Category: Perspectives

  • Publisher’s Note

    A spring may never have meant as much to the people of Door County than the one we’re entering now. After a year hunkered down, months of Zooms and FaceTimes, many nights of anxiety and fear, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Here, it arrives just in time, at the doorstep […]

  • Editor’s Note: A Rumination on Collections

    An unopened copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 has sold at auction for $1.56 million. That follows the sale of an unopened copy of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda, which sold for $870,000. My brother will be very happy to hear that. What we called the “top barn” back home in Massachusetts (he raised his […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Actions Speak Louder than Labels

    I’ve been insulted in my life, but this continual “white supremacist” accusation from many directions – but not from people who know me – is getting pretty old. And I’m sure it is getting old to many others.  I feel lucky to not live in Washington, D.C., or New York, where all these vile accusations aimed at […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Let Country Roads Be Country Roads

    I still believe that Door County is a lovely, special place that celebrates rural beauty, wildflowers and native grasses on the roadsides, orchards and water. Those are just a few of the things we love here. Where does mowing down the roadside flowers fit into this “brand”? Last week, a mower from the Town of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Three-Legged Stool

    In 1968, in response to President Johnson’s voting-rights and related social legislation, candidate Nixon announced and pursued his “Southern Policy.” From the conclusion of the Civil War, the South had voted solid Democrat as Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. The Southern strategy, peeling off the racist Democrats from the Democratic Party coalition, became the first […]

  • Guest Perspective: Orienting Expectations for Those Just Diving into Anti-racism Activism

    by MIKE SERPE Egg Harbor, Wisconsin Here’s an analogy about expectations for my fellow white folks who are just diving into anti-racism education. Imagine showing up to a class an hour late. How would you expect the professor to respond to your entrance? Would you expect this person to greet you at the door, tell […]

  • Letter to the Editor: 2SLGBTQIA+

    I enjoyed reading the Pulse’s coverage of Pride Month 2021. However, with the long history of indigenous peoples in the state of Wisconsin and Door County, it was disappointing to see that Two-Spirit was not included in the coverage. Such individuals are found in many tribes and are considered neither male nor female. They have […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Voting Recommendations to Help Improve Democracy

    The right to vote should be sacred in America. That right should especially be treated as sacred by local, state and federal governmental bodies. Those bodies should make it their sacred duty to do everything possible to make voting for their eligible citizens easy to practice. Instead, today some governmental bodies are working hard to […]

  • Letter to Editor: Partisan Differences Stand in the Way of Healing Climate Change

    In his opening remarks to the Security Panel at the April 22 Leaders Summit on Climate, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated: “Today, no nation can find lasting security without addressing the climate crisis. … (R)ising temperatures and more frequent and intense extreme weather events in Africa and Central America threaten millions with drought, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Help Bring Fair Elections Back to Wisconsin

    In November 2020, Door County citizens overwhelmingly approved the advisory referendum to make redistricting a nonpartisan process in this state. Door joined 13 other Wisconsin counties that have passed similar referendums by an average of 72%. Clearly, Wisconsinites want fair elections and fair maps, regardless of their party affiliation. Our representative, Joel Kitchens, recognized this […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: For Many Charities, the Economic Crisis Continues

    The Door is open! From the cars lined up on the highway to the people lined up at Al Johnson’s, it’s clear that Door County has reopened after more than a year of this horrible pandemic. The advance-reservation rates reported by our lodging establishments indicate that this may be the busiest season in Door County […]

  • Editor’s Note: Confessions of a Once-Burned Headline Reader

    We often lament around here the comments posted on our social-media pages by people who have clearly read only the headline of a story and not the story itself. This isn’t everyone. Our analytics show that our readers spend a healthy amount of time reading individual stories. Thank you for this. We spend a healthy […]

  • Coordinated Community Response: Elder Abuse in Door County

    by Door County Adult Protective Services Door County Adult Protective Services received 195 referrals of abuse against people ages 60 and older in 2020. Last year it was unclear whether social-distancing recommendations would prevent families, friends, neighbors and providers from connecting with vulnerable older adults, but a recent Wisconsin Department of Health Services report revealed […]

  • Editor’s Note: Things That Give Us Perspective

    There are times when we hear or read something that actually penetrates our mindsets and preconceived notions or ideas. It sinks right in, firing instant insight and greater perspective.  One thing that did it for me this week was the closure of the last pro-democracy newspaper in Hong Kong, the Apple Daily.  I’m not from […]

  • The Census, Redistricting and Gerrymandering

    By Joan Korb  For months, signs have been popping up all over Wisconsin: “FAIR MAPS,” they proclaim. Every 10 years, following the constitutionally mandated census, each state redraws its legislative and congressional districts. The U.S. Constitution requires that legislative districts be substantially equal in population, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed discriminatory voting […]

  • Coordinated Community Response: Why Children Remain Silent about Sexual Abuse

    by DANIELA SANTIAGOVictim Advocate, Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin Most adults believe they would know if a child were being victimized, but the truth is, they won’t always know unless a child tells someone about the abuse. There are several reasons why children avoid disclosing abuse and ways to help them feel more comfortable about […]

  • Editorial: With Change Comes Opportunity for Destination Door County

    As Memorial Day approaches, 2021 is shaping up as one of the busiest summers Door County has seen in a long time. Lodging establishments are booked ahead of 2019 numbers, and summer reservations continue to roll in. This comes after an off-season that, for many, was more season than off.  As we emerge from the […]

  • Legal Brief: Law Enforcement in the News

    by JOAN KORB [email protected] Common demands during the past year have been to defund the police and reform law enforcement. The call to defund the police is a catchy phrase, but it is a dangerous concept and not an option. Reforming law enforcement is a necessity. A few statistics put the role of law enforcement […]

  • May Is Mental Health Awareness Month: Together, We’re Not Letting the Illness Win

    by Samuel Burris Program Director, JAK’s Place Mental Health Resource Center Lakeshore Community Action Program of Wisconsin We’ve lost the battle. We’ve lost one of our own. Now what? Jonah Andrew Klapatch ended his life in June 2005 after a long battle with mental illness. He left friends and family and a community with so […]

  • Op-Ed: Fair Treatment for All Homeowners

    We are your neighbors. We own and care for homes that welcome guests to Door County, often in a neighborhood setting. More than 80% of our homes are owned by Wisconsinites. Our homes pay considerable lodging taxes in addition to property tax. If ordinances currently under consideration in Sevastopol (and being considered by other townships) […]