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State redistricting reform needed

Dear Editor:

The reasons we need to reform Wisconsin’s redistricting process are many, yet the solution is simple: we must remove the power of redistricting from the hands of politicians.

As numerous media outlets have said recently, by shifting redistricting authority to the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau, state taxpayers would save millions paid out to law firms arguing for and against the highly partisan maps created by the political majority in power after each decade’s

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 2:53 PM
Oneida jurors recognized for service, commitment

Letter to the Editor:

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has designated September as Juror Appreciation Month.

The Oneida County Circuit judges, clerk of circuit court and court staff would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to past, present and future jurors. Jury service is a vital aspect of our government. Most people find jury service to be a very

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 2:53 PM
Blueways System is just a baby step

Letter to the Editor:

In my most cynical mo­ments, I look back upon two events that have been turning points in man’s seemingly unfettered path to planetary destruction.

The first was “Silent Spring,”?a book by Rachel Carson that brought about awareness of the bioaccumulation of DDT through the food chain and its environmental impact, notably in the decline of birds of prey (in­cluding Eagle River’s namesake) as well as carcinogenesis and genetic damage.

The use of DDT was subsequently banned throughout the U.S., and restricted

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 2:52 PM
Our view

Time for highway safety
as a school year begins

Buses will be running, school bells will be ringing and students at Northland Pines, Phelps and Three Lakes will return to the classroom next Tuesday, Sept. 3.


It’s time to think about highway safety, because nearly three months have passed since motorists saw students waiting for buses on narrow rural roads, crowding crosswalks or biking to school.


State law dictates that all motorists stop their

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:51 PM
Many supported Festival of Flavors

Dear Editor:

It was with mixed emotions that I recently announced my (and my husband Ron’s) retirement from the Festival of Flavors event.

The Eagle River Revitalization Program has produced this event for the past five years, with planning  starting seven years ago as we visited cheesemakers across Wisconsin.

Stepping aside from leading the festival committee causes me to reflect on all the great things the Eagle River Revitalization Program (ERRP) and the Festival of Flavors has accomplished in that short time.

As a board member of the ERRP and an Eagle River

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:50 PM
Carefully weigh mining in northern Wisconsin

Letter to the Editor:

Having played as a child in the crumbling streets of a former iron mining boom town that was left with nothing but dust and sorrow when the company departed for more profitable environs, I know how desperate abandoned workers can get for jobs.

I’ll never forget the look in my unemployed father’s eyes, or the taste of U.S. Department of Agriculture “relief” meat that came in big silver cans. That’s why the hardscrabble souls who support new mines like Penokee have my sympathy.

But we can’t dismiss the

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:50 PM
Is peace group allied with pro-choice circle?

Letter to the Editor:

In your Aug. 21 issue there is an article, as well as an advertisement, describing an upcoming event called Women’s (In-) Equality Day. Sponsored by the Many Ways of Peace organization in Eagle River, the event title is a play on words.

Congress established Women’s Equality Day to observe the success of women gaining the right to vote. The guest speaker would be state Rep. Janet Bewley of Ashland. So far so good. Who wouldn’t be in favor of peace and equality? And where is the inequality?

Well, it turns out that there is inequality because

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:49 PM
Boater recognized for quick response

Dear Editor:

I want to recognize Kim Aut publicly for probably saving my life Sunday, Aug. 18, when I slipped while getting out of my pontoon boat, landing on my head and then into the water.

I could not reach my boat and could not have boarded it if I did. But Kim came by in her boat, dove into the water, gave me a boat cushion and helped me reach the O’Brien’s pontoon boat. Jack and Jane O’Brien could then take me home.

From what I heard, we all could

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:49 PM
Look forward to getting paper

Dear Editor:

Maybe one has to move away from the area to fully appreciate what a great weekly newspaper is.

Having had to read our local paper for the past year, I have come to realize that you guys really do a super job, from covering local events to all the great photos.

Congrats on all the accolades. I look forward to Fridays when I can go to the mailbox and catch up on what’s going on “back home.”

Dennis and Kristin Wild

Hot Springs Village, Ark.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:26 PM
Our view

Musky Open’s format
still extremely popular

About the time people were thinking it couldn’t get bigger, the 28th annual National Championship Musky Open drew a record 1,222 anglers last weekend and blew away last year’s record attendance by 111 anglers, a whopping 10% increase.


It was a year of firsts, including the first time anglers caught more than 200 muskies of 34 inches or larger.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 4:42 PM