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One of the responsibilities we take very seriously at the Antigo Daily Journal is to promote public discourse.

Guided by our founders Fred and Henry Berner just past the turn of the 20th Century, through the long tenure of Marie Berner and into the present day, it is a duty we have fulfilled on issues ranging from water fluoridation and school referendums through local, state and presidential elections and every conceivable topic in between.

It is a job we do even when we disagree vehemently with the writer.

No truer example of that philosophy can be found than in Wednesday’s newspaper, when we published a letter critical of the local education system, its instructors and, sadly, its students.

Using a cherry-picked list of statistics and measurements, the letter suggested our students were inferior due to the ineptness of a school system and teachers.

But statistics aren’t facts, they are merely measurements used to arrive at a conclusion, and one lacking in details.

We take pride in the Antigo school district, its staff and the thousands of students it has produced. Antigo has traditionally been well-represented at the state’s flagship institution of higher education—the University of Wisconsin-Madison—as well as at other schools and colleges across the state and nation. Peruse a few days of “campus news” listings and you will see they are full of the successes of Robin graduates as well as those from Elcho, White Lake and Wittenberg-Birnamwood.

Antigo is distinguished in the arts, with two of our students currently on stage with the Kids From Wisconsin this summer. The high school marching band competes at the highest level and our musicals are second to none.

Antigo’s athletes are no slackers on the gridiron, the diamond, hardcourt, ice and other venues. In addition to their physical endeavors, they are regularly cited as scholar athletes and standouts in sportsmanship.

In academics, Antigo physics students create intricate contraptions for Rube Goldberg competitions, earning state accolades. Red Robin Machining students fulfill fabricating orders from local manufacturers and art students use cutting-edge three-dimensional printing to design and create projects so far out of the usual realm as to be fantastical.

They learn to do these things because of the commitment of their instructors and administrators

There’s more. Our students and community members swim in pools, play on tennis courts, compete on ice rinks and ball fields, and enjoy plays and concerts in a state-of-the art theater due to the generosity of those who have supported and enhanced the district’s efforts through fund-raisers and innovative partnerships. These include the innovative lease-purchase plan which constructed the high school 21 years ago, at a time when another batch of naysayers said it couldn’t be done.

The letter published Wednesday illustrates the myopia of a minority in this community. They have long-attempted to dampen Antigo’s enthusiasm and optimism for the future. Why? We have no idea.

We have a duty to publish those views, and we all have a responsibility to respond.
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Journal has duty to publish letters, not to agree with them
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One of the responsibilities we take very seriously at the Antigo Daily Journal is to promote public discourse.

Guided by our founders Fred and Henry Berner just past the turn of the 20th Century, through the long tenure of Marie Berner and into the present day, it is a duty we have fulfilled on issues ranging from water fluoridation and school referendums through local, state and presidential elections and every conceivable topic in between.

It is a job we do even when we disagree vehemently with the writer.

No truer example of that philosophy can be found than in Wednesday’s newspaper, when we published a letter critical of the local education system, its instructors and, sadly, its students.

Using a cherry-picked list of statistics and measurements, the letter suggested our students were inferior due to the ineptness of a school system and teachers.

But statistics aren’t facts, they are merely measurements used to arrive at a conclusion, and one lacking in details.

We take pride in the Antigo school district, its staff and the thousands of students it has produced. Antigo has traditionally been well-represented at the state’s flagship institution of higher education—the University of Wisconsin-Madison—as well as at other schools and colleges across the state and nation. Peruse a few days of “campus news” listings and you will see they are full of the successes of Robin graduates as well as those from Elcho, White Lake and Wittenberg-Birnamwood.

Antigo is distinguished in the arts, with two of our students currently on stage with the Kids From Wisconsin this summer. The high school marching band competes at the highest level and our musicals are second to none.

Antigo’s athletes are no slackers on the gridiron, the diamond, hardcourt, ice and other venues. In addition to their physical endeavors, they are regularly cited as scholar athletes and standouts in sportsmanship.

In academics, Antigo physics students create intricate contraptions for Rube Goldberg competitions, earning state accolades. Red Robin Machining students fulfill fabricating orders from local manufacturers and art students use cutting-edge three-dimensional printing to design and create projects so far out of the usual realm as to be fantastical.

They learn to do these things because of the commitment of their instructors and administrators

There’s more. Our students and community members swim in pools, play on tennis courts, compete on ice rinks and ball fields, and enjoy plays and concerts in a state-of-the art theater due to the generosity of those who have supported and enhanced the district’s efforts through fund-raisers and innovative partnerships. These include the innovative lease-purchase plan which constructed the high school 21 years ago, at a time when another batch of naysayers said it couldn’t be done.

The letter published Wednesday illustrates the myopia of a minority in this community. They have long-attempted to dampen Antigo’s enthusiasm and optimism for the future. Why? We have no idea.

We have a duty to publish those views, and we all have a responsibility to respond.
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