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Declaration of Independence inherently socialistic

Letter to the Editor:

Last week, after reading an opinion in this forum, I?became confused as to what was really in the Declaration of Independence. Imagine my surprise when I?decided to review that venerable document again, only to discover that it was inherently socialistic.

The preamble clearly states that “all men are created equal,” and therefore, all are deserving of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” I could not find any specific reference to universal health care, which in retrospect is a good thing.

Medical treatment in the late 18th century largely consisted of emetics, cathartics and phlebotomy (puke, poop and bleed).

Well-meaning physicians certainly facilitated George Washington’s demise,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:02 AM
Questions state spending more dollars on walleyes

Dear Editor:

Let’s see if I have this straight. Our governor has authorized our Department of Natural Resources (DNR) secretary to spend $500,000 in each of the next two years to buy walleyes from private municipal and tribal hatcheries to plant in our lakes.

The funding for this year was $870,000 and $1.3 million for next year’s operating costs.

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:01 AM
Phelps chamber sought bids for annual meeting

Letter to the Editor:

In response to the Judy Wiita letter in the Vilas County News-Review Nov. 20 titled,  “Questions location of chamber dinner.”

Dear Judy Wiita,

Thank you for your Letter to the Editor voicing your concerns in regards to the Phelps Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting/dinner. We welcome any input from our business members and the general public.

The Phelps Chamber of Commerce, like many other area chambers, allows businesses

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:00 AM
Three Lakes students, staff get behind library project

Letter to the Editor:

When we collaborate, great things happen. In this season of thanks and giving, I want to thank the Three Lakes School District for its enthusiastic support of the next chapter in the Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library.

The library has the lofty goal of raising $2.6 million for an addition and renovation to the current building.

The staff and students at Three Lakes school have wholeheartedly supported this project. The students have particularly embraced the effort because the plan includes an expanded space dedicated to youth.

The students’ efforts began with a booth at Pumpkin Fest,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:00 AM
Our view

Washington set aside
special day to thank God

Every American with a secure job, health insurance and a roof over their head has enormous reason to celebrate on Thanksgiving Day, for they can no longer take for granted even the most basic elements of the American lifestyle in this unpredictable economy.


Millions are still without good jobs and affordable health insurance as we near the end of 2013, the result of both a recession and global marketing that has moved many industrial jobs to other countries. Those who have survived the changes, economically, need to count their blessings.


There’s more to life than economic security, of course,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:47 AM