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Some Cheers and Jeers
for the year left behind

CHEERS to area snowmobile clubs for the year-around work they do to gain easements, clear, sign and groom some of the safest, most scenic snowmobile trails in the United States.

 

CHEERS to the Three Eagle Trail Foundation, Great Headwaters Trails and all of the groups that are working diligently to expand bike trails throughout the forest and lake country of Vilas and Oneida counties.

 

JEERS to the Lincoln Town Board for continuing to employ anti-biking signage

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:46 AM
 
Urges young adults to get involved, now

Letter to the Editor:

To young adults of the United States of America:

We need you! Please get involved. This is your future that hangs in the balance. Don’t just sit in the back of the room. Come forward and take a stand. Definitely vote.

Do you realize that your intervention could be the answer we all need? You are the ones who could do it if you would step in. We need you more now than ever before.

Do you understand what’s been happening to our beloved country?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:45 AM
 
Need more than 350 wolves

Letter to the Editor:

Wisconsin’s wolves and climate have at least one thing in common: 350.

Why 350 wolves? Halfway between 200 and 500? Not at all. A Wisconsin biologist explained it simply, “Three hundred and fifty was the point at which wolves could be removed from ‘life support’ during recovery.”

The last three years that number of 350 wolves has been falsely represented by one individual, backed by interests invested in killing the wolf, and brought forth to 20 counties across northern Wisconsin in the form of a resolution supporting a maximum of 350 wolves.

Upon research, this boilerplate resolution was most often

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:45 AM
 
Make 2014 the ‘Year of the Middle Class’

Letter to the Editor:

Decisions made inside the state Capitol in 2013 have not been kind to Wisconsin’s working, middle-class families.

Our state remained in the bottom half among states for job creation and we recently led the nation in our increase in unemployment claims. We also led the nation by kicking more people off their health care than any other state, and cost hard-working Wisconsin taxpayers even more by rejecting our share of tax dollars that we sent to Washington.

Millions in additional taxpayer money was diverted away from public schools to private schools through expanding vouchers state­wide.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:45 AM
 
Snowmobiling helps drive winter economy in North

Letter to the Editor:

As my family and I were enjoying a snowmobile ride on virgin snow in the Chequa­megon-Nicolet National Forest on Christmas Eve day, I thought of how this economic engine for the North Woods comes together for us to enjoy.

The numerous volunteers from the many snowmobile clubs who are responsible for raising money and providing hundreds of donated manpower hours to groom the trails, to the businesses who support the clubs with their donations and to the taxpayers of

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:44 AM
 
Spend time Googling ‘satire’

Dear Editor:

Rather than defending “the most consequential document in American history” (Dec. 11 opinion page), Mr. Gabl’s time might be better spent Googling “satire;” nevertheless, in his defending arguments there is a point worth reviewing.

Unfortunately, the “American Dream,” where individuals determine their own destiny, has been outsourced to Europe. In America today, you are likely to be born into wealth or born into poverty with a vanishing middle class and little opportunity for upward mobility. Of course,

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:44 AM
 
Yes Vilas County, there is a Santa

Letter to the Editor:

I would like to recognize the men and women of the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department for not only protecting and serving, but for the outstanding support they provided to our local veterans.

Under Sheriff Joe Fath’s leadership and the coordination of Information Technology Department head Chris Kamps,

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:43 AM
 
Too many low-wage jobs supporting our families

Letter to the Editor:

Are you aware that 53% of employees in Vilas County work in sectors of our economy that typically pay low wages, often with no benefits and subject to seasonal layoffs?

In the past, low-wage work tended to be done by teenagers or women looking for part-time jobs to supplement family income. That’s no longer the case. Now, more workers than ever are relying on low-wage jobs to support their families.

This change in the make-up of low-wage workers is a reflection of

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:43 AM
 
Editorial right on the mark

Letter to the Editor:

Thank you so much for your editorial, “Reason for the season is ‘Christ’ in Christmas,” in the Dec. 25 issue.

Near the end of your editorial, you state that there is something more important about the season than the spirit of giving, etc. You rightly say that “Jesus Christ on Earth .?.?. (and) how we receive that gift and what we do with that knowledge and grace,

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:42 AM
 
Reason for the season is ‘Christ’ in Christmas

Reason for the season
is ‘Christ’ in Christmas

The Christmas spirit is alive and well in the North Woods, evidenced by busy churches, nativity scenes that included a live nativity and generous giving to those in need — the latter of which follows an example started by God himself, who gave the world the gift of a special child.

 

For those who don’t celebrate Christmas or who would be offended by a simple, heartwarming greeting such as “Merry Christmas,” you might want to stop here. This is not a secular opinion wishing “happy holidays” and “season’s greetings.” This is much more direct than the vague words of the average Christmas card.

 

Intense commercialism,

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:55 AM
 
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