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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
Saddened by Boeing contract, Walker vote

Letter to the Editor:

I’ve been saddened and puzzled by recent events in Seattle, where I’ve lived for the past 25 years, and in Eagle River, where I’ve been a summer resident for 77 years.

My sadness is due to the loss of financial security for older citizens who have accepted reduced compensation and will lose pension income following their retirements.

Why did the Boeing Co. force workers to accept reduced pension benefits and why did Eagle River voters support a governor who reduced net compensation and eliminated collective bargaining for state workers?

In Seattle, Boeing negotiated a severe contract with 25,000 workers who manufacture the fast-selling 777

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:43 AM
Our view

Great chance to witness
world-class snomo racing

The oldest, grandest event in snowmobile racing history is a half-century old and going strong, with the 51st running of the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River slated this weekend.


It is not often that some of the world’s top sports competitors come to the Eagle River area, other than for a vacation. But it will happen this Thursday through Sunday, when the best snowmobile racers on the globe converge on this small northern Wisconsin city for the top show in snowmobile racing.


What an opportunity for North Woods residents to view a world-class sporting

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:29 PM
Offers response to ‘far left’ writers

Dear Editor:

I would like to comment on three letters from far left liberals in the Jan 1. Vilas County News-Review. Most of what I say applies to all three writers.

In the first letter, Mary Jo Berner says that 53% of the employees in Vilas County work in low-paying jobs and that it has been increasing since the 1970s. I agree, however, it is not because of the rich as she would have us believe. It is because of the disappearance of good middle class jobs, such as those from mining and logging in the North Woods.

Ms. Berner and her foundation continue to promote

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:28 PM
Donors, bell ringers vital to Salvation Army

Dear Editor:

Those of us who work and play in Vilas County, Eagle River and the North Woods live in an exceptional area whose history is rich in the volunteer and philanthropic spirit.

Our events, organizations and services success ultimately depend on the volunteers and donations of our residents and visitors. The federal government calculates that a volunteer’s time is worth $25 an hour. Do the math, for one year that is millions upon millions of dollars.

Our philanthropic history contains names like Olson, Pritzker, Kalmar and Beck. However, of equal importance is the collective sound of thousands of quarters being dropped into a red bucket and immeasurable dollar bills being crushed into a small slot that also allows the Salvation Army to continue programs

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:28 PM