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Rhinelander Roots organizers thank participants
To the editor:

A big thank you to all who helped make the first Rhinelander Roots Celebration on May 12 at Rhinelander City Hall a success.

We had 20 exhibitors who brought in a wide range of photographs, scrapbooks, antiques and memorabilia, and a good crowd the entire day of the event.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Elected officials are endangering our lakes, rivers, streams
To the editor:

Having spent 30 years as a water plant operator and distribution specialist with Menasha Utilities, I have been working with what I call "blue gold" most of my life. When I bought property and retired in Townsend, I became very active in the Flowage Association. I currently serve as a board member of the Oconto County Lakes and Waterways Association.
(8 comments)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Reader bemoans condition of local roads
To the editor:

The roads in Rhinelander are getting worse by the day. I can only imagine people are going to start avoiding town all together as they pass from the north or south. Obviously, this is not good for business.
(2 comments)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Re-elect Sen. Johnson
To the editor:

The election of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has been a wonderful gift to the people of Wisconsin. Johnson has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business. The NFIB said they endorsed Johnson because he protects the rights of small business in Wisconsin.
(2 comments)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tiffany's policies have hurt the Northwoods
To the editor:

Senator Tiffany makes himself look pretty good in his recent article. I should be used to the GOP spinning the things they do to make them sound good. I'm not. It is just that much more fertilizer.

Tiffany sold us all out as one of his very first acts as senator. After receiving $90,000 from Gogebic Taconite and its officers, he took legislation written by their lawyers and submitted it as his own.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Let us shine
To the editor:

Downtown Rhinelander's landscape will be changing fast in the coming months. I see it as a wonderful opportunity for growth for the downtown merchants if they gear up for it.

I would hope that there would be a renewed effort to attract more tourists. In my opinion we have been falling far short of our potential over the years, really. We should be doing much better, but instead we struggle.
(4 comments)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Candidate will let coin flip stand
To the editor:

My name is Jeffrey Vollmer and I recently ran to be the Oneida County 19th District Board of Supervisor. The night of the election I was ahead in the vote count 306 to 305. A week later, after a new vote was tallied during the recount, I lost the race on a flip of the coin. The Government Accountability Board had given me until Wednesday, April 20, to appeal that recount in the Circuit Court.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Take a walk downtown
To the editor:

Rhinelander is a good place to live. We have good schools, health facilities, police and fire protection, shopping and good roads. Well, we are working on the roads. But the best part of our area is the people. They are kind, helpful and generous. They support our local charities and if someone is down on their luck because of poor health, or a fire etc. friends hold a benefit to help them.
(1 comments)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Reader is tired of government overspending
To the editor:

Adjusted for inflation, federal taxes have risen five times as much as they were in 1960. In 1960, 50 percent of federal spending was for defense and 50 percent for everything else. Today we spend 16 percent on defense and 84 percent for everything else. If a Democrat were elected we would spend even more for everything else.
(1 comments)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Voters deserve more respect
To the editor:

This letter is in response to the humiliation voters are subjected to under the current Wisconsin voting laws. After deciding to exercise our voting rights, we are herded into lines at polling places like cattle to the vaccination stanchion. Some of us end up standing in line for several hours. When we get to the head of the line, we proudly state our name and address.
(3 comments)

Friday, April 15, 2016

The destruction of local control
To the editor:

In Wisconsin today we are seeing an unprecedented level of extreme catering to big money special interests. It would be bad enough if this was merely being perpetrated on the taxpayer's dime. The cost to the people of our state, our water resources, and society as we know it, is much greater.
(4 comments)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Mayor thanks city residents
To the editor:

My sincere thanks goes to those within the community who stood solidly behind the PRAT tax referendum passed on April 5. There still is much work to do before implementation, but be assured that we will now go forward with confidence knowing of city residents' overwhelming support. Many thanks!

Mayor Dick Johns
(2 comments)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Reader claims the GOP doesn't want certain people to vote
To the editor:

The assault on Wisconsin just keeps rolling. Gov. Walker, not satisfied with disenfranchising thousands of voters with his fraudulent Voter ID law, has now made it illegal for municipal clerk assistants to register voters in the community. This is a practice that has been in place for 40 years.

Friday, April 8, 2016

How surprising is Bernie?
To the editor:

Sen. Bernie Sanders has done me and many of my friends a favor! He threw his hat in the ring of the Democratic primary while running around the country as he's been doing, as a socialist, and has proven for all Americans to see that the support for something other than the current exchange of Republicans has now captured millions of Americans.

Friday, April 8, 2016

School district's tradition of excellence continues
It was my distinct pleasure to accompany 17 RHS students as well as RHS teachers Linda Goldsworthy, Sara Stieve and Matt Knott on a nine-day trip to Italy during spring break.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Alderman urges 'Yes' vote on PRAT
Everyone that drives in Rhinelander knows about potholes. You hate them, I hate them, our cars hate them. City residents can help by voting "Yes" on April 5th for a 1/2 percent city sales tax on items the state deems "tourist-related" (as our Eagle River neighbors did in 2006), and putting it towards transportation infrastructure.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Local fisherman has advice for the DNR
A few days ago I got my fishing license for 2016-2017. I am looking at it now not believing what I received. A few years ago they came out with a new deal that when you received it, it was waterproof, folded up nice, and fit in your wallet. This was good, but not enough for the DNR.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sanders will help the people reclaim their goverment
To the editor:

It is no wonder that people are dismayed by the political process and don't vote. For decades corporations have been financing and selecting candidates (both Democratic and Republican) effectively rigging it so that it doesn't matter who we vote for because either way the 1 percent wins.
(2 comments)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Trump will restore greatness
To the editor:

We the people are fed up with the lies and deceit of the greedy politicians who think more of themselves than the people they represent. They are a group of self-righteous individuals who capitalize on every opportunity to benefit themselves. Our voice is being heard loud and clear.
(2 comments)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

An open letter from a Hoosier to a Badger
To the editor:

A few days ago I was planning to start this letter with "good luck in our Elite Eight matchup!" or "congratulations on beating us!" or "don't hate me just because we won!"

But then Notre Dame and North Carolina happened.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


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