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Street lights wouldn’t be missed

Letter to the Editor:

I recently have read and heard about the town of Lincoln trying to reduce their budget. The town would be able to have a cost savings of around $10,000 by having the road lights north of the city of Eagle River turned off.

I had been in Phelps and was returning home along Highway 45 around 7 p.m. and was almost to the Holiday gas station when I realized the street lights were not on.

My point being, I don’t think those lights would be missed if they were off permanently.

Linda Thorpe

Eagle River

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:57 AM
Republicans not at fault

Dear Editor:

Could I respond to Don Zirbel’s letter “pay the piper” in the Nov. 6 Vilas County News-Review? He responded to a letter that thanked Rep. Sean Duffy for his efforts to control our ever-increasing federal deficit.

Mr. Zirbel says that the Republicans are equally at fault for the deficit that has increased under President Obama because they currently control the House of Representatives. This is wrong because most of the spending occurred in the first two years of

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:56 AM
Great American Smoke-out Day nears

Letter to the Editor:

Next Thursday, Nov. 21, is the Great American Smoke-out Day.

The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) mission is to fight all cancers, including lung cancer.  Anyone can get lung cancer.  Smoking raises the risk, but people who have never smoked or quit years ago can get it, too.

Smoking accounts for about 80% of lung cancer deaths, however, lung cancer among people who never smoked still ranks in the top 10 causes of cancer death in the United States.

That is why ACS addresses many different aspects of lung cancer in addition to tobacco,

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:55 AM
Our view

Vietnam vets deserve
some special recognition

As America pauses again this year on Nov. 11 to thank and pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country, special emphasis should go to Vietnam War veterans in the year we begin the 50th Anniversary Commemoration, which will run for the length of the war, 13 years.


It’s important that we recall the lessons learned during the Vietnam War — that never again should this nation turn its back on soldiers who served honorably and faithfully. Vietnam veterans returned to a country that didn’t support them, blaming soldiers for a war they didn’t like.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:55 AM
What you didn’t know about armed Americans

Letter to the Editor:

I am writing in response to the Mary Friedel-Hunt column of Oct. 30 titled, “Did You Know?” The author states she is waiting for stricter gun laws and marches and written appeals to Washington.

This is the predictable response of anti-gun advocates who utilize tragedies for their agenda. It also reflects the Left’s dependency on government to solve social problems.

Here are some hard facts. The weapons used at Columbine and Sandy Hook

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:54 AM
Will Obama, Democrats have egg on their faces?

Letter to the Editor:

We know that the Democrats in Congress and President Barack Obama passed ObamaCare without a single Republican vote — thumbing their collective noses at the American people who overwhelmingly said “no.”

Then the Democrats and Obama shutdown the government to protect the individual mandate from a delay.

Now Senate Democrats and Obama are considering implementing the delay anyway.

Does this mean the President and the Democrats would have

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:54 AM
Raises some questions about Common Core

Letter to the Editor:

Last week I offered comments about Common Core education standards to the Northland Pines School Board, Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Rob Swearingen, and Wednesday I attended the public hearing in Wausau, a lobby day for teachers, principals, administrators and professors who all came out in favor of Common Core.

However, parents, students and taxpayers were under-represented at the hearing. One mom testified that her kindergarten daughter cries that school is too much work. Parents complained that school is too much work for the little ones. A 16-year-old teen testified she’s been home-schooled all her life

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:53 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:54 AM )
Congress must ‘pay the piper’

Letter to the Editor:

I’d like to respond to Mary Lou Hake’s Letter to the Editor, “Supports Duffy’s Vote Against Debt Ceiling,” in the Vilas County News-Review on Oct. 30.

The accountability that Congress has is that it has passed the spending bills: now it must “pay the piper.”

No bill can be passed without both the House

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:53 AM
Too many jokers will be re-elected

Letter to the Editor:

I think Aristotle nailed it when he said democracy was the least effective form of government because it depends too much on an informed citizenry.

As we sort through the wreckage last month in Washington,

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:52 AM
Our view

Can’t blame snomo clubs
for holiday hunt concerns

Nobody should blame North Woods tourism and snowmobile club officials for getting a little concerned about whether the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will suddenly push a December holiday deer hunt framework beyond farm country and the chronic wasting disease zones.


Industry officials showed up at the first public hearing in Eagle River last week on proposed changes to the deer seasons and other regulations, changes that are in response to a Deer Trustee Report and modifications made by a stakeholder Action Team.


Hearing attendees were told by state officials that a holiday hunt isn’t being proposed for management units north of Highway 64,

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:08 AM