Letters to the Editor

Wed
04
Mar

Referendums not needed for KPW

The Kettle Park West development would benefit Stoughton so there is no need for a referendum.

Building Kettle Park West would attract people to Stoughton. Since a majority of Stoughton’s population are senior citizens, as they pass away, the population will decrease. A decreasing population will lead fewer taxpayers; this will end up raising taxes for current residents. Even if the Kettle Park West project, which is funded by taxpayer dollars, were dropped, taxes would still be raised.

We are a custom to driving 30 minutes to reach the super Walmart in Monona, but having one only minutes from your house will save you time and gas money.

Wed
25
Feb

Thanks for supporting library project

The Stoughton Public Library Board and the Library Second Floor Renovation Fundraising Committee would like to give a big “Thank You” to the people of Stoughton for their support of the Stoughton Public Library.  

We have raised $237,000 of the $250,000 to help renovate the second floor of the library.  

We want to thank the many generous people who have contributed and hope that many more will step up to help us finish our fund drive. Stoughton is truly a great place to live!

Thank you again.

Denise Duranczyk and Linda Schaefer
Co-Chairs of the Library Second Floor Renovation Fundraising Committee 

Wed
25
Feb

Referendums will show if city wants KPW

How far is the mayor and city council willing to go to put the city and Stoughton taxpayers in jeopardy? 

The city’s plan to use bank notes in lieu of traditional city bonds to finance their agreement with Kettle Park West is terrible. 

In just the last few years, millions of Americans went bankrupt by taking out interest-only mortgages similar to the notes the city is talking about. 

Since 2011, Detroit, Mich., Harrisburg, Penn., and Jefferson County, Ala., all filed for bankruptcy. The government of each was told by legal advisors and bankers the non-standard loans being peddled would save them millions of dollars and offer them more flexibility in paying back their loans. Instead it cost millions, led to bankruptcy, and left residents with exorbitant tax bills, and drastically reduced services.

Wed
11
Feb

Kettle Park West should be farmland, not a superstore

As a small scale and beginning farmer, I feel everything happens for a reason. There is a reason I stumbled onto the Stoughton Library page one year ago and clicked on a link called “friends of Stoughton” and stumbled on the Kettle Park West project … questioning, why were we not notified, why weren’t the city of Stoughton residents notified either?  I walked into the mayor and hand wrote my letter of discontent then, and this is now.

Wed
11
Feb

Other cities have felt the impact of Wal-Mart’s growth

Stoughton is faced with a development proposal that involves putting a Wal-Mart supercenter on presently unbuilt land.  Before you invite Wal-Mart to become your biggest neighbor, you should learn what you can about how Wal-Mart understands civic duty.

There are relevant stories Wal-Mart won’t tell you.  I’d like to share one from Auburn, Maine.

Wal-Mart already had an Auburn big box when they decided to expand to a “supercenter.”  It wouldn’t fit on their existing site, but a quarter-mile away there was a larger parcel of undeveloped land.  A hilly spot with mature pine trees, it was designated in the city’s long-term zoning plan to be preserved as greenbelt.

Wed
11
Feb

Time to speak: Kettle Park West is not a done deal

If you have not heard, forgotten or quit paying attention, the KPW project is still a hot topic in Stoughton and it is not a done deal.

Until they actually break ground, the citizens still have a voice in referendum questions being petitioned right now for the Spring election.

The KPW project has been mired in many questionable practices carried out by the mayor and some council members, dividing and degrading our council and citizens, they have threatened the integrity and unique fabric of our city.  Our mayor and six council members abused their power, giving away our treasures in the form of TIF. The $5.1 million TIF is a huge sum of money that they have swindled from the tax payers for this project without even asking. 

Wed
11
Feb

The Kettle Park West process mattered, and still does

The way municipalities make decisions is a good measure of a democracy.

Democracies work best when citizens:  

1) know what governments are considering in transparent ways,

2) are allowed to express their needs and opinions early through community forums or surveys, and 

3)  are invited to be “at the table” throughout the process in formal and informal ways via community engagement, committees, and  public hearings.

Wed
11
Feb

Signatures needed for direct legislation

Stoughton Forward’s referenda petition drive’s almost finished.  We’re short the needed 900 plus signatures we need to turn in to city hall not later than Tues. at 4:30 p.m.

By the time you read this, we’ll probably have about 600 or more signatures for the petitions. We will keep working, as we have for months, but you will decide whether this petition drive is successful.

How? You have each received a flyer petition packet at your home.  If we missed you, go to our Headquarters, 343 E. Main, and sign the petitions in a folder hanging on the office door 24/7.

Direct legislation referendum petition is the game changer. If we turn in the minimum 866 valid signatures for this petition, then the question is on the ballot - that’s the law. If citizens then vote yes, the ordinance becomes law.

Wed
04
Feb

Engelberger works tirelessly for Stoughton constituents

I am writing to express support for Michael Engelberger in the primary campaign for 2nd District alder for Stoughton city council.  

Michael has great ideas and is innovative in his approach to issues effecting Stoughton as he tirelessly works for the citizens he represents.  

He has my enthusiastic endorsement and full support for re-election to the council.  

Sid Boersma
Stoughton

Wed
04
Feb

Engelberger has good leadership, vision for community

I am supporting City Council President Mike Engelberger for the 2nd District aldermanic seat on the Stoughton Common Council. 

As the City of Stoughton representative on the Dane County Board of Supervisors, I have experienced firsthand the depth of Mike’s leadership, vision and commitment to our community.

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