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Proposed VA cuts target disabled, elderly vets
To the Editor:

We now know what some feared.

Just before this past Memorial Day, as part of Donald Trump's first budget, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin, announced the expansion of the Veterans Choice Program allowing veterans, in certain situations, to be seen by private doctors.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fully fund the property tax repeal
To the Editor:

I understand that legislative efforts to repeal Wisconsin's personal property tax are gaining momentum in the State Legislature. I'm writing to ask that you please make sure any repeal of the personal property include a full, 100 percent backfill for lost revenue to local governments.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Reader: Baldwin is looking out for Wisconsin
To the Editor: When it comes to Republicans, promises and assurances don't amount to much. Remember when Donald Trump promised that the Republican health care plan would provide health care for all?
(1 comments)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Balloons and lead balls
To the editor:

I have a suggestion for the Oneida County Board of Supervisors and the Rhinelander City Council. They should set a table in the front of their meeting room and on the table they should place a helium-filled balloon and a lead ball.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Reader doesn't believe Trump colluded with Russians
To the Editor:

In response to the letter from James Carroll, 5/30/17 ... the problem for the Trump haters out there is that no solid evidence has been presented by anyone that there is any "Russian connection" with our election, or any "collusion." Same old tactic ... if you tell a lie long enough and often enough, it seems to become true, or at least you can convince enough people. The Washington Post is not exactly a credible source of information, printing mostly negative stories about Trump daily.
(1 comments)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Reader wants Northwoods climate protected
To the Editor:

It's ridiculous how beautiful it is in the Northwoods.

This morning, Thursday, June 1, I see wood ducks and mallards, hummingbirds and muskrats. The sky is bluer than it has been in days and it seems we have a reprieve from the rain.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Reader: Rape kit analysis is not a priority for Schimel
To the editor:

Rape is a most personal and invasive crime. WCASA estimates that one million lives are affected by rape in Wisconsin per year.
(1 comments)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Reader weighs in on issues at City Hall
To the Editor:

I spy with my little eye, something happening. You have multiple people leaving good paying jobs, with great benefits, who are uprooting their families! The common place of work? The city.
(1 comments)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Family thanks community for support of mother
To the Editor:

When we reflect back on our lives, most of us hope we have made a difference in the lives of other people. My mother, Joan Belongia, lived a life of giving back and having an impact on those she touched. While I was extremely close with my mother, I never knew the extent of her giving.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Reader thanks Mott for standing up for lake health
To the Editor:

I would like to commend Bob Mott for standing up for Oneida County and for the health of our incredible lakes. It is what a county board supervisor is supposed to do. Too many supervisors are willing to roll over and play dead on this issue. Our lakes are more important than that.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Things to consider when carrying concealed weapons
To the Editor:

A few thoughts about concealed carry.

What most people are not aware of is that policemen carry a high amount of liability insurance and hopefully disability insurance. This is usually provided by their employer. Most people that carry entertain a heroic synopsis or vision of success. When is the last time everything went as expected.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Reality TV vs. the real world
To the Editor:

Turn on your television, you find all sorts of "reality" shows; entertainment that is supposed to make us believe that people actually live like that or people actually act like that. Truth be told reality television is just a way to get cheap entertainment to take your mind off of everyday events or maybe sometimes it is a bandage that makes our lives seem not so bad.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Reader sounds off on Trump, Russia
To the editor:

It is painfully obvious that Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose armies are currently occupying militarily parts of eastern Ukraine and Crimea and is involved in military aggression against the United States, has made a good bet for which he is getting a generous return from unelected President Trump.
(3 comments)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Reader supports Supervisor Mott
To the Editor:

I saw Supervisor Mott's and Supervisor Holewinski's interview with Channel 12 WJFW Wednesday night online and have read the articles in the newspapers. I wholeheartedly support Bob Mott's stance.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

RASF president thanks community
To the editor:

On Sunday, May 21, 80 Rhinelander High School seniors received 184 local scholarships totaling $329,270 from 100 different donors at the Rhinelander Community Scholarship Award Ceremony.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Reader laments Gilman's resignation
To the Editor:

It is with a heavy heart to hear of Tony Gilman's resignation. The city of Rhinelander is losing a great asset.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Reader is tired of bumps in the road
To the Editor:

I was traveling on Stevens Street yesterday and I came across something that was very unusual. I got to Frederick Street and there was an actual sign that warned me of a "BUMP" in the road. I thought to myself, "Gee, what a novel idea... warning drivers of an upcoming bump so they could slow down a bit to save their teeth and also their tires and shock absorbers."
(1 comments)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A plea to our state legislature: Fund solutions to deal with direct caregiver crisis
To the Editor:

Wisconsin is in a workforce shortage crisis. Last year a report was released "The Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis: A 2016 Report." This report was the largest survey of Wisconsin's long-term care providers in state history.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Defining patriotism
To the Editor:

We all like to think of ourselves as patriots, but what does patriotism mean? The dictionary tells us it is love of and loyalty to one's country, but what does that entail?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Theater patron offers kudos to Nicolet Players
To the Editor:

Over Mother's Day weekend, three generations of our family, headed by our 80-year-old Mom, were treated to a production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the beautifully renovated Nicolet College theater in Rhinelander. The Nicolet Players set a new standard with their remarkable production of this perennial favorite. Bravo!

Saturday, May 20, 2017


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