Subscriber Login

Forgot Your Username?
Forgot Your Password?
Serving on county board was rewarding, fulfilling

Letter to the Editor:

After working in the Vilas County clerk office for nearly 30 years, I retired only to start working as an elected county board supervisor representing District 19, Wards 1, 2 and 3 of the city of Eagle River. I served my constituents for the next 10 years and made a decision not to run for re-election this spring and retire again.

During my tenure, I saw quite a few changes take place. The biggest change being the implementation of Act 10.  Vilas County adapted and has moved forward with great strides toward bringing the budget under control.

Over the years, I’ve come to learn that Vilas County’s biggest economic

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:45 AM
2014 Farm Bill hurting North Woods families

Dear Editor:

Regarding your article, “Trig’s Stuff-A-Truck food drive,” March 12, it should be noted that Sean Duffy, the 7th Congressional District representative, and his Tea Party collaborators in the House of Representatives, passed the 2014 Farm Bill.

This bill and a previous one cumulatively cut nearly $1 billion per year from the nation’s already inadequate food stamp program. These cuts are hurting a lot of poor, working poor and unemployed in the North Woods.

Unlike food banks (which are clearly well-intended efforts to help the hungry),

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:44 AM
Integrity should be a national standard

Dear Editor:

I have to admit that the more I delve into various matters of national importance and consequence, the more I am offended and dismayed by what is intentionally presented for consumption by our political class.

And although I realize that integrity usually takes a back seat when it comes to a politician’s main objective of steering thought, we as followers will continue to reap exactly what we allow to be sown.

In yet another determined effort by one of Wisconsin’s elected officials to cast a positive glow on the embattled Common Core State Standards (CCSS), State Rep. Mandy Wright, in the March 19 “What Others Say” column on this opinion page, stated: “When it became obvious that

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:43 AM
Our view

Snomo clubs, volunteers
kept trails well-groomed

A long and grand snowmobiling season ended at midnight Monday in Vilas and Oneida counties when clubs closed their trails and state insurance lapsed on the easements that cross private land.


Like the winter that still lingers here, the trails opened earlier than normal, prior to Christmas, and they were generally in excellent condition throughout January, February and March.


The extreme cold that forced school cancellations and

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:33 AM
Secular humanism misused in schools

Dear Editor:

Wikipedia defines “secular humanism” as a viewpoint that has an ideology. Be it religious or political, it must be thoroughly examined by each individual and not simply accepted. The essential part of secular humanism is a continued search for truth.

Unfortunately, that noble cause has been hijacked by people with a different agenda. The professors that teach our teachers, for the most part, are in agreement with Agenda 21 and subscribe to a belief of one world government.

Teaching from that perspective, today’s teachers and administrators

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:23 AM
Believes motor trolling won’t be problem in Vilas

Dear Editor:

I have been reading the editorials about motor trolling, all of which are very negative. I?am in favor of motor trolling and would like to share some of my thoughts.

I read that it’s noisy, pulls out weeds and takes up too much acreage. I?don’t believe any of that is true. A boat trolling slowly along is not noisy. Frequently, it will be using an electric trolling motor which is very quiet. People trolling don’t want to foul their hooks with weeds any more than any other fishermen. That is just not realistic.

The only people who will be trolling are those who

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:22 AM
Let us have a blueprint for posterity

Letter to the Editor:

On Monday, March 24, the governor signed a tax relief bill dubbed the “Blueprint for Prosperity.”

According to our state government at, the legislation will reduce property, income and state income withholding taxes. The typical homeowner will see a reduction of $101 on his or her next property tax bill. The typical family of four earning $40,000 will save about $58 in income taxes. Because of the change to income withholding taxes, that family will see about $58 more in their paychecks each month.

By the end of 2014, that typical family of four could have $522

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:21 AM
Phelps forum went well

Letter to the Editor:

The Phelps Community Development Corporation would like to recognize several people for making the Meet the Candidate Forum March 20 a success.

The list includes all the candidates for giving of their time so the people of Phelps could get a chance to meet them and hear their stance on the issues; June Franzen for the great job she did as our moderator; Rick Brown for making sure the chool commons was set up for our use;

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:21 AM
Volunteers vital to Blizzard Blast

Dear Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize all of the wonderful people who volunteered at the Northwoods Blizzard Blast in Conover held Feb. 16, a fund-raising event for area fire departments and emergency medical services (EMS).

The efforts put forth by the volunteers and committee members as well as the support of area businesses illustrated how mutual collaboration can result in a rousing success for the benefit of our North Woods community.

Not only were the fire department and EMS personnel

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:20 AM
Our view

Reduced bag limit system
is crucial to conservation

In a press release announcing its spring walleye spearing declarations on a record 273 northern Wisconsin lakes, the Lac du Flambeau tribe said last Friday that the state’s angling bag-limit system is a “flawed practice” that continues to “fuel contempt and animosity toward Chippewa tribes.”


We beg to differ.


In line with the safe harvest formula that was

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:31 AM