Opinion Archives for 2018-10

To the Sevastopol School District Voters and Property Owners

By Lisa Bieri      

The referendum votes on November 6th offer residents of the Sevastopol School district an
important opportunity.
Voters have a chance to improve the District's school facility in a way that will impact every
grade level. This is a chance to support the school's already outstanding educational programs
and offer new opportunities in all areas.
Teachers and students at Sevastopol do perform at a high level, and that causes some to ask
why the facility upgrades are needed. The District cannot ignore the fact that all areas of
education have changed since the oldest buildings were constructed in 1924 and 1946. And
technology is taking education in directions many have never experienced. Learning
environments that are up-to-date and safe will allow students and teachers to blend the old with
the new and enhance student learning experiences.
The District cannot afford to push facilities maintenance and renewal down the road for three
important reasons:
1) Teachers and students are expected to perform at the highest level possible for each, and
this community has come to expect, if not demand that;
2) The District must continue to improve safety and security;
3) Costs will not decrease, and maintenance items will continue to rise.
To summarize, the operational referendum will allow Sevastopol School to continue with
excellent academic and extra-curricular programs. The facility referendum offers a long-term
solution for meeting the needs of elementary students, safety and security needs, and
technology/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) needs for the school
district.
Quality education affects not only those students being served, but an entire community. Thank
you to all the community members who have invested time in the facility planning, those who
attended open houses and those who have reached out with questions.
Lisa Bieri

Open letter to Door County Voters

By Garey Bies       

One of the Offices on the Ballot this Election is for the Office of Sheriff. This Office will affect our daily lives more than any other on the Ballot. I am writing this to ask you to Vote for Chief Deputy Pat McCarty. In my opinion Chief Deputy Pat McCarty is the person who is the most Qualified.  Both candidates are nice people and hard working. As the former Chief Deputy I got to know both them when they were hired.

Chief Deputy Pat McCarty started his career in Jail/Radio division he then moved on to the Patrol division for 17 years and the last 4 years as the Chief Deputy. In the Patrol Division in a small rural Sheriff's Department like Door County you get exposed to all types of Law Enforcement issues.  Many of the issues are serious, high stress, life threatening situations where your training and experience is the thing you depend on. Chief Deputy Pat McCarty is the only Candidate with this Experience. This Experience is what keeps the citizen safe as well as the Deputy. Chief Deputy Pat McCarty knows what it is like to respond to or have a vehicle stopped, where it becomes life threatening, and your backup is 15-20 minutes away or more.  Chief Deputy Pat McCarty is the Only Candidate with that Experience. Chief Deputy Pat McCarty was also the SWAT team Commander. The only Candidate with that Experience

As Chief Deputy, Pat McCarty is the Administrative head of the Sheriff Department which oversees all division of the Department. Chief Deputy Pat McCarty is the only Candidate with that Experience.

Pat McCarty is an active member of his community. He and wife have been Married for 22 years and they have one son who is a student at St. Norbert's. Pat coached football for 24 years at Sturgeon Bay High and Southern Door with the last 4 years as Head Coach for Southern Door. Being a coach and Head Coach should speak volumes about his character of his ability to be a leader.  His 8 years of service to his Country in the U.S. Army and Wisconsin National Guard says a lot about his commitment of service. No other candidate for Sheriff has this Experience.

In conclusion I ask you to consider Voting for Chief Deputy Pat McCarty because he the only person who is ready for the JOB, the moment he takes the Oath of Office. He will not need On The Job Training. He will not have to check with someone else on what to do. He will not think He is a CEO who just sits behind a desk looking for someone else who has the experience to do the job.    VOTE Pat McCarty for SHERIFF

