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Issue Date: January 20, 2021

Dear Editor:

Peshtigo School Taxpayers

Here is what's coming your way.

For the past couple of months an advisory committee has been working on the thoughts, needs, wants and/or fixes to the aging Middle/High School building.

This April 6, 2021 you will be voting on a referendum to renovate the existing Middle/High School building, at a cost of approximately $32-$33 million. This gives the promise of about 25-35 years of use before the community will have to renovate again. Proof is in the communities all around us. This project is projected to take 3 years to complete.

Please take note that during these advisory meetings we have learned that the Peshtigo School District has the ability to borrow a maximum of $40 million, with the consent of the voters. Currently the Peshtigo School tax is among the lowest in the area. If this referendum is passed, it will put us at about the highest. $32 million dollars is a huge amount of money to levy on the taxpayers.

Do we really need to do this 3 year project? Every time I have been inside the Peshtigo Middle/High School, I am impressed. The building looks in very good shape. I understand that there items that need to be renewed, ie. Boiler system. So fix what needs to be fixed and save a huge amount of millions of dollars.

The additions are a new gym, new weight room, new locker area, and additional space to be added to the existing tech ed. area, ie. Manufacturing and Construction. Work will also be done to renovate existing classrooms, new exterior and new windows throughout the building.

What is wrong with the existing gyms, why do we need another gym?

I have talked with recent graduates, within the last few years on several occasions. The question asked was - Did your high school years suffer because of building inadequacy. Amazingly, they said no, not a problem.

Why would you add on to a school that is only a car length away from the river? Adding on to the existing building will take away parking spaces and create more problems for parking near and/or around the school.

Performance Service Inc. "PSI" is a company of engineers whose task is to listen to the School Board, Teachers, Contractors, and concerned citizens of the voting public as to the best solution for our school building dilemma. They have come to this point with several possibilities that have good merit. The school board voted on renovation of the existing middle/high school building. This results in the April 6th referendum for $32.4 million.

Starting very soon, you the public will start receiving propaganda of all sorts to persuade you to vote for the renovation project. I know this will happen, because I have a brochure produced by "PSI". The title of the 2 page document is "Strategies for Successful Referendums". I can and will share that instructional with anyone that wishes to see it. You should not be surprised by such a publication. If I was "PSI", I would do the same. It is good business to promote what you are trying to do.

I did ask "PSI", at one of the advisory committee meetings, how does "PSI" get paid? The response was that there is no charge at this time. I had to ask again - How do you get paid? The answer presented to me was 5% of the total project. As far as I can see, "PSI" is a very competent and is justified in earning that percentage. The fact that must be kept in perspective is that the higher the project cost, the more money will be earned by "PSI".

Were there any other engineering firms quoting on this project? If so, what were the results of their costs projections of the floor plans and/or renderings? Could that possibly mean that there may be a better solution for the Peshtigo taxpayers. This could possibly results in a better bang for the dollar. I also know that there is another type of building complex for a school that has not been fully researched. A new school complex consisting of domes could be built for the grades 7 thru 12 at a cost of approximately $5 million per dome resulting in a total cost of $25 to $35 million, depending on the number of domes required to satisfy the needs/wants of the district. That could possibly results in a new complex to be built with all the amenities that everyone was asking for, at a cost equal to or even less than the cost to renovate the existing building. The complex could be built on another site that would eliminate parking space problems for faculty, students, extracurricular events, and create a safer environment for drop-offs and pickup of students.

In summary: I do believe that something should be done to improve the educational process by expanding the tech education area ie. Manufacturing, Construction, Home Economics, and Fine Arts ie. band, choir, theater and athletics. All of the areas above will not be addressed in the current referendum.

We the public of the Peshtigo School District need to talk with one another about the referendum. Talk to your neighbors and/or friends about this letter to the editor. The April 6th referendum is not the solution for the Middle/High School issues. Please feel free to contact us regarding other possible solutions to the issues in this letter to the editor.

Marshall Lund

715-789-2256

Randall Monnette

715-732-4623



To the Editor:

I just finished reading two of the most recent letters to the editor.  One stated that a "rabid mob stormed the U.S. Capital."  The other said, "There was no widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election."   I'm going to assume both are ardent watchers of liberal media sources and will ignore any information to the contrary.  The old saying applies: If the Democrats didn't have double standards, they'd have no standards at all.

