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Composite foundations
are huge breakthrough

Nearly seven years in the making, Composite Panel Systems of Eagle River is ready to introduce patented Epitome Quality Foundation Walls to the national housing market, the first sensible alternative to concrete block or poured basement walls.


Glenn Schiffmann, also the owner of CornerStone Custom Builders in Eagle River, invented the revolutionary fiberglass composite foundation with his father, Gary.


We’re excited about the development for several reasons,

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:54 PM
Vilas County Board showed compromise

Letter to the Editor:

Attending last week’s Vilas County Board meeting in Arbor Vitae I was pleasantly surprised by the willingness of the board members to compromise. Our state and federal legislators could have learned something from that meeting.

Those we elect to represent us have a responsibility to ensure that everyone’s interests are served. Government is not a “my way or the highway” entity. Government must be inclusive. When deciding conflicting interests, government must be fair and balanced.

I?hope that both sides of the all-terrain vehicle

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:53 PM
The Rock seeking meaningful painting

Dear Editor:

Eagle River is a little slice of heaven, but every now and then something happens in our community that saddens me. The Rock, at the old Tula’s building, is being developed to serve many needs of our area.

A watercolor painting had been given to The Rock as a gift of love. The painting is of Jesus sitting on a rock holding two baby chicks with a rainbow in the background and hens in the foreground. The painting has no monetary value, it isn’t even very well done. A couple from the southern

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:52 PM
Are some corporations above the law?

Letter to the Editor:

In his July 29 letter criticizing former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, Dr. Warren Anderson demonstrates a level of ignorance and naivety surprising in one so well educated.

Warren Anderson may well be a fine doctor, but he has a limited grasp of current legal and social issues. The recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision is a good example.

The Hobby Lobby case was filed on the basis of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 which was enacted to “provide a claim or defense to persons whose religious exercise is substantially burdened by the government.”

In its recent decision, the court majority ruled

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:51 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:52 PM )
Turn federal forest management over to counties

Dear Editor:

Over the last week, we have witnessed a dust-up over national forest management between two federal legislators, Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Sen. Baldwin is advocating for increased federal funding to achieve greater timber harvest on our national forests. Rep. Ryan is concerned Sen. Baldwin’s proposal buries our country deeper in debt.

Two years ago, we recommended a different approach — turn forest management over to the states and counties. In Wisconsin, county forest managers have an exemplary record of achieving multiple-use with proper environmental stewardship. A prominent

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:45 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, August 06, 2014 7:44 AM )