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April 19, 2018

Knife control, life control
If you want to know exactly what the true goals of gun-control activists are, one need look no farther than London, England.
Saturday, April 14, 2018


A fond farewell and a breath of fresh air
Late last summer we published an editorial calling for greater participation in Rhinelander city government, proposing that a change in leadership at City Hall might lead to positive changes at a time when it appeared infighting was keeping city leaders from doing the people's business.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Getting what they so richly deserve
Several months ago, when the GOP-controlled Congress passed a $1.4-trillion tax cut, we opined that America could be on the verge of a golden era of prosperity - that we could be on the verge of making America great again.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Taking control of local control
The temperatures are rising, the ice is melting (here comes the sun, we say) and so there ought to be a spring in your step and a dance in your heart as we race ever closer to the month of April.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Guest Editorial
As Wisconsinites, I believe we are fortunate to live in such a beautiful and scenic place - especially here in the northern part of the state. Our abundance of freshwater and forestland are vitally important to our state and local economy.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Leaders need to focus on mental health, school security
Yet another incident of mass violence, this time a deadly shooting in Parkland, Fla., has set off a predictable wave of political grandstanding as, sadly, politicians in both parties rush to use the tragedy for their own partisan gain.
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Oh, pity the poor unions.
It seems like unions are scared to death that the U.S. Supreme Court is going to declare fair share fees unconstitutional.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Reform welfare, yes, but don't punish the poor
Both the state Assembly and the Senate have passed a package of welfare reform bills that is, on balance, a step in the right direction, but there are flaws in the bills that should be amended going forward.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The flim-flam of minimum lot sizes
Stick around the Northwoods for very long, and you are likely to hear a lot of yammering about large-lot zoning, especially for the shoreland zone.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

It's time to rein in the DNR's trespassing
As we report in today's edition, the state is pushing forward with the re-prosecution of a man who has already served a year in prison for intentionally pointing a firearm at DNR wardens but whose conviction the state Supreme Court recently overturned.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Reader sounds off on wolf 'fear-mongering'
To the Editor: It looks like the anti-wolf crowd was out in force at the latest meeting of our Natural Resources Board, spouting the same tired misinformation and fear-mongering they usually do about the effect wolves have on our deer population (NRB hears wolf woes from the Northwoods, Oct. 7).
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Trump and Gold Star families
In the 1970 film "Patton," Ed Binns portrays Lt. General Walter "Bedell" Smith, who was Dwight D. Eisenhower's chief of staff.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Thanks to Trump, health care reform is on the way
If you were listening only to the mainstream media and political liberals last week, you might be convinced the sky is falling.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Getting in a tiff over TIFs
As we report in today's edition, the city of Eau Claire and the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) have gotten themselves into a tiff over TIFs, or tax incremental financing districts.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Gunfight at the Not OK Corral
There's trouble brewing at the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, and, if what we hear on the street turns out to be true, next year's sheriff's election might take the brew to an outright boil.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dangerous Dan had better be
Years ago there was an amusement park nestled in the mountains of North Carolina called Ghost Town in the Sky.
(5 comments)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Health care, tax reform: It's now or never
Republicans can argue about immigration and dreamers, they can argue about defense spending and Russia, they can argue about trade and marijuana (yes, they are fighting over that), but there are two issues they had better stop squabbling about and pass: a health care overhaul and tax reform.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Trump makes the right move on Dreamers
President Donald Trump pulled the plug this week on the so-called Dreamers' program that gave deportation relief to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, ending the amnesty order created by President Obama.
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Tri-County executive director responds to recent coverage
To the Editor:

My name is Shellie Holmes; I am the executive director of Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

What the heck is sulfide mining... and why is Tiffany's new mining law bad for northern Wisconsin?
A few weeks ago I shared a letter that I had sent to Senator Tiffany pleading for him to not introduce his proposed legislation repealing the 20-year old moratorium on industrial (sulfide) acid mining.
(5 comments)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Hook should face civil service charges
Most people long ago figured out how the region's Brotherhood of Justice works. If you're a member in good standing of the good-ol'-boys-and-girls club, no problem.
Thursday, August 31, 2017


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