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May 25, 2018


Memorial Day
To the Editor:

Soon it will be Memorial Day, but I need no official decree to stir my memory. (subscriber access)




Friday, May 25, 2018

Interrogating Gina Haspel
To the Editor:

The inquisition of Gina Haspel offers us the opportunity to contrast two very different concepts of morality. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Thank you
To the Editor:

Thank you, thank you, thank you! (subscriber access)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Open Letter to the Oneida County Board of Supervisors
To the Editor:

The subject of the July 6 public hearing is "Mineral extraction in Oneida County." (subscriber access)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Town of Lynne mining
To the Editor:

Oneida County Board members,

My name is Rick Plonsky, I reside in Oneida County and am opposed to sulfide mining in environmentally sensitive areas e.g. the Willow River watershed. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

'Keep your litter'
To the Editor:

The Woods and Blooms Garden Club in Mercer spent their morning last Friday cleaning litter from Highway J between Highway 51 and Martha Lake Road in Mercer, a distance of just two and a half miles. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Support for Vukmir
To the Editor:

In August, Wisconsin voters will choose a Republican candidate to face Tammy Baldwin for the US Senate race in November. Baldwin, who opposed the tax cuts passed by Republicans, may be best known for sitting on the VA inspectors' report of the Tomah VA detailing high levels of opioid abuse that resulted in the overdose death of a veteran. (Subscriber Access)
(1 comments)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Honor your teachers
Editor's note: This letter was received by The Times on May 6. The Times regrets the late publishing. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The patronage system alive and well in Boulder Junction
To the Editor:

This letter was inspired by the actions of the Boulder Junction Town Board and others at the adjourned annual meeting May 1 where a motion to have the town board implement financial safeguards, checks, and balances was defeated 10-10. (Subscriber Access)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Boulder Junction hijacked - A call for action
To the Editor:

There are few topics in politics - even local politics - that are universally agreed upon. In fact, I cannot think of even two. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Life is what you make of it
To the Editor:

Pride. I think we would all be better off if everyone took pride in themselves, their families, their work, their communities, and their country. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Now for the hard part: II
To the Editor:

In the first part (published last Friday) the background of the issue was laid out in some detail. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Thank you
To the Editor:

A big thank you to all the road crews in Minocqua, Woodruff and Arbor Vitae for the great job they did this past winter. (Subscriber Access)

Friday, May 4, 2018

Now for the hard part
To the Editor:

After the better part of two years the dispute over Marshfield Clinic's proposal for a new hospital has been settled; it's about time. (Subscriber Access)

Friday, May 4, 2018

Support for Mike McCabe
To the Editor:

The term "honest" politician sounds like an oxymoron. I believe that Mike McCabe is an honest politician. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

'Not as true as it was'
To the Editor:

I used to be "proud to be an American." That's not as true as it was 20, 30 years ago. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Response to Pflieger letter
To the Editor:

I appreciate Mark Pflieger's response last week to my letter about mining. He cites three reasons to disagree with my position supporting modern 21st century mining. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 27, 2018

Recognize volunteers
Marjorie Moore said, "Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote everyday about the kind of community you want to live in." (subscriber access)
Friday, April 27, 2018

Stamp Out Hunger on May 12
To the Editor:

My name is Mike Chamberlain and I'm a retired city letter carrier and I'm writing about one of the important events coming up May 12 of this year. National Association of Letter Carrier "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 27, 2018

CWD
To the Editor:

I just wanted to offer my insight on the CWD reported in Oneida County. Most hunters in northern Wisconsin are insulated and mis-informed about this prion disease. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 27, 2018

Potential health hazards of color runs
To the Editor:

Color runs are suppose to be fun times when colored cornstarch is thrown on participants who are running for a great cause, but at many of the races it is thrown into the air, over the runners, who become covered in it. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

'My humble opinion on climate change'
To the Editor:

I just wanted to offer my humble opinion on the climate change debate. This winter we left Minocqua on New Year's Eve (-22 degrees F) heading to Montana and then Colorado. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Response to Bant letter
To the Editor:

I wish I had the confidence in Wisconsin's mining laws that Joyce Bant does when she states " If there is mining in Oneida County or anywhere in northern Wisconsin our lakes cannot be depleted. (Subscriber Access)

Friday, April 20, 2018

'Enough is finally enough'
To the Editor:

Since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., thousands of young students have taken to social media, marched in protest in cities all around the country, and appeared on television to push for changes on how the U.S. deals with gun violence. (Subscriber Access)
(1 comments)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Trump and Stormy
To the Editor:

You know, why doesn't our illustrious president just admit that he pulled a boner by having a relationship with Stormy Daniels? (Subscriber Access)

Friday, April 20, 2018

The 'costly issue' of well water contamination
To the Editor:

I read the article in the Lakeland Times (dated April 17, 2018) regarding Mr. Steve Pletta (owner of Hoggie Doggies Restaurant in Woodruff) and his concern of well water contamination from road salt application. (Subscriber Access)

Friday, April 20, 2018

'A simple request'
To the Editor:

Since 1970 Americans of all political persuasions, faiths and backgrounds have undertaken personal action to help the environment for Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22. (Subscriber Access)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Open Books
To the Editor:

We 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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dr. Zhivago - Love story or war story
To the Editor:

Better yet, a history lesson, that everyone forgot.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Letter to DNR
To the Editor:

Dear (Department of Natural Resources) Secretary (Daniel) Meyer,

I'd like to supplement my March 21 letter to you, and to formally ask for a contested case hearing in the decision to issue a bridge permit, Number IP-NO-2017-64-04529. The permit does not adequately address Wisconsin Statute 30.123(8)(c)3.
(1 comments)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Election integrity
To the Editor:

To: Chair Mark Thomsen and administrator Meagan Wolfe

Wisconsin Elections Commission

Friday, April 13, 2018

Reader responds to Curtis letter
To the Editor:

I'd like to comment on the Doug Curtis letter in the April 6 Lakeland Times "What Gov Walker doesn't mention."
(1 comments)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Thank you
To the Editor:

Thank you for the wonderful people who came to donate the gift of life at the Community Blood Drive, sponsored by the Mercer Lioness Club, held on Tuesday.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Stop mining forever in the town of Lynne
To the Editor:

The issue - A mineral deposit exists in the town of Lynne in western Oneida County.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Congrats from CETG
To the Editor:

Congratulations to the students, judges, and all who made the recent National History Day event at Lakeland Union High School a success!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

'Debate about mining'
To the Editor:

In a recent "Meet the Candidates" section of The Lakeland Times the comments of Jeff Vollmer, candidate for county supervisor, were included.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

I'm a tree hugger
To the Editor:

"What are you going to do when all the trees are all gone?" This is a question I have been asked many times in my life.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

'Protect your family'
To the Editor:

In light of the tragedy in Tulum, Mexico when a family of four from Iowa were found dead in their vacation rental property due to a toxic gas leak, I believe it is important to discuss the safety measures for licensed owner's of rental properties, which are required by Wisconsin law.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Parade of fools
To the Editor:

The response by media and student activists to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School murders reveals a dangerous political pathology and a universe of educational malfeasance.
(9 comments)

Friday, April 6, 2018

What Gov. Walker doesn't mention
To the Editor:

The events at Lincoln Hills School are a prime example of the results of Walkers policies. That is why he seldom mentions it. The institution was running smoothly. Walker passed ACT 10 and Right To Work For Less.

Friday, April 6, 2018


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