Letters to the Editor

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.

Wed
02
Jul

Send Sheridan back to state Capitol

I was born with congenital total deafness in my left ear and partial deafness in right ear. As an adult while working with UAW president Mike Sheridan at GM, I encountered what would be my worst nightmare in life – losing my hearing completely. In the year following, I had encountered my own battle with my insurance. It took a year before receiving my cochlear implant which has restored my hearing in my right ear. Mike saw the struggles I encountered that year.

Thu
26
Jun

Thanks for diverting traffic on Memorial Day

I would like to say thank you to whoever was responsible for the traffic being diverted away from the monument during the Memorial Day service.

A moment of silence and prayers to veterans should not be accompanied by semis, motorcycles and loud car stereos sitting at a red light.

Again, thank you to whoever helped honor our vets.

Cheryl Endicott
Village of Oregon

Thu
26
Jun

Vote Sheridan for 15th Senate district

I’m writing to express my personal support for Mike Sheridan for State Senate. Sheridan and I agree on most issues.

Because I taught in Janesville for 33 years, I especially value Mike’s opinion: Too much money has been cut from public schools. Wisconsin used to boast that we had one of the best school systems in the country. This is no longer true.

Mike feels that our tax money should not be spent to support private voucher schools. I agree.

It bothers me that our “tax money” is going to voucher schools that don’t have to prove that their schools are meeting any educational standards that public schools have to meet.

There have been studies showing that private voucher schools are not as good at educating our children as public schools.

I strongly believe that Mike Sheridan can make a difference in Madison due to his experience, fairness, and his ability to work with both sides of the aisle.

Thu
12
Jun

Thanks to tree crews for quick work

I would like to congratulate the Oregon  maintenance crew on the fine job they did at our house last Friday. About 4 a.m. I heard some noise outside but nothing more so I went back to sleep. Upon waking and able to look out the bedroom window, I saw that one of our oak trees’ very large branches had broken off and fallen on the sidewalk, berm and into the street. A call to the Village brought Gary Disch and crew to saw, chip, remove large sections and clean up. Nice job guys!

Skip and Bonnie Bohse

Wed
04
Jun

Thanks to crew for clearing street

I would like to congratulate the Oregon maintenance crew on the fine job they did at our house last Friday.

About 4 a.m., I heard some noise outside but nothing more so I went back to sleep. Upon waking and able to look out the bedroom window, I saw that one of our oak trees’ very large branches had broken off and fallen on the sidewalk, berm and into the street.

A call to the village brought Gary Disch and crew to saw, chip, remove large sections and clean up.

Nice job guys!

Skip and Bonnie Bohse
Village of Oregon

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