Letters to the Editor
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters and residents of the 6th District in Merrill. I have been your Alderman for the past 10 years. I have always tried to address your concerns. Sometimes I was able to help and sometimes the concern was directed to the committee that could effect change. Sometimes you didn’t get the result you were hoping for, but I did try to help you.
I am pleased to inform you that Mary Ball will be your new alderperson. I have talked to her and I know she will be looking out for your best interests. She will also do what she feels is best for the entire City of Merrill. Mary has no ax to grind or hidden agenda. I’m pleased that she will be your representative on the Merrill City Council. Please remember to vote for Mary Ball on Tuesday, April 5.
6th District Alderman
To the 5th District Voters,
I am writing this letter in support of your alderman John Burgener. As your alderman, John has worked with the city council and city staff to change the status quo in Merrill. He has been willing to make the tough choices that have changed the picture for all of us. With his support we have had many new businesses open in our city. That has brought more employment opportunities and increased our tax base. Merrill shoppers and diners have been given more choices here in town as well. John has been a supporter of our blight elimination efforts and also backed the Merrill Festival Grounds redevelopment which will bring many more opportunities to our city. John has always taken to heart the concerns of his constituents and has voted with their interest in mind. I ask that on April 5 you consider returning John for another term as your alderman.
My vote will be for Judge Joanne Kloppenburg for Supreme Court Justice next month. I believe she has thoroughly demonstrated the knowledge and intellect to objectively interpret the laws of our state in a manner that will serve all of our population, as well as the personal and moral integrity to do so. Based on Rebecca Bradley’s writings, her extensive financial backing from big business and the GOP and her history of repeated political appointment to the bench, I would not trust her for an unbiased opinion or a level playing field for “the little guy” in matters of product liability, whistleblower issues, workplace discrimination, malpractice or environmental protection.
Town of Texas
Once again, the participation and contributions of the community brought success to HAVEN’s annual Variety Show and Love Me Tender events! We thank everyone who came to enjoy the music on Feb. 27 for supporting HAVEN’s work to advocate for those who experience interpersonal violence.
HAVEN also acknowledges all those who helped in so many ways to make these performances possible.
We are grateful to all the local performers who volunteered their talents for the Variety Show including Paul Kienitz, Karen Cournaya, Double Take, Chris Lonsdorf, Harold Melo and Chasqui, Debbie Merkel, Jerry Duginski, Paul and Susanna Gilk, and Whiskey Train featuring Matt Kassien.
The tribute artists who portrayed Elvis Presley for the Love Me Tender performance included Garry Wesley, Dakota Pongratz, and Chris Lonsdorf and HAVEN greatly appreciates each of their contributions to making this a great and successful show.
HAVEN could not present these events without the participation of business and community sponsors who included Brickner’s Park City, Breaman Merrill Ford, Zastrow the Beer Man, the Badger Hotel, and the Merrill Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Lincoln Lanes again provided a wonderful venue, Tunes2Go enhanced the performances with musical back-up and lighting, and Merrill High School MP3 was on hand to record it all. Lou Kassien of Tunes2Go and Chris Lonsdorf spent many hours in organizing both events and many HAVEN volunteers helped with the countless details. We are very grateful to all of these people and anyone else who assisted in any way.
All the proceeds from these shows benefit the work of HAVEN, Household Abuse Victims Emergency Network, which serves those who are affected by domestic abuse, sexual assault, child abuse and elder abuse. HAVEN provides individualized advocacy, resources and secure shelter as needed by our clients. If you have questions or need help, call HAVEN 24 hours at 715-536-1300 to speak with an advocate.
Judy Woller, Executive Director
and the staff of HAVEN
Letter to the Editor:
A friendly reminder to all dog owners, dog licenses are due by March 31. It is required by county ordinance and state statute that all dogs be licensed.
Dog license programs help to ensure dogs are identified and vaccinated for rabies and to provide funds for the care of stray animals.
Of the dog license fees you pay, less than 10% goes to the state and county governments to cover administrative fees. The remainder of the funds collected are paid by the county treasurer to the humane society as required by state statue.
By paying your dog license fee you help to ensure the continued operation of the humane society which houses and cares for your dog if they were to become lost or if you were no longer able to care for them.
Remember to get your dog licensed before March 31 to avoid late fees or penalties for having an unlicensed pet. Licenses are available at the Lincoln County Humane Society or the Lincoln County Treasurer’s Office. The shelter is open seven days a week for your convenience; M-F 12-5, Sat 12-4 and Sun 12-2.
The “Fix Is In” is a low cost spay/neuter program for dogs and cats hosted by the Lincoln County Humane Society. To set up an appointment please call 715-550-7729.
Lincoln County Humane Society
Kudos to Dr. Jeffrey Mills and his staff at Countryside Animal Hospital.
Your excellence in care was above and beyond when my Schnauzer Sophie fell ill. You personally picked up her medication and vet tech Trish volunteered to sleep overnight in the clinic to keep watch over her (when others would have sent her home or to the emergency vet clinic).
She continues to improve and I still have my arm and leg.
Mr. Donald Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, has indicated in his rhetoric that China and Mexico are taking away American jobs and business opportunities. With that being said it has been documented that Mr. Trump owns a clothing line that has its products produced in China and Mexico. it appears that Mr. Trump is the problem not the answer to that issue. He seems to be talking out of both sides of his mouth at once. Mr. Trump has made a comment that if he were president, he would have a wall built between Mexico and the U.S and Mexico would pay for it. That might work, if it was to happen in the Trump empire, where if Donald says jump, his people ask how high. But not in government. The United States President must in most cases get his programs or ideas approved and passed through Congress before being implemented. He claims he will make the United States great again – it is GREAT already, not saying that it can’t be improved. Donald Trump is not the one that can do that.
With the general election on April 5, the Merrill Courier will not be publishing letters from candidates, or from the public regarding candidates, in the April 1 issue.