Letters to the Editor

Thu
18
Dec

Nedelcoff, Busler deserve praise

I was happy to read in the Dec. 11 Oregon Observer that the Oregon School Board has exonerated coach Jon Nedelcoff of bullying behavior. Mr. Nedelcoff has been a great coach and teacher. 

My son was privileged to have Mr. Nedelcoff as a high school teacher. He was, and still  is, a great teacher and coach. In fact, he went above and beyond to help my son succeed in school and, to quote my Brett, a graduate of Oregon High School, “he found a way to reach out to every kid in school.”

As for Mr. Brian Busler, he does a great job as superintendent of schools in Oregon. He has also gone above and beyond to help see that students have every opportunity to learn and succeed.

Thu
18
Dec

Brooklyn taxes will lead to a ghost town

I see the people of Brooklyn are going to get it stuck to them again! 

In times when the economy still is in recovery, Nadine Walsten is spending our tax dollars like a drunken sailor. 

As far as this business park goes, I fail to see anybody moving in. It seems to me you should have had companys lined up or at least interested before you make this leap with taxpayers’ money.

She has done nothing but cost this village money. With her, it’s her way or no way. 

When people voted to keep the court and judge, she still did what she wanted, not what the voters wanted. If she stays in charge people will no longer afford to live here and this village will be a ghost town.

Gary Muckler
Village of Brooklyn

Wed
10
Dec

Thanks for Pump House support

After 33 years of being used as a storage building, the Village of Oregon Historic Pump House is set to come back to life in 2015. Several Oregon residents started this journey, and now the torch has been passed to current residents who will finish the restoration of the Pump House. 

This all started when I proposed new landscaping around the building, and now we are in the midst of restoring the building to become the new Oregon Welcome Center. The restoration is not yet complete, but I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped us get where we are today. We couldn’t do this without your continued support. 

Wed
10
Dec

Legal bills for Pettit investigation absurd

Unbelievable – $195,000 of taxpayer money spent with nothing to show for it.

I am sickened over the fact that the Village of Oregon has expended $195,000 regarding the alleged felonious conduct of former police chief Doug Pettit and has nothing to show for it.

I corresponded with a village official a few months ago who informed me they had no further jurisdiction over prosecutorial action against Pettit subsequent to his retirement. Aside from the fact that I challenge this legal interpretation, I equally challenge the validity of why the village would expend $195,000 to investigate a former chief of police, exonerate all other participating officers involved and now claim they lost jurisdiction to pursue this matter further upon Pettit’s retirement. 

Wed
03
Dec

Thanks for help putting up holiday lights

Thanks to the people who helped last Saturday morning put the snow flakes and wrap around lights in downtown Oregon.  

We really appreciated their help and time.  

Also, thanks to the volunteers from Fire/EMS with the shooting stars.  

The rest of the lights for the north and south end will be up by Dec. 5 by the village crew.  

Our town will look very festive this year.

Thanks again,

Jeff Bergey
Jim and Darlene Groenier
Oregon

Wed
03
Dec

Accountability needed in basketball program

It is clear that people are misinformed about the concerns brought to the School Board, as a last resort, on Oct. 13, 2014. 

The concerns were related to disturbing behavior on the part of a coach that had not been addressed adequately through proper channels. In fact, a meeting set for several parents to present concerns in a closed session was cancelled. Any parents desperately hoping to give kids a voice would feel backed into a corner-just as the Jacobs’ did. 

I think Bill and Tina should be commended for speaking out.  They are not the only parents who had concerns, but they are the only ones who refused to be stifled, despite knowing there would be backlash. There are other parents who had concerns, but for whatever reasons they backed down.  Tina and Bill didn’t do that.  And, they aren’t just advocating for their own kid. 

Wed
19
Nov

Stop the slander against Nedelcoff

On Oct. 27, I was one of many supporters that was given the privilege to speak to the school board on behalf of Jon Nedelcoff. It was plain as day Jon Nedelcoff has the support of the community he chooses to live and work in.

Tina Bastian needs to stop the unfounded vendetta she and her husband have against Jon. She is an angry parent whose son didn’t receive the playing time when he was on the varsity team. The reason is simple – he wasn’t good enough to have more playing time. 

I find it ironic that Tina and her husband have such disdain for Jon, yet they have their younger son attend Jon’s basketball camps. If Jon is such a monster you would think Tina wouldn’t allow any of her children near Jon. 

All this is is sour grapes. The school board, administration and the community need to move on. 

Wed
19
Nov

Great American Smokeout offers a chance to quit using tobacco

Thursday, Nov. 20, is a day set aside to mark the Great American Smokeout. It is a day that asks people to take on the challenge to pledge not to start using tobacco and stop using tobacco products if you do.

Tobacco has retained its unquestionable rank as the number one cause of preventable death and disease in Wisconsin, causing approximately 8,000 deaths per year and 450,000 nationally. This is a higher toll than deaths due to alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicide combined. With 8,000 funerals a year, it seems a bit shocking that about 20 percent of adults and 13 percent of high school students in Wisconsin are still using tobacco products.

Wed
12
Nov

Nedelcoff is focused in the classroom, on the court

This letter is in support of Mr. Jon Nedelcoff.

I am 47 years old and grew up with Jon and his family my entire life. I know everything about Jon and what he stands for. You will not find a more focused man who stands for the education process in school and on the court.

Jon is a gifted father, teacher, mentor and coach. He’s taught hundreds of young men and women both in the classroom and on the court. Whatever the situation was that transpired, I am sure Jon was trying to get more from his team and he knew it was in them.

Hearing the truth is not always pleasant and rushing to the aid of your child can also make you, the parent, look bad. It is a shame that parents have to come forward and slander a man like this. Just sad!

Let the professionals do their job.

Wed
12
Nov

Nedelcoff supporters should be aware of coach’s background

This letter is to clarify any misinformation that was disseminated to teachers and parents of youth basketball players, which prompted support of Jon Nedelcoff at the School Board Meeting on Oct. 27, 2014. 

I was impressed with the outpouring of support for Jon Nedelcoff. I think it is important for people to stand up for what they believe in and for what is just and true. Having said that, I would be remiss if I did not provide the facts surrounding our complaint, so that those of you who showed up to support Jon Nedelcoff are accurately informed of what you are “all in” support of.

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