Letters to the Editor


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. 


Thank you for helping Bashir

How do I express the level of gratitude my husband and I feel at the outpouring of all manners of support for my husband, Bashir Nasserjah, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma? There are truly not enough words, nor hugs, nor thank you cards on the planet to cover it. 

This demon of a disease has been eating away at my husband’s skeleton and created at least four very active tumors. It is excruciatingly painful and difficult to treat with a very dim prognosis. 

He is enrolled in a clinical trial through the UW Carbone Center, Mayo Clinic, Boston Med and a few other major cancer centers in the hopes that the test drug, carfilzomib, will bring about a remission sooner and last longer. Unfortunately, he is still looking at maybe two years, with treatment. 


Sad to see Sub Town shut down

I was very saddened when I heard the news that Sub Town Deli would be closing.  

Sub Town has provided my family with many subs, tacos, nachos, and salads over the years, along with memories and satisfied appetites. They are probably the main reason why blue moon ice cream is my favorite flavor. 

It saddens me to see a wonderful local business run by hardworking ladies close while huge franchises flourish. Thank you for the memories, Sub Town Deli.

Ally McCann


Nedelcoff, Busler deserve praise

I was happy to read in the Dec. 11 Oregon Observer that the Oregon School Board has exonerated coach Jon Nedelcoff of bullying behavior. Mr. Nedelcoff has been a great coach and teacher. 

My son was privileged to have Mr. Nedelcoff as a high school teacher. He was, and still  is, a great teacher and coach. In fact, he went above and beyond to help my son succeed in school and, to quote my Brett, a graduate of Oregon High School, “he found a way to reach out to every kid in school.”

As for Mr. Brian Busler, he does a great job as superintendent of schools in Oregon. He has also gone above and beyond to help see that students have every opportunity to learn and succeed.


Brooklyn taxes will lead to a ghost town

I see the people of Brooklyn are going to get it stuck to them again! 

In times when the economy still is in recovery, Nadine Walsten is spending our tax dollars like a drunken sailor. 

As far as this business park goes, I fail to see anybody moving in. It seems to me you should have had companys lined up or at least interested before you make this leap with taxpayers’ money.

She has done nothing but cost this village money. With her, it’s her way or no way. 

When people voted to keep the court and judge, she still did what she wanted, not what the voters wanted. If she stays in charge people will no longer afford to live here and this village will be a ghost town.

Gary Muckler
Village of Brooklyn