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Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:12 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
As an advocate of the local school system, I have been asked by many of my neighbors and co-workers as to my view of the current political races and if I was concerned about the truth of recent radio and TV spots concerning education and school funding. To these questions, I was very curious as to how the candidates for the Wisconsin State Senate would support our Tomahawk schools once they reached Madison. So I did a “Reality Check” by doing my own research and asked the candidates themselves as to how they would support educational excellence, financially, through legislation and by creating new opportunities. The Wisconsin State Senate candidates, Tom Tiffany and Jim Holperin, both had good understandings of the issues facing our schools. When I questioned both further, Tom Tiffany seemed to have fresher ideas that would change the current inequities we face in our school’s funding and was willing to challenge the entrenched Madison politics, by eliminating unrealistic state mandates and keeping funds in our community’s schools.

I believe we need candidates that will challenge the current systems and bureaucracies in Madison, that create barriers in providing the best possible education for students in the Tomahawk School District. The candidates must create new opportunities that help to maintain school funding by supporting local industry and business, as well as creating new industry and business that raise the annual personal incomes of our community. These candidates must show leadership by demonstrating that they are willing to challenge unwarranted regulation and state mandates, that prevent our teachers from doing what they do best, and that is to teach our children. Tom Tiffany demonstrated to me that he is willing to challenge the entrenched bureaucracies and special interests groups in Madison, and would be the leader we need to represent us, instead of becoming the career politician.

Lastly, I would suggest that as citizens, we ignore the biased special interest radio and TV spots and ask the candidates directly what their positions are.

Thom Brotski
Town of Harrison

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:17 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
Recently my union, Operating Engineer’s Union in Wisconsin, started running ads supporting Jim Holperin, who is running against Tom Tiffany for State Senate. I am writing to support Tom Tiffany.

I believe Tiffany is the best option for supporting our transportation infrastructure. Tom has made a commitment to not raid transportation funds for other budgetary purposes. As a result of the governor raiding the transportation fund, our state has incurred millions of dollars in new debt, leaving less money for building roads. Holperin has voiced his support for raiding different funds for unrelated purposes.

The company I work for, FC Raemisch, closed its doors last year because of a lack of work. Three hundred of my fellow operating engineers had no work this summer as a result of transportation cutbacks. It is only a matter of time before we see our transportation infrastructure deteriorate if the governor and people like Jim Holperin vote to use our gas tax dollars for purposes other than transportation.

I am voting for Tom Tiffany. I know that he will make the right choices in Madison.

Jay Kahle

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:18 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
In reading the letters endorsing Tom Tiffany for the 12th District Wisconsin State Senate seat, I have not seen any letters from residents of the township of Little Rice where he and his family reside. Maybe this will help to explain why. His neighbors all know the real Tom Tiffany. Several of them have worked for him and done business with him.

Tom has run for town supervisor in three consecutive elections. In all three elections he lost! Each time it was to three different opponents. In each election, he lost by a larger margin than the previous one. In the primary for the current senate seat he ran against a fellow Republican from the town of Nokomis. He won the primary but had less votes in Little Rice than his opponent. When he ran against Roger Breske for the current senate seat, he lost. He had less votes in Little Rice than Mr. Breske. I feel these facts show the real Tom Tiffany that the people who have known him the longest think of him.

Fact: I saved the best for last! He did not think enough of himself or his fellow Republicans to vote in the September primary.

Bob Albano

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:19 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
You can examine the issues, fix blame, discuss health care and foreign policy all you want – but we believe your vote boils down to which American Dream you subscribe to.

There appears to be two separate “Dreams.” One is the dream of the immigrants who came to America to be free of persecution and were ready to work together in peace to develop a strong community of neighbors sharing large chores, taking care of the sick, building schools and support systems. The other dream is the “Land of Opportunity” dream where the rugged individual sees that in American there’s a chance to get to the top – no holds barred, no regulation, no taxes, no (or few) laws. The maverick of the old west is legend – and so is the lawless chaos that stemmed from his philosophy. This history should be put to rest. What we need today is a strong, thoughtful leader with community roots to pull America into the global network. For this is the future of the planet: not America alone – but America in the world. We believe that candidate is Barack Obama.

Bob Weaver
Judy Weaver

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:20 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
It was 1990 and the fourth grader at the Rhinelander District Library children’s desk needed to complete an assignment on Badger State history. “Where are the books about Wisconsin?” she asked.

