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FEMA floodplain mapping is injustice to property owners

Letter to the Editor:

In real estate transactions, it is all too common that people find out all or part of their property is incorrectly listed, such as in a floodplain.

The Federal Emergency Management?Agency (FEMA) did floodplain mapping without actually seeing the properties. They admit they guessed at where a flood might occur using aerial photos.

It is their policy that they

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:19 AM
Local newspaper deserves Community Service Award

Letter to the Editor:

I was so thrilled to learn that not only is the News-Review tops in the state of Wisconsin, but that it is one of the finest newspapers in our great land.

The Community Service Award exemplifies all that you are to this area. From your commitment to publicizing community events to your sponsorship of the Warm The Children program, the Vilas Country News-Review helps to make us the

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:19 AM
Appreciates Guides/Kids Day

Letter to the Editor:

As I sit and write this letter (Thursday, July 10), I’m not entirely sure where my kids are. No worries though, as they are participating in the annual Guides/Kids Fishing Day in Eagle River.

When I?left them, they were all smiles as they prepared to spend half the day fishing the Eagle River Chain with a professional fishing guide.

There was also a seminar,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:19 AM
Appreciate new Phelps business

Letter to the Editor:

Sweet Treats and More has brought new life to downtown Phelps. This empty coffee shop has been completely remodeled and converted into a bright, vibrant and attractive building.

The hand-dipped ice cream shop has that old-time feel, offering inside and outside seating, complete with hopscotch engraved into the floor.

Hats off to Wendy and Barry Mohr

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:18 AM
Our view

National honor coming
for Warm The Children

The Vilas County News-Review was told last week that it will be honored at the annual convention of the National Newspaper Association (NNA) in Texas with four awards — none more significant than a Community Service award for the newspaper’s Warm The Children program.


In a category that included every daily and nondaily newspaper regardless of size, the NNA gave the News-Review third place for its annual clothing drive and other activities related to being a community newspaper — extensive local event coverage, sponsorship of Relay For Life and other

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 1:27 PM
Plum Lake town officials urged to work together

Letter to the Editor:

Open letter to the taxpayers of Plum Lake:

Unfortunately, the gridlock, incivility and downright rancor that has plagued our governments in both Washington, D.C., and Madison have found their way into our local town government, right here in the town of Plum Lake.

It is long past time for the members of our elected town government to stop the fighting, backbiting and name-calling and get down to doing the job for which they were elected, namely, running the town of Plum Lake.

It is time for the town chairperson to accept

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 1:26 PM
Rohrs work hearts out for very important cause

Letter to the Editor:

This is a tribute for a very good cause. The cause I?am talking about is raising funds for pediatric brain cancer research. The tribute goes to Jeff and Marcia Rohr, who own Rohr’s Wilderness Tours in Conover.

The Rohrs had a daughter who died of pediatric brain cancer at only 9 years old. Ever since then, these two wonderful people have dedicated their lives and donations to brain cancer research centers in honor of their daughter by holding every summer a canoe race

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 1:26 PM
It’s a classic catch-22 when it comes to cancer

Dear Editor:

I appreciate the probing questions presented by Audrey Stearns in her letter last week pertaining to the extremely complex and persistent disease of cancer. Many people have personal experience with this killer or at least wonder a great deal about the perplexing issue with little factual data or related dialogue to ponder.

But since smokers have essentially been banished by the rest of society to basements and closets,

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 1:26 PM
Leaders should consider another ATV referendum

Dear Editor:

Two-hundred thirty-eight years ago, God, through the Founding Fathers, gave every citizen of our country the greatest gift on Earth, the freedom to vote and make a choice regarding our destiny.

Ten years ago, the citizens of Vilas County exercised that freedom through a referendum regarding the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATV) on Vilas County roads. The citizens of Vilas County spoke loud and clear with 63% of the citizens saying, “No.”

Town, county and city leaders are now acting

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 1:24 PM
Our view

Celebrate your freedom
but strive to keep it safe

The birthday of the United States of America will be officially celebrated this Friday, July 4, and the fireworks and festivities will be extended right into the post-holiday weekend.


We celebrate this week the 238th anniversary of the day the Continental Congress adopted the wording of a Declaration of Independence, a document that officially separated the 13 colonies from Great Britian.


Though the colonies had been at war with the British Empire for more than a year

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 10:44 AM