Letters to the Editor

Thu
11
Sep

Village lucky to have Staton

As many of you know, the Village of Oregon has concluded their investigation of former police chief Doug Pettit.

The investigation remains ongoing by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, to include felony misconduct in public office.

I feel that Village President Steve Staton deserves an enormous amount of credit regarding the leadership and forthrightness he exhibited throughout this matter. Staton did not back down or pretend that something very wrong was not occurring as I experienced with the law enforcement committee in 1993.

I worked with Pettit for nine years. I witnessed his conduct that caused me ethical and legal concerns to the degree that I notified each member of the law enforcement committee.

For the sake of brevity my concerns were ignored. I attempted to solicit support from fellow officers at that time who had approached me previously with their concerns in my capacity as their supervisor.

Wed
03
Sep

Thanks for playing pick-up soccer this summer

Thanks to everyone that came out to the Wednesday evening adult pick up soccer games this summer.  

They were great fun and we will do it again next summer!

It was very good to meet so many new people.

Christine Johnston
Village of Oregon

Wed
03
Sep

Pettit made village a safe place to live

I have lived in the Village of Oregon for over 20 years. During that time, chief Pettit has always been chief Pettit and the village has doubled in size.

This is a very safe community.  It is a community in which people talk to each other in front of their houses, across their streets and stop in the shops.  It is a community in which people look out for each other and help in many, many ways.  It is a community run on many volunteers who give lots of their time and effort to keep it such a wonderful place.

I’m not going to pretend that I know what all of the incidents that chief Pettit and his department are/were being investigated on are.  I’m certainly not going to pretend that I understand the ramifications of some of the actions that have gotten into the press.  

Wed
27
Aug

Thanks for supporting National Night Out

I want to thank all the businesses and organizations that assisted in making National Night Out a huge success by setting up a booth and participating in a safe and fun community night out!

I also want to thank all the volunteers and monetary supporters that helped make this event possible.

These community events could not be possible without your assistance. A large thank you goes to all the community members that attended the event.

Thank you for partnering with the community to help keep Oregon safe.

Officer Cindy Neubert
Oregon Police Department

Wed
27
Aug

Memorial game keeps soccer strong

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kevin Gasner for organizing the 4th annual Dave Marchant Memorial soccer game between our defending state champ varsity soccer team and a really talented group of Oregon alumni players.

This game helps the varsity get ready for the season with probably one of their most competitive games of the year. It keeps the continuity of this successful program intact, and most of all it keeps Dave Marchant’s name (who was a great guy and did so much for Oregon soccer and the community as well) and memory alive.

By the way the alumni won a close game 3-1 so they retain the D.M.M. trophy for a year.        

Ray Webber
Village of Oregon

Wed
20
Aug

Chief Pettit retires: Thanks for supporting the department

I am announcing my retirement as Chief of Police of the Oregon Police Department effective Sept. 1, 2014.  

I have made the decision to leave the job I love due to my health and to spend more time with my family.

In December I would have completed 39 years in public service, 29 of those years serving as your chief of police.

During my tenure we were able to accomplish many initiatives that will continue to move the department forward for many years to come. I am proud of those accomplishments but it is important to point out none of our accomplishments could have been achieved without the hard work, dedication and commitment of our officers and non-sworn personnel.

No police department can be successful without partnerships. In addition to the hard work of our personnel, I have received support from local government, the business community and our citizens.

Wed
20
Aug

Williams’ death highlights need for help

When I heard from a friend about the death of Robin Williams, it was like a punch to the gut.

Williams served as an inspiration for me from an early age. I had an active imagination but was incredibly shy at the same time. Yet, I knew I could find a creative use for my personality because Robin Williams did exactly that in comedy and acting.

Then, when I was diagnosed with depression this past year, Robin Williams came to my rescue again as my favorite performer who dealt with not only depression but also substance abuse. I knew if Robin Williams could balance his debilitating issues, it was possible for me as well.

Wed
13
Aug

Vogeler has worked well with union

As the new school year approaches, I want to take the time to thank school board member Rae Vogeler.  

During her first term, she has been a staunch proponent of open communication between the school board, district staff and the public.  

She has recognized the impact that Act 10 has had on both the finances and the employees of the district.  Act 10 has undermined the ability of the Oregon School District to provide the excellent programming it is been able to provide to students and also in providing fair compensation and benefits for the district’s excellent staff.

Wed
23
Jul

Give Sheridan another shot in Senate

I am very concerned about the future of our Senate District 15.  

We need the most experienced person, the best leader, the best communicator, and the most energetic and hard-working candidate possible and that is Mike Sheridan.

We need someone who has both great leadership experience and a great future in out district -- someone with good relationships with the business, labor, and agricultural communities in our district and across the state.

Mike has the most experience; He served in the Assembly for 3 terms and was elected unanimously Speaker of the Assembly: He earned the vote of both  Democrats and Republicans. He has the ability to work across the aisle – something we desperately need in these hard times.

Please join me in voting for Mike Sheridan for Senate District 15 - our home district.

Vivian Creekmore
Milton

Wed
23
Jul

Ringhand deserves to serve in senate

The 15th Senate District will be best represented by Janis Ringhand.  

Janis has a proven track record through her service as Evansville’s mayor and Alderwoman and in the State Assembly for steadfastly advocating for all of her constituents regardless of political affiliation.  

Janis is one of the few politicians in our state (and country for that matter) who serves the best interests of each of her constituents by thoroughly researching issues and voting for what is best for the district she serves as a whole and not based on party lines. Janis has historically worked cooperatively with her colleagues in the State Assembly including those from other political parties to draft legislation that is in the best interest of our state. How refreshing!  

Not only do we need Janis in the 15th Senate District, we need more politicians with her work ethic and cooperative mindset in all levels of government.

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