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State should accept Medicaid expansion funds

Letter to the Editor:

Vilas County has a federal poverty rate of about 12.9%, ranking it 30th among the 72 Wisconsin counties. The city of Eagle River has a per-capita income of $15,876, ranking it 517 out of 631 Wisconsin cities and towns.

Vilas County relies heavily on tourism, which often provides part-time or seasonal employment without benefits, most importantly health care. Many working individuals in Vilas County link multiple part-time and seasonal jobs together to make a living.

Nationally, half the employed individuals in America make under $32,000 per year. In 2012, 40% of wage earners made $20,000 per year or less.

For the first time in our history dating back to President Harry Truman,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:45 AM
Foundation of nation is still individual liberty

Dear Editor:

I want to make it abundantly clear that the sentiments expressed in this letter are not intended to be an affront to Jeff Laadt, but rather, a genuine observation of what is taking hold at an alarming rate around us, which I maintain will hit home with most Americans.

That being said, my objective is to reluctantly point out that it appears we’ve reached the defining turning point in Barack Obama’s “transformation” of America when an average citizen like Mr. Laadt casually opines in his letter last week that the American people “need to rid ourselves of the notion that somehow government-funded health care is a socialist threat to American values.”

Put in more specific terms,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:44 AM
Someone needs to recover giant log along shoreline

Letter to the Editor:

About three weeks ago, my wife and I?noticed a long, black object laying on the shoreline on the Sugar Camp Chain of Lakes.

We went out to investigate and found a tree, 39 feet long and 18 inches in diameter at the bottom end, that floated up on shore. Someone apparently cut all the branches off within 3 inches of the trunk.

I attached a cable to the small ends, and a chain and rope to the large end to prevent it from floating back out.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:43 AM
Leave the lights off

Letter to the Editor:

Seems that the Highway 45 streetlight controversy isn’t going away anytime soon.

Let’s go back a few weeks when the announcement was made by the town of Lincoln that they were going to turn the lights off on the north side of Eagle River to save cost. I was glad to hear this actually, because I could never understand the need for so much light in this area anyway.

The lights are bright and spaced far too close together. And why? It’s not a high pedestrian traffic area. The speed limit is only 40 mph, the intersections are not dangerous and the crime rate isn’t an issue, thank goodness.

And allow me to bring up an equally important issue,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:43 AM
Our view

The deer season, hunting
important in many ways

With the annual nine-day gun deer season at hand, the sport of hunting in the Badger State emerges into its brightest spotlight once again. It can accurately be described as the single most-popular sporting event in state history, drawing some 620,000 people to the forests opening day this Saturday, Nov. 23.


That is one reason why this newspaper devotes a lot of attention to the deer hunt and just about every season for hunting, trapping and fishing, but there are other sound reasons for doing so.


These sports are some of the state’s most important recreational pursuits.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 1:06 PM