Where, indeed? The study of Wisconsin’s past mandated in fourth grade curriculum was unsupported by anything published since President Eisenhower! The newest available text was one I had studied as a 9-year-old; most books were beyond this child’s reading level.

During the next two years, I served as liaison between the Wisconsin Library Association and the Wisconsin Council for Local History, supporting a complex and often frustrating effort to create and fund an Office of School Services (OSS) at Wisconsin Historical Society.

As the campaign to pass Assembly Bill 403 progressed, 34th District Assembly Representative Jim Holperin was credited with saving three of the four proposed staff positions when the bill was reviewed before the legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee.
“Send me the books the kids use now,” Jim said. I checked out and mailed the half dozen tattered volumes to his office so he could pass them around. The fact that only one negative vote was cast against AB 403 during its travels through three committees and both houses of the legislature was due in no small measure to the excellent advice, strategic advocacy and personal attention to detail received from Jim Holperin.

Thanks to Jim’s dedication, there’s now an array of colorful books about Wisconsin history to capture fourth grade imaginations. The OSS recently published a gorgeous new textbook titled Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story.

Jim Holperin was an outstanding friend to libraries and schools while representing Oneida and Vilas Counties from 1983 to 1994. Working within existing budget parameters without raising taxes, he championed statewide public library aids, protected the Common School Fund, helped save the state documents depository system, and secured emergency funding for a new circulation system at the Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. I was proud to nominate Rep. Holperin for a Wisconsin Library Association Citation of Merit Award in 1994, only one of two legislators so honored in 117 years.

As recently retired Rhinelander District Library director, I’m pleased to openly endorse Jim Holperin for 12th District Senator. He already knows how to deliver for the Northwoods and will stand up to make sure our region is treated fairly. Please vote on Nov. 4!

Kris Adams Wendt

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:21 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
We are impressed with Jay Schmelling, candidate for Wisconsin State Representative – 35th District.

He is deeply concerned by the number of families in our district who are unable to afford health insurance coverage for their families … or who are terribly under insured. Jay is equally concerned about small business owners and their families not able to maintain health coverage for themselves and their employees because of sky rocketing prices.

Our current representative has blocked Gov. Doyle’s initiatives to provide access to affordable health care for families in our district. He even sponsored a constitutional amendment this year that would have banned Wisconsin from ever considering a comprehensive health care plan. He also blocked legislation to develop a health care purchasing pool that would have helped small business owners pool their purchasing power and control costs. The most objectionable aspect to all this is that he has focused on what is best for the bottom line of the insurance industry rather than the families he represents.

Jay has the integrity and type of leadership skills it will take to be a consensus builder in our legislature and focus on solutions for the people who have placed their trust in him rather than on party polarization that has paralyzed our government.

A vote for Jay would be a vote for progress and independent representation.

Submitted by:
Bob Gruling
Gene Bebel

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:22 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
In this time of uncertainty, I want to know that my state senator understands the huge challenges facing us. It took a long time for our government to get in this difficult situation, and we shouldn’t elect a person who’s spent much of his professional life in government to represent us. We (need) a fresh face with new ideas.
That is why I support Tom Tiffany for State Senate. Tom is a small business owner who is not a Madison insider. He understands our challenges because he has the same problems we do in making ends meet for his business, Wisconsin River Cruises, and in providing for his family.

It’s obvious that the same old politicians who got us into this mess will not get us out of it. Tom Tiffany will bring a new attitude and new ideas to represent us in Madison, and he’s got my vote for State Senate.

Nanette Young

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:23 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
As a 35-year-old wife and registered nurse, I am a busy mom to two beautiful boys, Jared and Nate. We are your typical American family living in northern Wisconsin busy with everything you’d expect a family to be busy with; work, play, family time. What sets my family apart from others is the fact that my 4-year-old son is autistic.

Nate is an energetic boy with a mop of dirty blonde hair, soulful eyes and a contagious smile that can brighten anyone’s day. On the flip side, he has a scream that could bring most adults to their knees. This scream is out of frustration; one way he can communicate with us. Nate, like other autistic children, is highly intelligent but also trapped in a world of his own, where I cannot yet reach him. Through daily therapy, Nate is slowly finding his voice.

