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Our View: Dismantling alarmism

In general, the journalists of the state-run media aren’t too smart. That goes without saying. That’s why they end up as talking heads for establishment broadcast outlets, or as pen-pushing propagandists for government bureaucracies.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Candidates, voters: Job well done

The spring elections have come and gone, and, from our perspective, it’s time to say to everyone: Thank you for a job well done.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The falsity of false balance

Whenever my mother used to really like something, I mean really like something, she would talk about it incessantly and give it her favorite stamp of approval. (Subscriber access)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Time to investigate the investigation

The death of a woman in Presque Isle in early January has attracted a lot of attention and stirred even more emotion. The late-night or early-morning death of Corrine Gerster as she attempted to take a neighbor’s dog home was, at the most basic level, a human tragedy.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Public service - at its best

We here at The Lakeland Times love to revel in good news about community events and people doing good things.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Taxpayers should attend special county board meeting

As the story in today’s edition indicates, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors could hold a special meeting as soon as Monday afternoon to discuss proposals to either renovate the county’s highway department or build a new facility altogether.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Accountability matters in natural resource legislation

A provision of Governor Walker’s budget that’s received quite a bit of discussion has been the suggestion to make the Natural Resource Board an advisory board. Many people have advocated that we maintain the status quo, and continue to allow the unelected board to have policy-making authority. 



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Political smear of Billy Fried unwarranted

We see it all the time when there is a state or national election: Rather than merely disagreeing with a person’s politics and policies, one side accuses the other side of dishonesty and ethical lapses, or having some personality disorder or character flaw. (Subscriber access)

Friday, March 27, 2015

County needs to slow down decision on highway department

Government generally moves at a snail’s pace when it comes to providing services to citizens — ever try to get a building permit? — but just let the opportunity to spend more tax dollars arise and suddenly the bureaucratic pulse quickens and the race is on to spend and spend again. (Subscriber access)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sunshine Week: The Lakeland Times' 2015 open records grades

In honor of Sunshine Week — a celebration and advocacy of open government — The Lakeland Times presents the newspaper’s 2015 awards and grades for openness in conducting public business. (Subscriber access)

Friday, March 20, 2015

A time of extraordinary danger

Last year during Sunshine Week – a week celebrating openness in government – we changed the way we did things on our annual report card: We listed first those who earned failing grades in the arena of transparency and then worked our way down to the better grades.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Let the sun shine on phony documents

As is obvious, The Lakeland Times welcomes Sen. Tom Tiffany’s willingness — as we report in this edition — to address what this newspaper sees as perhaps the year’s top open-records issue: the court-approved ability of government officials to populate the state’s official record with phony documents. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

We must be vigilant, and ready

It’s welcome news that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is backing off its proposal to ban “green tip” M855 ammunition for one of America’s most popular hunting rifles, the AR15, but there are some very important lessons to take away from this picture. (Subscriber access)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Nixon lives in Vilas County

They called it the Saturday Night Massacre. (Subscriber access)

Friday, March 13, 2015

It's all about control
Down in Florida, in Crystal River, the federal government, by executive fiat, has snatched away the water rights of the public. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Beware, the Millennials are coming!

In Fusion’s “Massive Millennial Poll” recently released: (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Our View: Bad actors close down the play

As we report today, Gogebic Taconite suddenly closed down its mining operation in northern Wisconsin last week and headed for the hills. The company announced it won’t develop its proposed $1.5-billion iron ore mine after all, and, quite frankly, no one should hold their breath that there will ever be a second act. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 6, 2015

With the budget, the president calls the shots

It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress’s 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally. The federal budget that President Obama recently submitted runs to 2,000 pages.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Making sense of the government's vaccination propaganda
If there’s one thing that threatens government most — and sends chills down the spines of government officials — it’s individual liberty. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Walker makes right call on Natural Resources Board

Gov. Scott Walker is proposing big changes for the Department of Natural Resources, and none is bigger than his proposal to make the Natural Resources Board an advisory body. (Subscriber access)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Gov. Scott K. Walker is no Captain James T. Kirk

It seemed just the thing to please us conservatives.

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget, that is. (Subscriber access)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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