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Composite foundations
are huge breakthrough

Nearly seven years in the making, Composite Panel Systems of Eagle River is ready to introduce patented Epitome Quality Foundation Walls to the national housing market, the first sensible alternative to concrete block or poured basement walls.


Glenn Schiffmann, also the owner of CornerStone Custom Builders in Eagle River, invented the revolutionary fiberglass composite foundation with his father, Gary.


We’re excited about the development for several reasons,

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:54 PM
Vilas County Board showed compromise

Letter to the Editor:

Attending last week’s Vilas County Board meeting in Arbor Vitae I was pleasantly surprised by the willingness of the board members to compromise. Our state and federal legislators could have learned something from that meeting.

Those we elect to represent us have a responsibility to ensure that everyone’s interests are served. Government is not a “my way or the highway” entity. Government must be inclusive. When deciding conflicting interests, government must be fair and balanced.

I?hope that both sides of the all-terrain vehicle

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:53 PM
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 )
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