Autism affects one in 150 children (one in 94 boys). Currently, the state of Wisconsin does not require private insurance companies to cover autism or any of the many spectrum disorders associated with it. There is a state waiver fund that will help, but to date there are 400 kids on the waiting list, an estimated wait of two years, before they will see any type of intensive therapy. While you may know nothing of autism, know this: early intensive intervention produces the best results. Because of the wait for therapy, consequently, parents are either left to pay out of pocket (typically $50,000 annually) or wait.

Assembly, including incumbent Don Friske, was recently not in favor of a bill that would require insurance companies to cover autism related expenses. Knowing it would buy time, they pulled the bill under the pretense of creating their own, voting to designate six million dollars to clear the waiting list for one year. The bill did not make it back to Senate in time before the end of the legislative session. Therefore nothing was done. No bill passed. No six million. Two dead bills.

Estimations are insurance premiums would increase a half percent if we were to require companies to cover autism. I pay for health insurance that will not cover my son’s illness. It’s like telling a parent of a leukemia patient that there is a potential life saving drug available to them, but they can’t have it. You watch your child rot while waiting. No parent should put up with that.

Every day the waiting list grows and the chance these children have to unlock their minds is sadly disappearing. I am just a mom trying to do what is right for her son. Nate has a voice. It is hidden behind his screams.

In a society where community support is apparent, it is vital when someone needs help. We need your support at this time.
Please vote this election day for Jay Schmelling and Jim Holperin, who are willing to stand up for something that is right for our children.

Heather (Brimacombe) Leverance

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:24 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
Voters in the 12th Senate district have a clear choice. The ultimate Madison insider, Jim Holperin, or the Northwoods-based Tom Tiffany. Holperin talks a lot about creating jobs. Bold talk when he has never had one. He hasn’t punched a time clock like us, hasn’t ever worried about his next check, mortgage payments, property taxes or gas money. He has never owned a business so I guess all those job creating problems are Greek to him. He helped create the problems that are driving our jobs away!
Holperin also believes:

•Indian spearfishing is a good thing and doesn’t hurt natural resources or tourism;

•Casinos are a billion dollar industry and shouldn’t be taxed;

•The state budget is balanced, although billions of structural deficit are rolled over into the next budget;

•That taking money out of segregated funds rather than using them for their intended purposes is OK;

•Doesn’t support tax freezes to help us.

•Remember Jim Holperin in the Assembly? …

•I don’t know if Tom Tiffany is the answer, however, I know he is against all of the above things. Let’s send Jim Doyle a message … get your towel boy somewhere else!

•Government is not the answer, it is the problem!

•Send a fresh face to Madison, not the same old tax and spend.

John E. Bailey

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:25 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
What a surprise the Leader endorses McCain. I find it mildly amusing the Leader based its decision to support McCain because of his ability to reach across the aisle and get things done. Would that reasoning hold true for the biggest U.S. blunder in the last eight years, the invasion of Iraq?

McCain still hasn’t figured that out.

For that reason, I’ll be voting with Colin Powell on Tuesday for the candidate who has enough experience to get critical decisions right. Obama is a must for America on Nov. 4.

Paul Garner

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:26 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
Obama is the REAL choice! How can anyone possibly come to the conclusion that McCain is, in basic form, not just another George Bush? By his own admission, he voted with Bush 90 percent of the time. He has also stated in an interview that he “not only voted for Bush but helped get him elected not once but twice.” He was proud of that fact. The Leader notes that should my choice be elected it will lead to bankruptcy of the nation. It would be hard to imagine that the Democrats could possibly outspend the Republicans given the following FACTS:

From at least 1950 to 1980, the federal debt remained fairly constant. This as the nation went through the Korean, Vietnam and Cold Wars, the space program, and the first large pieces of the interstate highway system. While there were slight increases during Nixon’s second term and during the Carter administration, the debt at the end of the Carter administration was $8-900 billion. Then came Ronald Reagan and a Republican congress (his first six years) and the debt skyrocketed. He left office after having run our debt up to $2.8 trillion!

Then came the first of the Bush big spenders, GHW Bush. He added almost as much in four years as Reagan added in eight leaving office with the nation now over $4 trillion in the red. Clinton promised to balance the budget and though he did add $1.5 trillion to the debt, he did, in fact, leave office with a balanced budget.
Then comes the second of the Bush big spenders, GW Bush, complete with six years of a Republican congress, and he has run the debt to over $10 trillion dollars! In addition, every single president from the end of WWII EXCEPT Reagan, Bush, and Bush, saw a decline (lower is better) in the ratio of federal debt to GDP (gross domestic product). Those three, in office for 19 years, with at least 12 years of Republican congress during their administrations, saw the debt ratio increase every year they were in office!

