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Democrats betrayed troops, war, nation

Dear Editor:

With unprecedented turmoil engulfing the Middle East which directly affects our national security, David Groh’s letter from July 23 echoed the polarizing sentiments of many Americans over the Bush administration’s decision to wage war against Iraq in 2003.

But is it true that Republican leaders were the sole “instigators” of the Iraq War and that their motives were never intended to be “for the good of this country,” as Mr. Groh?contemptuously claimed?

The political left still demonizes George W. Bush

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:51 AM
Eagle River needs development plan

Dear Editor:

It is sad to see Eagle River lose more businesses and restaurants every year. I travel throughout the North Woods communities on business and Eagle River is definitely struggling the most economically. Minocqua and St. Germain seem to be doing better. A lot of Eagle River residents I know actually have to drive to Minocqua to work. Why is this?

I believe the reason Eagle River is falling behind is that over the years they have not had a good development plan for the community, and have slowly taken away the appeal to the tourists and in turn the businesses that would survive off of them.

In talking to people, it seems that a lot of them that

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:50 AM
Addressing a few ATV ‘facts’

Letter to the Editor:

After reading the Aug. 6 letter from Dick Decker regarding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), we need to address a few of his “facts.”

First, the 2004 referendum is always considered an advisory vote. At that time, it was very clear that the majority of Vilas County voters did not want ATVs in Vilas County.

Second, 40-some years ago,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:49 AM
ATVs not safe on pavement

Dear Editor:

Being inherently lazy, I was thinking of recycling one of my past anti all-terrain vehicle (ATV) letters for print here, but I stumbled upon an interesting thing that happened in Iowa recently.

It seems a bill was introduced to both houses of the Iowa Legislature to allow ATV use on county lands and roads statewide. Sound familiar?

It passed the House but was rejected

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:48 AM
Our view

Composite foundations
are huge breakthrough

Nearly seven years in the making, Composite Panel Systems of Eagle River is ready to introduce patented Epitome Quality Foundation Walls to the national housing market, the first sensible alternative to concrete block or poured basement walls.


Glenn Schiffmann, also the owner of CornerStone Custom Builders in Eagle River, invented the revolutionary fiberglass composite foundation with his father, Gary.


We’re excited about the development for several reasons,

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:54 PM
Vilas County Board showed compromise

Letter to the Editor:

Attending last week’s Vilas County Board meeting in Arbor Vitae I was pleasantly surprised by the willingness of the board members to compromise. Our state and federal legislators could have learned something from that meeting.

Those we elect to represent us have a responsibility to ensure that everyone’s interests are served. Government is not a “my way or the highway” entity. Government must be inclusive. When deciding conflicting interests, government must be fair and balanced.

I?hope that both sides of the all-terrain vehicle

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:53 PM
The Rock seeking meaningful painting

Dear Editor:

Eagle River is a little slice of heaven, but every now and then something happens in our community that saddens me. The Rock, at the old Tula’s building, is being developed to serve many needs of our area.

A watercolor painting had been given to The Rock as a gift of love. The painting is of Jesus sitting on a rock holding two baby chicks with a rainbow in the background and hens in the foreground. The painting has no monetary value, it isn’t even very well done. A couple from the southern

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:52 PM
Are some corporations above the law?

Letter to the Editor:

In his July 29 letter criticizing former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, Dr. Warren Anderson demonstrates a level of ignorance and naivety surprising in one so well educated.

Warren Anderson may well be a fine doctor, but he has a limited grasp of current legal and social issues. The recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision is a good example.

The Hobby Lobby case was filed on the basis of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 which was enacted to “provide a claim or defense to persons whose religious exercise is substantially burdened by the government.”

In its recent decision, the court majority ruled

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:51 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:52 PM )
Turn federal forest management over to counties

Dear Editor:

Over the last week, we have witnessed a dust-up over national forest management between two federal legislators, Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Sen. Baldwin is advocating for increased federal funding to achieve greater timber harvest on our national forests. Rep. Ryan is concerned Sen. Baldwin’s proposal buries our country deeper in debt.

Two years ago, we recommended a different approach — turn forest management over to the states and counties. In Wisconsin, county forest managers have an exemplary record of achieving multiple-use with proper environmental stewardship. A prominent

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:45 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, August 06, 2014 7:44 AM )
ATVS might help businesses

Dear Editor:

When the Vilas County all-terrain vehicle resolution 2004-25 is referenced, it is seldom defined as nonbinding or advisory only. Let’s tell it like it is because that is what it was.

Nor is there any recognition of the fact that this vote took place 10 years ago in a different economic environment. A lot has changed since then. More than 20 Eagle River area businesses are now out of business. Restaurants, downtown shops and four

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:45 PM