To set the record straight, No one will condone the actions of a few.  The deaths at the Capital were uncalled for along with the multiple deaths cause by the ANTIFA riots. There were hundreds of thousands of "PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATORS" at the U.S. Capital on January 6.  What happened was despicable and those involved should be brought to justice.  Swiftly and without prejudice.  You'll never hear statements like that from our Democrat friends regarding ANTIFA.  They simply turn a blind eye to their own corruption.  Where was their outrage when ANTIFA storm trooped the cities of Seattle, Kenosha, Baltimore, Portland and others?  Burning businesses to the ground and looting others causing billions of dollars in damage?  In an interview with CNN, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said "She could not explain how long Seattle residents could expect the "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" in downtown Seattle to exist and said it could turn into a "summer of love".  A Summer of Love?  Buildings burned to the ground?  Territory overrun by domestic terrorists? Billions lost and Democrats supported these "rabid mobs" and did nothing to stop them.  Why?  Because it fit their political narrative of blaming Trump.  President Trump offered to send troops in and they ignored the timely offer again and again.  Michelle Obama said it was nothing more than a photo-op for the police to use pepper spray and rubber bullets on the "peaceful protesters".   Burning cities, looting businesses equals peaceful protesters according to our Democrat friends. 

Regarding voter fraud comment.  The author stated, "There was no widespread voter fraud".  Widespread?   My question is, how much voter fraud does there need to be for it to be widespread?   The author makes the bold statement that the counties of NE Wisconsin voted overwhelmingly for Trump without any evidence of voter fraud.  How does he know this?  However he ignores the fact that Milwaukee and Dane counties completely circumvented Wisconsin State laws with illegal drop off boxes among many other irregularities.  What about Wisconsin Statute 6.86(2) allowing voters to list themselves as "indefinitely confined because of age, physical illness or infirmity" or if they are "disabled for an indefinite period."  Almost 178,000 Wisconsinites voted via this law and that's roughly a 238% increase from previous Presidential elections.  Abnormality?  Conspiracy?  No reason to investigate according to Democrats.    

The following are some of the voter fraud cases as reported by various clerks in the State of Wisconsin for the 2020 Presidential Election:  

"Reports of an undeliverable Election Day registration confirmation postcard.

"Reports of an individual attempting to vote twice in the same election by trying to cast a ballot in two different municipalities.

"Reports of an individual providing an incorrect address on their voter registration. 

"Reports of an individual attempting to vote twice in the same election, once by in-person early voting or voting by mail and once at the polls on Election Day. 

"Reports of a felon who attempted to register to vote.

"Reports of an individual providing unspecified incorrect information on their voter registration. 

"Reports of an individual attempting to vote twice in the same election, once by in-person early voting and once by mail. 

 One would be naive to think this occurred on a limited basis.  Conspiracy?  I guess we will never know because the Democrats won't allow an investigation.  Zero calls for an investigation and the Republican Leadership in Wisconsin and across our fruited plains has been MIA.    

There will be some who will say the courts threw out almost every legal claim made by the Trump administration.  Most of the judicial summaries stated; "The cases were thrown out not because of their lack of merit but because of standing, a legal requirement that a person must prove they have been harmed."  Apparently the cases had legal merit but not legal standing?  I'm no lawyer but this seems to be a cowardly decision by the judiciary especially with so much on the line.       

Widespread voter fraud?  Maybe it wasn't fraud by pure legal definition but a manipulation of the statutes.    

Claiming conspiracies is nothing short of intellectual dishonesty.  Was it a conspiracy when the Democrats leaked the fake Russia Dossier and then went on a 3 year, $40 million investigation?  Democrats had no problem investigating that conspiracy.  But what about the conspiracy when Joe Biden extorted the Ukrainian Government with billions of dollars in his pay-to-play scheme if they didn't fire the prosecutor investigating the corrupt Ukrainian energy company Burisma and Biden's son Hunter?  Or what about the conspiracy when Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein employed a Chinese spy for nearly 20 years or Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell was caught playing with another Chinese spy?  Democrats have a loose definition of what a conspiracy is.  This is what Democrat Adam Schiff said about the Russia Collusion conspiracy -  "The Russians offered help, the campaign accepted help, the Russians gave help, and the president made full use of that help, and that is pretty damning, whether it is proof beyond a reasonable doubt of conspiracy or not," Schiff said.  Did you get that?  Democrats investigated Donald Trump based on a conspiracy of questionable proof and all the Democrat followers fell right in line but god forbid we investigate allegations of voter fraud - double standard?

Now there are some Democrats and many in the liberal media who are now saying they need to start deprogramming conservatives.  AOC wants to set up a commission to oversee conservative media.  They are already censoring conservative speech via Twitter, Facebook and other media outlets.  Conservative ideas, they say,  have no place in "their" so called democracy.  Conservatives need to be silenced because their thoughts and ideas are dangerous.  I guess I would ask, How are they dangerous when compared to the Democrats ideology of abortion loving, transgender forcing, illegal alien inviting, economic killing ideas?  I say to my fellow conservatives, take a lesson from President Donald Trump.  Speak out loud and proud against the damning ideology of the liberal/socialists in the Democrat Party.  Demand equal justice.  Call your Representatives and hold them accountable.  Democrats riot and protest at the drop of a dime and it's time for Conservatives to get a spine now more than ever.  Justice is no longer blind and equal standards no longer exist.  Like I said earlier, If the Democrats didn't have double standards, they'd have no standards at all.  God Help us.

Have a Great Day!

Ted Story,

Marinette


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