Thing is, these are McCain people. McCain has stated that Ronald Reagan is one of his heroes. Again, he helped to get GW Bush elected. He served under and voted with all three of them!! The truth is, he is just like them and they are the ones who have lead the way to bankruptcy.

Then there is McCain’s judgment. He picked Sarah Palin. As an ever increasing slate of Republicans defect to Obama, the single most reason they cite is her ineptitude.

I think I’ll accept the endorsement of Barack Obama by former Secretary and General Colin Powell as being much more reliable than that of the Leader. He’s been around a long time and I feel he has the experience to back up his endorsement with more than the standard Republican talking points. Obama/Biden ’08! Vote!

Joe Leggett

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:26 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
I found the letter-to-the-editor from Bob Albano attacking Tom Tiffany last week interesting. I am a resident of the Town of Little Rice and a neighbor of Tom’s.

In talking to my neighbors I have found many of them who are supporting Tom, including some who supported Senator Breske over Tom four years ago. The people who support Tom believe he is well-informed on the issues and will be a strong advocate for us in the North.

I found it odd that Tom was being attacked for not voting in the Republican primary in September. There were no contested elections on the Republican side in the primary. I hope Mr. Albano’s letter was not personal in nature since he is an ex-employee of Tom’s.

Along with many of my neighbors, I am supporting and voting for Tom Tiffany on November 4th.

Steve Margitan
Town of Little Rice

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:32 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The recent vote on the bailout is proof that we cannot depend on government to fix the recent economic crisis we are in. Think about it: Congress caused this problem by lowering the bar regarding mortgages so that individuals who were unable to pay them back could borrow money. This resulted in failed mortgages and an economic disaster. Now we have Congress trying to solve the problem they caused by doing the very same thing again by loaning money to lending institutions that cannot afford to pay them back. Einstein defined this as insanity! Wouldn’t you agree? The solution to our economic crisis lies in the hands of the American people. It is time we bail out America. Obviously we cannot depend on the present Congress to do the job. They seem to only be making it worse. I would never have voted for this bailout, and I am ashamed of those congressmen who did.

It’s time we all unite and work together to lift up our nation to insulate our community, our state and our nation from the potential damage of this global financial crisis. It is time we stand united to protect our own. You have heard of the buy local buy fresh movement in central Wisconsin. Well, we need to expand that concept to other areas. We need to create a sustainable nation.
Every dollar spent should be spent to better America by making sure it stays in our community where possible, stays in our state when able and certainly stays within our nation’s borders.
We cannot afford to watch our wealth exported. If business, industry and tourism must suffer, let’s do our part to make sure it doesn’t suffer here. Employees should do their absolute best to increase profitability. Employers should support American suppliers of their goods and services.

We must make sure that government spends our tax dollars on American made goods and services as well. This will help to increase jobs and prosperity at home. When I see government contracts going to foreign companies and not our own, I am appalled. For them to put restrictions and demands on our industry and business, and then buy goods from foreign competitors that are not held to the same standards, is an offense against the United States and its workforce. Democrats and Republicans in Washington need to get their priorities straight and return to a position of service to the American people.

The American people built this nation and it will take the American people, not government, to gain victory over this economic crisis, as well.

God Bless America.
Dan Mielke
7th Congressional Candidate for Congress

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:33 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
Written by A. Lawrence Vaincort, I submit to you the following not only as a tribute to our many veterans but perhaps it will help us make a wise choice in the upcoming presidential election.

Just A Common Soldier

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.
A. Lawrence Vaincourt

Only one of the presidential candidates is a soldier. I think the choice is clear.
Cheryl Theiler

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:34 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
The other week, a man came and knocked on my door. He introduced himself to me as Jim Holperin and told me that he is running for State Senate. This worked out well because I had yet to make a decision on which candidate I was going to support in this state senate race.

After our little visit, my mind was made up. As a mother of children who are now entering the work force, my first question to Jim was how he planned to bring steady, good-paying jobs into northern Wisconsin. Jim responded by telling me that he planned to make high speed internet access available throughout the 12th senate district. However, he failed to give me an adequate explanation as to how this was going to bring good jobs into the Northwoods. I don’t know if it was because he thought I wasn’t intelligent enough to understand or just because this plan wouldn’t work.

