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Government deception is getting old

Dear Editor:

Please allow me to respond to Terrance Moe’s letter from last week, “Blueways System is just a baby step,” which was a response to mine several weeks prior, “Beware of government’s generalizations.”

I appreciate the fact that Mr. Moe continued the conversation on the beginnings and future vision of today’s environmental movement (which opponents largely view as government oppression and elitism), however, there were inaccuracies that must be addressed so that citizens have the proper materials to develop solid convictions of the world around them, especially at this unprecedented time when nothing ever turns out to be as advertised.

As Mr. Moe noted, the blockbuster book, “Silent Spring,” created awareness of the bio-accumulation

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:01 PM
Our view

ACT scores show schools
provide quality education

There may be reason to debate the way in which Wisconsin funds its public education system with such a heavy emphasis on property taxes, but there is little room for argument that school districts here are doing a great job of educating our youth.


Seniors in the class of 2013 at Northland Pines, Phelps and Three Lakes who took the American College Test (ACT) scored far above the national average and two schools scored better than the Wisconsin average — a state that is again ranked third in the nation.


Three Lakes led the way, turning

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 2:56 PM
State redistricting reform needed

Dear Editor:

The reasons we need to reform Wisconsin’s redistricting process are many, yet the solution is simple: we must remove the power of redistricting from the hands of politicians.

As numerous media outlets have said recently, by shifting redistricting authority to the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau, state taxpayers would save millions paid out to law firms arguing for and against the highly partisan maps created by the political majority in power after each decade’s

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 2:53 PM
Oneida jurors recognized for service, commitment

Letter to the Editor:

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has designated September as Juror Appreciation Month.

The Oneida County Circuit judges, clerk of circuit court and court staff would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to past, present and future jurors. Jury service is a vital aspect of our government. Most people find jury service to be a very

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 2:53 PM
Blueways System is just a baby step

Letter to the Editor:

In my most cynical mo­ments, I look back upon two events that have been turning points in man’s seemingly unfettered path to planetary destruction.

The first was “Silent Spring,”?a book by Rachel Carson that brought about awareness of the bioaccumulation of DDT through the food chain and its environmental impact, notably in the decline of birds of prey (in­cluding Eagle River’s namesake) as well as carcinogenesis and genetic damage.

The use of DDT was subsequently banned throughout the U.S., and restricted

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 2:52 PM