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De Niro asks the questions that need to be asked
Ask serious scientists and doctors these days about the causes of autism, and most of them will tell you it's caused by a genetic predisposition likely coupled with an environmental trigger.

That's the easy part. Then the questions begin.

How strong are those environmental triggers compared to the genetics? And just what are the environmental triggers? The answers vary by a wide philosophical mile.

Friday, April 22, 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.
(2 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

President Obama, President Bush: We owe you a very big thank you
It's not often we give a big thanks to President Barack Obama or former President George W. Bush, but this week we feel we have to give credit where credit is due.

That's because the hallmark of both administrations is and was massive, naked political corruption. With Bush, it was shameless giveaways to big-business cronies and other special interests; with Obama, it's an ideological depravity of the worst sort, a disdain for American values and constitutional principles.
(1 comments)

Wednesday, April 13, 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

Treasurer reminds property taxpayers to attend meetings
To the editor:

I would like to remind property taxpayers to talk with their assessor or attend their town/city Open Book meeting to review the assessment roll if they question the assessed value of their property.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome at the Open Book meeting then you can appeal the assessment at the Board of Review, which is a panel of your local officials.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Once again: Beware the rising tide of censorship
During Sunshine Week, we bemoaned the rising tide of censorship not only in the government and its increasingly closed doors and suppression of information but in the larger culture.

The tides have only swelled in size in that short time.

Subsequent pictures of the sombrero-wearing students, otherwise known as cultural oppressors, caused students and administrators to go berserk. According to The Washington Post, a couple of student government leaders faced impeachment, the party's hosts were expelled from their dorm, and administrators launched an investigation into a possible "act of ethnic stereotyping."

Friday, April 8, 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

The future of American conservatism
The race for the Republican nomination is not over, as the Wisconsin primary demonstrated this week, but, whether Donald Trump wins or loses, he has forever altered the political landscape inside the Republican Party.

For the GOP establishment, the party is over. In fact, the party may well be over for the party itself. That is to say, the GOP will never, ever be the same, and, depending on the party's elite, it might not ever again be a viable national political entity.
(3 comments)

Wednesday, April 6, 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

Trump supports veterans

To the editor: I am writing to all the Veteran Associations and your readers in hopes to aspire an awareness of the disastrous treatment of veterans from the VA and the impact of the upcoming primary elections.

The Phoenix VA hospital continues to be a serious veteran problem again in the national spotlight.
(1 comments)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Kasich is the sensible choice
To the editor:

I would like to recommend as presidential candidate Governor John Kasich of Ohio, who is moderate, fiscally responsible, knowledgeable about the Defense Department, and compassionate.

As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives before he was elected governor, he served as chairperson of the House Budget Committee and succeeded in balancing the federal budget. He has vowed that, as president, balancing the budget will be his priority.
(1 comments)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Readers recommend Pederson for county board
To the editor:

Oneida County Board Supervisor elections are being held on April 5th. We are writing to encourage the voters of District 5 (includes part of Rhinelander and Pelican) to re-elect Carol Pederson.

Carol has six years of experience serving on county board, including the recognition of being elected by the board as the 2nd Vice Board Chair.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The silent majority has awakened
To the editor:

The U.S. had a struggle to loosen the bonds of government 240 years ago. We have, once again, a new and growing silent majority taking root. They recognize that the word conservatism has been hijacked.

It no longer represents the wishes of the people.
(1 comments)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


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