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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
Vilas Board ignored credible witnesses

Letter to the Editor:

The recent Vilas County Board meeting in Arbor Vitae was anything but a fine example of our government “in action.”

The major issue on the agenda was to amend or not amend the Vilas County Forest Land Use Plan, that is, to allow or not allow all-terrain vehicles (ATV) to use Vilas County roads and forests.

The chairman, a lobbyist for ATVs, warned the overflow crowd that demonstrations or applause “would not be tolerated.” The board allowed four speakers from each side to offer stats and examples supporting their view. It was clear fairly early that the board was simply

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:46 AM
Training dogs on wolves is wildlife harassment

Dear Editor:

It is unfortunate a wolf season was written without wildlife professionals, allowing hound dog packs to hunt wolves. Because now, hunters can train hounds on wolves essentially without restriction, possibly by 2015.

Such training could include late November through the end of March, creating many problems. January and February are breeding season when wolves are most intensely territorial. Wolves attack canine intruders, especially dogs. Conflicts are likely.

Hound packs will chase pregnant female wolves during

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:46 AM
Leaders must wake up before it’s too late

Letter to the Editor:

Why doesn’t the federal government get their nose out of its citizens’ business? Everything they get involved in turns into a big mess.

One example is telling the Washington Redskins to change their name; the damage on that is already done. Government says the name is all of a sudden racist. After all these years, now the government says it’s racist; come on, give us a break.

Why doesn’t the Senate pass those lingering bills piling

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:45 AM
Take care of Wisconsin by re-electing leaders

Letter to the Editor:

I often have the opportunity to discuss politics with many people. I hear a frequent refrain, “We need new leadership in this country.” I agree. We will vote for president in 2016, but we do not vote for the leadership of the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House of Representatives.

Guess what? We do not live in Nevada or Ohio. We do not live in California or Kentucky. There is a limited amount we can do about these positions.

There is an old saying,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:45 AM
Reich obsessed with income inequality

Letter to the Editor:

Re: Robert Reich’s column of July 23, 2014.

Robert Reich is too easy to refute. He sees himself as a liberal, but comes across as a socialist.

In his rants on July 23,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:44 AM
Supervisors not elected to dictate personal agendas

Letter to the Editor:

Sent to members of Vilas County board prior to June 22 board meeting.

Dear Supervisor:

In 2004, the voice of Vilas County voters was heard in

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:44 AM
Our view

Rotary has huge impact
on local, global projects

The Rotary Club of Eagle River staged its 21st annual Wine & Cheese Tasting Social Monday night and will present its 54th annual Eagle River Antique Show Aug. 1-2, so it’s a good time to applaud this truly charitable, nonprofit organization.


With the help of the Eagle River Rotary Club Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization which has achieved the highest tax deductible status, the club raises funds to support local and international projects.


Most recently, the club and its foundation donated $15,000

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:34 PM
There’s room for ATVs in Vilas County Forest

Letter to the Editor:

I write in support of the amendment to the 15-year Vilas County forest plan which will allow all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use on county land.

My husband, Tom, has been a resident of the town of Washington his entire life. I was born in Milwaukee and my family moved to Sugar Camp in Oneida County at the age of 41?2, married Tom in 1970 and have been a resident of the town of Washington since that time.

In 1995, we purchased Persian Paradise and renamed it Bayside Motor Lodge

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:33 PM
Hats off to coordinators of pickleball tournament

Letter to the Editor:

Hats off to the folks in Three Lakes for hosting their first pickleball tournament July 11-13.

This event is one more reason why Three Lakes is known as “The Single-Best Town in America.” Their tournament attracted nearly 100 players from all over the country, including Florida, Arizona, Utah, Illinois and Michigan.

This successful event is an example of what can happen when members of a community come together in support of an idea. It was just a little more than a year ago that Chuck Radtke was introduced to pickleball by some players in Eagle River. Radtke fell in love with the game

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:32 PM