Letters to the Editor

Wed
23
Apr

New school board needs to make administration changes

Congratulations to Oregon.

The recent election was a huge and decisive statement that the constituents of Oregon want change.

I have seen our district change from one where stability and consistency were keys, to a place where we have recently experienced turmoil and huge employee turnover in some parts of our district.

This uncertainty is not good for prospective employees, our community image, nor is it good for our students and families who work hard to solidify meaningful relationships with our school employees so our students can maximize their potential.

While I believe that we have made great progress with our new board members, the changes in our school environment that must be made cannot be implemented by those that created the issues to begin with.

Wed
16
Apr

Thank you to outgoing school board

As the new school board members accept their new positions, I congratulate them for stepping up to a volunteer position with a lot of time out of their personal lives in an attempt to improve the Oregon school system.

That said, I would also extend a sincere thank you to Wayne, Courtney and Lee for their many hours, and years, spent on our behalf. A thankless job well served in my book.

As the new board members take their place, I am hoping that they see beyond the base platform on which they ran. Making nice with the teachers seems great, but I question whether it was even an issue.

The “just cause” banner seems overrated. Were any teachers dismissed because they wore the wrong shirt? Were any teachers dismissed because they own the wrong car? Of course not.

Regardless of “just cause” language, the present board had no interest in dismissing teachers dedicated to their position, and dedicated to educating our children.

Wed
02
Apr

Nobody wants Rutland radio tower

As many of you know already, the radio tower that was proposed by Dave Magnum and Magnum Communications in the Town of Rutland will probably be built even though it was voted down by the Town of Rutland and the Dane County Board.  This is because the Walker Administration has taken away local authority and control  and given it to the State. As much as they talk about wanting small government and “local” control, I guess when it comes to the desires of their wealthy donors then, maybe not so much.  

I should state that I have no problem with Stoughton wanting and having a “local” radio station.  What I do have a problem with is what is in my opinion the false pretenses that this radio station and tower were proposed as.

Wed
26
Mar

Students commended for donating blood at St. John’s

On Saturday, March 15, St John’s Lutheran Church hosted a blood drive.

We had an unexpected surprise.  Shortly after opening, nine students from the Chochrane Fountain City High School walked in.  Four of the students donated blood.  

The students were in Madison for the Boys Basketball tournament and they missed the blood drive at their school.  They went online and found us.

We feel these young adults should be commended for their dedication to take time out of a busy weekend to help save lives.

John and Darlene Bruette
Blood Drive Coordinators

Wed
26
Mar

Dog owners need to scoop the poop in Town of Oregon

I just returned from a walk in our Town of Oregon park and was appalled to count 34 piles of dog feces either in the middle of the path or alongside it.

The park ordinance states to have your dog on a leash, but it doesn’t state anything about picking up your dog’s poop.  Wonder if we need to fix that?

Before you start thinking I’m a dog hating, city-girl wanting to enjoy a sterile park – think again!  I have not drawn a breath on this earth without being a dog and cat owner.  I’ve lived in the country-side of Wisconsin most of my 53 years, save a few years in my 20s.  

I’ve lived in the town of Oregon 24 years.  I helped build that park alongside my neighbors and children.  I’ve been walking those paths since they have been open to the public and have loved it.  I’ve also raised farm animals so I am more than comfortable with animal feces, it just needs to be picked up and disposed of properly.

Wed
26
Mar

No matter your choice, go out and vote April 1

As I have no doubt you have noticed, there will be elections in Oregon on April 1.

There are more candidates for both School Board and Village Board than there are seats. I commend all of these people for their dedication to the causes and parts of Oregon they so strongly support. Have you ever asked yourself if YOU would ever make their commitment?

Oregon is great village to be in. I have recognized that I will not be likely to be leaving it anytime soon, if ever. We all want to keep it that way and we all have those opportunities.

Some of us will volunteer for some organization, or an event, or at the schools, the library, the senior center. Some of us will run for an office of one kind or another – in the village, or in one of the numerous organizations around us (sports, philanthropic, social). Some of us will do nothing more than vote. All of those actions are important.

Wed
26
Mar

Straight from the horse’s mouth regarding the Rutland radio tower

In response to Mr. Lueders’ article (“Locals losing their tower power,” March 13), my brother, David Soldwedel, and I own Stoughton Farms. We’ve been farming in Rutland since 1960.

We no longer raise livestock but continue to farm the tillable acres. We’ve always been good stewards of the land, good neighbors and positively engaged in Rutland Township.

In early 2010, we were approached by Dave Magnum. After several months of reviewing his tower project and the related Rutland and Dane County ordinances, we agreed to sell him land behind a 60 acre field adjacent to a quarry and CRP acres.

Clearly, towers are lawful; Rutland has three – all closer to roads and environmental areas than Magnum’s would be. Dane County’s consulting engineer wrote that this tower is “in the public interest.”

Wed
26
Mar

Newcomers would eliminate uncertainty for educators

Dear constituents of the OSD,

When you go to the polls next week, I would ask you take a moment to consider several things. I ask that you consider a candidate who understands the inner workings of a school and who understands the current challenges facing the educational outcomes our or children. You see, over the past several years education has undergone sweeping changes like Race to the Top, Act 10, and the adoption of the Common Core Standards. In our own district we had tremendous leaders like Dr. Barrows who lead the way and helped community and staff maintain the focus on children and how we can best educate them. Even with past major changes, the children were at the crux of every decision.

Mon
24
Mar

Maitzen's unique perspective can draw families to Oregon schools

Six qualified candidates are running for Oregon school board.  We have no doubt that each and every one of these candidates is for “kids first” and fiscal responsibility. But, beyond nice tag lines, we need candidates who will listen to administrators, teachers, parents and students, and who will thoughtfully consider issues and work to unite all stakeholders. They must promote cooperation, collaboration and creativity. We have had three children pass through the the Oregon school system and we have seen a number of negative changes that have resulted from an unwillingness to involve all stakeholders in a meaningful way. Currently, the district is as divided as we have seen it.

Wed
19
Mar

Uphoff is committed to improving board’s relationships

I am voting for Charles Uphoff for School Board on April 1. I have known Charlie for over 40 years, and know that he is a fair-minded man of integrity who is committed to improving the relationship among the Board, the administration, and the teachers. I believe his previous experience as an Oregon School Board member will serve him well in restoring the trust which used to exist between staff and administration.

Christine Weigt
Village of Oregon

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