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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 )
ATVS might help businesses

Dear Editor:

When the Vilas County all-terrain vehicle resolution 2004-25 is referenced, it is seldom defined as nonbinding or advisory only. Let’s tell it like it is because that is what it was.

Nor is there any recognition of the fact that this vote took place 10 years ago in a different economic environment. A lot has changed since then. More than 20 Eagle River area businesses are now out of business. Restaurants, downtown shops and four

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:45 PM
Our view

Real work on ATV trails
will be balancing interests

The Vilas County Board of Supervisors approved last week proposed modifications to the long-range county forest plan that will allow, for the first time, two types of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails to be established — state-funded trails and club trails.


As part of the change in plan direction, the board agreed with its Forestry, Recreation and Land Committee that mention of a 2004 nonbinding referendum that rejected ATV use on county lands, roads and rights-of-way should be struck from the document.


In that vote, 5,457 electors said no to ATV use on county

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:47 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:06 PM )