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Disgusted by reports of VA health-care abuses

Dear Editor:

I am a disabled veteran who is thoroughly disgusted at the reports of veterans’ deaths and abuses at Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers.

I was an Air Force medic and have worked in military and civilian hospitals, and have experience with the VA medical centers at Allen Park, Mich., St. Louis, Mo., Chicago, Ill., Milwaukee and Iron Mountain, Mich.

I appreciate most of the professional staff for their

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:55 AM | Updated ( Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:47 AM )
 
Remember law enforcement

Letter to the Editor:

Again this year, communities across the United States will come together during National Police Week, May 11-17, to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

This year, the names of 286 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. These 286 officers include 100 officers who were killed during 2013, plus 186 officers who died in previous years

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:55 AM
 
Oneida dam project threatens lakes, rivers

Letter to the Editor:

During the recent Oneida County Board elections, candidate Dennis Schoeneck of District 7, candidate Robb Jensen of District 11, candidate Lance Krolczyk of District 18 and candidate Ken Dirks of District 20 allegedly distributed campaign materials telling of a “Dam Plan” formulated at the county level by some supervisors.

The flyer asked Oneida County citizens to “Stop Their Dam Project.” This piece of campaign information was distributed to select homes in the county. The mailers were received only days before the April 1 election.

Mr. Krolczyk and Mr. Jensen were elected and now sit

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:54 AM | Updated ( Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:42 AM )
 
Our view

State needs to step up
on tourism-killing limits

The combination of ice-covered lakes and severely reduced walleye bag limits for the start of the open water fishing season means a devastating blow for the tourism industry, but state government is not powerless on one of those issues.

 

While there is nothing that can be done to change whatever Mother Nature throws our way, it’s time the state gets serious about urging the Chippewa tribes to provide sport anglers with more than two-walleye and one-walleye bag limits.

 

If the tribes aren’t going to be good business neighbors,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:49 AM
 
Families of children with mental-health needs deserve our support

Letter to the Editor:

Parenting can be challenging at times. Parenting a child with mental-health needs can be even more challenging, for a variety of reasons. Children with extraordinary needs require extraordinary parenting skills.

Parents often find themselves being blamed for their children’s issues. Having a child with challenging behavior can often cause the family to isolate themselves to avoid problems in the community. In addition, resources to assist children with mental-health

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:48 AM
 
Voter ID would maintain integrity of our elections

Dear Editor:

Recently, there was a news story on TV about the Northland Pines High School scanning driver’s licenses — and only driver’s licenses — of every visitor. This scanned license goes into a computer program which will check it for information to see if it is connected to a child predator.

I am all for keeping our children safe. However,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:47 AM
 
Water good enough to drink near mines

Dear Editor:

I would like to comment on the letter from Greg Schiek, “Environment must remain a priority,” in the April 22 Vilas News-Review. In his letter, Greg tells us of the pristine and beautiful area on the south shore of Lake Superior, including the Apostle Islands and the Sylvania Wilderness.

I agree with Greg and have been enjoying the area since I was a child

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:47 AM
 
Trying to pull a fast one

Letter to the Editor:

The proposed addition of five new piers at Wild Eagle Lodge on Duck Lake is at once ludicrous and maddening. It makes what is left of my hair stand on end.

The new owners knew full well that a similar request was turned down by the Department of Natural Re­sources in January of 2007.

The only thing that has changed is that there are more kayakers

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:47 AM
 
Patriots meeting on sex ed brought community together

Dear Editor:

Tuesday night, April 8,  there was a well-attended meeting of the Northwoods Patriots, a group of which I am a member. We invited a guest speaker, Julianne Appling from Wisconsin Family Action, to talk about the human growth and development class offered by most Wisconsin schools.

This was the result of a recent controversy with respect to a take-home assignment at Northland Pines High School which some parents felt was age inappropriate and did not adequately address all available choices.

Top school officials were in attendance,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:46 AM
 
Reader appalled at mine for Iron, Ashland counties

Letter to the Editor:

For months now, I’ve followed the mining controversy in Iron and Ashland counties. As a resident of Vilas County, I’m appalled that anyone would even consider such a thing as “the world’s largest open pit mine” anywhere in my state.

You see, I’ve stood at the edge of what was then the world’s largest open pit mine. It was back in the late 1970s, after the Hibbing/Virginia, Minn., mines closed and left everyone’s homes worthless. Standing there at the edge of this unfathomable hole brought one

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:45 AM
 
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