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Punishment too harsh

April 15, 2020

To the Editor:

Recently I read in the Lakeland times that a newly hired town employee, Mark Heil, had been fired. Mr. Heil was working when a Minocqua town resident asked him for help. The resident asked Mr. Heil to plow the end of his driveway so he could get his car out. This pile of snow at the end of the driveway I believe was caused by the towns snow plows. Mr. Heil, acting out of the kindness of his heart, assisted the resident and removed the snow. Mr. Heil received no benefit from his actions. I view this incident in a positive light. A town employee assisting a town resident who had asked him for help. When Mr. Heil was questioned about his actions he apparently admitted he had made a mistake in judgement. I don’t believe Mr. Heil should have been fired. There are several other punishment options that could have been used. Please reconsider Mr. Heil’s termination.

Growing up my parents always told me “kindness is the oil that takes the friction out of life.”


Mike MacDonald

Homewood, Ill.


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