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Trump's biggest enemy: The Republican Party
Some people never learn, and by that we mean the establishment of the Republican Party.
Thursday, May 4, 2017


Fab labs can make a difference in developing skilled workforce
Talk to business leaders throughout Wisconsin and you will hear a recurring theme: There is a real need for skilled workers to fill jobs in just about every industry and in companies of all sizes. A survey by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, for example, says 70 percent of state businesses are struggling to find qualified workers and some are delaying expansions because of the problem.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Due process in the crosshairs
It's time for the Oneida County planning and development committee to do its job and make a decision regarding the conditional use permit applied for by Marshfield Clinic to construct a hospital in Minocqua.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Oneida County: Where government lawlessness lingers longer
Under the category of What Else Is New ....

Once again Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek has determined that the county has violated the open meetings law, but once again he doesn't believe anybody should be held accountable.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

When it comes to science, beware the scientists
As we report in today's edition, a major controversy has erupted around the Trump administration's decision to not ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which is widely used on fruits and vegetables and which has been linked to numerous neurodevelopmental problems in children, including higher incidences of autism.

The mainstream media and environmental organizations pretty much went berserk, especially given that the Obama administration had approved the ban and it was almost in place before the Trump EPA aborted it.
(1 comments)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Help prevent prescription painkiller abuse in Wisconsin
Have you heard about the nation's prescription drug abuse epidemic? Did you know it affects thousands of people every day and kills hundreds of them every year in our state?
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Democracy in Action
This past week, with a few exceptions, citizens in more than 1,200 towns marched to community centers and town halls to take part in a Wisconsin political tradition, the annual town electors meeting.
(1 comments)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Contempt for the law continues in Oneida County
Oneida County supervisors just don't get it, at least most of them, and we are beginning to believe they never will.

What they don't get is that they are not above the law.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Southern highways, northern poverty
We noticed a little item in our political digest this week about a proposed expansion of the I-94 East-West corridor in Milwaukee, specifically a call by the Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin to widen the highway.
(1 comments)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The time is right now
As we have written about in past editions, a wave of autism is sweeping the nation and the world. It is, in a word, an epidemic, and to call it anything less would be dishonest.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Oops! They did it again
Well that didn't take long.

Just a month after undergoing open-meetings law training - at the last county board meeting in fact - the Oneida County Board of Supervisors has violated the open meetings law, as The River News reports today.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Reader backs Holtz's platform for state superintendent
To the editor: 

We have become so accustomed to partisan elections and being bombarded with nauseating TV ads. Well, we have another election on Tuesday, April 4. It is the "silent" Wisconsin Spring Election with non-partisan candidates on your ballot.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The truth about town halls
To the editor:

I recently saw an article that shows that 24 of the top 28 members of Congress who hold town hall meetings are Republican. And to no surprise, who's right there near the top of the list?
(1 comments)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Reader questions Republican's rush to push through AHCA
To the editor: 

The House Republicans, under Representative Paul Ryan's leadership, are attempting to quickly push their bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) through committees and Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act before the Congressional Budget Office had a chance to analyze the bill's projected effect on consumers, healthcare providers, insurance companies, and the federal budget.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Reader says health care bill will harm Medicare
To the editor:

President Trump has promised repeatedly not to harm Medicare or Social Security. By supporting the current healthcare bill going through Congress, he is violating that pledge.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Beneath the sheets at the Oneida County sheriff's department
Some might consider our reporting of an affair between two Oneida County sheriff's department officers to be a bit tawdry, but what's tawdry is not the reporting but the behavior.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

The good-old-boy game is getting old
This past Tuesday, the good old boys of Oneida County again staged a game of theatrics, staged to dupe the public about just how open and transparent they are, or want to be.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Reader: Airport protests are 'absurd,' 'ridiculous'
To the editor:

When I read the front page of the Rhinelander River News this morning, I thought, "Where am I ... L.A., Seattle, Madison?" Nope, it is really our own little town of Rhinelander. The absurd, ridiculous "protesting" has actually come to our airport! What part of "Islamic terrorism" do the marchers not comprehend? Trump's plan is not a Muslim ban; it is, hopefully, a ban on those who want to come to America to kill me, you, your children, and anyone who does not subscribe to their perverted version of Islam.
(10 comments)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pay it forward with a random act of kindness
To the editor:

Random Act of Kindness week is Feb. 14-20. Please consider doing something nice for other people, not just this week, but all year long. Pay it forward by paying for someone's coffee, let someone else go first, help someone carry their groceries, hold the door open, smile at others, or take it a step further and volunteer. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted and it feels so good. Please give it a try.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Former lawmaker weighs in on redistricting
To the editor:

I was elected four times to the Wisconsin State Senate from the eight counties of northwestern Wisconsin as a Republican. The Republican Party used to be the political party for people who were concerned about fiscal responsibility. I guess the Republican Party I belonged to no longer exists.
(1 comments)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Patrick Durkin and the Ostrich Effect, Part II
In the last column, we showed how Patrick Durkin, the outdoors writer who has proclaimed as tinfoil hatters anyone who questions DNR numbers showing last year's gun-buck harvest to have increased by 30 percent, used red herrings and inept statistical calculations to make his case for the DNR numbers.
Saturday, February 11, 2017


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