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August 20, 2018


ATV/UTVs - NIMBY - Really?
To the Editor:

First, thank you to the Minocqua Town Board for allowing public input at the second reading of the proposed addition of 26 town roads to the existing town ordinance allowing residents and visitors to utilize certain town roads for ATV/UTV (ATV) use.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Our lakes and algae
To the Editor:

I hear people complaining about the algae growth in the lakes they reside on. Recent visitors to our lake were surprised at how much algae was growing here, compared to their earlier visits when our lake had such crystal clear water. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Maternal death rate in U.S. on the rise
To the Editor:

Two recent reports in the media prompted me to write this article. Pope Francis publicly stated that the death penalty is morally unacceptable and violated the sanctity of human life. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Trump, Mar-A-Lago, wages and hypocrisy
To the Editor:

You know, I recently read that our illustrious President's Mar-A-Lago Resort in Florida is looking to get permission to bring in 78 foreign workers to fill low paying jobs such as cooks and housekeepers.
(1 comments)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Voters and land owners in St. Germain - alert!
To the Editor:

Having taught U.S. government for 36 years, I am (was) under the impression that the voters elect men and women to represent them in a manner where the elected officials attempt to provide options which will eventually allow the majority of the voters to select which option they wish to see accomplished.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Trump, a clear and present danger
To the Editor:

This is my fourth letter about Donald Trump. In previous letters, I focused on the chaos surrounding his campaign and then later as actual president.
(2 comments)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Get in the game
To the Editor:

It's not football, baseball, or soccer. It's not played fairly. It's a political primary and your vote on Tuesday, Aug. 14 will decide who challenges Walker to be governor of Wisconsin. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Just do it
To the Editor:

You know, if our illustrious president is really the no nonsense, straight shooting, truth telling, America loving, witch hunt hating, tough on Russia talking and populist man of the people that he claims to be - with nothing to hide - then why doesn't he just meet with special prosecutor Robert Mueller man to man and let the American people determine who is actually telling the truth? (subscriber access)
(3 comments)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Yes vs no on ATVs and UTVs in Boulder Junction
To the Editor:

The debate churns on and on. And yet again our current town board defers making a decision to another committee. Town boards are elected by their constituents to make decisions regarding the many issues communities face. (subscriber access)
(1 comments)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Congratulations
To the Editor:

To the residents of Woodruff: I would like to congratulate Kristin Kanzelberger on being appointed Woodruff Town Clerk following the resignation of Christine (Woynich) Albano. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Response to Drum's ATV letter
To the Editor:

I read Sue Drum's ATV article, Lakeland Times, July 10, 2018, with interest. To start with, I have one question: what motorized presence would silent sports groups be OK with?

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

PAW
To the Editor:

Once again, Peddle Across Wisconsin has come and gone in the Northwoods. And once again, we are left with not so nice memories.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

There is an old saying
To the Editor:

In May of 1940, the Soviet Union committed a series of mass executions of Polish military officers, politicians and intellectuals. Among the so-called intellectuals were police officers, lawyers, priests, doctors, bakers and school teachers.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The dangers of the Patriot Act/Terrorist Act
To the Editor:

First, I'd like to thank you for your June 1 article on the Fourth Amendment. What you wrote about with that Carpenter case is all under the Patriot Act/Terrorist Act.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Imagine if Hillary did this
To the Editor:

Imagine if Hillary Clinton had won the election.

Imagine if the Russians had hacked into Trump's campaign to get Clinton elected.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

From T-Bird Nation to Truro - Thank you
Two weeks ago as Joey and I started to travel south on Hwy 51 to take a leap of faith and enter Joey into the World Down Syndrome Swim Championships, we had no idea of what to expect.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Keep our brick school
My association with the St. Germain area goes back over 45 years. I have been a property owner and a taxpayer ever since. My trade was teaching wildflower preservation. I recall the wooded area east of the old brick school on State Highway 155 and in back of the fire station that were each solid with wildflowers - a sight to remember.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Thank you for the Strong Women exercise program
We would like to thank the Minocqua Public Library and their outreach program for sponsoring the Strong Women exercise class.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Thank you MKLPA
To the Editor:

My wife and I have owned property on Lake Minocqua for over 20 years. Lake Minocqua is clearer now than when we came here!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A new direction, a new representative
To the Editor:

I recently read Rob Swearingen's announcement that he is running for yet another term in the state Assembly. Like any politician, he claims he is proud of his accomplishments and those of his party. Should he be? (subscriber access)

Friday, July 27, 2018

Unequal enforcement of law
To the Editor:

The July 17 edition of The Lakeland Times carried reports of no fewer than 26 young people, in a number of different incidents during the July 4 week, being cited in underage drinking matters by Minocqua police. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 27, 2018

