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Issue Date: July 15, 2020

Editor:

I said it last week, and I'll say it again: We can't pretend our way out of this pandemic"we're all in the together and we need to start behaving that way.

I was appalled to see that our Wisconsin Republican Party insisted on holding their annual State Convention in person, in Wisconsin's second largest COVID-19 hot spot, in the midst of two consecutive record-setting days of new confirmed cases. As a Marinette County Board member from the Town of Peshtigo, I was shocked at their careless disregard for the safety of Brown County residents.

I was angered to see that they didn't require attendees to wear masks, yet handed out a flier with a disclaimer that stated, ""by attending the (Republican Party of Wisconsin) State Convention you acknowledge and assume any potential risk and liability for your own health." (News reports say that, of the 322 people in attendance, around a dozen wore masks.)

But I was most appalled to see John Nygren, our current 89th Assembly District Representative, disregard the pandemic and instead focus on the possibility of securing a Republican supermajority in November. A two-thirds majority in the Assembly and the Senate would give Republicans the ability to successfully override any veto by the Governor.

Thus far, he and the GOP have refused to work with Governor Evers to formulate a plan to control the spread of the virus"in fact, they sued to prevent the Governor from acting and celebrated when they "won", stripping the Evers administration of the authority to manage the COVID-19 crisis; they've refused to meet to deal with the problems associated with holding elections during the pandemic; and they've refused to do anything meaningful about the Country's third-largest PFAS contamination site right here in Marinette. And now they're excited about having the power to do even less!

This reckless disregard for human life is completely unconscionable. The Wisconsin GOP owns this pandemic. The responsibility for every new case of the virus rests squarely in the hands of our elected Republican leadership.

Politics shouldn't be an Us-against-Them team sport"November 3rd is fast approaching, and it's time Wisconsin elects leaders who will work together to put the health and safety of our people first.

Karl Jaeger

Candidate, Wisconsin Assembly District 89



Dear Editor:

We are currently represented by a representative in the State Assembly that loves press releases. I use that word "representative" with tongue in cheek.

Last year John Nygren did a press release on a bi-partisan bill that would have provided our state a victory over PFAS. It wasn't the bill people wanted because of partisan negotiations but it was a start. Industry lobby groups had their claws in the process and their money in Nygren's bank account.

Even after watering the Clear Act down and helping these corporate goons sabotaged local efforts and still taking a victory lap, he failed to be in Madison when the bill had a chance to be voted on by the legislature. It had passed through all the committee hearings only to die a corporate corrupt death.

This is only one example of corruption by a career politician that was sent to Madison to serve the people NOT the polluters. There are plenty more.

Mary Hansen,

Peshtigo



Editor:

Peshtigo V.F.W. Post 8813 would like to thank residents of Peshtigo, Marinette and visitors for supporting their 4th of July veterans Poppy Drive. Also thank you to Lee's Family Foods, Jack's Foods and George Webb's for allowing us to do this.

Tony Matecki,

Poppy Chairman       



To the Editor:

Everything changed after December 7, 1941 as World War II started for the United States. 2,403 people were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. No one thought we could "get back to normal" in a couple of months. Security changed, rationing was imposed, private businesses were converted to war production, and wage and price controls were imposed. The war would go on for over three and a half years.

We lost 36,516 soldiers over three years in the Korean War. We lost 58,209 soldiers in Vietnam over eight years. We lost 4,497 soldiers in the war in Iraq over seven years. After 19 years, we have lost 2,216 men and women in Afghanistan.

We have lost 135,000 Americans in less than five months time to Covid-19 and over 3 million have become infected. Those numbers grow every hour of everyday. They were fathers and mothers and children, grandparents, sisters and brothers, best friends, husbands and wives, neighbors. They were all innocents, and they were attacked while just going about their normal daily lives. Many were attacked trying to help others: the EMT's, firefighters, police, nursing home staff, doctors and nurses. Some died as they kept us fed working in stores, driving delivery trucks, processing meat for us to eat.

