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2014 Farm Bill hurting North Woods families

Dear Editor:

Regarding your article, “Trig’s Stuff-A-Truck food drive,” March 12, it should be noted that Sean Duffy, the 7th Congressional District representative, and his Tea Party collaborators in the House of Representatives, passed the 2014 Farm Bill.

This bill and a previous one cumulatively cut nearly $1 billion per year from the nation’s already inadequate food stamp program. These cuts are hurting a lot of poor, working poor and unemployed in the North Woods.

Unlike food banks (which are clearly well-intended efforts to help the hungry),

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:44 AM
Integrity should be a national standard

Dear Editor:

I have to admit that the more I delve into various matters of national importance and consequence, the more I am offended and dismayed by what is intentionally presented for consumption by our political class.

And although I realize that integrity usually takes a back seat when it comes to a politician’s main objective of steering thought, we as followers will continue to reap exactly what we allow to be sown.

In yet another determined effort by one of Wisconsin’s elected officials to cast a positive glow on the embattled Common Core State Standards (CCSS), State Rep. Mandy Wright, in the March 19 “What Others Say” column on this opinion page, stated: “When it became obvious that

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:43 AM
Our view

Snomo clubs, volunteers
kept trails well-groomed

A long and grand snowmobiling season ended at midnight Monday in Vilas and Oneida counties when clubs closed their trails and state insurance lapsed on the easements that cross private land.


Like the winter that still lingers here, the trails opened earlier than normal, prior to Christmas, and they were generally in excellent condition throughout January, February and March.


The extreme cold that forced school cancellations and

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:33 AM
Secular humanism misused in schools

Dear Editor:

Wikipedia defines “secular humanism” as a viewpoint that has an ideology. Be it religious or political, it must be thoroughly examined by each individual and not simply accepted. The essential part of secular humanism is a continued search for truth.

Unfortunately, that noble cause has been hijacked by people with a different agenda. The professors that teach our teachers, for the most part, are in agreement with Agenda 21 and subscribe to a belief of one world government.

Teaching from that perspective, today’s teachers and administrators

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:23 AM
Believes motor trolling won’t be problem in Vilas

Dear Editor:

I have been reading the editorials about motor trolling, all of which are very negative. I?am in favor of motor trolling and would like to share some of my thoughts.

I read that it’s noisy, pulls out weeds and takes up too much acreage. I?don’t believe any of that is true. A boat trolling slowly along is not noisy. Frequently, it will be using an electric trolling motor which is very quiet. People trolling don’t want to foul their hooks with weeds any more than any other fishermen. That is just not realistic.

The only people who will be trolling are those who

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:22 AM