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Sommer changes tune on local control stance

Dear Editor:

Susan Sommer wrote a letter in the Oct. 23 Vilas News-Review “Citizens are losing local control again.”

The letter criticizes Sen. Tom Tiffany’s draft legislation, the Regulatory Certainty Act. The bill would establish uniform standards for nonmetallic mines statewide. It is still in it’s early stages.

At first glance, I wondered why all of a sudden Ms. Sommer

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:06 AM
Veterans respond again at national monuments

Letter to the Editor:

As an 89-year-old veteran, it gives me the utmost pleasure in acknowledging the deeds of my veteran comrades and supporters in aiding our World War II veterans in accessing entry to the monuments (during the recent federal government shutdown) built in their honor.

These monuments are ours, veterans and civilians alike. They were not constructed for ruthless politicians to use as a club over the populous nor to further degrade American veterans and family services. The various monuments were provided by a thankful

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:05 AM
Urges citizen support of vulnerable users bill

Dear Editor:

On Aug. 5, 2011, my husband, Dave Landgraf, was riding his bicycle southbound on Highway 27 in Sawyer County. The sun was shining during this early evening ride and there were no visual obstructions on this stretch of highway.

Since Dave was an avid bicyclist, he always wore his helmet, brightly colored jersey and followed the rules of the road. These precautions offered little protection when a driver who was texting and talking on the phone struck him from behind at 55 mph.

What was the result of this crash to my husband?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:04 AM
Supports Duffy’s vote against debt ceiling

Letter to the Editor:

I support Rep. Sean Duffy’s vote against the debt ceiling. America is borrowing too much money and the government’s spending is out of control.

Unless Congress reforms the growing entitlements, including Obamacare,

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:04 AM
Our view

Invasive weed control
still key to prevention

It’s not all good news in the fight to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) into more North Woods lakes, not when major infestation control projects miss out on state funding as the list of infected lakes continues to grow in the heart of Wisconsin’s lake country — Vilas and Oneida counties.


There are now 30 lakes in Vilas County and 22 in Oneida that contain Eurasian

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:00 PM
Citizens are losing local control, again

Letter to the Editor:

Big government is at it again. Led by Sen. Tom Tiffany, the state of Wisconsin is moving forward to limit our freedom to regulate ourselves on the local level.

Sen. Tiffany’s newest attempt to thwart local governance is his proposed draft legislation that will prevent local governments from regulating nonmetallic mining.

Town government has been a hallmark of Wisconsin even before statehood in 1848. Presently, Wisconsin has 1,259 towns in which 30.1% of us live. The Wisconsin Towns Association’s (WTA) website motto is “Lose Local Government, and You Will Lose America.” The WTA points out that

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:55 PM
Be an informed buyer of propane this winter

Dear Editor:

The third week of this past September, I was asked by an older neighbor to look at a new budget payment plan she received from the propane supplier. Last year, the monthly payment was $42 a month. The new budget plan sent to her went up to $173 a month, a 400% increase over last year’s budget plan.

I called the supplier and asked the woman who answered the phone what the cost per gallon for propane was if I leased a tank today. She told me the first fill would be $1.69 per gallon. I then restated my question and asked her if I already leased a tank, what the cost would be.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:54 PM
Middle class will face higher premiums, taxes

Dear Editor:

Last week in the News-Review, the front page featured what I consider was yet another perfect example of government deception perpetrated on the American people.

The story outlined a Sept. 25, Health and Human Services (HHS) report in which the nation was informed that “The average premium nationally for the second lowest-cost silver plan is $328 before tax credits, or 16% below projections based on Congressional Budget Office estimates. About 95% of uninsured people eligible for the Marketplace live in a state where their average premium is lower than projections.”

However, before one can fully analyze the much-touted cost savings, one must know

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:54 PM
Common Core standards raising the bar for students

Letter to the Editor:

Wisconsin is in the midst of legislative hearings on the Common Core State Standards.

During the first hearing Oct. 3, in Madison, I shared an anecdote from a teacher in a small northern Wisconsin school district. She wrote, “Thank you so much for your strong stand on the Common Core. I see how our math classes have changed for the better — really making students think! Keep up the good work.”

This e-mail sums up why I adopted the Common Core State

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:53 PM
Our view

Community support vital to Warm The Children

This year marks the 17th straight year that this newspaper will be seeking donations in excess of $55,000 to support the nationally acclaimed Warm The Children program. The area’s cold climate and the current economic slump continue to escalate the need.


The program is coming off a year of near record demand in 2012, when 550 children received new winter clothing. Our fund-raising goal is down slightly because the community’s generosity was higher than expected last year, creating some welcomed carryover.


Enthusiasm is high among our volunteer shoppers because Shopko Hometown is

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:52 PM