Panel Discussion

5:40 PM, Jul. 18, 2013  |  Comments
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Help control the pet population

...and another thing!

Manitowoc County is overpopulated with cats and dogs and a new organization is offering a solution! The Animal Benefit Society provides free spay and neuter services for those who cannot afford it. All that is required is completion of an application and a telephone interview for approval. Information is available at or (920) 652-4609.

...animal overpopulation is ridiculous, stop it already!

Roy Geigel


Government categories

This is in response to Kimberly Howell's July 10 letter in which she commented on fewer county services being available for her son who has a mental illness. Ironically, her letter was printed the same day as the county executive's commentary "Pressure is on to contain expenses."

What Ms. Howell needs to understand is that in the world of government budgets, there are haves and have nots, important people and unimportant people, and "people" who should be subsidized and people who are considered leeches.

I think it's obvious into which category this county's leadership puts Ms. Howell's son and other vulnerable people like him.

Carla Halvorson

Two Rivers

Humility lost

This depressing Obama administration, in its unethical desire for power, has developed, within the sprawling echelons of government, a cult which encourages dictatorial maneuvers, shields accountability and fosters an arrogance and defiance, which literally oozes from the pores of Hillary Clinton (State), Lois Lerner (IRS) and Victoria Nulan (State). The litany of proven scandals, viz Benghazi, IRS, Fast & Furious, Fox News, contraception mandate, delay of Obamacare employee mandate, exposes a deep statesmanship flaw in the single character requirement of a great leader: humility. True humility is a broad spiritual concept, which is nowhere to be found in Washington.

John Goswitz


Stand Your Ground

The discussion about the Trayvon Martin case has been misdirected to the outcome of the fight. We need to consider how it started and whose ground it was to stand on. Stand Your Ground was intended to allow people to defend themselves against an assailant invading their space. It was Zimmerman who assailed Martin, who then stood his ground with the only weapons he had - his fists. Because Zimmerman hid his gun Martin had no way to assess the threat and only Zimmerman knew he had the ultimate way to end what he started.

Does Stand Your Ground only apply to people armed with guns? Do the Trayvons of the world now need to arm themselves, too? If he had shot Zimmerman for invading his space would he have had gotten the same pass? Somehow I doubt it.

Bernard J Starzewski


Supreme authority

The Supreme Court actually believes it is supreme, without any limits by the Constitution or God. The Supreme Court lied in the Roe v. Wade case, claiming that no one can know when new life begins. However, biology texts, as early as 1930, clearly state that new life begins at conception. The court has an agenda, and since they are supreme, cannot be questioned. The result has been more than 55 million babies killed in the womb since the ruling, more killed than by any evil dictator in all of history. Some day, we will all be judged by the decisions we have made. Will God forgive us if life is not the choice?

Vern Troullier


Nothing better

Every Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m., and every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., there's a farmers market in the parking lot across from the Manitowoc Public Library. Gardeners and vendors, from the surrounding area, offer produce and product for sale.

I love the taste of fresh produce, but beware, it's not always fresh and surely not always locally grown.

Locally grown peaches just don't get ripe by mid-July. My all-time favorite is Wilfert's sweet corn. They plant it over several weeks, so when it begins to ripen, they have perfect corn for several weeks. I use a kitchen shear to cut-off the stem and the hair tip. Leave the husks on and cook 5 minutes per ear on high in the microwave, and let it rest an additional 5 minutes.

Peel off husks and garnish to your particular taste.

It doesn't get any better than that!

Les Graebel


Stop, not slow down

I can only speak about signs north and east of Branch. Stop signs, mean stop, not slow down for a barricade and run the stop sign. Signs that say local traffic only, doesn't mean everyone living in Manitowoc County. Local traffic means home owners, patrons and deliveries to our fine business establishments in Branch. We learn to read early in life, understanding what we read, sometimes takes a lifetime.

Children are playing where normally there is no traffic outside their homes. Locals know where these children live and play. Make our roads in Branch safe again.

Jerome Bolle


A divided nation

I learned a valuable lesson early in my Army career. As a young sergeant, I should have had 20 soldiers. We always had less, always shorthanded, but the mission remained the same. I had a mixed group of men: white, black, catholic, protestant, whomever. Every soldier was valuable, expected to give their best, carry the load. Quitting was no option!

I view America the same way. I want every citizen to work hard, be successful to carry their share of the load. But, we've become a nation where most of us have our hand out, rich to poor! Let someone else do it!

Lincoln said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

We are divided and unless we begin to put the nation first, we will fall!

Just me?

Ed Hansen


What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
579 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
862 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
1025 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
1278 votes

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