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State needs to step up
on tourism-killing limits

The combination of ice-covered lakes and severely reduced walleye bag limits for the start of the open water fishing season means a devastating blow for the tourism industry, but state government is not powerless on one of those issues.

 

While there is nothing that can be done to change whatever Mother Nature throws our way, it’s time the state gets serious about urging the Chippewa tribes to provide sport anglers with more than two-walleye and one-walleye bag limits.

 

If the tribes aren’t going to be good business neighbors,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:49 AM
 
Families of children with mental-health needs deserve our support

Letter to the Editor:

Parenting can be challenging at times. Parenting a child with mental-health needs can be even more challenging, for a variety of reasons. Children with extraordinary needs require extraordinary parenting skills.

Parents often find themselves being blamed for their children’s issues. Having a child with challenging behavior can often cause the family to isolate themselves to avoid problems in the community. In addition, resources to assist children with mental-health

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:48 AM
 
Voter ID would maintain integrity of our elections

Dear Editor:

Recently, there was a news story on TV about the Northland Pines High School scanning driver’s licenses — and only driver’s licenses — of every visitor. This scanned license goes into a computer program which will check it for information to see if it is connected to a child predator.

I am all for keeping our children safe. However,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:47 AM
 
Water good enough to drink near mines

Dear Editor:

I would like to comment on the letter from Greg Schiek, “Environment must remain a priority,” in the April 22 Vilas News-Review. In his letter, Greg tells us of the pristine and beautiful area on the south shore of Lake Superior, including the Apostle Islands and the Sylvania Wilderness.

I agree with Greg and have been enjoying the area since I was a child

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:47 AM
 
Trying to pull a fast one

Letter to the Editor:

The proposed addition of five new piers at Wild Eagle Lodge on Duck Lake is at once ludicrous and maddening. It makes what is left of my hair stand on end.

The new owners knew full well that a similar request was turned down by the Department of Natural Re­sources in January of 2007.

The only thing that has changed is that there are more kayakers

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:47 AM
 
Patriots meeting on sex ed brought community together

Dear Editor:

Tuesday night, April 8,  there was a well-attended meeting of the Northwoods Patriots, a group of which I am a member. We invited a guest speaker, Julianne Appling from Wisconsin Family Action, to talk about the human growth and development class offered by most Wisconsin schools.

This was the result of a recent controversy with respect to a take-home assignment at Northland Pines High School which some parents felt was age inappropriate and did not adequately address all available choices.

Top school officials were in attendance,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:46 AM
 
Reader appalled at mine for Iron, Ashland counties

Letter to the Editor:

For months now, I’ve followed the mining controversy in Iron and Ashland counties. As a resident of Vilas County, I’m appalled that anyone would even consider such a thing as “the world’s largest open pit mine” anywhere in my state.

You see, I’ve stood at the edge of what was then the world’s largest open pit mine. It was back in the late 1970s, after the Hibbing/Virginia, Minn., mines closed and left everyone’s homes worthless. Standing there at the edge of this unfathomable hole brought one

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:45 AM
 
Vilas should allow ATVs

Letter to Editor:

According to a recent Department of Natural Resources publication, there are more than 330,000 all-terrain vehicles (ATV)/utility-task vehicles (UTV) registered in our wonderful state. Hmmm, sounds close to snowmobile registrations or even greater. Isn’t it time for Vilas County to realize this is an outdoor sport and it deserves to be allowed in our county?

Areas like Three Lakes and Sugar Camp

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:45 AM
 
Our view

Wood products industry
doing great things here

The month we are about to leave behind has special meaning to loggers, millworkers, papermakers, foresters and others who work with timber resources — as Wisconsin just celebrated Forestry and Paper Products Month.

 

That legislative proclamation is an annual reminder of the significance of timber products in terms of economic opportunity, job creation and the health of our forests, both public and private.

 

Wisconsin remains the nation’s No. 1 paper producer,

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:43 AM
 
Believes Pines plan would close schools

Letter to the Editor:

For the people who did not attend the meeting at the St. Germain School last Wednesday night, you may not have heard of the two-step program the school board and Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Richie has come out with.

They would like to start sending fifth-graders from St. Germain and Land O’ Lakes elementary schools to the Eagle River Elementary School. This is the first step in a two-step program they want to implement.

It sounds good in this part of the program until you hear about the rest of the plan in

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:42 AM
 
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