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September 23, 2017

When is a debate not a debate?
To the Editor:

When is a debate not a debate? This apparent paradox is particularly relevant to discussions of climate change. E.P.A. Administrator Scott Pruitt, for instance, is planning a "debate" about the science of global warming.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Reader shares thoughts on jury duty
To the Editor:

I'd like to respond to the "Jurors serve justice and justice serves us all" letter to the editor.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Reader: McCabe has something better to offer Wisconsin
To the Editor:

As a sportsman and patriot, I support the Second Amendment and responsibly exercise my right.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Reader: Lyin' Tom's at it again
To the Editor:

At 9 a.m. on the 7th of September, a hearing was held in Ladysmith, Wisconsin on the proposal to repeal the "prove it first" Sulfide Mining Moratorium law.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hoffmann offers more information on utility reconnection request
To the Editor:

I am Dennis Hoffmann, subject of your River News front page article in your Saturday Sept. 2, 2017 edition. Thank you for documenting my struggles and frustration in dealing with the city of Rhinelander bureaucracy. Please allow me to respond to and comment on your article to further explain and more thoroughly express my views on the main issues.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Jurors serve justice - justice serves us all
To the Editor: 

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has designated September as Juror Appreciation Month.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Reader: Tiffany is no friend of the Northwoods
To the Editor:

Political mischief is afoot in Wisconsin, especially in the person of state senator Tom Tiffany. Nicknamed Toxic Tom, Tiffany's raked in over a million dollars, 70 percent from out-of-state donors (

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The lessons of Harvey
To the Editor:

Having had one of the wettest years on record in the Northwoods has inspired more than just sympathy for the tragedy that Hurricane Harvey has caused in the Gulf Coast region, it has given me pause to think about it's relationship to global warming.

Tuesday, September 12, 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

Classroom posters provide food for thought
To the Editor:

I recently enjoyed going to my class reunion for the first time and being able to surround myself with those that I shared a large portion of my life. It was comforting to be amongst them once again.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Reader shares thoughts on Tiffany's mining bill
To the Editor:

Living in the Wisconsin Northwoods for over 40 years, I've seen many people come and go. All the roofers, loggers, bartenders, resort owners, yard men, masons, painters, cooks, artists and laborers that make it up here have at least two things in common.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Organizer thanks community for support of concert series
To the Editor:

Another Concerts on the Riverwalk series has come and gone and what a summer it was! We had a full lineup of amazing bands and great audiences.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Pastor offers update on Ruby's Pantry
To the Editor:

After almost four years of food distribution in Rhinelander, Grace Foursquare Church will host its last Ruby's Pantry monthly distribution on Sept. 19, 2017. We are close to letting you know about the new church that will be sponsoring this ministry and where it will be distributed in October.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

What would they say? What would you say?
To the Editor:

What would the men who died on the Normandy beaches say about a Commander-in-Chief who would not immediately condemn Nazism in the United States?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Reader: Our capitalist way of life is working against us
To the Editor:

When it started, the idea was to improve and enhance the everyday life of Americans. Innovation was combined with quality products to make life easier.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Reader puzzled over hospital construction issue
To the Editor:

Why does Marshfield Clinic so desperately want to build a second hospital only minutes from an already existing one, to be a fifth hospital in an area that already has four hospitals within 30 to 90 min distance of each other?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My faith calls on me to stand with immigrant youth
To the Editor:

From the earliest days of my religious education as a Catholic and formation as a Holy Cross Sister, my faith has taught and called me to welcome the stranger, stand with the vulnerable, and love my neighbor.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Readers praise new-look downtown
To the Editor:

We drove through downtown Rhinelander a day or so ago and couldn't help but notice that almost all of the signs of the recent construction have left the scene. What an improvement in the visual appearance of the area.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Another opinion on the condition of Rhinelander streets
To the editor:

There have been a few opinion pieces recently that have been critical of the condition of the streets of Rhinelander. In my opinion, they must be looking for something to complain about. I have nothing but praise for the city for the quality and quantity of streets that are in excellent condition.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Reader shares PRAT experience
I've been reading reporter Jamie Taylor's informative work on Rhinelander's Premier Area Resort Tax with interest. I've had a personal experience with the PRAT tax that I think may be of interest to some of your readers.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Democrats and Republicans must unite
To the editor:

Democrats are united in their belief that health care is a basic human right. Americans should not die because they can't afford insurance.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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