I am writing in regards to the issue of using pesticides in our parks.
I am a mother of two and resident of Stoughton. I am a concerned citizen for the health and well being of our community and not just my children, though they may be what motivates me to speak up.
I can appreciate beautifying our public spaces, however, I think we need to rethink how we do that with a proactive and progressive plan that utilizes design and earth-friendly efforts.
Healthier and greener does not have to be a bad word or a hippy-dippy way. With the rising and rapid growths of aggressive cancers in the young we must look at the chemicals we use and the foods that we eat. Aggressive cancers are rising in numbers within the 20-30 age bracket. To not look at the pesticides and chemicals and risks is just foolish.
Now that I’ve lived 78 years in Stoughton, I feel blessed to soon celebrate my 60 years since I graduated from high school.
When I delivered the Capital Times evening newspaper as a child, I had so many good Stoughton people on my route. I don’t know of a single person on that route that is still living today - but of course, many of their descendants are very much alive.
Stoughton was a vibrant community in my childhood days. Downtown was a busy place with a dozen or more grocery stores, barber shops, dime stores, ice cream and soda fountain, drug stores and many more specialty shops - including a meat market. Our population was 5,000 at that time - compared to almost 13,000 on today’s signs at the edges of our city.
I have heard that Stoughton is considering a School Resource Officer. My children went to Oregon High School, and they have an officer. My children and I felt very comfortable having the officer, in full uniform, at school. I felt safe knowing the officer was educated to protect my children, prevent crime, and decrease alcohol and drugs in the school.
I liked seeing him walking the halls visiting with students and staff. I liked seeing him outside keeping an eye on the school grounds. Kids who “heard something” and wanted to “tell someone” could tell the officer, knowing that he was not a parent or school staff person, so they were not “telling” on anyone. But it might prevent a friend from getting hurt, which allowed my children to have a clear conscience.
Editor’s note: The Stoughton Courier Hub typically does not publish election letters on the eve of an election. However, due to a miscommunication with several candidates about the paper’s election letter guidelines, the Hub granted three candidates one additional letter each.
Error in ‘City aquires land’
Thanks for running the story from Monday, 3/18, titled “City acquires lands.”
However, I would like to correct a factual error. Natural Heritage Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization that operates with the support of members. We are in no way administered by or affiliated with the Department of Natural Resources.
Our mission is to permanently protect important lands in and around Dane County.
We are very fortunate, as Dane County Citizens, to have Judge Rebecca St. John as one of our Dane County Circuit Court Judges. She is known throughout the Wisconsin Bar as being extremely competent, honest and hard working. I respect her legal abilities and common sense approach to resolving cases. She is consistently prepared,
thoughtful and considerate of everyone's position.
Judge Rebecca St. John's legal experience includes presiding in over more than 700
I have heard that Stoughton is considering a School Resource Officer.
My children went to Oregon High School and they have an officer. My children and I felt very comfortable having the officer, in full uniform, at school. I felt safe knowing the officer was educated to protect my children, prevent crime, and decrease alcohol and drugs in the school. I liked seeing him walking the halls visiting with students and staff. I liked seeing him outside keeping an eye on the school grounds.
Kids who "heard something" and wanted to "tell someone" could tell the officer, knowing that he was not a parent or school staff person, so they were not "telling" on anyone. But it might prevent a friend from getting hurt, which allowed my children to have a clear conscience.
It is often said that Stoughton and the surrounding townships come out to support our kids—and that was certainly evident last Friday when the Viking boys basketball team took the floor at the Kohl Center during the WIAA State Boys Basketball tournament.
Most of the kids who competed or performed on Friday grew up in the Stoughton area and have passed through all levels of our school system. Their success is a source of pride across the district and throughout our community, and is one of many district-wide examples of the success that results from our shared commitment to students.
• To our players, managers and coaches: you played hard. Your work ethic, dedication, and character on and off the court have inspired many young players to follow your lead.
• To our students and staff, band, dancers and cheerleaders—your spirit and enthusiasm was loud, fun to watch, and gave us even more reasons to stand up and cheer.