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March 24, 2018

The Apostles of Pork
Any time politicians start changing the name of something to make it politically palatable, taxpayers should move quickly to hide their wallets.

You know the drill. Politicians like taxes and know they are unpopular so they call them fees. Ronald Reagan was even more creative, calling his tax hike "revenue enhancement," while economist Larry Kudlow called tax increases "receipts strengthening."

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Taking control of local control
The temperatures are rising, the ice is melting (here comes the sun, we say) and so there ought to be a spring in your step and a dance in your heart as we race ever closer to the month of April.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Guest Editorial
As Wisconsinites, I believe we are fortunate to live in such a beautiful and scenic place - especially here in the northern part of the state. Our abundance of freshwater and forestland are vitally important to our state and local economy.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Leaders need to focus on mental health, school security
Yet another incident of mass violence, this time a deadly shooting in Parkland, Fla., has set off a predictable wave of political grandstanding as, sadly, politicians in both parties rush to use the tragedy for their own partisan gain.
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Oh, pity the poor unions.
It seems like unions are scared to death that the U.S. Supreme Court is going to declare fair share fees unconstitutional.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Reform welfare, yes, but don't punish the poor
Both the state Assembly and the Senate have passed a package of welfare reform bills that is, on balance, a step in the right direction, but there are flaws in the bills that should be amended going forward.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The flim-flam of minimum lot sizes
Stick around the Northwoods for very long, and you are likely to hear a lot of yammering about large-lot zoning, especially for the shoreland zone.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Supreme Court again assaults the open records law
In an egregious ruling last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court effectively voided a major underpinning of the state's public records law in the name of protecting the rights of voters to cast secret ballots without fear of coercion or intimidation.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tim Burns exposes his opponents' nakedness
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Your right to know: Citizens have a right to electronic records
Computers have made examining government records easier than ever. The smallest townships across Wisconsin post the meeting agendas and minutes online. And websites for government agencies at all levels contain an enormous amount of other information.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Reader sounds off on Newbold ATV issue
To the Editor:

I just read the latest iteration of the ongoing debate about ATV routes in Newbold and I'm confused. Why does this have to be so complicated and difficult?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Reader lists Trump's accomplishments
To the Editor:

On President Trump's first anniversary in office I would like to outline just some of his accomplishments.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Sorensen responds to editorials
To the Editor:

Now that I have received the slings and arrows of three editorials, with I'm sure more to come, of the RiverNews/Lakeland Times, let me respond.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Environmental elites and the coming housing tragedy
Virtually every one who is a renter or who owns property in Oneida County should be offended by, and anxious about, the embarrassing display of elitism at this past month's Oneida County board meeting, at which supervisors passed a new county shoreland zoning ordinance.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

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).
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.
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.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

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