Letters to the Editor

Thu
02
Jul

Fair shouldn’t promote pig wrestling

I am outraged to learn the Stoughton Fair will host another pig wrestling event. 

Objections have been raised in the past, and you continue to ignore the wishes of those who are concerned about the abusive and mean treatment that causes fear, broken bones, internal injuries, and emotional and physical stress.

Wisconsin Statute 951.08(1): “No person may intentionally … promote, … or participate in the earnings from, or intentionally … allow any place to be used for a … fight between … an animal and a person. This section does not prohibit events … commonly featured at rodeos or bloodless bullfights.”

Wed
27
May

Thanks for supporting food pantries

On behalf of the City of Stoughton and Methodist Food Pantries, I would like to give a huge “Thank You” to all of Stoughton’s postal workers for the extra work that went into your food drive. 

It was a huge success! Your efforts collected just shy of 10,000 pounds for the food pantries!

I also wanted to thank all the volunteers from the city’s food pantry as well as the Methodist’s food pantry for your help in weighing, sorting, stocking the shelves and much more. However, we could not have done this without you, the caring and giving people of Stoughton.

 

Rita Johnson
Volunteer Coordinator
City of Stoughton Food Pantry

Wed
27
May

Thanks for celebrating Syttende Mai

On behalf of myself, the Syttende Mai Executive Committee, and the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, I’d like to express a big thank you to the Stoughton community!

The Syttende Mai festival does more than celebrate our Norwegian heritage.

It provides a fundraising opportunity for over 25 non-profit groups through food stands or labor, which has far reaches into the community. We are proud that the additions we are making to Syttende Mai are translating into stronger fundraisers.

Every year we are so impressed with the city staff who are critical to the execution of the festival.  The streets, police, EMS and fire departments and the mayor’s office are so supportive and professional.  Stoughton is lucky to have their leadership and dedication.

Wed
20
May

Coach Hockett: Thanks for the memories

Stoughton boys basketball players, parents and fans:

I really don’t know where to begin. Most importantly, I just want to say, “Thank you.”

The past six years have been some of the best, most memorable years of my life. I feel as though I’ve grown up in front of you, and being able to lead our basketball family has been a dream come true.

It has been an honor to represent both the school district and city of Stoughton. I can’t say enough about how much all of your support has meant to me and our program. The privilege of coaching in front of sold out crowds or looking around at the sea of purple that regularly followed our team are things that many high school coaches never get to experience and I never took that for granted. Stoughton fans are the greatest in the state.

Wed
06
May

KPW or not, we need to look ahead

Whether Kettle Park West continues as planned or flames out because of financing issues, it is now essentially out of our hands and up to the marketplace.

Ald. Eric Hohol made that clear April 21, when he vowed not to vote for any new agreement that includes taxpayer funding. With the developer admitting it’s having trouble meeting its requirements – including bank-guaranteed letters of credit and a June 30 deadline to start – the Wal-Mart Supercenter-anchored development could be doomed to the same fate as the Linnerud plan several years ago, fading away amid controversy.

Either way, with or without KPW, it’s time for Stoughton to turn its focus to other forms of development.

Wed
06
May

New developer’s agreement for KPW should be dead on arrival

If the KPW development has been on your mind, make sure you stay tuned because the ‘times they are a changin.’

The referendum results showed a lack of public support for the Kettle Park West development so now the developer has decided to renegotiate the agreement to keep it alive.

The people have spoken, they do NOT want the project and more importantly they do NOT want the city giving any TIF money for the project. It should be DOA - dead on arrival, no bait and switch scheme to fund it differently should be accepted to circumvent the voice of the people.

Wed
22
Apr

Bring shoppers to Stoughton and they’ll discover local gems

I was reminded again this week about the importance of customer service and also the plethora of benefits by doing business in my community.  

My glasses needed an adjustment so I stopped in at a local optometrist’s shop. Bruce cheerfully met my needs and when I asked about a charge, there was none! 

At a local hardware store, Jean answered my questions about an item and when I made my choice; she thanked me for my decision and again when I paid for it. I know, too, from past experiences when I have had work done on my lawn mowers, Mark assures me they will only do what is needed.  

It’s the same at my mechanic, when I need work on my car. The last time, Jim was able to help me the same day and he even picked me up after his lunch and took me back to the station to pick up my vehicle!  

Wed
15
Apr

StoughtonCARES has the 4-1-1 on 420

Hey parents, do you happen to know what the significance of 420 is for some of our youth? 

It is a code-term that refers to the consumption of marijuana. 

Those that smoke marijuana have some observances based on this such as smoking around 4:20 p.m. on any day and then celebrating marijuana on 4/20. There are a couple of stories as to how this all started, but the origin started back in 1971 and word has spread over the years.  This is something that is celebrated in our community by various groups of people that smoke marijuana.

For some youth that means not attending school that day so that they can smoke marijuana and celebrate this day with their friends.  

Wed
15
Apr

Thanks for helping in Central America

Special thanks to the Stoughton residents who ventured into the remote areas of Central America to develop essential infrastructures. (Hub 3/19/15)

Ending world hunger is more than just providing food sustenance. 

Some of the primitive areas in Central and South America are a significant challenge.

Norman C. Granvold
Stoughton

Wed
15
Apr

City leaders should heed referendum results

Last week, the City of Stoughton had a few referendum questions to answer about the Wal-Mart project being done here using TIF monies. 

The city answered the question with a resounding “NO”. 

This should send a message to all of our alderpersons and the mayor that we don’t want our money spent on this project. 

Also we voted “NO” on having the Wal-Mart store here. 

Now we can see if our alderpersons and mayor will listen to the residents here and do what we want here in our town. This is their job, to listen to the residents here and carry out our wishes when spending “our” money. 

If they don’t do what we request, then they must not be really listening to the citizens here. 

Maybe next election here they might get voted out of the city council if they don’t do what we request them all to do?

Randy Ree
Stoughton

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