Letters to the Editor

Thu
27
Aug

Teacher resignations cause for concern

On July 13 at a Stoughton Area School Board Meeting, Katy Mullen and Jackie Harris commented on the alternative compensation plan proposed by the board in late June. Since then, 13 additional comments have been made, 15 Stoughton educators have resigned, and zero agendas have been discussed that include this compensation plan. 

The numbers don’t line up, especially since the resignations of Michael Dreyer and Sandra Loftus as well as comments by Mullen and Harris touched me personally. Ms. Loftus was my 7th grade reading teacher, Mr. Dreyer was my 8th grade information studies teacher, Ms. Mullen was my Women’s Issues and American Government teacher and LINK Crew advisor, and Ms. Harris was my Algebra teacher.  

Thu
13
Aug

Believers must stand up against attacks

In reference to Steve Fortney’s letter (July 30), I join Mr. Dobie (Aug. 6) in taking exception to Steve’s comments that state that Gov. Walker is not called of God, that there are multiple gods and suggests that a “book,” left unnamed, should be “reread.”

It is good and well that he wants to disagree with Walker on politics. Then his comments should be referencing his political stance. Where he is out of line is when he wants to take issue with his religious views. If he feels called to be president, this is not ours to question. We can only question his political views because we don’t agree.

Thu
13
Aug

One Christian does not speak for all

The Rev. Albin Fortney, late pastor of the now vanished Our Saviors Lutheran Church here in Stoughton, had a favorite saying: “I may be wrong, but I’m never in doubt.”

He often proclaimed this ironically with a twinkle in his eye, knowing full well, and humorously, that in fact, doubts included, he knew he was occasionally wrong and was able to laugh at it.

Ron Dobie (Aug. 6) believes he speaks for all America and all of Christendom. He ignores what a complex and diverse thing those two things are.

Wed
05
Aug

Many have received call from God

Steve Fortney is confused: So many gods, so little time.

Which one will he listen to?  Yahweh, Zeus, Apollo, the god of the mystics?

That “God speaks” to Scott Walker seems to amaze Steve. It shouldn’t. God speaks to those who listen through His Word (the Bible), through circumstances (i.e., opportunities or not), and other means such as a “still small voice.” 

That he believes God is leading him to run for president does not necessarily mean God thinks he should be president, but could mean he wants to get a message out to influence the process. 

Tue
04
Aug

Fur business ‘cruel and unnecessary’ in today’s economy

I am writing to voice my concern over North American Fur Auctions (NAFA) located in Stoughton (“Fur Auction asks for TIF” July 13 Courier Hub).

Like many of my neighbors, I was shocked to learn that more mink are raised and killed in intensive confinement in Wisconsin than any other state; apparently workers at NAFA just down the road from me in Stoughton handle, on average, 1,000 mink pelts every day.

With so many quality faux-fur options available today, killing animals for their fur is cruel and unnecessary.

Being “the largest producer of mink fur” is certainly not something that I, as a proud Wisconsin resident, want our state to be known for.

I think it’s time that companies like NAFA stop facilitating the unnecessary death of millions of mink and come into the 21st century – an era in which the best businesses know what it means to be both profitable and humane.

 

Tue
04
Aug

Scott Walker needs to re-read a certain book

Scott Walker seems to think that God is guiding his desire to become president of the United States.

God speaks to him.

Which god? There are many gods referred to in books. Yahweh and Zeus and Apollo, and Tao, and Vishnu.

Then there is the god of the mystics that refers to the ultimate mystery of the powers of the universe. This is the god beyond all human language. So anyone who understands the mind of this god has certain problems of credibility.

If Walker is not referring to the mystics god, then he is referring to one of the gods in a book.

If that is true, then he is not listening to a god, but to a book.

Tue
04
Aug

Letter carrier: ‘Stoughton is a great place to deliver the mail’

I’ve worked in Stoughton as a letter carrier for over twenty years.  

The other day a young gentleman asked me what it was like to work in my profession. I responded something to the effect that the job does present some challenges. After thinking about it for a time, I felt compelled to write you a letter to better answer the question of the young man. 

Certainly, weather can always warrant consideration. Letter carriers possess no magic wand over cold or heat. And, most dogs display a friendly demeanor. Yet, sometimes animals respond differently when a new face invades what a canine considers his/her territory.

The job itself of distributing parcels, and enormous mail volumes can tax the brain at first, but after a fashion, letter carriers become experts as the final stop in the craft of supply chain logistics.

Tue
04
Aug

Wal-Mart wages, benefits better than you might think

As a Wal-Mart associate, I would like to clear up misconceptions that are commonly held about a company that has proven to be a very enjoyable place to work and is very competitive in the retail market when it comes to wages and benefits. It has been accused of only paying minimum wage, only hiring part time associates and offering no benefits.

When I was hired, it was above the minimum wage ($7.25/hr. in Wisconsin), a policy for Wal-Mart. On April 4, the Wal-Mart starting wage became $9/hr. On Feb. 1, 2016, that changes to $10/hr. Department managers (and up) are significantly higher.

Wal-Mart gives all associates the opportunity to be flexible with their hours whenever possible. I have taken advantage of this and have never been denied a request.

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

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