Garey Bies Former Deputy Sheriff/Chief Deputy, Former State Representative

Letter to the Editor--Open letter to Door County Voters

By Garey Bies   

One of the Offices on the Ballot this Election is for the Office of Sheriff.
This Office will affect our daily lives more than any other on the Ballot. I
am writing this to ask you to Vote for Chief Deputy Pat McCarty. In my
opinion Chief Deputy Pat McCarty is the person who is the most
Qualified. Both candidates are nice people and hard working. As the
former Chief Deputy I got to know both them when they were hired.
Chief Deputy Pat McCarty started his career in Jail/Radio division he
then moved on to the Patrol division for 17 years and the last 4 years as
the Chief Deputy. In the Patrol Division in a small rural Sheriff's
Department like Door County you get exposed to all types of Law
Enforcement issues. Many of the issues are serious, high stress, life
threatening situations where your training and experience is the thing
you depend on. Chief Deputy Pat McCarty is the only Candidate with
this Experience. This Experience is what keeps the citizen safe as well
as the Deputy. Chief Deputy Pat McCarty knows what it is like to
respond to or have a vehicle stopped, where it becomes life
threatening, and your backup is 15-20 minutes away or more. Chief
Deputy Pat McCarty is the Only Candidate with that Experience. Chief
Deputy Pat McCarty was also the SWAT team Commander. The only
Candidate with that Experience
As Chief Deputy, Pat McCarty is the Administrative head of the Sheriff
Department which oversees all division of the Department. Chief
Deputy Pat McCarty is the only Candidate with that Experience.

Pat McCarty is an active member of his community. He and wife have
been Married for 22 years and they have one son who is a student at St.
Norbert's. Pat coached football for 24 years at Sturgeon Bay High and
Southern Door with the last 4 years as Head Coach for Southern Door.
Being a coach and Head Coach should speak volumes about his
character of his ability to be a leader. His 8 years of service to his
Country in the U.S. Army and Wisconsin National Guard says a lot about
his commitment of service. No other candidate for Sheriff has this
Experience.
In conclusion I ask you to consider Voting for Chief Deputy Pat McCarty
because he the only person who is ready for the JOB, the moment he
takes the Oath of Office. He will not need On The Job Training. He will
not have to check with someone else on what to do. He will not think
He is a CEO who just sits behind a desk looking for someone else who
has the experience to do the job. VOTE Pat McCarty for SHERIFF
Garey Bies Former Deputy Sheriff/Chief Deputy, Former State
Representative

Letter to the Editor: Vote McCarty

By Dennis McIntosh, Sturgeon Bay      


Dear Editor:   As an experienced law enforcement professional, who completed 32 years of service in three different communities, two as Chief of Police in Northeastern Wisconsin Cities and as a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and as a former member of the Northeast Wisconsin Committee of Lawyer Regulation, (after appointment by the then Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court), I feel compelled to endorse the most qualified candidate for the position of Sheriff of Door County. I know both candidates and both are good people, but only one has the leadership experience needed to supervise, manage and oversee the entire operation of the Door County Sheriff's Office.  That candidate is Chief Deputy Pat McCarty.  Mr. McCarty has proven himself over and over in the various roles he has fulfilled in his career. Mr. McCarty while serving our country in the United States Army with the elite 101st Air Borne Division, rose to the rank of Sergeant, a leadership position.  He has worked in many aspects of the Sheriff's Department.  Mr. McCarty Commanded the S.W.A.T. which successfully handled a number of dangerous incidents here in our county, everyone one of those incidents ended peacefully, without anyone being hurt. That is leadership! For last four years Mr. McCarty has participated in the overall operations of the Door County Sheriff's Department as the Chief Deputy, including preparation and presentation of the 8.4 million dollar annual budget.  As the second in command of the entire department he has participated in every aspect and responsibility that the agency has. His participation with the community, including our youth is unmatched, for example, from his web site: Coached youth and high school sports, including baseball, basketball and football for the last 24 years, (with many successful seasons, which emphasizes his leadership qualities),  he is a member of the NWTC Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. He has given presentations to a variety of civic organizations on law enforcement related topics, he has been the keynote speaker for a number of law enforcement academy graduations and he is a member of the Northeast Wisconsin ad hoc committee on juvenile justice and jail overcrowding.  Please put your political party aside, put friendships aside and put personalities aside and vote for the person with absolutely the most qualifications and successful leadership experience, Pat McCarty.


