Letters to the Editor

Thu
29
Jan

Thanks to Lamers for his service

Special thanks to Martin Lamers for his many years of dedication and service as Stoughton’s fire chief.

The firefighters regularly train in full battle gear out by my office in North Business Park and I’m very impressed. They risk their lives in keeping us safe.

Norman C. Granvold
Stoughton

Thu
29
Jan

Happy to be helped by Habitat

I am so excited to be starting a new journey with my husband and my three children. In a month, we will move into our first home right here in Stoughton. Thanks in large part to the generosity of individuals, businesses and the churches in Stoughton, our family’s dream is coming true.

For 20 years, the Habitat for Humanity of Dane County Stoughton satellite has partnered with 12 families. I’m thrilled to say we are family number 13.

Many thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who helped rebuild our home on Gjerston Street. A special thank you to the volunteer coordinator and construction site volunteers of First Lutheran Church who made our experience so special!

Thank you Stoughton; 2015 will be a busy year moving into our beautiful home.

Andrew and Cherreka Janisch
Stoughton

Wed
21
Jan

City shouldn’t pay to hurt downtown businesses

My name is Derby Quam and I have lived and farmed in the township of Pleasant Springs all my life.

I’m in the Stoughton school district but not a voting member in the City of Stoughton, but I wish I was.

I’ve been following the Wal-Mart situation very closely. I just can’t understand why the four city council members and the mayor want the taxpayers of Stoughton to cough up $5.5 million for Wal-Mart, the richest corporation in the United States of America. 

It also appears they are trying to drive the old downtown vendors out of business.  We’re now getting the beautiful Norwegian Heritage Center which will enhance the downtown greatly. The center will attract busloads of people, which should help downtown vendors, too.

Wed
21
Jan

Racing pigeons are rich in Norwegian history

Stoughton could prove other Norwegian traditions don't have to stay 3,938 miles away.
 
The pigeon racing sport was embraced by Norway long before other countries. The craft of training pigeons to fly over long distances towards a specific loft (Pigeon housing), was introduced by Belgium in the mid-1800s.
 
Though many have lost touch about the dying activity’s existence, thousands currently race pigeons today because of a previous relative or mentor’s influence.  For example: The Corneliussen family in Norway has within it five generations of pigeon racers.  Starting with Reider Corneliussen, whom began in 1909.
 
His choice then, had meant generations afterwords would develop a lifelong love and commitment to pigeon racing.  His great-great-grandchildren are a blossoming example.
 
Wed
14
Jan

KPW is ‘diversifying, not quitting’

I am a life-long resident of Stoughton and I have seen a lot of changes in my life around Stoughton, some good and some bad. 

This Kettle Park West thing just won’t stop. Do any of the people who are against it remember downtown Stoughton over 30 years ago?

You could do all of your shopping downtown, from groceries, name brand shoes, clothes, guns and camping supplies. There were two hardware stores that I can remember, three pharmacies, four new car and truck dealers, five full-service gas stations, a bowling alley, two lumber yards and so much more.

Now, there is all this talk that downtown Stoughton will die if KPW builds – are you people blind?

Wed
07
Jan

Treatment a good reason to count blessings on Christmas

What a privilege to celebrate Christmas. We Americans are so blessed. I believe God has blessed our nation because we as a nation have helped those suffering throughout the world with goods and food and a spirit of sharing our abundance. 

Now that I can speak as an octogenarian (80-year-old), I have a vast background of blessings to draw on.  

When diagnosed with rectal cancer in the fourth, or last, stage in 2003, I had 29 radiation treatments at Turville Bay in Madison followed by chemotherapy in Middleton. Then the cancer invaded my liver with a large tumor – whew – but a cancer doctor specialist took half of my liver and the tumor out and low and behold I’ve now been cancer-free for five years.  

Wed
07
Jan

Kettle Park West needs a referendum

Turned down? 

Why in the world would our own City Council turn down a chance to hear the voices of the occupants of Stoughton on why or why not we should spend the money on the Kettle Park West project?

Is there more to this than we know, or are some of our city councilmen afraid of the outcome of this vote?

I just don’t get it. Why not let the city residents express their concern on this issue?

Randy Ree
Stoughton

Wed
07
Jan

Kettle Park West negativity is tiring

I am really tired about hearing the negative things about KPW.

I feel it will help everyone. It will bring shoppers to the area.

Downtown doesn’t sell anything that Wal-Mart does. 

My money is spent in Madison and Sun Prairie because the prices are cheaper for groceries, etc. Very sad.

I would rather spend the money in Stoughton, but I can’t. Old people need it. Move forward or let us.

Paula Leonard
Stoughton

Tue
30
Dec

Kettle Park West already seems outdated

My problem with the prospective Kettle West development is that it already feels like a stale out of date concept, dead in the water before the first shovelful of dirt is even turned skyward. 

If our picturesque little burg insists on surrounding itself with retail examples of American strip mall excess and lugubrious big box dinosaurs, the least we can do is select businesses with an eye towards a franchise future, rather than examples that seemed to have peaked in about 1998.

Bill Amundson
Stoughton

Tue
30
Dec

No outrage over auto parts store?

Have you heard the news that the Stoughton City Council approved a recommendation from the Planning Commission to allow an O’Reilly auto parts store to be built in Stoughton? 

Where is the outrage that this new “chain store,” this giant corporate juggernaut is going to come to town and hurt our local businesses?

After all, Stoughton already has numerous auto part stores, some are long standing established business that are locally owned and others are pre-established chain stores. Seems to me that the progressives in this town should take a stand against this new business that will provide infill, add jobs to our local economy, add tax base and competition to other local businesses.

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