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Make 2014 the ‘Year of the Middle Class’

Letter to the Editor:

Decisions made inside the state Capitol in 2013 have not been kind to Wisconsin’s working, middle-class families.

Our state remained in the bottom half among states for job creation and we recently led the nation in our increase in unemployment claims. We also led the nation by kicking more people off their health care than any other state, and cost hard-working Wisconsin taxpayers even more by rejecting our share of tax dollars that we sent to Washington.

Millions in additional taxpayer money was diverted away from public schools to private schools through expanding vouchers state­wide.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:45 AM
Snowmobiling helps drive winter economy in North

Letter to the Editor:

As my family and I were enjoying a snowmobile ride on virgin snow in the Chequa­megon-Nicolet National Forest on Christmas Eve day, I thought of how this economic engine for the North Woods comes together for us to enjoy.

The numerous volunteers from the many snowmobile clubs who are responsible for raising money and providing hundreds of donated manpower hours to groom the trails, to the businesses who support the clubs with their donations and to the taxpayers of

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:44 AM
Spend time Googling ‘satire’

Dear Editor:

Rather than defending “the most consequential document in American history” (Dec. 11 opinion page), Mr. Gabl’s time might be better spent Googling “satire;” nevertheless, in his defending arguments there is a point worth reviewing.

Unfortunately, the “American Dream,” where individuals determine their own destiny, has been outsourced to Europe. In America today, you are likely to be born into wealth or born into poverty with a vanishing middle class and little opportunity for upward mobility. Of course,

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:44 AM
Yes Vilas County, there is a Santa

Letter to the Editor:

I would like to recognize the men and women of the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department for not only protecting and serving, but for the outstanding support they provided to our local veterans.

Under Sheriff Joe Fath’s leadership and the coordination of Information Technology Department head Chris Kamps,

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:43 AM
Too many low-wage jobs supporting our families

Letter to the Editor:

Are you aware that 53% of employees in Vilas County work in sectors of our economy that typically pay low wages, often with no benefits and subject to seasonal layoffs?

In the past, low-wage work tended to be done by teenagers or women looking for part-time jobs to supplement family income. That’s no longer the case. Now, more workers than ever are relying on low-wage jobs to support their families.

This change in the make-up of low-wage workers is a reflection of

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:43 AM
Editorial right on the mark

Letter to the Editor:

Thank you so much for your editorial, “Reason for the season is ‘Christ’ in Christmas,” in the Dec. 25 issue.

Near the end of your editorial, you state that there is something more important about the season than the spirit of giving, etc. You rightly say that “Jesus Christ on Earth .?.?. (and) how we receive that gift and what we do with that knowledge and grace,

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:42 AM
Reason for the season is ‘Christ’ in Christmas

Reason for the season
is ‘Christ’ in Christmas

The Christmas spirit is alive and well in the North Woods, evidenced by busy churches, nativity scenes that included a live nativity and generous giving to those in need — the latter of which follows an example started by God himself, who gave the world the gift of a special child.


For those who don’t celebrate Christmas or who would be offended by a simple, heartwarming greeting such as “Merry Christmas,” you might want to stop here. This is not a secular opinion wishing “happy holidays” and “season’s greetings.” This is much more direct than the vague words of the average Christmas card.


Intense commercialism,

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:55 AM
Candidates need to be scrutinized

Letter to the Editor:

Early summer of this year, I pledged that I would refrain from writing such letters. The actions taken by our national legislators, in both houses, the past few days causes me to break this pledge.

The low esteem that our elected legislators displayed toward our retired, as well as our wounded veterans, was simply too much to keep me quiet. With the billions being spent on fraud, noncitizen health care and other benefits, gifts of millions to enemy governments and other outright stupid expenditures, they could look only to the veterans to make up the short fall.

Did they take any of their pay or benefits away?

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:54 AM
Senior citizen contends property taxes too high

Letter to the Editor:

Why have my property taxes gone up $280 this year? My property value didn’t go up.

Why are senior citizens picking up the tab on all the school referendums for more monies, which cause property taxes to go up? Why can’t the senior citizens put out a referendum for more monies like the school board does?

Why, if the U.S. government can give free schooling,

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:54 AM
Snomo trail relocation is property rights issue

Letter to the Editor:

Karen and I want to thank all of the people who stopped us on the street or in the stores or post office telling us that we were doing the right thing.

The court ruled that the snowmobile trail can be constructed on the Highway 155 easement in front of our home. The court didn’t rule, however, that the trail had to be constructed.

The real issue is not whether the snowmobile trail can be constructed. The real issue is whether or not the underlying landowners of the highway easement have the right to prohibit such a use on their lands. It is an issue of property rights.

The Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club lost Corridor No. 15

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:53 AM