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Issue Date: January 13, 2022

Letter to the Editor:

There was a moment of silence in a session of the House of Representatives on the anniversary of the Jan. 6th riots to honor the victims of that horrific day. It was truly sad and shameful to see that only one Republican representative, Liz Cheney and her Father, Vice President Dick Cheney were present on that side of the isle.

The Republican party of today consists of two important factions. One consists of the traditional branch that has conservative values and are the Republicans of the party of Lincoln and Reagan. There are either few traditional Republicans or those that exist, have been silenced or felt the need to go along with Trump due to political pressure. The other faction, the Trumpist wing, appears to still follow the former president. The Trumpist wing is sabotaging our democracy. They are changing election laws all across this great nation and putting our democracy at great risk. In Wisconsin, representatives at the State level are working overtime to follow Trump's marching orders to further restrict voting rights. Cutting back on the number of polling stations and drop boxes, more restrictions on mail in voting, making it harder for former felons to vote, just to name a few. They are trying to get rid of the Wisconsin Election Commission which is a bipartisan group that they created. The responsibility would be transferred to an individual with similar view to theirs. The end result could be, if the legislature doesn't like the results of an election, they can disregard the wishes of the voters and send a alternate slate of electors in a Presidential race, (as they actually did this in the 2020 Election but it failed). Add to this the fake Mike Gableman election audit, which is there just to put doubt in voter's mind that the elections are flawed, and is just another scam costing tax payers a fortune. All this because of the big Trump lie that the election was stolen. This is how Authoritarian governments are formed and Democracies fail.

What branch of the Republican Party do you feel best matches your beliefs? Our country continues to be under attack as the coup that started a little over a year ago is ongoing and growing in strength through legislation and replacing the people responsible for the elections. These activities are attacking core structures of our democracy and could be the end our Republic.

Political pressures from the Trumpist wing are attacking the foundation of our democracy. Democrats and Independents alone can't stop this. Traditional conservative voices are needed to apply counter pressure. Please vote, protest peacefully, and communicate your thoughts to your elected officials, friends, and neighbors to support voting rights and protect our vote.

Dennis Fiedorowicz



Dear Editor:

This letter is the second installment of my Dec. 8 letter to the editor concerning the Middle/High School Building Project in Peshtigo. It relates to the 5th referendum that is sure to happen as soon as the Superintendent and School Board can put it together. This letter represents an alternative to what the taxpayers have voted "down" in the last 4 referendums.

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 their best solution to the Peshtigo building situation.

The type of school building Peshtigo has is a box and frame. PSI wants no other type to even be considered. It's the normal, they are good with it, and I am sure they are efficient working with that type of building. That sets nicely with PSI's Peshtigo Cash Cow. It seems that every 25-35 years the "Box and Frame" type building needs to go through a major renovation of some sort. Proof is looking at any of our neighboring school districts. It seems that all of them go through this type of interval, to renovate again at more millions of dollars cost. Why; because structural engineers have to be part of the situation to make a safe rebuild. That puts PSI in a perfect position to run the Peshtigo Cash Cow again in 25-35 years. Talk about them making more money from your tax dollars.

Peshtigo has been very lucky because of the last 4 referendums. The voters have said "NO" to these huge expenditures; essentially saying to the Superintendent and School Board to make due with what you have. I guarantee that sooner or later they are going to succeed with their wants in a referendum. "You", the taxpayer will pay for it.

For the last 3 plus years, I have been trying to introduce a different type of school building. It is called a concrete dome. For use as school buildings they generally put several of these domes together to form a building complex joined by some type of conventional building.

The only way a concrete dome does not outperform a conventional building is if you have a "Dennis the Menace" and you tell him to go sit in the corner, he may become confused and even that should really not be a problem.

Wisconsin does have a Middle/High School Dome Complex in service for better than 4 years. It services the Johnson Creek School District grades 5-12. Johnson Creek is located halfway between Milwaukee and Madison.

Five years ago Johnson Creek built a 5 dome complex for $20 million to provide for grades 5-12. Last year they started work o 3 more domes for the complex.

