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Phelps needs to improve road signs for public safety

Dear Editor:

The good news is that the town of Phelps fixed and replaced the missing warning signs on Kentuck Lake Road, but a “Stop Ahead” sign and reposition of the badly-positioned “Stop” sign at the end of Nicolet Shores Lane (at Kentuck Lake Road) is still very badly needed.

A serious injury accident previously occurred at this intersection. Unfortunately, since Nicolet Shores Lane is not a Phelps town road, the town will not help completely resolve this safety problem.

I have asked Nicolet Shores Resort management to help

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 9:58 AM
 
Let’s use Visner design and get shovel in ground

Letter to the Editor:

I have the highest regard for Eagle River’s mayor and City Council, and a keen appreciation for the often thankless public service they provide to our community year in and year out. They are thoughtful and conscientious stewards of our tax dollars and give tremendous value to taxpayers.

However, I agree with last week’s News-Review editorial supporting the local library board’s need to use a building-expansion plan created by local building designer Jeff Visner. Hundreds of donors have contributed or pledged more than $2 million based on the Visner design.

But the mayor and City Council have strongly suggested,

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 9:57 AM
 
Our view

Time for the city council
to back its library board

The Eagle River City Council is demanding that the independent Olson Memorial Library Board of Trustees use a public bidding process for every step of the library expansion and renovation project, including design and other professional services.

 

In recent meeting commentary, some council members and the mayor have compared this project to the city hall renovation of some 20 years ago, when criminal charges were filed because the city didn’t follow the bidding laws.

 

On both topics, we disagree with the council. We don’t believe their opinions are based in law,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:50 PM
 
Lost one of the best in Fr. William Horath

Letter to the Editor:

If Billy Joel was correct in saying, “Only the good die young,” Father William Horath would have been gone long ago. This past week, we lost one of the best.

Big-time kudos to all involved in any aspect of Father’s wake, funeral mass and luncheon. It was heartwarming to see the overwhelming community support. The outpouring of priests, deacons, fire department and emergency medical services

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:49 PM
 
Outsiders can determine political future for North

Letter to the Editor:

How many times have references to Dane County derisively suggested that the politically liberal atmosphere of Madison has too much influence on the conservative North Woods?

How many times have right-wingers bemoaned the influence of the more progressive community in the greater Madison area, and implied that “those people” do not represent “our values” and “our concerns?”

Well, guess what boys and girls, the Supreme Court just ruled in McCutcheon v. FEC that there can be no aggregate limits to campaign contributions. What in the heck does that mean? In fishing, it would mean that you could catch 1,000 walleyes a day,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:49 PM
 
Many in community will miss Fr. Horath

Letter to the Editor:

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, Father William Horath passed away at age 81. He died on Armed Forces Day, which I thought interesting, because he served his country in the military before becoming a priest.

He served in the Diocese of Superior, since his ordination to the priesthood June 15, 1975. He became the assistant pastor of St. Joseph Church in Rice Lake in July of 1975. In 1980, he became the pastor of St. Pius X Church in Solon Springs, St. Anthony of Padua in Gordon and St. Mary Church in Minong. In November of 1989, he became pastor of St. Anne Church in Boulder Junction, St. Mary Church in Sayner and St. Rita Church in Presque Isle.

In June of 1994, he became the pastor

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:48 PM
 
Our view

Honor America’s patriots
with attendance Monday

The one message we never get tired of delivering is that freedom is not free — that there has been and continues to be an extraordinary price paid in terms of American lives to protect our borders and our national security.

 

Some will take the time next Monday, May 26, to observe Memorial Day by attending a ceremony that honors the sacrifices made by our country’s greatest heroes. And to those patriots, we thank you for giving up some time to show veterans and their families that not all Americans take our war heroes for granted.

 

It is a day to remember and honor the war dead of

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:40 AM
 
Three Lakes School Board should hold public meeting

Letter to the Editor:

I am very upset with how the Three Lakes School Board is handling this very disturbing situation regarding Dr. George Karling. There appears to be a blasé attitude from the board in regards to the arrest of Dr. Karling leading to a disorderly conduct charge.

The board has done nothing to reassure the parents and students regarding Dr. Karling’s behavior.

I know how decisively the board has

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:35 AM
 
Community very generous in supporting local food drive

Letter to the Editor:

We did it again! Letter carriers at the Eagle River Post Office, along with postal employees and local volunteers, teamed up to Stamp Out Hunger in the community.

I want to recognize everyone who helped make this year’s food drive a success. It could not have been done without you.

Across the country, the food drive —?held in cooperation with the

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:35 AM
 
Hats off to teams, sponsors of Big Brothers, Sisters events

Letter to the Editor:

The 2014 Northwoods Bowl for Kids’ Sake events took place in Rhinelander on April 4 and in Park Falls on April 12.

Bowling teams enjoyed a couple hours of fun, food, laughter, prizes, music, bowling and silliness including the mummy wrap, polka dancing and cookie face contests. It was Big Brothers Big Sisters thank you to these bowlers who raised

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:34 AM
 
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