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Jim Tait 02/01-02/28/17

home : letters : letters July 25, 2017


Biggest issue is safety!
To the Editor:

I am responding to your Lakeland Times/Our View article Time to deep-six misinformation about Carlin Club.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Thank you
To the Editor:

Thank you for the wonderful people who came to donate the gift of life at the Mercer Community Blood Drive, sponsored by the Mercer Lioness Club, held (earlier this month).

Friday, July 21, 2017

Democrats and Republicans unite
To the Editor:

Democrats are united in their belief that health care is a basic human right. Americans should not die because they can't afford insurance.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Barnhill, you remain wrong
To the Editor:

David Barnhill, climate alarmist and propagandist, is back (The Lakeland Times, June 30, 2017).
(4 comments)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Reader responds to Gullan letter
To the Editor:

A recent letter by Mr. Gullan listed a litany of points he apparently believes show that the Democrats are having a bad month. In checking just a few of his claims you find, as usual, they don't paint a complete picture:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

'What a hypocrite'
To the Editor:

Wisconsin's gem, the wild and scenic St. Croix River, is under attack by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and Rep. Adam Jarchow. They have introduced legislation that erodes river protections that have stood us in good stead for 50 years. Why?
(1 comments)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Thank you Tony Chambers
To the Editor:

Tony Chambers' letter on the red tape and layers of bureaucracy within the DNR is spot on. Like Tony was with bobcat, I was getting impatient on otter. The state knew they had issues and those issues were negatively impacting the resource.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Kindness during a trying time
To the Editor:

My mother, Verna Kohler Bloom, is a resident at Sunny Side Care Center in Lake Park, Minn. My mother is 107 years of age, born March 22, 1910.

Born in Becker County in Minnesota, a farming area and had eight brothers and sisters.

Friday, July 14, 2017

A message to my readers
To the Editor:

For nearly 14 years I've attempted to be an information conduit between the U.S. Border Patrol and you my fellow Northwoods citizens. Without my years of involvement with the agency I would not have gathered the knowledge and confidence to write and speak on this important subject. Equally important, however, is my dedication to the agency by writing and speaking only factual and honest statements.
(1 comments)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Property taxes due
To the Editor:

The second installment of the 2016 Oneida and Vilas County property tax bills is due by July 31. Due to limited parking and long waiting lines, mailing tax payments is recommended for both counties.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

'It did not surprise me'
To the Editor:

Health care for a country's citizens is a right and a given. All industrialized nations in the world long ago recognized the need and adopted it. Health care plans in other nations provide for fully-paid medical and hospitalization costs by a single payer (government) and include elder care, along with disability pensions.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Not a good month
To the Editor:

It hasn't been a good month for the Socialist Democrats and their Liberal "fake news" media.
(1 comments)

Friday, July 7, 2017

When did civility become optional?
To the Editor:

Having been a 20-year part time resident of the area, and active in our lakes association, I found it necessary to attend several Minocqua and Lac du Flambeau town meetings this past winter and spring.

Friday, July 7, 2017

When did civility become optional?
To the Editor:

Having been a 20-year part time resident of the area, and active in our lakes association, I found it necessary to attend several Minocqua and Lac du Flambeau town meetings this past winter and spring.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Voting rights and privacy
To the Editor:

The integrity of our elections, our voting rights, and citizen privacy are values we cherish, but can't be taken for granted. The Election "Integrity" Commission is asking states for the names, addresses, party affiliations, voting histories, military service, felony convictions, and the last four digits of Social Security numbers for all voters. Due July 14.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Lincoln Reagan picnic at Kula Ranch
To the Editor:

The Vilas County Republicans hosted a Lincoln Reagan picnic on June 25 at the Kula Ranch, home to Butch and Kim Simac. Despite the rain, we stayed dry in the big tent and about 70 people heard our guest speakers explain actual experiences that continue to massively mold their lives today.

Friday, July 7, 2017

"Policing disasters" and other German folk tales
To the Editor:

I seem to have captured the attention of the Cheeseheads-abroad crowd based on Ben Giese's letter charging me with "Misinterpretation of the German psyche" (June 23) in my response, "About that German health care bonanza...," (June 16) to Kristy Lutz's paean to the German Way: "Having babies in Germany: cheaper and better care" (May 26).

