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Tiffany bills taking rights away from local government

Letter to the Editor:

Sen. Tom Tiffany has introduced yet another bill, Senate Bill (SB) 632, to limit local government control over nonmetallic mining.

In a press release dated Feb. 26, Tiffany included a quote from the Wisconsin Towns Association (WTA) executive director stating that the WTA did not oppose SB 632 and its Assembly companion bill, AB 816.

This was a critical statement for Tiffany because the WTA had strongly opposed

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:11 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:34 PM )
Do we really want to change standards again?

Letter to the Editor:

This letter is in response to last week’s letter, titled “Resist government control of education.”

The writer piqued my curiosity about the process for making and implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). So I went to my search engine and typed in “Who wrote the Common Core State Standards?”

This process started in 2008. At this time, the No Child Left Behind initiative left it up to the states to develop standards for education. Wisconsin did this. Academic standards varied widely from state to state.

The Common Core idea originated with the National Governors’ Association. A member of this association proposed an initiative to develop an internationally competitive education system. A task force was developed and a report was published, “Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:07 PM
Our view

Paper’s awards reflect
great communities, staff

For the second time in three years, the Vilas County News-Review was named last Friday as the Best Weekly Newspaper in the circulation category that comprises the state’s largest and best weekly newspapers, those with more than 3,500 subscribers.


The “Best Weekly” honor came from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) at its annual convention in Waukesha, where winners of the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest were announced. Judging was based on a point system for each award, with firsts garnering the most. No other newspaper in our division won more editorial and advertising awards.


The News-Review and its sister publication in Oneida County, The Three Lakes News,

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:23 AM
North Woods needs facilities for elderly

Letter to the Editor:

A new year begins, the games of life continue, especially as one ages and needs all of the above to be assured of the best run of their life.

There are plenty of senior players at bat for the placement in their life when a health issue leaves them in left field for care in a facility to offer them a home run with qualified staff to address their issues.

The North Woods lures visitors from everywhere with the beauty of the area, advertising nature at its finest, up-to-date hospitals and clinics, dedicated physicians and nurses, but the healthcare facilities have been left to hibernate in the woods.

The rules of yesteryear need to be reviewed

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:22 AM
Ready to shake things up

Letter to the Editor:

Dear residents of the town of Lincoln:

My name is Kara Vander Bloomen. I am running for Lincoln town supervisor and I am asking for your support April 1 when you go to vote.

So why am I running? I’m running because

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:22 AM