Letters to the Editor


Spread the word to end the R-word

As the Oregon Observer is a leader in driving local culture, I need your support, and the support of your readers, in the Spread The Word To End The Word campaign and to help make a stand against a word that is offensive to many. 

The “R-word” may not seem like a big deal to some, but it’s a bigger issue than a lot of people realize. It hurts millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those that love them.

The word hurts no matter what, it does not matter if it’s directed at a person with a disability. As part of speaking for this campaign I realized that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are not treated as equal. It’s time for change and you and your readers can help.


‘Right to work’ should be called ‘Right to Steal from Wisconsin Workers’

Here’s how it works: A billionaire wants to pay lower wages, so he has his attorneys write a law called “Right to Work” – sounds good, right? 

He introduces this law to legislators at a forum that he’s organized (American Legislative Exchange Council), and legislators are told that if they want his huge campaign contributions (bribes) they must support it. 

He tells them to say it’s about not having union dues deducted from your paycheck; but really it’s about exploiting workers – unions or not. If they refuse, he threatens to give even bigger campaign contributions (bribes) to their opponents in the next primary.


Meyers thankful for time at OSD

It is with a very heavy heart that I am departing my position as a building administrator for the Oregon School District. 

The time has come for me to put my attention toward fully addressing an array of health and personal issues.

Education has been and always will be a life-long passion of mine. I hope to return to the field to more strongly serve once fully recovered to share my story and once again help students succeed during times of trial and tribulation. 

I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served as an administrator of Oregon High School these past three and a half years. The OSD is a wonderful educational setting! I know the board, administrative team and staff will continue to lead learning for your children.

Kelly J. Meyers
Village of Oregon


Looking for a horse aficionado from long ago

In reference to the story about Eleanor Killerlain, who took her horse, Jewel, for one last ride at Triple K Stables in Oregon (A Final Ride, Dec. 25, 2014).

About 30 years ago, I had  a woman called Eleanor about 60 years old from Oregon come on my African expedition from Egypt to Kenya. 

Could this adventurous lady be her?

Graham Neal
Macanet de la selva, Spain


Oregon must have a surplus of money

When is something deemed to be an effort in futility? 

Apparently never in the Village of Oregon. The governing body in Oregon has thus far expended approximately $195,000 in legal fees to investigate their former chief of police Doug Pettit for which they have no “charging authority” subsequent to his retirement. 

Taxpayers are expending $1800 per week for an interim chief because Pettit was either “out of town” or on a personal medical leave of absence. 

Now the decision by those “in power” is to expend $10,000 for a “recruiter” in an effort to replace Pettit who is facing two felonies while he was being paid $96,000 a year by the same governing body. 


Compensation referendum would raise taxes even more

In November 2014, Oregon School District voters approved $54.6 million for building renovations and additions, plus $355,864 annually to offset increased operating expenses associated with the improvements.

How much is that going to raise our taxes in 2015?

The brochure sent out for $2.9 million compensation for extra raises beyond the regular raise to teachers if approved would raise taxes each year by $150 per $100,000 of property value according to the brochure.

The average home in Oregon is assessed at $235,000 – that would be $352.50 more each year in taxes.

How much more can we afford to pay in taxes and necessities to live?


Teacher compensation needs to focus on competition, performance

Regarding the proposed spring 2015 school operational referendum, I agree the current educator compensation model based on years of service and automatic compensation increases is not the proper incentive to ensure students learn to their maximum potential. 

It provides little incentive to motivate educators to compete and is not performance-based. The proposed model appears to provide some motivation for educators to compete by pursuing additional education but does not take steps to incorporate pay based on performance.

I suggest a model that focuses on competition and pay for performance. There are many measures in place today that provide a baseline for student achievement. 


Composition story needs correction

Thank you for your recent article about our daughter, Kathleen, and her composition posted on YouTube. 

One correction: Kathleen’s father and I did not help her with any aspect of the project. Kathleen composed, mixed and recorded the piece completely on her own. 

She then received assistance with the split-screen video editing from her piano teacher, S. Christian Collins of Rhapsody Arts in Verona. 

I just want to be sure credit is properly attributed.

Elizabeth Leone
Town of Brooklyn


Thanks to our crossing guards

Wisconsin Adult School Crossing Guard Recognition Week is Jan. 12-16.  

The Oregon Police Department would like to thank our full-time and part-time crossing guards for all of their hard work and dedication throughout the school year.  

Crossing guards are very important individuals who help ensure safe crossings for the youth in Oregon during the school year, and they frequently endure inclement weather. We appreciate all of our past and present crossing guards, and we would like to thank them for serving our community.  

Please remember to take extra time when you drive through school crossings.  

Ruti Trace
Oregon Police Department


K9 program is an asset to the village

Regarding the Observer article about the K9 program being questioned … What? Really?

I understand that the K9 program is funded through donations that are made via the fundraising efforts that Officer Kohlman puts forth in order to keep this needed program. 

I personally have donated a lot of money to the K9 program, giving my commission from Silpada jewelry sales at the K9 pancake breakfasts that are held. 

Anyone reading this: Were you at the last pancake breakfast Dec. 7 where the line ran all around the firehouse waiting to get in? Over 600 breakfasts were served. Isn’t this the community coming out to support our K9 unit? 

And why does our school board not allow random drug searches in the schools? The presence of K9 Vende not only helps deter drug activity, but is a deterrent of all crime.