Monday, July 3, 2017

The dangers of Lincoln Hills
To the Editor:

The decision recently rendered by U.S. District Judge Peterson, like other decisions concerning Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake School, was made in ignorance. I would be interested to know if the judge ever set foot in LHS/CLS. The judge knows nothing of the conditions at LHS/CLS. I worked there for 20 years.
(1 comments)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Gregg Walker and Richard Moore continue their ACA nonsense
To the Editor:

Your recent reflections (June 16) related to the ACA commands a strong rebuttal. It was a repulsive, smug, laughable analysis of the "repeal and replace" travesty that is more aptly titled as wealth redistribution to the wealthy. Let me pose a few questions:

Friday, June 30, 2017

The DNR just beat Tom Tiffany
To the Editor:

More middle managers and red tape coming.

Six weeks ago, I wrote a letter that implored the joint finance committee to help both the DNR and the hunting public by reducing the red tape and excessive layers of supervision. I gave an example of how it took over two and a half years for a bobcat experiment idea to work through the layers of bureaucracy in a top heavy and bloated agency.

Friday, June 30, 2017

'Cripple the DNR'
To the Editor:

As the Wisconsin State Journal reported on June 18, the Republicans are at it again in their ongoing quest to cripple the Department of Natural Resources.
(1 comments)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Thanks for HYMC
To the Editor:

My 102-year-old father recently visited the emergency room of Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, and was then admitted for end of life care.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

'The beast' should not be allowed in Vilas County
To the Editor:

This is a copy of a letter that I sent to The Lakeland Times a few years ago (published June 1, 2013) regarding ATVs on Circle Lily Rd. in Winchester township/Vilas County. You ran it for me at that time. As you may know there is renewed interest in changing the regulations here regarding this. Therefore I'm asking you to please run it again.
(2 comments)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Paris agreement should have been abandoned because of its illegitimacy
To the Editor:

President Trump, courageously and correctly, withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement. Withdrawal was for economic reasons. However, surely the most important reason for its withdrawal should have been its illegitimacy.

Ever wonder why carbon dioxide, the molecule converted into organic compounds of living organisms which is responsible for all life on the planet, is the target of climate change Alarmists? Why isn't the target water vapor, the most abundant by far of the greenhouse gases?
(1 comments)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Response to recent opinions
To the Editor:

Observations on a couple of recent articles. First on the "Our View" opinion piece. It is completely mystifying how the readers of this paper, in almost every publication, were subjected throughout Obama's administration to an unrelenting denunciation of his every proposal, policy or program. There was ceaseless, unending criticism and apoplectic indignation of anything he said or did. Obama could not take any action which would have not resulted in a vendetta by this paper.
(7 comments)

Friday, June 23, 2017

'Misinterpretation of the German psyche'
To the Editor:

I read the two letters to the editor from Ms. Kristy Lutz and G.D. Holcombe regarding Germany with great interest. Like Kristy, I also moved to Germany from Wisconsin at a similar time. I was seasonally employed at the time and was insured on short term insurance policies I paid for myself once I was out from under the wing of my parents' policy. This worked great at covering 80 percent of my $12,000 in care I received after catching a really bad illness after travels in the South but only covered me for three months at a time and it didn't do anything for my coming child. I had the luxury of a German wife ... What an American freeloader I was, right?
(1 comments)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Trump trashes democracy
To the Editor:

Throughout Donald Trump's candidacy and brief tenure in office, he has managed to eradicate civility, a longstanding hallmark of our great democracy.

Google the name "Donald Trump" and note the headlines, "6 Countries Trump Insulted," "Trump Threatens World Leaders," "Trump Is Running Out of Foreign Leaders to Alienate."
(3 comments)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

'True leadership'
To the Editor:

The Wisconsin Health Care Association and Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living (WHCA/WiCAL) represents skilled nursing and assisted living centers across the state. On behalf of Wisconsin's care providers and the elderly and disabled residents they serve every day, I would like to thank Senator Tom Tiffany for his leadership and commitment to long-term care during budget proceedings on the Joint Finance Committee. Sen. Tiffany has played a vital role in securing critical reimbursement for long-term care facilities.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Thank You from Manito Art League
To the Editor:

The Manito Art League Scholarship Committee would like to thank all the local columnists who publicized our opportunity for area high school, college students and adults seeking monetary scholarships for the arts.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

He said, he said
To the Editor:

Using "under oath" testimony as a means of determining if James Comey or Donald Trump is fabricating their stories, it would be illuminating to have both parties take a polygraph (lie detector) test. Although it won't happen, think about which of these two people might fabricate more "untruths."

