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February 17, 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

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

Reader shares thoughts on mining and water
To the Editor:

I remember back in the early 1980s when Exxon was proposing a mine southwest of Crandon near Mole Lake and there was a huge promotional campaign going on.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Autism numbers spike: The latest call to action
The new numbers on autism prevalence are alarming - according to a national survey of more than 30,000 families, 1 in 36 U.S. children have been diagnosed with autism - and they are yet another urgent call for our elected leaders to take action.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Your right to know: Lawmakers should keep promise on transparency
A week after Republicans in the state Legislature voted to gut the public records law in 2015, members of the Assembly sought to quell backlash over the plan.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Misunderstanding all they see
In The Beatles' classic song, Strawberry Fields Forever, John Lennon sings, "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see."

If we didn't know better, we'd swear Lennon had just observed life among a gaggle of U.S. liberals. As a rule, liberals certainly live their lives with eyes - and minds - closed, and they usually don't haven't a clue about what they are trying to analyze.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bark! And a Happy New Year!
And so the new year is almost here, and 2018 is, we see, the Year of the Dog on the Chinese calendar, and that gives us some comfort, for in a dangerous time and in a dangerous world, a dog is a good companion to have, either by your side or in the stars.
Saturday, December 30, 2017

Thanks to Lakeland area supervisors for their land-buy vote
It's official now, the big-government good-old-boys in Oneida County, led by supervisor Jack Sorensen, have approved a measure to add 231 acres of private acreage surrounding two lakes in the town of Enterprise to the already bloated county forest, using smoke and mirrors for arguments.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Kudos to the organizers of 'Lights of the Northwoods'
To the Editor:

The Lights of the Northwoods made a spectacular debut! They were a wonderful addition to the holidays.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

County treasurer offers tax bill reminder
To the Editor:

Oneida County taxpayers should have received their 2017 tax bills. If you did not receive your tax bill, you should contact the county or your local treasurer.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

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

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