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Candidates need to be scrutinized

Letter to the Editor:

Early summer of this year, I pledged that I would refrain from writing such letters. The actions taken by our national legislators, in both houses, the past few days causes me to break this pledge.

The low esteem that our elected legislators displayed toward our retired, as well as our wounded veterans, was simply too much to keep me quiet. With the billions being spent on fraud, noncitizen health care and other benefits, gifts of millions to enemy governments and other outright stupid expenditures, they could look only to the veterans to make up the short fall.

Did they take any of their pay or benefits away?

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:54 AM
Senior citizen contends property taxes too high

Letter to the Editor:

Why have my property taxes gone up $280 this year? My property value didn’t go up.

Why are senior citizens picking up the tab on all the school referendums for more monies, which cause property taxes to go up? Why can’t the senior citizens put out a referendum for more monies like the school board does?

Why, if the U.S. government can give free schooling,

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:54 AM
Snomo trail relocation is property rights issue

Letter to the Editor:

Karen and I want to thank all of the people who stopped us on the street or in the stores or post office telling us that we were doing the right thing.

The court ruled that the snowmobile trail can be constructed on the Highway 155 easement in front of our home. The court didn’t rule, however, that the trail had to be constructed.

The real issue is not whether the snowmobile trail can be constructed. The real issue is whether or not the underlying landowners of the highway easement have the right to prohibit such a use on their lands. It is an issue of property rights.

The Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club lost Corridor No. 15

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:53 AM
Our view

Revised shoreland rules
nothing new to Vilas

While it took more years than anyone ever imagined it would to complete the statewide shoreland zoning standards contained in NR 115 of the administrative code, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has struck a compromise that could be a win-win for property owners and the environment.


The Natural Resources Board gave final approval last week to revisions that will ease the impervious surface limit to 30% as long as impacts are mitigated, and a higher amount if property owners treat runoff or can prove it won’t impact the lake or river.


Addressing the concerns of county zoning administrators, the citizen-run board also

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:58 PM
Northern summit shows state partnerships work

Letter to the Editor:

Protecting the environment and promoting economic development are critical to the northern region’s economy and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is here to help every working day and at special events, including  the annual Governor’s Northern Economic Summit.

Business, industry and tribal leaders, along with educators and elected officials, attended the two-day economic development

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:56 PM