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November 21, 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)
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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

Our view
As our reporting over the past several weeks makes clear to us, the area's Northwoods Transit Commission is doing everything it can to put private-sector transportation companies out of business. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Evers can do better on openness
Early in his administration, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers was asked to produce a letter he'd gotten from departing Gov. Scott Walker, during the transition. He initially refused, claiming it was a "purely personal" communication outside of the reach of the state's open records law.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Our view
Several weeks ago, we reported on new initiatives planned by Democrats to, well, confiscate every law-abiding citizens' guns, or at least every gun they can get their hands on. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 3, 2019

The politics of accountability
In comments made at this week's Rhinelander city council meeting, Oneida County Economic Development Corporation executive director Stacey Johnson offered up a full-throated defense of city council member and former Oneida County detective sergeant Ryan Rossing, who has been enmeshed in issues surrounding honesty and secrecy, including litigation about an alleged walking quorum stemming from a complaint by this newspaper. (subscriber access)
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Thursday, September 26, 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).
(1 comments)

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.
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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

Dangerous Dan had better be
Years ago there was an amusement park nestled in the mountains of North Carolina called Ghost Town in the Sky.
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Health care, tax reform: It's now or never
Republicans can argue about immigration and dreamers, they can argue about defense spending and Russia, they can argue about trade and marijuana (yes, they are fighting over that), but there are two issues they had better stop squabbling about and pass: a health care overhaul and tax reform.
Thursday, September 21, 2017


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