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December 13, 2019

Stand up for the U.S., stand up for the North
The Trump administration reached a deal with House Democrats this week over a new trade agreement to replace the dreaded NAFTA, and, assuming the deal holds up and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is ratified, it deserves two cheers. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Your Right to Know
You can walk into City Hall asking to see records without ever having to give your name. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Our View
Oneida County has a big decision to make, and taxpayers should look closely at what they choose to do. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Lessons of service
Veterans serve our nation with honor. None of us did it for the money, the medals or the accolades. We are deployed to places where everyday citizens are oppressed, facing enemies that stand for tyranny and terror. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Our View
Only days ago we opined in these pages about the terrible state of open government in the Northwoods, in Wisconsin, and indeed across the entire country. We wrote then that open government was in trouble, with a capital T, and we still believe it is. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Our View
We begin this week by quoting the words of the immortal Harold Hill in "The Music Man":

"Friend, either you're closing your eyes To a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, Or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated .... Well, ya got trouble, my friend, right here, I say, trouble right here in River City." (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

860 million words and a hiccup
I lost count of the number of times my name was mentioned during Monday's Rhinelander City Council meeting. It might have been a dozen, give or take. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Our View
Oneida County approved a 2020 budget this week that, when it comes to the property tax levy, was pretty benign. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Your Right to Know: Protect your right to open government
Wisconsin's tradition of government transparency rests on the state's open records and open meetings laws. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Our View
The Democratic Party has not functioned as a serious policy organization for a long time now, and this week's political stunt - otherwise known as Tony Evers' special session to address gun violence - only proves the point. (subscriber access)

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Our View
Once again, Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek has delivered an open meetings decision that is impressive in its lack of clarity, a mangled mishmash of gobbledygook that is epic in its unintelligibility and abstruseness. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 2, 2019

The last word or your last words?
You learn a lot about life when your job involves processing obituaries. Countless death announcements have reached my inbox over the course of nearly 20 years in the newspaper business. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Our View
As Oneida County gets ready to take up its 2020 draft budget next month, it's clear that most Oneida County supervisors, with a few notable exceptions such as supervisor Billy Fried, are just content to ignore all the fiscal red flags around them. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Our View
Perhaps it was the exception that proves the rule, but this past week the Oneida County Board of Supervisors made a wise decision - for once - when it rejected an outright prohibition on mining on county-owned lands. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 17, 2019

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

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