Thank you,


Dennis McIntosh

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Civil Discourse: An Occasional Attempt to Restore Civility to Our Civic Discourse

By Roger Utnehmer

DoorCountyDailyNews.com
President and CEO

Thoughts for Door County From a Cape Cod Visit.

Many similarities and a few contrasts provide the opportunity for the Cape Cod of the Midwest, otherwise known as Door County, to learn from the Door County of the east coast, otherwise known as Cape Cod.

Both claim scenic beauty, similar architecture, abundant opportunities for arts and entertainment, traffic congestion, non-resident property ownership and impressive shoreline preservation.

Contrasts are rooted in regulations. Billboards and plastic bags are banned throughout Cape Cod. Signs warn of fines of up to $10,000 for littering. There is not a single stop sign or traffic light on Nantucket Island. Roundabouts, called rotaries, control traffic. Zoning protects business districts and residential neighborhoods from exploitation, eye-sores, big box stores and chains. Consistent architectural integrity is part of what creates the charm that is Cape Cod.

When dying oysters in a Nantucket bay were connected to lawn chemicals, landscapers voluntarily stopped using chemicals and came up with other options.  Public sewer and water systems were extended to rural areas when beaches were threatened and well water polluted.

A four-lane highway through the center of the cape keeps traffic from congesting small communities along either side.

Like Door County, Cape Cod businesses express the need for an immigration policy that would allow them to hire foreign workers.

Affordable housing is a serious challenge. Bar and restaurant owners provide housing accommodations for staff. A ferry fee for those having a thirty-mile one-way commute is part of the compensation package for workers in the trades and hospitality industries.

Economic development is as much retail and hospitality as it is healthcare or light industry.

Main streets are vibrant and there was not a Walmart to be found, not that anyone was looking.

Preserving charm is what Cape Cod has done best and it is what Door County can learn to assure a future as prosperous as it is beautiful.

That's my opinion. I'd like to hear yours.

Civil Discourse: An Occasional Attempt to Restore Civility to Our Civic Discourse

By Roger Utnehmer                          

Immigration is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. Missing, however, is the voice of clergy. Without the strong voice of religious leaders, the civil rights movement of the 1960's would never have been successful.

From open housing marches in Milwaukee led by Father James Groppi to the March on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it was articulate and persistent advocacy by religious leaders that turned public opinion into support for voting rights, open housing and recognition of basic human dignity for all.

Today, our country is torn apart by the debate over immigration. Families are divided. Children are separated from parents. In Wisconsin, immigrant families live in constant fear. This tragedy is the fault of political leadership missing-in-action. And it is also the fault of silence from the religious leaders who have a moral imperative to speak out in defense of the least among us. If religious leaders would speak from their tradition of respect for human dignity, a preferential option for the poor and the biblical mandate to welcome the stranger, it would be much more difficult for politicians to ignore finding a solution.

We may disagree about what that solution should be but the reality today in northeast Wisconsin is that immigrant labor is an essential component of a thriving economy. Removing undocumented immigrants would paralyze business and industry, especially agriculture. Ignoring the problem may be good politics but it is a moral failure and an economic disaster.

Those who believe we are created in the image of God are pained by the disrupted families, pervasive fear, political demagoguery, and marginalization that is being inflicted on our immigrant community. And by not speaking out against the racism and fear-mongering over immigration, we condone it by our silence.

I stand in support of those who strive for a better life and hope for the American dream. I esteem the family values evidenced by immigrants. Many in northeast Wisconsin send more than half their take-home pay back to families in Latin America. I applaud those who speak in defense of the immigrants and ask our religious leaders to speak with the same passion on their behalf as clergy did a generation ago in support of black Americans.

How we are treating immigrants is the imperative moral issue of this generation. The voice of our religious leaders will be a welcome addition to the discussion.

That's my opinion. I'd like to hear yours.

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