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We must hold Congress accountable

Letter to the Editor:

Mr. Michael Connelly, retired attorney and a constitutional lawyer, has read the entire text in House Bill 3200, the Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009. He studied it with particular emphasis from his area of expertise, constitutional law.

He was frankly concerned that parts of the proposed law that were being discussed might be unconstitutional. What he found was far worse than what he had heard or expected. He ends up suggesting, for those who might doubt the nature of this threat, to consult the U.S.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 1:46 PM
Our view

America to celebrate
community newspapers

Next week marks the annual observance of National Newspaper Week, a time for the residents of Vilas and northeastern Oneida counties to think about the significance of having a community newspaper.


The newsrooms of America’s newspapers still encompass the nation’s largest news-gathering force. Newspapers were never intended to make the news — just report it. And local news that you won’t find on cable television and talk radio is our specialty.


We hold public officials accountable, advocate for openness

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:30 PM
Business goes extra mile to save precious videotapes

Dear Editor:

I?recently?experienced something dramatic in my life!

Have you ever experienced the loss of something tangible that is precious to your heart and that is irreplaceable?

Last Thursday night, after my family and I?went out for dinner, we were walking in the front door of our home and my husband, Tim, asked me what had happened to the box of videotapes that he put on the stairs of our deck Tuesday morning?

He then realized that our son,

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:22 PM
Illegal dumping at museum site is equivalent to theft from charity

Dear Editor:

During the ongoing renovation of the Eagle River Historical Society’s new museum, four televisions, other electronics and hazardous waste have been deposited in and around the construction dumpster.

Disposing of this material safely has cost the society almost $100 and forced volunteers to climb over dangerous debris to remove it from the dumpster.

This illegal dumping may have seemed like a clever solution to the person responsible, but is the moral equivalent of theft. It has diverted donated funds that were intended for the renovation fund. Those who did this and those who are aware of those

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:21 PM
The anti-mine agenda outweighs common sense

Dear Editor:

I would like to comment on letters from Susan Sommer and others, along with comments from Sen. Jauch and Rep. Bewley.

They berate Sen. Tiffany’s bill that would restrict access to the land where Gogebic Taconite is doing exploratory drilling until it is complete. I would like to emphasize that the restriction is only temporary until the drilling is complete. Those speaking or writing negatively of the temporary closure conveniently fail to mention this.

The reason for the closure is worker safety. Most of us

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:12 PM
Believes vote needed at Nicolet

Dear Editor:

My office has received inquiries from constituents regarding the referendum process for technical colleges. The inquiries have been made in light of news stories about Nicolet Technical College’s proposed $4.5 million expenditure to renovate the Learning Resources Center (LRC) at the Rhinelander campus.

State statutes read as follows: s.38.15 (1) and (3) requires that a technical college district board submit proposed building project expenditures in excess of $1.5 million to a referendum. This requirement does not apply to remodeling or improvement projects, depending upon how

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:12 PM
Student writes apology to classmates, community

Dear Editor:

My name is Jake Forsyth. I am 14 years old and I?am a ninth grader at Three Lakes High School.

During the middle of the night Sept. 25, some friends and I?thought it would be cool to sneak out of our houses. We all rode our bikes to our school football field. I brought a small bottle of alcohol to share with my friends. I thought we were just going to hang out.

My friends decided to break into the field

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:11 PM
ObamaCare frightening, not right for America

Letter to the Editor:

I am frightened.

We are preparing for Halloween. There are costumes to assemble and pumpkins to carve. Halloween is haunting, but I am more frightened of ObamaCare (the Affordable Care Act).

Here is a quick list of some of the worst things in the law:

•?Anti-conscience mandate — it attacks and violates religious beliefs.

•?ObamaCare’s true cost has yet to be realized.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:11 PM
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National ‘excellence’ 
is most-cherished honor


As if first place General Excellence from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (NNA) wasn’t enough this year, along comes an honorable mention award (fourth place) in General Excellence from the National Newspaper Association — in competition with weekly newspapers from 50 states.


It is one of the most cherished honors the Vilas County News-Review has ever won in the NNA’s Better Newspaper Contest, the only other national “excellence” designation coming in 2001 — a second place. The winners were announced last week at the NNA’s 2013?Convention and Trade Show in

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:16 PM
Area rental businesses need more AIS training

Dear Editor:

This past July, my husband and I wanted to rent a personal watercraft to use while our family was here on vacation. I have been coming to Eagle River as a summer resident since I was born 35 years ago. I was saddened by the sequence of events which followed our initial personal watercraft inquiry.

Let me explain. Even though we are only summer residents in Eagle River, my family has always placed environmental concerns and local issues as very important. We summer on a lake which is thus far lucky (and I mean, simply lucky, after learning about the laws enforcing the spread of invasive

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:15 PM