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Food service policies explained for Pines

Letter to the Editor:
As the food service director for Aviands Food & Services Management in the Northland Pines School District, I recently had the opportunity to participate in a policy committee meeting to review the school board policy defining negative food service account balance procedures.
An article written in the News-Review by a freelance writer in attendance at this meeting caused some community response. I would like to clarify for the community the information presented by Mr. Ken Anderson.
The committee discussed the food service negative account balance policy. All members were in full agreement that all students be allowed to have lunch, regardless of the extent of a negative account balance.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 1:07 PM
Veteran hunter concerned with new DNR deer rules

Letter to the Editor:
After reading the column about the new rules for the state of Wisconsin deer hunters by Kurt Krueger, I was not only shocked but disappointed that it was approved by the Natural Resources Board. The members must have all been in a hurry to get home and watch a football game.
Here are some of my concerns:
No more in-person registrations, but phone and online call in. Really? This should make it easier for the violators to go home and butcher the animal and go out and harvest another deer. No count there. What about tags when taking deer for processing?

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 1:07 PM
Michigan’s inaugural wolf hunt not justified

Letter to the Editor:
Last week, Adam Bump, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), claimed 17 of the 23 wolves killed during last fall’s wolf hunt (in Upper Michigan) happened in places within known territories of packs repeatedly attacking livestock or pets and exhibiting fearless behavior around people.
Once again, the DNR has stretched the facts.
Data released this week in response to a Freedom of Information Act request revealed that no wolves were killed near either of the two farms in the Upper Peninsula with the greatest livestock losses to wolves.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 1:06 PM
Gives support to Kukanich

Dear Editor:
Leon Kukanich, lifelong resident of the town of Lincoln, is running for re-election to the Lincoln Town Board.
Leon has done an outstanding job on the board, representing the citizens of the town of Lincoln in a fair and bipartisan manner. Leon has served on the Vilas County Board in the same fair and bipartisan manner.
He decided not to run for re-election to the county board in order to focus his time and energy on serving the residents of the town of Lincoln.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 1:05 PM
Our view

Snomo trail grooming
impacts entire economy

Now that the winter recreation season has been going strong for more than a month, it is time for business owners in communities across the North Woods to think about investing in the future — to commit funds that will help nonprofit organizations with the costs of repairing, rerouting and grooming snowmobile trails in the months and years to come.


What a difference a year makes. At this time last year, trail grooming was just beginning in what was the slowest start to the season since extensive trail systems were first developed in the 1970s. But this year, sledders are experiencing one of the best starts ever.


Many business owners who struggle with our seasonal tourism

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:49 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 28, 2014 11:07 AM )
Country needs policies that prevent poverty

Dear Editor:

Hoping to change the subject from health care to income inequality, Barack Obama recently pledged that his administration would “focus all efforts” on addressing a “fundamental threat” to the economy and the American Dream. He went on to warn that this threat from income inequality and lack of upward mobility is the “defining challenge of our time” which “challenges the very essence of who we are as a people.”

So it should come as no surprise that this intense national debate coincides with the 50th anniversary of President

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:48 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 28, 2014 11:07 AM )
School choice not a threat

Dear Editor:

School choice in Wisconsin is often discussed in terms of policies that provide students with educational options, but we overlook the fact that teachers are also given options in their career choices as part of the school choice platform.

In creating a profession fit for 2014, teachers in Wisconsin and across the country have begun to take advantage of environments like independent public charter schools and virtual schools like never before.

As a virtual school teacher in Wisconsin, I couldn’t be more thrilled by the advancement in

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:48 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 28, 2014 11:06 AM )
New Year’s resolutions must focus on elections

Letter to the Editor:

As we take stock of the year just past and look forward to the new, we find that for most Americans the recession is still very much with us and attempts to redistribute income, in the mistaken belief that the economy would be reinvigorated, have proved ineffectual.

The Affordable Healthcare Act has become a fiasco that might well turn into a disaster, affecting at least one-sixth of our economy as it rolls out to full implementation. And nothing whatever has been done to stimulate a resurgence of business and private-sector jobs.

On the contrary, the administration continues to add tax burden and regulatory

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:47 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 28, 2014 11:06 AM )
Our view

Few businesses insulated
from Derby’s big boost

Few people ever imagined the event would make a half-century and here we are, bringing you detailed coverage of the 51st annual AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby — still drawing tens of thousands of race fans and the best snowmobile racers from the United States and Canada.


A year after the hoopla of the 50th event, the oldest snowmobile racing event on the planet moved forward in traditional style. Attendees included Gov. Scott Walker, former champions and many dignitaries from the motorsports industry.


The weekend started with Friday Night Thunder and the most massive fireworks display in Derby history,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:44 AM
Washington lawmakers are destroying this nation

Letter to the Editor:

An open letter to my fellow Americans:

Over the past few years, it has become apparent that hypocrisy has overcome decency and common sense in Washington, D.C. The administration, as well as most legislators, have adopted this sorry trait in lieu of truth and civility when it comes to serving the country and her citizens.

Now that the president has announced his agenda for this legislative session, we can expect to witness the worst possible hypocritical rhetoric imaginable. Our “poor defenseless children” will be used over and over by the liberal progressives to prove how heartless the conservatives are during the upcoming gun debate.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:43 AM