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Letters to the Editor

School Board transparency?

To the Editor:

As a resident of the Somerset School District with children in public school, it is disheartening to stand back and witness the recent decisions made by Superintendent Mark Bezek and the Somerset School Board, specifically referring to the removal, reinstatement, and resignation of Principal Moore.

I am still waiting for any sort of reason or cause for this disruption to student education.

A few years ago current board members Mrs. Schachtner and Mrs. Dressel ran as candidates on the platform of transparency. I cannot remember a time when there has been more cloak and dagger secrecy from the Somerset Board of Education than there is right now.

Already in 2017, there have been eight calls for special session meetings which have moved to closed session, and I expect it is likely that there are more to come. I understand the need for the option of closed session, but this seems like an abuse of that option.

This drastic increase in secrecy can be directly tied to the hiring of Mr. Bezek, as he is the one requesting these meetings. Even with all of this going on, I still have pride in my schools; we have great teachers, principals, counselors, support staff, coaches, etc., but recent decisions have me questioning the leadership in the district office and school board. Where is the transparency? Is there a plan? Or is this the result of personal agendas?

Garret Belisle, Somerset


Kindness still occurs

To the Editor:

This morning (April 7) at 8 a.m. as I was driving north on County A to get to a dentist appointment, traffic stopped. Ahead of me were five vehicles, the front one was a school bus. Coming from the north were four vehicles. All vehicles had destinations/appointments. A young boy was heading for the bus; behind him was a happy little dog -- clearly ready to board the bus with his master.

The next part is so special: the boy loved that dog and that “it could not follow him to school that day”.

What to do?

He hesitated, turned around and to get his dog to go back to the house, he walked back towards the house. Thankfully the bus stayed and waited.

The dog raced ahead of the boy and quickly now the boy turned to head back to the bus and boarded successfully without the dog.

If the bus driver suggested to the boy to “save his dog’ or if the boy on his own chose to protect his pet, I do not know, but it was a delight to witness what happened and it needs to be shared.

Clearly it was worth the wait time to see love in action.

Georgine Schottler, Somerset 


Have you had enough yet?

To the Editor:

My question for the readers is have you had enough yet?

For a very long time, now we the people of Wisconsin have watched the state, which was once a

wonderful place to live and raise a family deteriorate before our very eyes.

Our infrastructure is in shambles, roads and bridges are crumbling, and our very water may soon be privatized.

Also schools have lost millions in funding, and seniors are losing assistance programs, people with disabilities are losing out on needed funding, veterans are returning from war with no place to deal with PTSD. It’s hard to believe that Native Americans have to be out in the freezing weather to protect their sacred lands and to protect our drinking water. When and how can this all end?

My first suggestion would be to have our communities rally together and start getting new fresh ideas into play. Have more people step up and run for office. I’m not saying big offices like Congress or Senate. What I am suggesting is everything from school board to county seats. That is where it all begins.

If people are truly tired of the games being played by many of our elected officials, they will realize that it’s time for many of these representative’s to be shown the door and let people who truly care take over. I believe that it’s time for the people in Wisconsin to say enough is enough. Let’s make this state family friendly again.

Mark Struble, Star Prairie


Taxation is theft

To the Editor:

Taxation is theft and on Saturday, April 15, the Libertarian Party Pierce St. Croix and the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin Radical Caucus will be holding a "Taxation is Theft" rally on the 11th Street overpass of I-94 in Hudson from 1 to 5. We hope to raise awareness to this massive theft issue and invite other libertarians to join us for an hour or two on the overpass.

If you are unable to make the "Taxation is Theft" rally you can still join us for the 2017 Libertarian Party of Wisconsin Convention and Retreat in Tomahawk  April 21-23. We broke multiple election records this year and continue to build our brand, presence, and planning. If you are a Libertarian and would like to become active in the party, or would like to explore Libertarianism, we could use your help. We are growing by leaps and bounds thanks to the ongoing recruitment opportunity created by the incompetence of those on the Red and Blue team. In fact, Trump has been a fantastic tool - literally.

Finally, I would like to remind everyone that while taxation is theft and Libertarians are meeting to discuss it, analyze it, and then work to take over the world and leave people alone, we could still use more help to spread the word. If you know what the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP) is, and why freedom and liberty are important, please consider joining the party. Tickets to the convention and membership can be found at LPWI.ORG. If you want to talk politics, stop and see us Saturday!

Robert Burke, Chair Libertarian Party Pierce - St. Croix, Town of Hudson


Lyme Disease Month

To the Editor:

The month of May has been declared "Lyme Disease Awareness Month," and for a very good reason. The greatest risk of being bitten by a tick is between the months of May and July when the nymphs hatch. Since we live in a highly endemic area, it is most important that we learn as much as possible about this potentially debilitating disease, as well as the steps we can take to try to prevent it!

With these things in mind, a small group of concerned individuals started our area Lyme Support Group nearly 10 years ago in the basement meeting room of the Bremer Bank in Amery. As their numbers grew they moved to another location and became known as the Western Wisconsin Lyme Education and Support Group.

The first Support Group meeting of the year will be held in Amery at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April the 27, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, County Road F. We look forward to meeting you, and hope that all interested persons will plan to attend. Thank you!

Ann Krisik, Amery