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Our view

Vilas could do better job
on its pro-ATV mission

The Vilas County Board of Supervisors approved last week a new ordinance that endorses and regulates all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails/routes on county property, while also rejecting a proposed countywide referendum on the subject.

 

One reason we supported the bid for another referendum is that the previous one turned down ATV use of county lands by nearly a 2-to-1 margin. Secondly, it will be an enormous waste of time and money if we establish routes and trails in the next two years, only to have

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 10:53 AM
 
Vilas supervisors voted against will of the people

Letter to the Editor:

Vilas County is one of the most beautiful, unique and environmentally-sensitive areas in the world.

To have the county representatives vote against the will of the people is completely offensive to me and a terrible example of democracy. I can understand the federal and state governments being out of touch, but for the local representatives it is difficult to understand unless they had an agenda and their minds made up when they ran for office.

They are listening to people from

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 10:47 AM
 
Women can celebrate equality with healthier and longer lives

Dear Editor:

Aug. 26 marked Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote and was crucial step in establishing equality for women.

However, this Women’s Equality Day also provides the opportunity to reflect on a tragic equality detailed in the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report — women are now as likely as men to die from tobacco-related?diseases, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 10:47 AM
 
Vilas County needs second circuit judge

Letter to the Editor:

In July, I among many attended the Vilas County Board of Supervisors meeting. Although the state of our courts was not the reason I attended, I nevertheless came away with a sense of urgency to protect this vital institution of our democracy.

At this meeting, Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III spent a good deal of time explaining court funding to our board. I had never met the judge, but I have walked his path as I served 20 years as a judge for the state of Iowa.

Iowa courts are funded exclusively by the state, so I was somewhat surprised that a

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 10:46 AM
 
Backs town purchase of Awassa property

Letter to the Editor:

To all electors of the town of St. Germain:

At 7 p.m. on Sept. 3, the town will be having an elector meeting to determine if the town should purchase approximately 236.9 acres of land that is part of Awassa lands currently owned by Integrys (formerly Wisconsin Public Service).

The 236.9-acre parcel of land has been home to the Awassa

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 10:45 AM
 
Our view

Property values on rise;
equalization a good thing

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue recently released the 2013 equalized property valuation figures to counties, municipalities, schools and the public, the purpose of which is to adjust values of various classes of property to match current market conditions.

 

The good news is that for the first time in six years, property values rose in Vilas and Oneida counties — evidence of economic improvement following a recession that began in late 2007.

 

The Department of Revenue is often criticized for inflating

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:48 AM
 
United States not a nation of cowards

Letter to the Editor:

Shame on our nation’s Attorney General, Mr. Eric Holder, for not thinking through before making a blanket statement that our United States of America is a “nation of cowards.”

I first heard him make that statement about one week ago. How about our firemen and -women, our policemen and -women, emergency medical technicians, first responders, Department of Natural Resources wardens — and this is just the beginning.

How about our military men and women? How about telling the

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:46 AM
 
Depression is treatable

Letter to the Editor:

On behalf of the Mental Health Interagency Coalition of Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties, our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Robin Williams.

Robin Williams brought great happiness and laughter to many people around the world. His recent death by suicide was a shock to many individuals nationwide. Unfortunately, severe mental illness has taken another life.

On Aug. 11, 2014, Robin Williams was one of the 107

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:46 AM
 
Fate of Vilas lands in hands of special interest groups

Letter to the Editor:

Just thought you might be interested in the lobbying tactics and rhetoric revealed in the Wisconsin ATV Association (WATVA) website.

See “Call to Action in Vilas County — 2nd Edition!” as shown on the WATVA website: watva.org.

It looks like the fate of Vilas County lands and roads

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:45 AM
 
There is a racism epidemic in America

Dear Editor:

To be clear, if it is true that a police officer shot an unarmed, cooperating individual with his hands in the air, as defenders of Michael Brown claim, then the police officer should be charged with murder and go to prison for life.

But based on forthcoming information, that does not appear to be true. I am not going to explore how he died, rather, go into what happened before and what we are now seeing in Ferguson.

Since the shooting, the media has said that Brown was a “gentle giant.” But, surveillance footage taken before

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:45 AM
 
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