Category: Perspectives

  • 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 […]

  • 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) […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: Let’s Assume the Best of Each Other

    The other night I was sitting next to my wife, Cari, while scrolling through Google News on my phone. The top story was about some inarticulate comment made by some public figure.  What followed was a series of articles and videos of commentators on one side of the political aisle feigning indignation and holding up […]

  • Legal Brief: Criminal Justice Reform and Cash Bail

    No accused should remain incarcerated merely because he or she cannot pay bail, but eliminating cash bail in all cases is unrealistic. by Joan Korb [email protected] There’s a movement afoot nationwide to eliminate cash bail in criminal cases. Wisconsin statutes control when cash bail may be set and the considerations a judge must undertake when […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Even with Leaf Blowers, Life Is Good

    This is in response to a letter in last week’s Peninsula Pulse about “leaf-blower rage.” If I had a close next-door neighbor who had a loud, irritating leaf blower, I could take out my hearing aids. I would be left with a dull noise and some speech frequencies – not enough to carry on a conversation.  […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Sharing Our Beautiful County

    Door County is a major tourist area. We know this, and most of us embrace and derive our income from it. I do, too, as a contractor who lives in Sevastopol and works on the water-supplying access to that resource, our greatest up here.  An evolving trend is Short Term Rentals (STRs), a hospitality concept […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Celebrating Staff Appreciation Week, May 3-7

    The Southern Door Board of Education would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to the Southern Door staff members for their dedication and commitment to our students. This year more than ever, we gratefully admire the creative ways in which they have effectively balanced their time, prioritizing academics and social and emotional learning needs, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Giving Credit

    I am a firm believer in “giving credit when credit is due.” When it comes to politics, it might take me some time to think things through. As I read what Liz Cheney said this past week, contrasted with what some of the men in her party continue to do, it makes me realize the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Act Now for Fair Maps

    Wisconsin citizens want nonpartisan redistricting. In Madison, Wisconsin legislators are busy working on a biennial budget for our state. Please urge them to fund nonpartisan redistricting maps – a far better use of taxpayer money than their February allocation of a million dollars in contracts for lawyers to fight for maps they likely will fashion […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Wisconsin’s Impoverished Infrastructure, A Testament to Republican ‘Leadership’

    It’s a tale of kicking the can down the road: postponing necessary expenditures and claiming you’ve saved taxpayers lots of money. It’s a tale of false claims. Here’s a portion of the summary of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ assessment of Wisconsin’s roads, which it graded D+. “Wisconsin encompasses more than 115,000 miles of […]

  • Perspective: The Numbers Tell the Story of Our Labor Shortage

    One of the favorite parts of my job at Peninsula Publishing & Distribution is meeting with, talking with and – occasionally – debating with business owners, community leaders and others throughout the Door peninsula. I learn all manner of things during these conversations, and more often than not, the things I learn I share with […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Clean Water, Thriving Agriculture Are Achievable

    As we all celebrate Earth Day, I am honored to be president of Peninsula Pride Farms, a farmer-led watershed conservation group in Kewaunee and southern Door counties that began in 2016. Our nonprofit group has grown to 43 livestock and crop farmers who represent 63,038 acres and 67,276 dairy animals and beef cattle. As a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Leaf-Blower Rage!

    As much as I recognize that showing manhood based on the size of a person’s leaf blower is important for some, does any leaf-blowing enthusiast recognize the impact that these tools have on others? The idea that a machine that sounds like a passing train should be allowed to operate to remove leaves from a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: What Did André Jacque Hear during His Listening Session?

    Twelve members of Indivisible Door County were among the more than 30 Door County residents who participated in Sen. André Jacque’s listening session at the Town of Brussels Community Center on April 12.  The well-informed participants, many of whom were obviously distressed with recent anti-democracy actions being taken by the Republican Party, raised concerns about […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Encourage Congress to Address Climate Change Legislation

    President Joe Biden’s proposal to upgrade our nation’s infrastructure, the American Jobs Plan, has a strong climate focus. The proposal aims to make our infrastructure more resilient to climate impacts, and it includes initiatives to reduce emissions in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change. The president’s plan would provide not only funding […]