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State job numbers misleading the public

Letter to the Editor:

You know the saying about you can’t believe everything you see or hear on the Internet. It is becoming increasingly clear that what they say about the Internet is true about campaign ads as well.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce’s (WMC) latest campaign ad to mislead the public concerning Scott Walker’s job creation record is a great demonstration of that truism. Though the writing on the screen has the word “potential” in small print, the announcer talks about Walker’s past record using nebulous numbers (hundreds), obviously trying to get the observer to connect the two.

In it they claim Wisconsin is unusually high in

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:49 PM
League of Women Voters oppose Assembly Bill 54

Letter to the Editor:

The League of Women Voters® opposes Assembly Bill 54 (AB 54), which limits the ability of municipal clerks to serve their constituents and the opportunity for citizens to cast a ballot.

This bill limits the hours that clerks may hold for in-person absentee voting before an election. It bans evening and weekend hours for early voting and limits total hours to no more than 40 hours per week in a two-week period prior to the election.

In Wisconsin, our local election officials are known for their

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:49 PM
Make-A-Wish cheesecake result of community effort

Dear Editor:

At least 100 people crowded into the Make-A-Wish tent at the height of last Saturday’s thunderstorm during Cranberry Fest, seeking shelter from that lashing, soaking rain, which quickly turned everything, inside and out, into a quagmire.

Taking advantage of this captive audience was a no-brainer. My crew and I laughingly told them if they wanted to stay warm and dry inside, they had to buy a piece of the World’s Largest Cranberry Cheesecake.

Umbrellas collapsed and a simultaneous reaching for wallets happened. By the time the rain subsided, there were a lot of people with satisfied taste buds.

Now there will be a lot of kids with medical challenges made happy because

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:48 PM
ObamaCare is constitutional

Letter to the Editor:

Last week in this column, reference was made to Mr. Michael Connelly, “a retired attorney and constitutional lawyer,” and his opinion that parts of the Affordable Health Care Choices Act were unconstitutional.

Mr. Connelly certainly has a right to his own opinion, but nine justices with a mandate to determine constitutionality of this act have already ruled in its favor. The supremes (the justices, not the singing group) not only had an opinion, but it is now the authoritative opinion on this matter.

This is not to say that the Supreme Court always gets it right,

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:47 PM
Visitors appreciated weekly Farmers Market

Dear Editor:

I would like to commend the organizers and vendors of the weekly Eagle River Farmers Market.

I am a college student. Each summer for the past three years, several friends and I have spent six weeks in Eagle River.

We got in the habit of visiting the farmers market. We noticed how well the vendors got along with each other and how nice each of them displayed their produce and other products.

The produce was delicious as were the syrups,

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:47 PM