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State should accept Medicaid expansion funds

Letter to the Editor:

Vilas County has a federal poverty rate of about 12.9%, ranking it 30th among the 72 Wisconsin counties. The city of Eagle River has a per-capita income of $15,876, ranking it 517 out of 631 Wisconsin cities and towns.

Vilas County relies heavily on tourism, which often provides part-time or seasonal employment without benefits, most importantly health care. Many working individuals in Vilas County link multiple part-time and seasonal jobs together to make a living.

Nationally, half the employed individuals in America make under $32,000 per year. In 2012, 40% of wage earners made $20,000 per year or less.

For the first time in our history dating back to President Harry Truman,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:45 AM
Foundation of nation is still individual liberty

Dear Editor:

I want to make it abundantly clear that the sentiments expressed in this letter are not intended to be an affront to Jeff Laadt, but rather, a genuine observation of what is taking hold at an alarming rate around us, which I maintain will hit home with most Americans.

That being said, my objective is to reluctantly point out that it appears we’ve reached the defining turning point in Barack Obama’s “transformation” of America when an average citizen like Mr. Laadt casually opines in his letter last week that the American people “need to rid ourselves of the notion that somehow government-funded health care is a socialist threat to American values.”

Put in more specific terms,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:44 AM
Someone needs to recover giant log along shoreline

Letter to the Editor:

About three weeks ago, my wife and I?noticed a long, black object laying on the shoreline on the Sugar Camp Chain of Lakes.

We went out to investigate and found a tree, 39 feet long and 18 inches in diameter at the bottom end, that floated up on shore. Someone apparently cut all the branches off within 3 inches of the trunk.

I attached a cable to the small ends, and a chain and rope to the large end to prevent it from floating back out.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:43 AM
Leave the lights off

Letter to the Editor:

Seems that the Highway 45 streetlight controversy isn’t going away anytime soon.

Let’s go back a few weeks when the announcement was made by the town of Lincoln that they were going to turn the lights off on the north side of Eagle River to save cost. I was glad to hear this actually, because I could never understand the need for so much light in this area anyway.

The lights are bright and spaced far too close together. And why? It’s not a high pedestrian traffic area. The speed limit is only 40 mph, the intersections are not dangerous and the crime rate isn’t an issue, thank goodness.

And allow me to bring up an equally important issue,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:43 AM
Our view

The deer season, hunting
important in many ways

With the annual nine-day gun deer season at hand, the sport of hunting in the Badger State emerges into its brightest spotlight once again. It can accurately be described as the single most-popular sporting event in state history, drawing some 620,000 people to the forests opening day this Saturday, Nov. 23.


That is one reason why this newspaper devotes a lot of attention to the deer hunt and just about every season for hunting, trapping and fishing, but there are other sound reasons for doing so.


These sports are some of the state’s most important recreational pursuits.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 1:06 PM
Do need commitment for national health care

Letter to the Editor:

Every day, it seems, the noise level surrounding the launch of Obamacare in-creases in intensity. There is virtually no one who does not believe that the problem with the law’s website is nothing short of disastrous and threatens the viability of the entire project.

Add to that the controversy over the president’s repeated claims that those existing policies would not be inconvenienced and you have real problems with defending the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Defending the law, however, is not my primary reason for writing

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 1:03 PM
This looks like a dictatorship

Letter to the Editor:

Our government has forced Obamacare on the American citizens, which the majority of Americans do not or did not want this put in place. But as per business as usual under President Obama, our government did it anyway.

Now, the working people and middle class, of which is dwindling by the day, has to pay the bills for the illegals in our country.

Also, is our government now looking at making certain foods that we choose

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 1:03 PM
Questions location of chamber dinner

Letter to the Editor:

I would appreciate if somebody could explain to me why the Phelps Chamber of Commerce chose to hold its annual meeting and dinner in Land O’ Lakes Nov. 14.

I have always thought that the chamber should support its local businesses. I cannot see that any local businesses would turn down an opportunity to hold a meeting and dinner at their establishments.

Maybe the local businesses did decline this offer from the chamber,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 1:02 PM
Want honest conversation about Common Core

Letter to Editor:

In response to State Superintendent Tony Ever’s letter to the editor on Common Core:

Although I’m not a parent in the state of Wisconsin, I am one of thousands of parents from more than 40 states who have been calling for our elected board of education members, superintendents of education, state representatives, and governors, to come out from behind their scripted protective podiums and have an honest conversation about Common Core.

I believe I speak for many concerned parents across the country when

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:56 PM
Inmates should scrub county jail graffiti

Letter to Editor:

Good grief, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read in the News-Review about the overtime costs at the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department.

The article said that the overtime was $140,667 over budget and indicated that 590 hours of overtime was worked. That comes to $238.41 per hour of overtime. Is this correct or am I missing something? If it is correct, where can I sign up. I want to work overtime!

In the same article, it was mentioned that $200,000

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:48 PM