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May 31, 2020

3/28/2020 7:29:00 AM
Reader questions county official's message to seasonal residents

To the Editor:

On Sunday, Channel 12 news reported that Vilas County board chairman (Ron) DeBruyne stated that he would ask people not travel to the Northwoods in an effort to lessen the exposure of the Northwoods elderly population to the coronavirus. I believe he said stay where you're at. Then he stated when it's over "I want you to come up here with a fistful of cash."

DeBruyne said, "I want you to recreate, have a good time. Go home broke, and I want you to come back with a burning desire to do it all over again."

This is not a Northwoods character profile I would even try on because I know it would not fit me for it's very narrow and its color reflects nothing that I would want to be seen in.

Many residents in the Northwoods started out seasonally visiting the Northwoods before becoming permanent residents and might resent this shallow characterization and profile of our friends to the south.

Many experienced elderly might add that one should think before they speak. Food for thought

Craig Strid


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