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Anti-ATV vote of 2004
still sends vital message

The revamped Vilas County Board of Supervisors, significantly changed this year with 12 new faces representing 21 districts, will be asked next Tuesday to authorize two types of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails on the Vilas County Forest.

 

A resolution submitted by the Forestry, Recreation and Land Committee would eliminate the previous prohibition on such trails by modifying the 2020 Vilas County Forest Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

 

It also would strike from the plan any mention of a nonbinding 2004

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:24 AM
 
ATVs would impede traffic on highways

Letter to the Editor:

I was thumbing my way through the Wisconsin State Statute law books the other day, (totally bored), when I ran across something called the Minimum Speed Regulation for highways; regulation 346.59. It merely says that it is “ .?.?. illegal to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic .?.?.” Our county has many very old seniors who do just that, unfortunately, because they are unable to drive as well as they used to.

I asked a Wisconsin cop of 31 years experience about this

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:23 AM
 
Special-interest groups controlling county reps

Letter to the Editor:

I was completely shocked to learn that the Vilas County Forestry, Recreation and Land Committee is considering using the devious method of removing language from the 15-year Vilas County Forest Management Plan which prevents all-terrain vehicles (ATV) on county land and roads in order to undercut the wishes of the citizens of Vilas County.

We voted in 2004 63% to 37% to prevent

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:23 AM
 
Honored to ride on float recognizing Vietnam vets

Letter to the Editor:

This is a thank-you to this year’s Eagle River Fourth of July parade marshal, Dick Hansen, who honored the Vietnam veterans with a welcome home. I got to ride along with my husband and other Vietnam veterans on the float.

What a moment seeing and hearing the applauding, standing and thank-yous given to them. In a time when our military is being made smaller and weaker, this was refreshing to see.

A thank-you also to someone who ate

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:22 AM
 
Water balloons not appreciated at parade

Dear Editor:

For the last 30 years, we have enjoyed entering our antique fire engine in the Eagle River Fourth of July parade. This year was no exception as the weather was great and the crowd was huge.

We normally carry family members ranging from 5 to 81 years old. Age doesn’t matter when having fun on a big red fire engine. Our group is armed with squirt guns, super soakers and other water-squirting devices.

We set down the law with the kids for the no squirting rules for the following:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:22 AM
 
Express opposition to ATVs

Letter to the Editor:

Last time I looked, we here in the North Woods, Vilas County and the USA, are a democracy — for the people and by the people. Apparently the Vilas Forestry, Recreation and Land Committee does not recognize this value.

They are proposing that we declare void the 2004 referendum regarding all-terrain vehicles (ATV) in Vilas County. We residents definitely voted our wishes not to have ATVs in our county.

Again I reiterate the dangers and

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:21 AM
 
Supervisors not listening to constituents

Letter to the Editor:

While we read the recent news articles about different towns proposing all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on-road routes in Vilas County, there is another story developing. That story is the array of ATV-related changes being proposed by the new county supervisors.

On July 2, the Vilas County Forestry, Recreation & Land Committee enthusiastically voted to

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:21 AM
 
Vote needed on ATV issue

Letter to the Editor:

And now comes 2014 and once again all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use in Vilas County (Phelps) is being resubmitted after being denied by the county board 12-8 in 2012.

The board also denied ATV use in Lac du Flambeau by a vote of 13-8 in 2013.  In 2004, Vilas County residents voted by a margin of two-thirds against one-third for ATV use on Vilas County land.

If this issue needs to be revisited again this year,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:20 AM
 
ATV vote would show democracy at work

Letter to the Editor:

To county board members:

Please do not allow all-terrain vehicles (ATV) on our precious county roads or lands. Damage to these beautiful land areas and accidents will inevitably occur.

A short time ago, the people asked that the Wild Eagle Lodge not be

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:20 AM
 
FEMA floodplain mapping is injustice to property owners

Letter to the Editor:

In real estate transactions, it is all too common that people find out all or part of their property is incorrectly listed, such as in a floodplain.

The Federal Emergency Management?Agency (FEMA) did floodplain mapping without actually seeing the properties. They admit they guessed at where a flood might occur using aerial photos.

It is their policy that they

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:19 AM
 
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