.
Daydreaming I suppose
But no one can be quite sure.
I wonder if she ever dreamt
Of castles in the sky,
Or of voyages in magical seas
To Faraway and distant lands.
Sometimes when I came down from upstairs
I'd see her sitting there,
We'd have a quiet conversation
About nothing too important.
But I always left the conversation thinking
There's more to her than people see,
I'm sure she was happy with her life
But there was a dream inside her heart.
She loved Pete and her family
And with him raised Mary Beth, Randy and Scott,
Always thinking of their needs first
Before any of her own.
That was a long time ago
And she has long since passed away,
But if dreams came true I'm sure she's still be
Counting all the raindrops.
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