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From Our Readers

Issue Date: April 7, 2022

Dear Editor:

Once again on a local level we do not have a lot of contested races. There are a few but not as many as we need. I have yet to hear anyone say the Marinette County Board is doing a good job. One big problem is the size of the board. It is way to big to be fast or light on its feet. The meetings are once a month during the day yet there are times when a lot of members that ran for the position are not there.  The meeting schedule is available way ahead of time so really little reason for elected paid members to miss the one day a month they have to work!  Oh wait I almost forgot each member is on a committee so make that two days a month.  I feel if the representatives do not attend they should not be paid even though the amount paid is embarrassing low. It is not like the county budget or our taxes are low. Taxes are not for the level of services we get and the poor quality of the roads.  If you are unhappy with your elected officials don't vote for them. Write another name in or just don't vote for them. It is called a vote of no confidence. Most of them won't figure it out though. The county board should meet at least twice a month.  For a business with the huge budget they have is that to much to expect?

 Marinette County is constantly looking for employees for a number of positions.  I feel that few if any people are moving to Marinette County seeking work and a better way of life.  Many places sold are for retirement or recreation. The lower level or entry positions available from the county are not ones that would attract people from distant locations.  The county's housing market is pretty tight and I doubt there is money paid to these employees to help relocate.  The answer is not more affordable subsidized housing. The county wages listed in many of the ads of $19.94 - $22.79 per hour do not seem to have qualified people beating down the doors.  

 I do not have an easy solution for the worker shortage at Marinette County. There are solutions for the lack of suitable political candidates. The solution for elected officials being in office to long is term limits and perhaps upper age limits. The office of President of the United States needs an upper age limit and so should congress.  Elected officials will never put limits on their positions unfortunately.  A county board of 15 would be easy to do and smart. We could pay them twice as much and the budget could save some mileage and per diem costs.

Pete Pfankuch,

Town of Lake

 Dear Editor:

To the Residents of Town of Peshtigo and City of Peshtigo

On behalf of "Cans for Kids". Cindy Sutek and I wish to extend a special thank you for your continued support. we will and do offer extremities to local families with children who are facing serious difficulties.

We owe it all to you for your continuing support by depositing your aluminum cans either at Town of Peshtigo Recycle Center and/or the large contained located on Maple Street, Peshtigo, near the Krist Oil Gas Station.

We truly appreciate your support.

Thank You,

Cindy Sutek and Mary E. Lock



Editor:

Thank you for those who stopped to donate March 25th for the 13th Annual Freezin' 4 Reasons for homeless families in our community!!  Between students pre-event monies, monies begged, Thrivent Financial, Catholic Financial grants received and Biehl Construction and other local business pre-event donations, we raised over $6230. 

This money is restricted for shelter homeless families or to maintain families in their homes   Much gratitude to the attending students and the adult chaperones for their time and energies for this event.   

 Special thanks to Freezin' 4 Reasons presenters:  Christine Polzin, Marinette School District Student Services Coordinator for sharing the stats and services offered to homeless students; Brandon Cacek, Veteran Grant Coordinator for St Joseph SSVdP Conference sharing the stats and services offered Veterans and their families through the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Non-Profit grant and Jeanne Harper, Secretary of St Joseph SSVdP Conference sharing stats and services offered homeless families over the last year.

St Joseph SSVdP Conference from Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30 2021 provided 1038 visits with families and Those In Need of Services, affecting over 3077 people helped throughout the last fiscal year.   Since Oct. 1, 2021 to March 25, 2022 ?? St Joseph SSVdP Conference has served 653 families already this fiscal year, affecting over 1255 total people served of which 1019 are children.  We have paid out $13,000 in Rent, $3100 for Wisconsin Public Service, $3000 for Water, $2300 for gas for medical, work or school purposes and miscellaneous basic needs of $8700 for work shoes, bus tickets, medications, car repairs, etc.  One quarter of all families served are dealing with homelessness or fear of eviction.  So, the $6230 monies raised by our community, will be well spent assisting families in need in our community. 

 Again, thank you to all those who help us help others.  God's Blessings on your lives.

Peter Mayhew

Conference President


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