Yes, we are in the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression. Yes, we are in the worst public health crisis since the 1918 Spanish Flu. Yes, people are being restricted as to what we can do, where we can do it, and how we can do it. Yes, it is stressful to have your family closed in your home for months, or to be alone in your apartment. Yes, it is tragic that people cannot visit their family members in a nursing home. Worse yet, it is unbelievably heart wrenching to know that if a loved one passes in a hospital, we can't be there to say goodbye.

No, Covid-19 is not under control in the United States, or in Wisconsin, or in Marinette County. No, this isn't going away anytime soon. No, your "right" to do whatever you want, wherever you want, however you want doesn't trump your neighbor's right not to be infected and die.

No, we can't get back to normal, not until we have proven treatments and a vaccine that can be made available to everyone. Everything has changed since the Covid-19 Pandemic hit our shores. Being mad about it changes nothing. Being foolish about it has made it worse. Stay home and wear a mask when you must go out in public.

Doug Oitzinger,

Marinette



Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to Barbara Berton's letter that was published. I would like to point out some facts. Firstly, The Coalition to Save The Menominee River is not allowed to endorse any politician. They are a 501c3 group. They are a nonprofit. The sole reasoning for the group, is to protect the Menominee River from being polluted. Secondly, the Facebook group was created prior to the Coalition. These are two separate entities. Yes, it gets political, why? We are citizens concerned for our water and our environment. We must speak out on local, state, and national levels. She said she is a republican and likes John Nygren. That is fine. However, if she were paying attention, she would know that John Nygren publicly in one of his radio ads in 2018, said The Back 40 was a Michigan issue. He also has failed to show that he cares about the PFAS issue that is affecting the citizens in Peshtigo and Marinette.

I would like to say in the cause to fight for our water. It should not be a right or left issue. It has become a politicized issue as there are candidates like John Nygren who have made it a right vs left issue. I would like to say this year as far as my activism goes. My activism is at the ballot box. My vote is for candidates that will stand for things I care about. Since we are sticking to this issue of the water, it is clean water candidates.

Thank You,

Juliane Draze-Buyarski,

Marinette Resident



Dear Editor:

Recently the town of Middle Inlet lost two past officer: Joseph Policello, who served in various elected positions during the 90'1; and Ralph Orlando, who served in various elected offices during the 80's and early 90's. I had the privilege to serve with these gentlemen for many years. They are part of the legacy of the Town of Middle Inlet. R.I.P. Joe and Ralph.

The current Town Board will most certainly be part of that legacy. April, 2019 saw the elected position of Clerk/Treasurer become an appointed position. The Board decided to appoint an individual they felt was "most qualified".

Monthly requests were submitted for the required financial reports under the states open records law. These records were never completely provided. Every month portions would be missing or incomplete. However, parts of the records provided indicated that in a single month the Town was charged over $900 for "insufficient funds:. The following month the Town was charged over $600 for "insufficient Funds". In addition, the Town was fined by the IRS for failure to submit the quarterly report and payment for FICA Taxes.

During this period it appeared that the request for these public records was being hindered by charges ranging from $.50 to $1.50 per page. It is difficult to understand that these charges reflected the cost to run a sheet of paper thru the copier. The Town then fabricated a complaint alleging these requests were done in a "threatening and intimidating" manner, constituting "harassment", and filed an injunction with the courts. During said hearing two specific false allegations were presented as "evidence". The court granted the Injunction and prohibited future contacts and limited requests to be made by mail.

The "transparency and openness" of government appears to have declined significantly. Providing accurate and informative agenda information as required by statutes is lacking. The Town recently appointed a new clerk/treasurer and hall custodian. There was no posting to solicit applicants for these positions.

It is hoped that the new clerk/treasurer performs at a level of competency that the Town deserves. She is wished the best.

Charles D. Stanek

Middle Inlet


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