Letters to the Editor

Wed
22
Jul

City should follow state law when making Kettle Park West decisions

Last Thursday Stoughton Forward filed a lawsuit against the City, Kettle Park West, LLC and Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust.

Why? The lawsuit alleges that the amended developer’s agreement is invalid, the council’s resolution to approve a three party agreement (city, KPW and Wal-Mart) is invalid and the three party agreement itself is invalid  –  because the state’s tax incremental financing law requires that specific procedures be followed when a city significantly amends an approved TIF project plan.

The lawsuit alleges the changes made to the above documents meet the level of significant amendments to the TIF project plan.

Wed
15
Jul

Thanks for reminding readers about Nepal

Special thanks to Editor Jim Ferolie for his enlightening article on Nepal (July 2 – Courier Hub).

“A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” - Pope Francis

Norman C. Granvold
Stoughton

Wed
15
Jul

Thanks for supporting American Legion

The American Legion of Stoughton Post 59 would like to thank everyone who made our annual fundraiser successful regarding the sale of Vidalia onions. 

The funds went to the Stoughton Senior Center, Stoughton Seniors in Need, Stoughton Essential Pantry, Stoughton Food Pantry and the Veteran’s Memorial Park.

 

Linda Swangstu
Stoughton

Wed
08
Jul

There are bigger concerns than pigs

I took my family – which consisted of my wife and three little kids ages 5 and below – to the first pig wresting event at the fair years ago, and I probably will never go again. 

Not because I thought that the pigs where being treated cruel, but because I did not like it. The pigs that are used for this event are well fed and well taken care of. They are scared, but that is a normal thing in this event. They are not being physically harmed in any way. 

But I think if all of us were more concerned about the welfare of our fellow man and how they are being treated, rather than worrying about a bunch of pigs, I truly think that this world would be a better place to live.

 

Joe Conant
Stoughton

Wed
08
Jul

City should continue talks about redeveloping riverfront

Not long there was a delightful article in the paper regarding developing business in the area of the Yahara River.  

It stated considerable research had been done on what had turned out to be a Master’s thesis. Many cities, including nearby Fort Atkinson, have developed businesses in park-like settings along river fronts that have not only added beauty to the town, but created a sense of pride for the residents and acted as a draw from outside the area in the way it supports area businesses.

My understanding of the position of council members and city government is that it exists to do what is best for the city and it’s residents. It is to reflect the wishes of its citizens. It is not to promote personal preferences.  It is not a competition within the confines of its members, or to support bragging rights or legacy goals.  

Mon
06
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.”

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.

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