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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
State job numbers misleading the public

Letter to the Editor:

You know the saying about you can’t believe everything you see or hear on the Internet. It is becoming increasingly clear that what they say about the Internet is true about campaign ads as well.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce’s (WMC) latest campaign ad to mislead the public concerning Scott Walker’s job creation record is a great demonstration of that truism. Though the writing on the screen has the word “potential” in small print, the announcer talks about Walker’s past record using nebulous numbers (hundreds), obviously trying to get the observer to connect the two.

In it they claim Wisconsin is unusually high in

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:49 PM
League of Women Voters oppose Assembly Bill 54

Letter to the Editor:

The League of Women Voters® opposes Assembly Bill 54 (AB 54), which limits the ability of municipal clerks to serve their constituents and the opportunity for citizens to cast a ballot.

This bill limits the hours that clerks may hold for in-person absentee voting before an election. It bans evening and weekend hours for early voting and limits total hours to no more than 40 hours per week in a two-week period prior to the election.

In Wisconsin, our local election officials are known for their

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:49 PM
Make-A-Wish cheesecake result of community effort

Dear Editor:

At least 100 people crowded into the Make-A-Wish tent at the height of last Saturday’s thunderstorm during Cranberry Fest, seeking shelter from that lashing, soaking rain, which quickly turned everything, inside and out, into a quagmire.

Taking advantage of this captive audience was a no-brainer. My crew and I laughingly told them if they wanted to stay warm and dry inside, they had to buy a piece of the World’s Largest Cranberry Cheesecake.

Umbrellas collapsed and a simultaneous reaching for wallets happened. By the time the rain subsided, there were a lot of people with satisfied taste buds.

Now there will be a lot of kids with medical challenges made happy because

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:48 PM
ObamaCare is constitutional

Letter to the Editor:

Last week in this column, reference was made to Mr. Michael Connelly, “a retired attorney and constitutional lawyer,” and his opinion that parts of the Affordable Health Care Choices Act were unconstitutional.

Mr. Connelly certainly has a right to his own opinion, but nine justices with a mandate to determine constitutionality of this act have already ruled in its favor. The supremes (the justices, not the singing group) not only had an opinion, but it is now the authoritative opinion on this matter.

This is not to say that the Supreme Court always gets it right,

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:47 PM
Visitors appreciated weekly Farmers Market

Dear Editor:

I would like to commend the organizers and vendors of the weekly Eagle River Farmers Market.

I am a college student. Each summer for the past three years, several friends and I have spent six weeks in Eagle River.

We got in the habit of visiting the farmers market. We noticed how well the vendors got along with each other and how nice each of them displayed their produce and other products.

The produce was delicious as were the syrups,

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:47 PM
Our view

Emergency workers deserve
much respect, appreciation

Emergency personnel who are on call 24 hours a day, from firefighters to police officers, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics, can be the difference between life and death, serious injury and minor injury, or loss of property and capture of criminals.


With the help of area business owners, the Vilas County News-Review and The Three Lakes?News salute those emergency workers and volunteers for the 28th consecutive year in an expanded 76-page tabloid section this week, commemorating Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-12.


It is our most effective way of saying

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 1:49 PM
Affordable health care welcomed by many seniors

Letter to the Editor:

I am writing this on the first day of Obamacare, the affordable health-care law, which goes into effect today despite the Tea Party’s effort to stop the law.

In the process, they, led by Tea Party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), also shut down the government. The party of no is also the party of not getting anything done. I?hope they are happy taking their paychecks that we, the people, pay them while others have none. I can’t believe they did this while trying to deny 50 million people health care while they have theirs.

What makes them so mean?

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 1:49 PM
Phelps’ visitors impressed with Scarecrow Fest event

Letter to the Editor:

We wanted to write to the paper after attending a fabulous event recently in Phelps. What a great time was had by all!

We happened to be enjoying a week of cool, wonderful weather at our family’s lake house outside of Phelps and decided to attend the Phelps Scarecrow Fest during our stay. What a great event.

All sorts of local food booths, pumpkin chucking for the kids into North Twin Lake, local artist booths (where we bought a beautiful handmade salad bowl and sampled and ultimately bought a homemade apple crisp), live music and so many original and fun

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 1:48 PM