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A few cheers and jeers for the year left behind

CHEERS to the Northland Pines, Phelps and Three Lakes school districts for ranking high in student achievement and quality education while staying in the bottom 25 — in some cases much lower — when it comes to the school-purpose tax rate.

CHEERS to the Three Lakes Town Board for its hard work and financing innovation in receiving some $1.2 million in state and federal grants the past three years — the latest a $250,000 grant to improve sidewalks and roads leading to the schools.

JEERS to the international mining company that proposed a great job-producing iron ore project in northern Wisconsin but failed to succeed with its “take or leave it” no-compromise attitude on the amending of the state’s mining regulations.

CHEERS to Gov. Scott Walker for eliminating the state’s $3 billion structural deficit without raising taxes, and JEERS to the Vilas County Board of Supervisors for avoiding the cost-cutting measures it needs to solve its own structural deficit.

CHEERS to the Wisconsin Legislature and the Department of Natural Resources for pushing through a much-needed wolf hunt that begins the process of bringing an overpopulated species under control and back toward socially and environmentally sustainable management goals.

JEERS to the Mole Lake Band of Lake Supervisor Chippewa Indians for its continued failure to work with Wisconsin and the tourism industry on spearfishing declarations that would give sport anglers at least a three-walleye daily bag limit — the threshold for tourism success that would help the tribe’s own casino and conference center.

CHEERS to the volunteer-based organizations in Eagle River, St. Germain, Three Lakes, Land O’ Lakes, Boulder Junction, Conover and Phelps who are working hard to develop bike/pedestrian trails that will make this region a destination for cyclists.

JEERS to the Obama Administration for the budget cuts that make it impossible for the U.S. Forest Service to hire enough staff to effectively manage the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest — where logging is at a standstill and management plans that could help local recreation and the struggling economy are not being followed.

CHEERS to the generous North Woods residents and seasonal property owners who gave this year to the Salvation Army, Northwoods Toys, food pantries and the News-Review’s Warm The Children program. All people, including those helped by such donations, should be inspired by the charitable spirit that exists here.

JEERS to those drivers who still put lives in jeopardy when they text and drive, and to those drivers who fail to slow down or stop entirely when they encounter highway obstructions in their lane of traffic. Crossing the centerline and expecting oncoming traffic to move over is unacceptable.

CHEERS to the program coordinators, committee members and volunteers who lead the fight year after year against aquatic invasive species. You are champions in the world of natural resource protection.

 

Behind the editorial ‘we’

 

Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.

 

 

Monday, December 31, 2012 1:34 PM
Last Updated on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:38 PM
 

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