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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
Vilas County voters deserve new ATV referendum

Letter to the Editor:

On Aug. 26, 2014, the Vilas County Board will vote on an ordinance that by law will officially open Vilas County roads and forest land to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) and repeal the 2004 binding resolution.

Many myths are circulating about the 2004 non-binding referendum that resulted in the 2004 binding resolution as well as the need for a new 2014 referendum to allow Vilas taxpayers a voice in their government.

Myth No. 1: The 2004 referendum “was the result of a two-year campaign

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:02 AM