Letters to the Editor

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.

Wed
12
Nov

Oregon should be proud to have Nedelcoff

This letter is in support of Jon Nedelcoff. I have had the honor of knowing Jon for over 30 years in a variety of ways. Jon and I grew up in the rival towns 5 miles apart, he in Hazel Green and I in Cuba City. 

I was a math/computer/band geek in a basketball town. Given the small size of my high school, I also participated in sports so I knew who Jon was. I recall from those early 80’s years that Jon was a gifted athlete who was a leader for his teams and in his school.

Not once, from grade school through high school where by virtue of the power that comes with being a “jock” and leader in his school did I ever witness any type of behavior coming close to bullying. In fact it was just the opposite. When Cuba City went to Hazel Green Jon’s senior year of basketball for a game at the peak of its rivalry, it was Jon who acted with class when things got nasty on the floor and Hazel Green won.

Wed
05
Nov

All citizens should be concerned about voter ID disenfranchisement

The Brennan Center For Justice based at the New York University School of Law published a recent report on the voter I.D. laws being enacted in Republican states. Their conclusion was that more than 5 million qualified American voters would be disenfranchised by these laws.

The Washington Post conducted a comprehensive investigation of voting records from the year 2000 through the present. Their conclusion was that there were over a billion votes cast nation wide with only a handful of cases of voter fraud. They also concluded that “in-person” voter impersonation, which is what photo I.D. laws are intended to stop is “virtually non-existent,” and that photo I.D. laws wouldn’t necessarily prevent cross-district voting anyway.

Wed
05
Nov

Speaker at OSD did well for students

I am responding to a letter to the editor regarding a speaker at Oregon High School. 

Beth Cox spoke at an assembly about the history and importance of voting. The authors of the Oct. 16 letter clearly showed their bias for voter ID as a requirement for voting. They blamed the messenger for explaining to students that the Supreme Court declared they would not need an ID in order to vote. Beth Cox did not create the law; she merely explained it to students.

Clarification of the Supreme Court’s decision is highly relevant to the topic of voting history and the importance of voting. It is an important current topic for students to understand. To discuss the history of voting without mention of voter ID laws would be incomplete, erroneous, and a disservice to young citizens about to embark on that central precious democratic American right to vote.

Wed
05
Nov

Politics don’t belong in schools

When we cast a ballot is it private, personal. Our political views are not public information.  That is our right.  

During the last presidential election our middle school students were asked to make posters of their preferred candidate to be displayed on their locker. This is wrong. By the end of the day, Republican posters were torn down.

During the recall election of our governor, Scott Walker, students were offered the opportunity to walk out of their classrooms in protest of Scott Walker. This is wrong. This issue is controversial – it should not be in our schools. Our children should not be asked to stand up against their peers on political matters.  

Wed
29
Oct

Cox: Letter writers’ criticism was based on opinions, not facts

I was surprised and saddened by the highly personal attacks in the letter concerning my recent talk at the high school on the history of voting. And while the letter writers are entitled to their own opinion, they are not entitled to their own facts.

The fact is my talk was squarely within the District’s guidelines for outside lectures. The fact is my sole message was for young people to participate in elections; that they, like all of us, have a responsibility to vote. The fact is this message is not partisan and never has been.

I stand by my statements and will continue to work with and for the youth of our community, always to encourage the importance of being good citizens.

Beth Cox
Town of Oregon

Wed
29
Oct

Cox talk followed district guidelines

This is a response to an Oct. 15, letter to the editor regarding Judge Beth Cox’s presentations to several social studies classes at Oregon High School.

Judge Cox and Oregon teachers followed School Board Policy 357 - Guest Speakers with the presentations that were made to students at Oregon High School concerning the civic responsibility of voting.  This process was reviewed and approved by the school district’s in-house counsel and was in compliance with school board policy.

Furthermore, it is important for those of you that don’t know - Judge Cox has been a tireless supporter of Oregon students and families.  She helps support students, families and the Oregon School District’s work with student attendance and truancy issues.

Thank you - Judge Cox!

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