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Declaration of Independence inherently socialistic

Letter to the Editor:

Last week, after reading an opinion in this forum, I?became confused as to what was really in the Declaration of Independence. Imagine my surprise when I?decided to review that venerable document again, only to discover that it was inherently socialistic.

The preamble clearly states that “all men are created equal,” and therefore, all are deserving of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” I could not find any specific reference to universal health care, which in retrospect is a good thing.

Medical treatment in the late 18th century largely consisted of emetics, cathartics and phlebotomy (puke, poop and bleed).

Well-meaning physicians certainly facilitated George Washington’s demise,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:02 AM
 
Questions state spending more dollars on walleyes

Dear Editor:

Let’s see if I have this straight. Our governor has authorized our Department of Natural Resources (DNR) secretary to spend $500,000 in each of the next two years to buy walleyes from private municipal and tribal hatcheries to plant in our lakes.

The funding for this year was $870,000 and $1.3 million for next year’s operating costs.

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:01 AM
 
Phelps chamber sought bids for annual meeting

Letter to the Editor:

In response to the Judy Wiita letter in the Vilas County News-Review Nov. 20 titled,  “Questions location of chamber dinner.”

Dear Judy Wiita,

Thank you for your Letter to the Editor voicing your concerns in regards to the Phelps Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting/dinner. We welcome any input from our business members and the general public.

The Phelps Chamber of Commerce, like many other area chambers, allows businesses

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:00 AM
 
Three Lakes students, staff get behind library project

Letter to the Editor:

When we collaborate, great things happen. In this season of thanks and giving, I want to thank the Three Lakes School District for its enthusiastic support of the next chapter in the Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library.

The library has the lofty goal of raising $2.6 million for an addition and renovation to the current building.

The staff and students at Three Lakes school have wholeheartedly supported this project. The students have particularly embraced the effort because the plan includes an expanded space dedicated to youth.

The students’ efforts began with a booth at Pumpkin Fest,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:00 AM
 
Our view

Washington set aside
special day to thank God

Every American with a secure job, health insurance and a roof over their head has enormous reason to celebrate on Thanksgiving Day, for they can no longer take for granted even the most basic elements of the American lifestyle in this unpredictable economy.

 

Millions are still without good jobs and affordable health insurance as we near the end of 2013, the result of both a recession and global marketing that has moved many industrial jobs to other countries. Those who have survived the changes, economically, need to count their blessings.

 

There’s more to life than economic security, of course,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:47 AM
 
Hunting over bait is not real hunting

Letter to the Editor:

In regard to baiting and feeding deer for hunting, I am totally against this. If you think about it, this is not real hunting.

Sometimes “hunters” put a couple hundred pounds of corn, carrots, etc., on the ground over a period of time during a couple of weeks before the season starts to attract deer. Then on opening day they climb into their tree stand and have a much better chance of getting a deer only because they are feeding them.

I used to be a deer hunter,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:46 AM
 
Hats off to Juday family for funding incubator

Letter to the Editor:

I’m writing to publicly recognize the Juday family and the Vilas County Business Incubator for their efforts to revitalize small business in this county.

I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship for the e-seed Nicolet College business plan class. The information and resources provided were invaluable. I now have even more confidence and knowledge to proceed in starting a business with my fiancé/business partner.

Without this class,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:46 AM
 
Three Lakes eighth-graders deserve support for trip

Letter to the Editor:

My family has recently moved to Three Lakes from a larger city in southern Wisconsin. The transition has been made easier because of the wonderful children who are in our son’s eighth-grade class.

This weekend we had the pleasure of helping out at the spaghetti fundraiser for their spring trip to Washington, D.C. Each student was there for many hours without complaint. We left that evening marveling at the poise shown by all the kids who participated.

We would just like to personally recognize each and every one

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:45 AM
 
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
 
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