Letters to the Editor


Downtown renovation is admirable, but tenants might not afford the rent

I admire the work that the Thiels have put into the buildings in downtown Oregon; it would be very sad to lose the history that is connected with the properties and the quaintness of our downtown.  

Certainly, as land owners, and ones that have put money, time and sweat into their properties, they should be able to do as they wish with their property, within the guidelines of the existing laws and regulations.

What I’m not as sure about is whether they should be the ones deciding which businesses our little downtown needs.  Given the history of their own upscale business, I’m also not so sure they are qualified.


Communication needed between tenants, landlord in historic building

I’ve been thinking about the possible eviction of The Academy of Sound ever since reading your article. It just baffles me.  

I have no issues with Holstein’s or with the tenant having complaints about the noise from the drum lessons – they are certainly entitled to having an issue with the noise.

What I do not understand is why this was never brought to the academy. And why, if the tenants felt uncomfortable talking to Academy of Sound about it, the Thiels didn’t.  

It is sort of the same as one sibling complaining about something the other did to mom. What mom should do is talk to each child to get the story and see what can be worked out between them, but the Thiels decided to call an attorney to write a letter?  


Burke: Working for village has been a rewarding challenge

The last 15 months with the Oregon Police Department have been the most challenging of my career. But because of what we have been able to overcome and achieve, they have also been my most rewarding.

The cooperation and support I have received from both inside and outside the department has been unmatched and something I will never forget.

Friendships have been created that will last a lifetime. The Village staff, especially Mike Gracz, and the Board, led by President Steve Staton, have been an absolute joy to work for and I couldn’t have asked for better bosses. The Police Commission, led by Maynard Stoehr, has worked with me to hire four new officers and promote three and has also invested a lot of time and energy over the past five months in the process that led to the hiring of new Chief Uhl. All of these folks deserve credit for where the department is today.


Oregon needs its spirit lifted

The news has been more disturbing than usual lately and so it came to my heart that I would write a letter to the editor in the hopes of lifting the spirits of the community of Oregon.

We all have the need to be loved, and from that need, the ability to love.

From our ability to love we have compassion, and from that compassion the ability to empathize.

So let us love one another as we love ourselves and recognize that we are all beautifully broken.  It is through our brokenness that we come together to create the beautiful portrait that is the Oregon community.

Jeff Boudreau
Village of Oregon


Bike path is a safe route into town

I like to bike, but more importantly, I want to arrive at my destination safely. 

I periodically commute to work in Madison, but typically forego the ride on Hwy. MM because of safety concerns. Instead, I drive to the south side of the city before getting on my bike. 

The other day I decided to bike from Madison to Oregon, traveling south on Fish Hatchery road to the new bicycle trail. Although Fish Hatchery is not ideal, it’s much safer than Hwy. MM. 

And once you get to the paved path at Swan Lake, it’s a dream. The path winds through rolling farmland with great views in both directions. And there are no cars! 

Kudos to president Steve Staton and our Village Board members for having the vision and persistence to see this project through.  


The Undefeated – an ode to OHS girls soccer

When we look back at your days spent in school.

We will remember games that we thought were cool.


It is hard to imagine what it will be like to remember this perfect season.

The Oregon girls soccer team showed all of us that you were playing for a reason.


There were many trials and tests and opponents would challenge.

Other coaches predicted they could win at best they would only imagine.


It took a very good team to put a goal inside your net.

16 opponents went without their challenges were always met.



Wisconsin celebrates five years as a smoke-free state

I can’t believe it’s already been five years since Wisconsin became a smoke-free state. 

Sunday, July 5 marked the date I stopped worrying about having to breathe secondhand tobacco smoke in workplaces throughout Wisconsin. 

Like many teens across the state, I love our smoke-free Wisconsin. 

I was 11 when the state went smoke-free, and I’d never want us to go back to the way things were before. It’s great to know that I’m not exposed to secondhand smoke when my family and I go to Headquarters Bar and Restaurant for dinner.

Besides protecting people from secondhand smoke, it’s also helping to lower youth smoking. Five years ago, one out of every six Wisconsin high school kids smoked. Today that number’s down to one in ten.


Policy enforcement could have played a role in Lt. Clark’s death

Relative to the Officer Karey Clark issue – there remains no doubt that Clark is, for the most part, responsible for his death.

However one could argue that the people he worked for have some culpability, specifically chief David Burke.

Policies Burke stated that were in place were merely assumptions. Burke’s failure to monitor the two-key policy could wind up something more than just an embarrassment to the Oregon Police Department. Had Burke dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s during the September to January timeline, Clark might well be alive today.

As they say, at the end of the day Karey Clark made some bad choices and it cost him his life. And at the end of that same day, there have to be questions relative to Burke’s qualifications to lead.


Another sad story about Oregon police

I was reading the Wisconsin State Journal (the other) morning in the Village of Spring Green. 

Once again I observed yet another article about the Village of Oregon Police Department. 

Let me see if I have this all correct.

You recently had a former police chief named Doug Pettit who directed staff to perform illegal duties, neglected to inform the village board of illegal activity at a sports bar, misused village equipment and is now facing two felony counts of tax evasion. 

He had a former officer under his responsibility apparently amending/falsifying reports. 

Most recently a deceased former lieutenant is being accused of stealing drugs from the evidence room at Pettit’s former department. 


Time to thank Pettit for service

To my Oregon neighbors,

Do you know that the man who served you well for almost 40 years has little time to be left with his family? Do you know that he took medical leave because he has cancer? Do you know he retired to put up a fight with this awful disease?

His infraction has been dealt with. Now it is time to say thank you for those many years he led our police force. There isn’t a lot of time left and it is the right thing to do as he says goodbye to his family and grandchildren. Grandchildren he will not be able to see grow up.

Thank you Chief Pettit for watching over us all these years.


Judy Haskins
Village of Oregon


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