This little meeting inspired me to find out what Mr. Holperin’s opponent’s plan was to bring us more jobs. So, I stopped in at Tom Tiffany’s headquarters and chatted with Tom about his plan. Tom explained to me that he thinks that the Northwoods could benefit from high-speed internet access, but that it’s not a comprehensive approach to bringing in more quality jobs.

Tom thinks the problem lies with the way things are done down in Madison. He says the taxes and regulation are crippling businesses of all sizes across the state. Tom wants to clear the government out of the way and make our part of the state a thriving, economic stronghold for Wisconsin.

In the midst of an economic crisis, our families need more than a high-speed internet proposal. We need a state senator who will take on the taxes and regulation in Madison and bring us high paying jobs. That man is Tom Tiffany.

Arlene Smith

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:34 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
Much has been said this presidential election cycle, but it all comes down to what we really know about the candidates. A candidate calling him or her self a maverick does not mean that they actually are an independent thinker. A candidate claiming to be a reformer does not mean that any real reform took place. Voting records are the most reliable source of what a candidate has done and will likely do, but actual records and historical events are seldom used by the news media which tend to take candidate press releases as factual news.

This time around I sincerely pray that we will elect the candidate who is intelligent, does not have anger management issues and who realizes that the United States of America is part of a global community rather than an empire to be expanded at all costs. This time around we need the candidate who will sit down with all world leaders and actually work on solutions to the many crises that must be resolved before it is too late for humanity. No more temper tantrums, no more lies, and no more character assassinations. This time around we need someone like Barack Obama.

Diana C. Smith

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:35 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
“I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” -George Washington – first U.S. President.

One component of his success was physical education; do not be fooled into believing that this is not an important part of curriculum today. Our physical education facilities are 50 years old at RHS; the time has come to update them.

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, inspires people yet today to overcome life's obstacles. He failed in many elections, but yet he kept coming back, finally to become one of the greatest U.S. presidents in history. For all the people who say we should give up on what this community needs, I give his example of perseverance.

“All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent.” -John F. Kennedy – 35th U.S. President.

We need to give the children of our community the same opportunities as those 50 years ago when our high school physical education facilities were new. Our neighbors at Antigo, Medford, Tomahawk, Minocqua and Eagle River have done this, are they all wrong? No, they saw what needed to be done, and did it.

Our former presidents had the vision to lead our country through very difficult times – we need to look at improving our community through these difficult times.

What do we all get in return? The answer has been there for thousands of years.

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” -Aristotle, Greek philosopher.

Jody H. Doro
Rhinelander School Board Member

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:41 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
Tom Tiffany is running for the Wisconsin State Senate, and is a well known small business owner in our northern Wisconsin community. He has been immersed in his own business for nearly 20 years. Directing dinner cruises on the Wisconsin River, becoming a member of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, the Tavern League and president of the local chamber of commerce are some of his related business activities.

Tom and his family have lived in Hazelhurst for 21 years. He is likable and friendly and will surely get along well with both parties to help passage of necessary bills. Tom Tiffany recognizes the need to change state regulations and make adjustments to help Wisconsin become a better place to create small businesses to employ more people with Tom’s leadership.

Jane Jelinek

Re: Election letters

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:44 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
With all the rhetoric concerning the present so-called crisis about the “Bail-out,” (Mainstreet Investment program), bouncing about, every politician, pundit and TV or radio newsperson is fighting for room on the soap-box to state his or her opinion. So we should take a moment to analyze: why a Soap-box?

Years ago when the country was new and before super stores, people made their own soap. A necessary ingredient for the production of soap was lye. It followed that in time when a cartoonist or interpreter of political rhetoric wanted to describe a political speaker he placed him or her in the midst of the crowd being addressed as supported by some sort of platform. A soap-box was the logical choice, because it contained a substantial amount of the aforementioned lye (lie). To this day it is still an appropriate platform. I only wish one of our farm people would place a similar box behind one of their bulls to catch the droppings. It would make an even better platform.

Also, the more lye that was added to the formula, the softer the soap it produced. Hence the expression soft-soap, intimating the speaker was doing a little bit of conning or stretching the truth…

Edward J. Kay