Friday, June 16, 2017

About that German health care bonanza...
To the Editor:

I read with interest Kristy Lutz' recent letter praising the benefits of the seemingly costless healthcare she's received since moving abroad in 2002 ("Having babies in Germany: cheaper and better care," May 26). Ms. Lutz lauds the "freedom" of the German system and asserts that besides a monthly insurance fee beneficiaries pay "nothing." ("Most Germans never see the bill"!)
(1 comments)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Rep. Sean Duffy Duh
To the Editor:

Rep. Sean Duffy on Monday, June 12, on Fox News said, "What the hell are we investigating?" (profanity his). Proving once again that he is not given to elevated thinking. Since ex-FBI Director Comey told President Trump he was not under investigation, Duffy questioned why the investigation is still underway.
(1 comments)

Friday, June 16, 2017

'Give it a rest'
To the Editor:

Will someone please tell Hillary Clinton to stop going out in the public and rehashing the myriad of lame excuses for losing the election? It's been more than four months now, and we have heard it all. She's blamed everyone in D.C. and now, the Democratic Party itself for her loss. The never-ending whining has gotten old. Stay home and "bake those cookies" like you once said you were not going to do. You have at least four years not to do that, and Willie would probably enjoy them.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Regarding Mr. Douglass's discussion of hacking
To the Editor:

Having read the blunt assertions made by Mr. Jim Douglass in his May 16 letter, I am baffled by his claims regarding the ease of tracking hackers. My befuddlement has comparatively little to do with the ongoing debate of whether or not Clinton's campaign was compromised by state actors. Rather, I am curious about his glib assertion that hacking leaves an "instant trail" which can be traced unequivocally back to the origin of the attack.
(1 comments)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I just can't take it anymore ...
To the Editor:

Just finished reading the "Back thru the times" section of the June 2 edition of The Lakeland Times. The article was entitled "91 years ago (1926) - Stand is Made to Save Wild Life." It got my dander up.

As an old retired guy who put in 30 years as a forester and a forest ranger in Wisconsin, I've been following with interest the on-going political battle over how we should fund the resource management in Wisconsin and trying to keep my mouth shut.


(4 comments)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Town board decision on solar panel
To the Editor:

The Friends of the Mercer Library were extremely disappointed when the Mercer Town Board denied them permission to install a solar panel at the library. The panel was intended as an educational exhibit, to demonstrate how solar energy could be used even in the Northwoods, and though it would not supply all the library's electrical needs, it would have saved the town $1,000/year on its energy bill.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

PRAT Tax
To the Editor:

Better to remain silent and appear a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. In The Times' June 2 article on the possibility of a Premier Resort Area Tax (PRAT), Pete Otis, chairman no less, of Minocqua's Broadband and Business Development Committee, was quoted as stating that such tax is being explored "for needed repairs to local roads."
(1 comments)

Friday, June 9, 2017

'Enough already'
To the Editor:

Enough already, you have beaten the Boulder Town Board into the dirt. Yup, they goofed up, they never should have paid the clerk/treasurer, and they shouldn't have had a closed meeting.
(1 comments)

Friday, June 9, 2017

'No pomp, only circumstance'
To the Editor:

June 2, 2017 Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School closes after a half a day for summer vacation. Lori Blank, a non-renewed 21-year veteran school teacher, arrives early as usual. She brings donuts for her kindergarten class for National Donut Day.

Friday, June 9, 2017

'Card playing will continue'
To the Editor:

Hear ye! Hear ye! All card players, table game players, yogis, pickleball fans, track walkers, club members, etc. - you will be very welcome at the Lakeland Retirement Foundation's new center. We are dedicated to honoring and hosting groups, clubs, and individuals, "old" and new!

Friday, June 9, 2017


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