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Newspapers were right
on future of free news

The word from the National Newspaper Association (NNA) is that Patch Media, the AOL-backed website company attempting to be the go-to place for local news in thousands of small communities, will soon be dismantled and sold because it is losing money.

 

Started in 2007, Patch was meant to be the next big thing in local news coverage. They were hiring hundreds of journalists while traditional media, mostly large daily newspapers, were laying off their reporters by the thousands.

 

Reed Anfinson, publisher of the Swift County Monitor-News in Benson,

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:13 PM
 
Vilas already against motor trolling on lakes

Letter to the Editor:

It is disheartening to see the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has decided the vote taken a year ago to ban motorized trolling needs to be revisited. The vote in Vilas County was overwhelmingly against. Why should it change now?

Not only is it an unfair fishing advantage, but the added traffic adds to pollution of the lakes and chops up the weeds, making it harder to clean the boats when moving from lake to lake.

Vilas County lake associations have

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:12 PM
 
Pines girls can be proud of effort against Storm

Letter to the Editor:

On Saturday, March 1, I attended the Sectional finals game in girls hockey between the Central Wisconsin Storm team and our Northland Pines Eagles.

In my opinion, I thought our girls skated hard all game and played good enough to have won against almost any team. It was unfortunate to see their season end with a 2-0 loss at home after posting a 13-0-1 regular season conference record, but there is no need to hang their heads.

The girls, the coaching staff and all who are involved with

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:12 PM
 
Rep. Swearingen working for economy, education

Dear Editor:

I would like to answer Jackie Cody’s letter in the Feb. 26 News-Review titled “Rep. Swearingen deserves the misrepresentation award.”

In her letter, she says Rep. Swearingen misrepresented the people affected by the iron mine in Iron County. Baloney. Ms. Cody should go to Hurley and ask if they are being misrepresented on the mine. She would be booed off the stage as Rep. Bewley was. Gov. Walker received a standing ovation when he was in Hurley.

Ms. Cody, sitting in Rhinelander,

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:12 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:33 PM )
 
Tiffany bills taking rights away from local government

Letter to the Editor:

Sen. Tom Tiffany has introduced yet another bill, Senate Bill (SB) 632, to limit local government control over nonmetallic mining.

In a press release dated Feb. 26, Tiffany included a quote from the Wisconsin Towns Association (WTA) executive director stating that the WTA did not oppose SB 632 and its Assembly companion bill, AB 816.

This was a critical statement for Tiffany because the WTA had strongly opposed

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:11 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:34 PM )
 
Do we really want to change standards again?

Letter to the Editor:

This letter is in response to last week’s letter, titled “Resist government control of education.”

The writer piqued my curiosity about the process for making and implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). So I went to my search engine and typed in “Who wrote the Common Core State Standards?”

This process started in 2008. At this time, the No Child Left Behind initiative left it up to the states to develop standards for education. Wisconsin did this. Academic standards varied widely from state to state.

The Common Core idea originated with the National Governors’ Association. A member of this association proposed an initiative to develop an internationally competitive education system. A task force was developed and a report was published, “Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:07 PM
 
Our view

Paper’s awards reflect
great communities, staff

For the second time in three years, the Vilas County News-Review was named last Friday as the Best Weekly Newspaper in the circulation category that comprises the state’s largest and best weekly newspapers, those with more than 3,500 subscribers.

 

The “Best Weekly” honor came from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) at its annual convention in Waukesha, where winners of the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest were announced. Judging was based on a point system for each award, with firsts garnering the most. No other newspaper in our division won more editorial and advertising awards.

 

The News-Review and its sister publication in Oneida County, The Three Lakes News,

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:23 AM
 
North Woods needs facilities for elderly

Letter to the Editor:

A new year begins, the games of life continue, especially as one ages and needs all of the above to be assured of the best run of their life.

There are plenty of senior players at bat for the placement in their life when a health issue leaves them in left field for care in a facility to offer them a home run with qualified staff to address their issues.

The North Woods lures visitors from everywhere with the beauty of the area, advertising nature at its finest, up-to-date hospitals and clinics, dedicated physicians and nurses, but the healthcare facilities have been left to hibernate in the woods.

The rules of yesteryear need to be reviewed

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:22 AM
 
Ready to shake things up

Letter to the Editor:

Dear residents of the town of Lincoln:

My name is Kara Vander Bloomen. I am running for Lincoln town supervisor and I am asking for your support April 1 when you go to vote.

So why am I running? I’m running because

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:22 AM
 
Reject government control of education

Dear Editor:

After reading the letter last week from Wisconsin’s education Superintendent Tony Evers, in which he pleaded for support of the new and entirely unproven nationalized education system commonly known as Common Core, I was left speechless due to what is readily known about the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Therefore, I thought it would be beneficial to challenge several key points advanced by the superintendent, thereby affording parents, grandparents, taxpayers and everyday teachers the opportunity to employ a balanced approach toward developing an informed opinion regarding what is considered

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:21 AM
 
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