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Make 2014 the ‘Year of the Middle Class’

Letter to the Editor:

Decisions made inside the state Capitol in 2013 have not been kind to Wisconsin’s working, middle-class families.

Our state remained in the bottom half among states for job creation and we recently led the nation in our increase in unemployment claims. We also led the nation by kicking more people off their health care than any other state, and cost hard-working Wisconsin taxpayers even more by rejecting our share of tax dollars that we sent to Washington.

Millions in additional taxpayer money was diverted away from public schools to private schools through expanding vouchers state­wide.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:45 AM
 
Snowmobiling helps drive winter economy in North

Letter to the Editor:

As my family and I were enjoying a snowmobile ride on virgin snow in the Chequa­megon-Nicolet National Forest on Christmas Eve day, I thought of how this economic engine for the North Woods comes together for us to enjoy.

The numerous volunteers from the many snowmobile clubs who are responsible for raising money and providing hundreds of donated manpower hours to groom the trails, to the businesses who support the clubs with their donations and to the taxpayers of

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:44 AM
 
Spend time Googling ‘satire’

Dear Editor:

Rather than defending “the most consequential document in American history” (Dec. 11 opinion page), Mr. Gabl’s time might be better spent Googling “satire;” nevertheless, in his defending arguments there is a point worth reviewing.

Unfortunately, the “American Dream,” where individuals determine their own destiny, has been outsourced to Europe. In America today, you are likely to be born into wealth or born into poverty with a vanishing middle class and little opportunity for upward mobility. Of course,

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:44 AM
 
Yes Vilas County, there is a Santa

Letter to the Editor:

I would like to recognize the men and women of the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department for not only protecting and serving, but for the outstanding support they provided to our local veterans.

Under Sheriff Joe Fath’s leadership and the coordination of Information Technology Department head Chris Kamps,

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:43 AM
 
Too many low-wage jobs supporting our families

Letter to the Editor:

Are you aware that 53% of employees in Vilas County work in sectors of our economy that typically pay low wages, often with no benefits and subject to seasonal layoffs?

In the past, low-wage work tended to be done by teenagers or women looking for part-time jobs to supplement family income. That’s no longer the case. Now, more workers than ever are relying on low-wage jobs to support their families.

This change in the make-up of low-wage workers is a reflection of

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:43 AM
 
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