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June 5, 2020


Health department policy is irresponsible panic-mongering
As we report in today's edition, Linda Conlon, Oneida County's public health officer, has apparently decided that the economic hardships brought about by the Evers lockdown weren't dire enough, so she has now adopted a policy that will surely cause even more economic damage, that is, to name businesses that were visited by persons testing positive for Covid-19.
Friday, June 5, 2020

The models aren't the problem
This past week, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes made some curious and telling remarks at a task force meeting he was leading on climate change.
Friday, May 29, 2020

Lawsuits test limits of political speech
Donald Trump says it's just not fair.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Celebrating the Rhinelander High School Class of 2020
To the Editor:

The Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation and Rhinelander High School held a virtual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, via YouTube, to recognize the hard work and perseverance of the Rhinelander High School Class of 2020.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Northwoods is open for business
This weekend, as is customary for Memorial Day weekend, a steady stream of visitors and second-homeowners will be pouring in to the area.
Friday, May 22, 2020

For Congress: Tiffany will give northern region a strong voice
In the strongest terms we can, we endorse Tom Tiffany for Congress in next Tuesday's election, and urge voters to cast their vote for a representative who we believe will give the Lakeland area and northern Wisconsin a strong voice in Congress - a much more spirited and forceful voice than that of any representative in recent memory.
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Friday, May 8, 2020

Oops! Desmond did it again
We have finally figured out why Oneida County refuses to fire its corporation counsel, Brian Desmond, after all these years of flagrant incompetence.

There are several reasons, actually.

One, his bumbling schtick must provide ongoing rounds of belly laughs, which would be just compensation for supervisors who toil at largely thankless jobs. Then, too, with Desmond around, county supervisors can always point to someone who is more inept than they are.

Monday, May 4, 2020

What has Tiffany done for me lately?
To the Editor:

Tom Tiffany supported a sulfide mine at Lynne and joins the Republican effort to force in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, May 1, 2020

The Northwoods needs a dedicated public servant
To the Editor:

Tom Tiffany is a notoriously dishonest politician. When he runs for office, he portrays himself as a populist, property rights advocate, who cares about the environment, and is just looking out for the little guy.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Tiffany is the right choice
To the Editor:

For the May 12, 2020 Special Election for 7th District Congress, the candidate values are very different and our choice is easy.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Tiffany is the wrong choice
To the editor:

Tom Tiffany, during his seven years as state senator, has not demonstrated that he cares about local interests.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Reader is tired of double-talk from politicians
To the Editor:

Oneida County Planning and Development Chair Scott Holewinski said on Wednesday that if the drilling permit his Committee approved goes forward, "this isn't mining, it's exploration."

Friday, May 1, 2020

Reader supports Tiffany
To the Editor:

Elect Tom Tiffany to represent the 7th District to Congress on May 12th. President Trump needs help draining the Washington D.C. swamp.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Former town clerk concerned about election integrity
To the Editor:

I am concerned about the state of our democracy in Wisconsin.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Our View: An arbitrary, capricious, and ruthless governor
In our many years of reporting on and analyzing state government, it is hardly an understatement to say that the GOP lawsuit challenging the authority of the Evers administration to unilaterally lockdown this state for another month and contesting the sweeping powers the governor and his health services secretary claim is perhaps the most important of our lives.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Reader: Tiffany is no friend of local control
To the Editor:

Tom Tiffany is no friend of local control. He twice introduced bills to take away a town's right to have any say whatsoever in frac sand mining.

Friday, April 24, 2020

In pandemic, media irresponsibly stoking needless fear
We start with the good news, which you can find here but not in many other media outlets: COVID-19 is not nearly as dangerous as we all thought it once was, nor increasingly does it seem to be so easily transmitted.

That said, we don't downplay that it is a serious virus, all things being equal, especially for the elderly and immunocompromised and for those with underlying health conditions. But its seriousness - and the resulting response to it - must be placed in apposite context, and that our leaders are failing to do.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Daniel Guild's contract should end in a 'without cause' dismissal
To the Editor:

For just the second time ever, the City of Rhinelander will be terminating its administrator, this time Daniel Guild. The incoming City Council will decide between one of two methods to dismiss him. Here's a look at both, and a recommendation.
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Friday, April 17, 2020

Tri-County executive director responds to April 14 article
To the editor:

In reference to the front-page article of the Tuesday, April 14 issue of The Northwoods River News:

"Concerns about mental health, domestic violence prompt outreach"

As the Executive Director of Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, an agency that has served the Northwoods for over 40 years in Oneida, Vilas, and Forest Counties, I am disappointed that we were not contacted to provide information for this article. We are one of the oldest non-profit agencies in the Northwoods, serving over 500 victims every year. We are also a proud United Way recipient.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

'None of us have immunity'
To the Editor:

Watching what is happening in New York, Detroit, Miami and Chicago, it's difficult to imagine anything like that happening here. But I am imploring everyone to take this pandemic seriously. It will come to rural areas and ours is particularly vulnerable. This is the time of year that many to our south, where the virus has taken hold, will venture north to open their vacation homes, stock their pantries and perhaps hunker down to ride out the worst of it. None of us have immunity.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020


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