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From our readers

Dear Editor:

The Marinette County Board has proclaimed that they would like to support and grow economic development in the county. At the meeting on Jan. 31, we had an opportunity to put our money where our mouth was. The county had an opportunity to give a contract/purchase to 1 of 2 businesses within the county. Instead the board voted to give the contract to an out of county business to save a mere 2%. The overall contract was $205,964.50. That all could have been spent in the local economy. I believe the board failed the county. I was the only opponent to this vote. It passed 28-1 in favor of spending this money out of county. When we consider the county's overall budget for the year is around $64 million, this is a drop in the bucket, but $200,000 is a big deal to local business.

I am Christopher Schmidt, Supervisor 17 for Marinette County, and I am a small business owner for Marinette Landscaping and Peshtigo Stone and Garden. I believe the county should support businesses here in the county to the best of their ability. I believe the public would agree with me. I encourage you to email your local district supervisor and tell them if you think the county should adopt rules to better promote choosing the local economy over out of county firms, if the overall difference is under 5%. I think we can do better for Marinette County. You can contact your local supervisor on the Marinette County webpage, www.marinettecounty.com and select the "county board/committees" link.

Chris Schmidt



To the Editor:

"No Children Are in Bethlehem"

The echoes of the thunder,

the whispers of the night,

they say the war is over,

but did we find the light?

No children are in Bethlehem,

but tears lay on the ground,

the Heaven is still dropping them,

but no one hears their sound.

The clouds are gray and lonely,

the songbirds disappear,

the only ones who survived,

are left with doubt and fear.

The land is full of scars,

no rainbows in the sky,

they say the war is over,

but why did so many living things have to die?

Walking through the waste yards,

I'm left with a lost heart,

remembrance of the thunder,

the whispers of the dark.

No children are in Bethlehem,

but tears lay on the ground,

the Heaven is still dropping them,

but no one hears their sound.

Roger Lanich

Wausaukee



2 STAA Seniors

Reflect on Education



During Catholic Schools Week two St. Thomas Aquinas Academy seniors wrote articles on their reflections with the Academy.

By: Lauryn Albaugh

As a senior preparing for graduation, I often take time to reflect on my experience in a Catholic school. Four years ago my family made the decision to enroll my sister and me at Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy, even though we are not a Catholic family. Prior to that decision, I had taken an afternoon to shadow my potential class. In the few hours I spent observing, I realized there was no other school like this one. " The transition from public to private school was slightly tough, but looking back I can say that it was the most rewarding decision I have made. It is difficult to express the atmosphere of Saint Thomas, as I am reminded everyday of the school's uniqueness. Nowhere else is there such a strong and beneficial connection between students, teachers, faculty, and alumni, proving the generational impact of Saint Thomas. Although we may not have an abundance of students, our enrollment does not reflect our school pride, opportunity for education, athletic dedication, nor our legacy. Aside from that achievement, it is one of the most socially accepting, encouraging, and entertaining schools to develop as not only a Christian, but as an individual.

While Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy has challenged me academically and prepared me for college, it has also instilled in me morals and values. There is an overwhelming feeling of unity at Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy, even though not everyone is Catholic, and I feel blessed to have been apart of that. In the spring I will be leaving this Academy, not with regret or fear, but with confidence that I will succeed and with memories that will last a lifetime.



By: Eric Powers

Looking back at my years here at Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy, I can confidently say that the Catholic education I received has been both enjoyable and academically beneficial. Catholic education is often misconstrued as one that consists of constant prayer and nuns. In actuality, the focus on Catholic education is in perfect ratio with the academic scholarship of mathematics, sciences, and electives. The reality of Saint Thomas was even a surprise to me when I transferred from a public to private school early in my middle school career. My outlook as to how a private school operated was quickly contradicted when I came to the realization that this school, in many ways, is similar to the public school, but is supplemented by the opportunities and advantages of being a smaller school. The interaction received from having smaller class sizes in a private school allows for a more focused education, as well as creates a family-like atmosphere. These advantages are not limited to academics, but rather create opportunities to excel in both sports and co-curricular activities. Saint Thomas has successfully prepared me for college, and has given me the academic success and fond memories that I feel have made me not only a better student, but has created for me a better tomorrow.


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