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Property values on rise;
equalization a good thing

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue recently released the 2013 equalized property valuation figures to counties, municipalities, schools and the public, the purpose of which is to adjust values of various classes of property to match current market conditions.


The good news is that for the first time in six years, property values rose in Vilas and Oneida counties — evidence of economic improvement following a recession that began in late 2007.


The Department of Revenue is often criticized for inflating

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:48 AM
United States not a nation of cowards

Letter to the Editor:

Shame on our nation’s Attorney General, Mr. Eric Holder, for not thinking through before making a blanket statement that our United States of America is a “nation of cowards.”

I first heard him make that statement about one week ago. How about our firemen and -women, our policemen and -women, emergency medical technicians, first responders, Department of Natural Resources wardens — and this is just the beginning.

How about our military men and women? How about telling the

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:46 AM
Depression is treatable

Letter to the Editor:

On behalf of the Mental Health Interagency Coalition of Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties, our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Robin Williams.

Robin Williams brought great happiness and laughter to many people around the world. His recent death by suicide was a shock to many individuals nationwide. Unfortunately, severe mental illness has taken another life.

On Aug. 11, 2014, Robin Williams was one of the 107

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:46 AM
Fate of Vilas lands in hands of special interest groups

Letter to the Editor:

Just thought you might be interested in the lobbying tactics and rhetoric revealed in the Wisconsin ATV Association (WATVA) website.

See “Call to Action in Vilas County — 2nd Edition!” as shown on the WATVA website:

It looks like the fate of Vilas County lands and roads

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:45 AM
There is a racism epidemic in America

Dear Editor:

To be clear, if it is true that a police officer shot an unarmed, cooperating individual with his hands in the air, as defenders of Michael Brown claim, then the police officer should be charged with murder and go to prison for life.

But based on forthcoming information, that does not appear to be true. I am not going to explore how he died, rather, go into what happened before and what we are now seeing in Ferguson.

Since the shooting, the media has said that Brown was a “gentle giant.” But, surveillance footage taken before

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:45 AM
Control capitalism to avoid meltdown

Letter to the Editor:

Recently, Dr. Anderson was critical of Robert Reich’s column from the previous week. He ridiculed the former labor secretary’s lamentation that “power is concentrated among the wealthy,” which to me is self-evident.

In his rebuttal, he suggested that “each person has the right to vote;” furthermore, “the rich person’s vote counts no more than the poor one’s.”

It is difficult to argue with that reasoning, but Republicans promote the pretext of “voter fraud” (an exceedingly rare and irrelevant concern) in order to rationalize a litany of attempts to suppress the vote — voter ID (11% of eligible voters do not have photo IDs),

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:44 AM
Our view

Lower panfish bag limits
eyed without justification

Without offering up any biological evidence that a problem exists regarding panfish populations and size structure, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing an experiment on 110 lakes that will reduce daily bag limits to as low as five a day on some of the best lakes in the North Woods.


The theory is that anglers want larger panfish and that reducing the annual harvest through stricter bag limits will result in longevity and larger length for the surviving fish. The agency wants six years to see if the theory has any validity.


Our uneducated guess is that the experiment would succeed,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:04 AM
Silent sports draw tourists to Vilas

Dear Editor:

At the July 22 Vilas County Board meeting, many supervisors listened, not to the people they are supposed to represent, but to outside special interests as evidenced by all-terrain vehicle (ATV) representative speakers and ATV club audience members they invited from outside Vilas County to pack the meeting.

If supervisors wanted input from county residents,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:03 AM
ATV referendum is just delay tactic

Letter to the Editor:

When things don’t go your way, try your best to delay the outcome. That is the reason all-terrain/utility task vehicle (ATV/UTV) opposition wants a referendum.

This opposition starts with two people in the town of Presque Isle and swells to about 35 puppets who march to their tune.

After the almost unanimous Vilas County Board vote (16-3) in Arbor Vitae,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:03 AM
Personal attack typical response from Left

Letter to the Editor:

Re: Jeff Laadt letter of Aug. 5, 2014.

I wrote a Letter to the Editor July 29 criticizing a July 23 commentary written by Robert Reich in your paper.

Jeff Laadt wrote a response to my letter on Aug. 5. Rather than confining his thoughts to the issues,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:02 AM