Letters to the Editor

Wed
10
Feb

‘Person-first language’ is important when addressing individuals with disabilities

I would like to commend Scott Girard on his fantastic piece on the TOPSoccer program, “More Than Soccer.”

Individuals with disabilities are more visible than ever in today’s society, and the awareness of the need for inclusion is being recognized more and more every day.

Scott’s use of “person-first language,” as termed in the disability awareness/education community, is greatly appreciated. Using person-first language communicates respect and acceptance towards individuals of all abilities. Scott consistently refers to little Kiera as “on the autism spectrum”; this is so refreshing to hear.

Wed
10
Feb

Lesvos, nominated for Nobel Prize, is ‘humanity at its best’

The island of Lesvos has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. As an island of 631 square miles and approximately 80,000 permanent inhabitants, Lesvos has been on the news for the last year for their heroism and humanitarianism.

I have been thinking about Lesvos and the lesson that they are teaching us. Greece may be beautiful, but right now it is hurting. But without questioning their backyard spaces, without questioning the reality of their lives and without judging why or how, the people of Lesvos have pulled people off rafts not meant to cross oceans. 

They have housed people who have nowhere else to turn. They have let the European bullies threaten to expel Greece from the EU – really?

Wed
03
Feb

Letter misidentified local business owner

In response to last week’s letter to the editor, “Sign code lacks ‘common sense’”:

Just for the record – My name is not Jeff D’Orazio, it’s Steve D’Orazio.

 

Steve D’Orazio, 

Village of Oregon

Wed
27
Jan

Village sign code, trailer ordinances lack ‘common sense’

I am disappointed in the lack of common sense by the Village of Oregon regarding the mobile trailer/sign parked daily near the southern entrance to our Village. I attended the August discussion about a proposed new sign code in the Village and was flabbergasted to learn that the Village Board did not consider the mobile trailer a sign, and therefore did not address this issue in the sign code. 

With increasing community discussion, it is clear to me that residents in the Village of Oregon definitely recognize the trailer as a sign. If it is not a sign, why does Jeff D’Orazio park it at a spot very visible to the busy traffic on Janesville Street, but obviously a long walk to his business door? 

Wed
06
Jan

‘Effective use’ of K-9 dog teams essential to ending drug problems

I support Oregon School District’s effective use of K-9 dog teams to help discover illegal drugs in schools. This should be implemented as quickly as possible.

Wed
06
Jan

Buckets for Hunger campaign raised more than $17K

The Oregon/Brooklyn Food Pantry recently joined the Buckets for Hunger, Inc. fundraising campaign and received $12,029.34 in total donations. Buckets for Hunger added an additional $5,000.00 – more than 40 percent – to those donations for a total of $17,029.34.

We would like to thank all the businesses, organizations and private donors that contributed to this fundraiser. Thank you also to the Oregon Observer, who helped spread the word about this fundraising campaign and helped make it such an amazing success. This donation will go a long way to provide food to our guests who rely on us to help feed their families each month.

In Deep Appreciation,

Kelly Kornaus

Chair, Coordinating Committee

Wed
06
Jan

Sign concerns shouldn’t be an issue

I have been following the discussions of the Village Planning Commission concerning the mobile trailer/sign that is being parked daily on Park Street by Max Creek Outdoors owner Jeff D’Orazio.

The village apparently received comments from several residents concerning the parking of the mobile trailer/sign and its apparent offending language regarding gun sales.

Commissioner Bieno and Chair Schnelle hit the nail on the head when they said their discussions regarding this matter seemed like an overreaction.

In my opinion, it is time to pull the plug on these deliberations. Too much time and energy and too many taxpayer dollars have already been wasted on a problem that just does not exist, except in the minds of a select few village residents.

Wed
02
Dec

Combating terrorism will require fighting hopelessness, despair

Measured in today’s dollars, by conservative estimates, the cost of the war in Iraq by 2017 (estimated by the Congressional Budget Office at $2.7 trillion dollars) will be at least 15 times greater than the cost to the U.S. of the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II. And this doesn’t count the human costs, the loss of life or the long term costs of caring for the injured, disabled and traumatized veterans who will bear the costs of the Iraq War for the rest of their lives.

If we’re serious about combating terrorism, we need to counteract the extremism, hopelessness and despair that has spawned the rise of terrorism around the world.

Wed
25
Nov

Youth football proved critics wrong

A June 2011 headline (“Leadership change riles Oregon Youth Football parents”) and subsequent article(s) and letters to the editor left some believing that a change in leadership for the Oregon Youth Football Board (OYFB)was terrible and unwarranted.

Here we are in 2015, and it is time to report about how these changes have helped OYF and football at the high school level as well.

In May 2011, Tony Ricker ran for president of the OYFB and won the vote at the annual meeting after the prior president was voted out. People said Tony would only do it for one year, and would leave as soon as his son left the program. Todd Huppert also ran for a board member spot, Dan Paltz was the treasurer and Jen Kloepping, Tammy Duff and John Jicha rounded out the team willing to work with Tony. 

Wed
18
Nov

End tobacco use in Wisconsin

November 19 marks the Great American Smokeout Day, a day that challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people know about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay off of tobacco.

As members of the Oregon FACT group, Wisconsin’s youth tobacco prevention group, we are doing our best to spread the truth about tobacco to our peers and community. Fortunately, youth cigarette smoking has been steadily declining in Wisconsin and is currently at all time lows. However, the use of other tobacco products, like e-cigarettes, little cigars and chewing tobacco, are on the rise. These products come in flavors like cotton candy, bubblegum and cherry, are packaged like candy and are considerably cheaper than cigarettes.

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