'Remove Baldwin from the swamp'
To the Editor:

I would like to add to Carol Cady's letter to the editor in the July 20 Lakeland Times, "I Support Leah." The (4) members of the Vilas County Party who attended the state convention in Milwaukee all supported Leah Vulkmir. (Subscriber access)

Friday, July 27, 2018

Thank you
To the Editor:

I wanted to thank all of my grandson's, Tate Olson's, friends. Brandon, Brice, Donovan, Caleb and Patrick have been with him day and night since his accident on Highway 47, when a person playing chicken coming from Lake Tomahawk, came across the centerline and hit Tate's truck, smashing his right hip.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Blivet articles
To the Editor:

Blivet - (from dictionary.com, a noun) something annoying, ridiculous, or useless. This describes two articles recently appearing in this paper.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Support for Turnbolt and Losch
To the Editor:

Maggie Turnbolt and William Losch are a breath of fresh air.

They are running for governor and Lt. governor.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Support for Vukmir
To the Editor:

I was speaking with a family last week who explained he didn't know if he was going to vote in the August primary because government hadn't fixed our problems.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Why tariffs
To the Editor:

Tariffs are causing the price of construction to go up. The costs of inputs to the construction industry increased by an average of 9.6 percent from June 2017 to June 2018 according to the Associated General Contractors of America. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 20, 2018

I choose Leah
To the Editor:

Some choices are crystal clear like I choose Leah! The choice to vote for Leah Vukmir in the Aug. 14 primary election is easy. Leah Vukmir has the experience of being a strong, solid legislator in the Wisconsin Assembly and the Wisconsin Senate. I know Leah Vukmir's voting record. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 20, 2018

Moss Lake, revisited
To the Editor:

Exactly one year has now passed since the residents of Moss Lake (Lac du Flambeau) learned the terrible truth about their lake water.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

'The meltdown will come'
To the Editor:

As I write this, Trump plans to make his announcement tonight for his nomination of Supreme Court Justice. That leaves the liberals in a quandary, since they do not know who the nominee will be.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Support for Griffin Jones
To the Editor:

A while back, I was asked who I thought I would endorse for the U.S. Senate and I really didn't know what to say. I, along with a lot of American citizens, were feeling pretty disappointed in our governmental process. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Trump and Harley-Davidson
To the Editor:

You know, with Trump's recent rantings about Harley-Davidson moving some production overseas to avoid tariffs that he is responsible for, and telling them that such a move "will be the beginning of the end" for Harley, and also threatening them with retaliatory taxes. I have three simple questions for Trump: (subscriber access)

Friday, July 13, 2018

'Will you be ready?'
To the Editor:

The next Wisconsin election is the 2018 partisan primary on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Will you be ready and able to vote? Some preparation now could save you time and trouble at the polls and will help ensure that your vote counts. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Respect Al Gedicks
To the Editor:

We would like to respond to the editorial by Gregg Walker and Richard Moore of June 26, which disparages our friend of 42 years, Al Gedicks.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Nature vs. ATVs
To the Editor:

When the people of Vilas County answered the question on the 2004 referendum asking if they wanted ATVs on their county land, 63 percent voted against an ATV presence.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Let's hear what Gedicks has to say
To the Editor:

As someone who was denounced in the pages of The Lakeland Times in the early 1990s by the notorious anthropologist James Clifton over our different positions on Ojibwe treaty rights, I want to comment on the relevance of Richard Moore's rehearsal of the circumstances around the conviction of the so-called anti-mining activist Al Gedicks almost 50 years ago. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 6, 2018

Moore/Walker for president
To the Editor:

First, the pleasantries, great paper. Incredible stories with nothing held back. You print actual news and a lot of it. Never change. Second the legal disclaimer, Moore/Walker after four more years of Trump. And now the meat and potatoes, knife control, welfare/government support, and Trumponomics hit it right in the head. (subscriber access)
(1 comments)

Friday, July 6, 2018

Trump and Harley-Davidson
To the Editor:

You know, with Trump's recent rantings about Harley-Davidson moving some production overseas to avoid tariffs that he is responsible for, and telling them that such a move "will be the beginning of the end" for Harley, and also threatening them with retaliatory taxes. I have three simple questions for Trump: (subscriber access)

Friday, July 6, 2018

Margaret Engebretson for Congress
To the Editor:

(Recently), Margaret Engebretson was in the area and met with groups of voters in several North woods locations, and I was excited to meet her and discuss issues with her.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Family Values
To the Editor:

What is the value of a family? Is that different from having family values? I was reflecting upon this question as I put my sick 12-month-old son to bed the other night. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 29, 2018


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