By Shereen Siewert, Editor and Publisher

Wausau Pilot & Review

As we count down the days and hours to Tuesday’s election, we’ve been receiving many letters to the editor. We’ve also been receiving a record number of emails from readers who confuse letters from readers with editorial content from our news team.


I want to be as clear as possible. We don’t write those letters to the editor, and they’re not news stories. They’re opinion pieces from you, our readers, and your views are always welcome here, no matter which candidate you’re supporting. We don’t cherry pick, and letters are clearly marked with an editor’s note identifying them as reader opinions that don’t necessarily reflect that of our staff.

Because we are a nonpartisan, nonprofit news outlet, we do not endorse candidates and do not take a side in any election. That’s up to you, and it’s your right to be heard.

To submit a letter to the editor, email and be sure to include your name and city of residence. Anonymous letters are not published. We recommend you keep letters to 150 words or less, but that’s a guideline, not a rule. If you want to send us a 1,500 word letter to the editor, you can. We publish letters as we receive them.

For a look at all recently published opinion pieces, you can visit our opinion page here.

And, for the latest election coverage including a tool to find out what’s on your ballot, visit our election page here. The page also includes the latest polls (which, we know, aren’t always all that accurate) the most recent spending information for Presidential and 7th U.S. Congressional candidates, and the most recently published election stories.

As always, thank you for reading. We appreciate you.

Your Letters

Your Words: EBLM event violated separation of church, state

Dear editor, On May 12 the Wausau School District (WSD) approved a facility rental agreement for the Wisconsin Family Council (WFC), a Madison WI based religious lobbying group, to utilize the Wausau East High School auditorium for a speaking engagement by Every Black Life Matters (EBLM), a Texas based group that touts itself as the […]

OpEd: City Council member seeks input on spending American Rescue Plan

There is new federal funding called the American Rescue Plan that passed by the Biden administration that will help cities, counties, villages, towns and states all around the country.  I consider this funding as a once-in-a-lifetime funding. As of 2020, the city of Wausau has a population of 37,000, so the city of Wausau is […]

Your Words: Wausau should hold company accountable for unmet obligation in taxpayer-funded grant

Dear editor, Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas Wausau taxpayers.   Christmas is arriving a bit early this year for one Wausau business courtesy of the Wausau City Council. Let me explain. Back some years ago the city made a deal with a company called Collaborative Consulting in which the city ponied up a grant of $200,000 […]

Your letters: Wausau native comments on Community for All

Dear editor, I grew up in Wausau in the 1950s, and as much as I valued the community—the free summer programs at Thom Field, Teentown, the friendliness of the people, the beautiful outdoors, including my favorite place, my Uncle Walt’s farm—as much as I treasured all of that, I grew up deprived. I say deprived […]

Your letters: Create vaccination centers where the kids are – school

Dear editor, How is Wausau, the Wausau School District, Wausau’s Public Health and Safety Committee, and the Marathon County Health Department preparing for the return of kids to the classroom in the fall in terms of mitigating the spread of COVID, particularly kids from homes of poor and working class families? Sick kids create stress […]

Your Words: Proposed legislation is overreach

Dear editor, Two news reports about our state legislature caught my eye this week and infuriated me.  First, the party in power crosses out the governor’s plan to allow medical marijuana. Then they apparently vote to forbid teachers from teaching critical race theory in their classrooms. Talk about overreach.  My advice to legislators— of whatever […]

Opinion: Bar lawmakers from destroying records

Your Right to Know / Larry Gallup If you want to see all of the emails your mayor received and sent during the week of March 16-20, 2020, to find communications regarding the coronavirus outbreak, all you have to do is ask. Under state law, the mayor is required to retain these and provide them […]

Your Words: Boy Scouts express gun ownership support in letter to the editor

Dear editor, We are Boy Scouts from Weston Trap Club Troop 435. We are working on our merit badge for communications, which is required for us to become Eagle Scouts.  Our merit badge asks us to, “write to the editor of your local newspaper to express your opinion or share information on any subject you choose. […]