Peshtigo has a golden opportunity to study the Johnson Creek School District. Why don't we do that; instead of having to vote down the next referendum like we had to do for the last four attempts.

My name is Marshall Lund, 715-789-2256. I pay Grover Property Taxes. This letter is how I see the Peshtigo Middle/High School Referendum Issues. I also see the situation as a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY for Peshtigo to do something "VERY, VERY special for itself and the surrounding community. We need you Hometown Professionals to wake up at a local level otherwise someone else will give away our tax dollars. IT'S YOUR MONEY.

Marshall Lund



Letter to Editor:

I've been thinking about the letters to the editor from Katie Berman and Rick Berth. It really upset me by the way they put down our Mayor.

Katie was upset because she and rick voted no on allowing the Healing Patriots free use of the Drees Center, and that the Mayor thanked the council members that voted yes.

I am a very patriotic person, many men and women in my family served this country as did most of my friends. If you can allow the historical committee free use of the Drees Center why not the Healing Patriots? Katie I find it difficult that you would vote no when you say you have military members in your family. What if one of them needed help from a local veterans group?

Eugene Frank has been working with the Mayor on many projects for the city, I have personally helped Eugene with the moving wall, and the veterans breakfast on Veterans Day, my family and the Mayor passed out flags along the military convoy route that traveled through our city, my family and I are the ones that put flags in your yard on the 4th of July. So, for the Mayor to thank the City Council members for voting yes, good for her.

As to Rick Berth saying that there are falsehoods and misunderstandings coming from the Mayor, I have not seen any. As to the city attorney saying to reach out to him, then the Mayor told the Council they had to go through her was because of the cost of going to the attorney when he was busy doing a tremendous amount of work for the city.

About the training/guidance for city officials, is that not the responsibility of said city official? Also not knowing about the budget transfers and you voted no because you didn't know enough about the transfers and adjustments. Why didn't you do your civic duty and ask about them?

Katie and Rick you two are so anti Mayor Cathi Malke it is sad to see that you two can't or won't try to be more pro city and less anti Cathi. Do you realize how much of her and Carl's own time and money they put into the city? Mayor Cathi Malke has done so much good for our city that most of the residents don't know, but they can go in her office and talk to her anytime.

I think the Mayor and all of the City Council members should work together to have the very best for our city and it's residents.

Thank you,

Kathy Crabtree

Dear Editor:



"Old Dusty Trails"

(An ode to Westerns)

There was Henry Fonda and Walter Brennan

In My Darling Clementine,

William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy

And the wester sun would always shine,

John Wayne in Rio Bravo

Gary Cooper standing tall in High Noon,

Roy Rogers singing while riding Trigger

And Gene Autry singing under a full moon,

Gregory Peck as The Gunfighter

Randolph Scott in Decision at Sundown,

Jimmy Stewart in Shenandoah

Drifting through a saloon filled western town,

Alan Ladd as Shane

And Kirk Douglas listening to the coyotes call.

Fess Parker as Davey Crockett

As we watched the Alamo fall.

Where have all my western heroes gone?

Do they still drift the west like a cloud that soils?

When I was young they were my heroes

Riding into towns on old dusty trails.

James Arness as Matt Dillon

Miss Kitty awaits at the Long Branch,

Richard Widmark in the Last Wagon

And the Cartwrights at the Ponderosa Ranch.

Clint Eastwood in a Fistful of Dollars

As the man with no name,

Later on in Pale Rider

But no one knew from where he came.

Robert Redford and Paul Newman

As the Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy,

Clint Walker as Cheyenne

and James Garner as Maverick dealing poker comically.

There were sidekicks like bearded Gabby Hayes

And Jingles played by AndyDevine.

Gravelly voiced Chill Wills

And Smiley Burnette always got out of line.

Where have all my western heroes gone?

Do they still drift the west like a cloud that sails?

When I was young they were my heroes

Riding into towns on old dusty trails.

Roger Lanich,

Wausaukee


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