Your letters: Oct. 23

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Open letter to State Rep. Garey Bies

Dear Mr. Bies,

I read in the Advocate the article "Amending Justice," about the Bromfield murder that produced a hung jury against her admitted murderer. I have not had an opportunity to sign the petition to change the above-mentioned statute that deals with "voluntary and involuntary" intoxication. I would do so and ask that you consider my name on that petition.

Please do everything you can possibly do and influence anyone you possibly can to change this statute so that no jury can use intoxication as a defense in any crime or law breakage. The individual makes a decision to drink, how much to drink and when to stop drinking. When an individual becomes intoxicated, no excuse should be allowed to change the consequences of that behavior.

My heart goes out to this family, and I admire their courage to put their time and efforts into trying to change something that should not have been considered in the first place.

Marilynn Slappy

Sturgeon Bay

Follow the money

Chop down the trees so non-locals can drive faster? I think something else is going on here. Do any of the town board members have financial interests in the tree-cutting business? How else to explain their bizarre actions?

John Reichmann


Going to Ellison Bay for nearly 50 years

Questions allowing sex offender in mobile home court

I live in a mobile home court in Gardner. After reading about the sex offender that was given permission to live here, I have some obvious concerns.

I realize that there is always two sides to every story, and two sides to an offense. My concern is in the logic that gives an offender permission to live here because he would be 2,500 feet from the closest park (which, by the way is a boat launch). But what about the eight or nine kids under the age of 10 that live in this court alone? What about all the kids that come up here in the summer with their parents? I think if our town supervisor would live here with small children, he might think otherwise.

Daniel Rass

Sturgeon Bay

Art in the garden is worth repeating

Last month Richard and Tammy Briggs and I hosted "Art in The Gardens" at Briggsville Gardens, Sturgeon Bay. Being the first time we'd done something like this (hosting nine professional Door County artists among the Briggs' breathtaking foliage and blossoms), we had no idea how many people would attend or what to expect.

What happened that day is nothing short of phenomenal. We quit counting attendees when the numbers exceeded 300, and the people kept coming. What we saw that day were art lovers and horticulturalists, but also people looking to enjoy a beautiful Door County afternoon strolling among the gardens, enjoying a beverage and snack, and asking questions of artists whose work they enjoyed, some for the full four hours of the event.

The reason for this letter is to thank all of the people that found Briggsville Gardens that day (a hidden jewel tucked away on Mathey Road featuring The Orchid Inn B&B, Briggsville garden shop, a main garden, water garden and the Door County Wedding Garden) and who took the time to appreciate the work of the nine Door County artists (Cal Bonnivier, Karen Lee DeNoto, Andrea Kinsey Jauquet, Cathy Meader, Cheryl Stidwell Parker, Randy Rasmusson, Cinnamon Rossman, Nancy Sargent, Kathy Stanaszek) who were exhibiting that day. We also owe a word of thanks to everyone who helped us get the word out, including the visitor bureaus and all the Door County media. There is no doubt that is how many of the attendees heard about it.

Finally I'd like to say "Art in the Gardens" will, indeed, now be an annual event, so mark your calendars for "Art in the Gardens - Sharing Summer's Artistic Bounty" Sept. 20, 2014, and thank you for making this year's event such a success.

Karen Lee DeNoto

Sturgeon Bay

Horseshoe Bay Farms concert was amazing event

Words are inadequate when giving praise to Carolyn Carter from Mountain View, Ark., for her heartwarming performance Oct. 12 at Horseshoe Bay Farms. Her stories, songs and soul touched me and many others to the core.

My deepest thanks to all who made the evening a possibility, from the back-up band (fantastic in its own right) to the sound and light people and to the owners of Horseshoe Bay Farms for opening the barn door to this amazing event. What a perfect venue for her art. Thank you.

Jill Cavanaugh

Sturgeon Bay

Altrusa Club of Door County extends special thank-you

Altrusa Club of Door County extends a special thank-you to Dr. Edward Koutnik.

Koutnik's dental practice made a generous cash donation to Altrusa's recent Back-to-School Fair, but his name was inadvertently left out of the thank-you ad that appeared in print recently. Koutnik's staff also made arrangements to procure dental supplies, including age-appropriate toothbrushes and toothpaste which were distributed to children during the fair.

For many years, Koutnik has been a generous supporter and promoter of the activities of Altrusa. His wife, Cindy, has been an active Altrusan for well over 20 years. To all of which, we in Altrusa are most grateful. Thank you, Dr. Koutnik!

Nancy Kexel-Calabresa

Altrusa Club of Door County

Baileys Harbor

Thanks for success of book sale

The Egg Harbor Library used book sale Oct. 12 was a great success. Thanks to all those who generously donated books for the sale and the residents and visitors at Pumpkin Patch who shopped at the sale. Our customers were thrilled to find outstanding books at bargain prices and help the Egg Harbor Library in the process.

It would not have been possible without our small but mighty band of volunteers: David Penpek, Joyce Risser, Al Searing and our librarian, Holly Cole. She recruited her entire family to help at the sale, including her daughter Samantha, the reigning Miss Door County, who walked around the Pumpkin Patch grounds handing out bookmarks and publicizing the sale.

We appreciate the help of our publicity partners: Door County Advocate; Peninsula Pulse; radio stations WDOR, The Lodge and Door County Daily News. Thanks also to Mary Anderson for the mentions in her Egg Harbor column in the Advocate.

We're excited about plans to build a larger space for our library and the capital campaign to raise the required funds. Our book sales are baby steps toward accomplishing our dream facility. I know the residents of the village and town of Egg Harbor will step up to the plate to accomplish our goal during the capital campaign.

Please continue to support your local library and donate your used books.

Elaine Penpek

Egg Harbor Book Sale coordinator

Questions faith columnist deciding who is a real Christian

I read the Faith Perspective column that appeared in your Oct. 12 paper with great interest. Two items caught my eye when I read the article written by the Rev. Mark Englebert concerning Halloween:

1. "Should true Christians participate in Halloween?" and

2. "In what part of Halloween should a true Christian participate?"

This left me asking myself the question - am I the "true Christian" to whom the Rev. Englebert is speaking? I thought of my current and past history concerning these questions.

1. I am a member of, and I regularly attend, a Christian church.

2. In years past, I always walked door to door with my son and my daughter when they held out their little baskets and said "trick-or-treat". They were always dressed in some type of Halloween costume.

I am now 86 years old and I still carve an annual Halloween pumpkin.

I now ask the question: do these acts prevent me from being a true - and I repeat a true- Christian?

Robert Harpke

Sturgeon Bay

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