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Reader responds to deer feeding article
To the Editor:

I read with interest Richard Moore's lead article in the Friday, April 14, 2017 issue of The Lakeland Times detailing the opinion of Judge Thomas Hruz which upheld the lower court's dismissal of a DNR citation for allegedly violating the state statute which forbids bait and feed placement for hunting purposes. This ruling now negates a confusing and unpopular DNR ban on deer feeding.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Letter to Karl Jennich
To the Editor:

Good morning Mr. Jennich,

This letter is to inform you of my opposition to Marshfield Clinic's proposal to build a 12 bed hospital. In our little community this is absolutely absurd. Two years ago I wrote to everyone on the local and county level.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

'The right to choose'
To the Editor:

I am finally getting the nerve to write this letter.

I am tired of reading in the paper how bad the Marshfield Clinic is.

I do not like Howard Young one bit. I have been in ER over the years several times. Four of those times I was not treated nice or (with) respect at all.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Medical care in the Lakeland area
To the Editor:

A front-page article on The Washington Post (April 12, 2017) spoke of "an epidemic of dying hospitals across rural America." It is important to our community that we do not rejoin the rural situation we were once in, prior to 1954, when the nearest hospital was in Rhinelander.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Showcasing our youth
To the Editor:

You may not always agree with The Lakeland Times' positions, but without a doubt you cannot deny they showcase our youth.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Thank you
To the Editor:

A very special heartfelt thanks goes to the public service, local fire department, and town crews who worked nonstop after our recent severe storm. The raging winds and pounding hail hit our neighborhood with a vengeance causing a tangled mess of fallen trees, downed power poles, and damaged buildings.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Unclear about deer feeding
To the Editor:

The recent, front page, headline article by Richard Moore would have you believe that the court has said "People can feed deer if purpose isn't to hunt" [even in counties with CWD restrictions] on an unrestricted basis. Although he did go on to say that the decision doesn't set precedent beyond the Washburn county case some people will not be reading past the headline. I'll be charitable and say it wasn't Mr. Moore's intention to mislead.

Friday, April 21, 2017

'Both sides of the question'
To the Editor:

Last night (Tuesday, April 18) I attended the Town of Boulder Junction's annual electors' meeting. One of the items on the agenda was a clerk/treasurer analysis presentation by Denny McGann. This was to be followed by a question and comment period. Instead of questions/comments, an elector showed, what would probably be better described as a biased presentation on why the town should have a split clerk/treasurer position with part time employees. While it was very informative, the presentation showed only the theoretical financial benefits and completely ignored any of the down sides.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Retired physician weighs in
To the Editor:

I am a retired physician who has practiced internal medicine and urgent care in Minocqua for 39 years. During that time, I have served as chief of staff at HYMC, served 11 years on the board of directors of Howard Young and have been employed by Marshfield Clinic. During those years, Howard Young never had any problem with competition, as long as it was on their terms.
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Friday, April 21, 2017

'Amazing!'
To the Editor:

My husband and I were in the Minocqua area at the end of March. From our booth in McDonalds in Minocqua on March 28 we watched the girls practicing softball at the high school. They were practicing in shorts. When we left the restaurant and drove about a mile down the road we saw several people ice fishing in the middle of Lake Minocqua. Shorts and ice fishing only go together in the Northwoods. Amazing!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Thank you
To the Editor:

I wish to thank the wonderful people who came to donate the gift of life at the Mercer Community Blood Drive, sponsored by the Mercer Lioness Club, which was held Tuesday, April 11.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

'Again and again'
To the Editor:

Each time there is a tragedy, such as the recent shootings in Wausau, we hear that it is "time to heal and move on" or some version of that sentiment. Each time there is a tragedy, such as the shootings in Wausau, we also hear a call to arms, this time issued by Assembly person Mary Felzkowski from Irma, who wants citizens of Wisconsin to be able to carry concealed weapons, even though they do not have a permit to carry.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

'Something terrific'
To the Editor:

Candidate Donald Trump promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with "something terrific." The plan has now been released, and the only one using that adjective is Paul Ryan.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

'Don't be fooled'
To the Editor:

A number of months ago I wrote a Letter to the Editor raising concern that when the Republican Congress moved to cancel the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, that many of the essential provisions that impact not only those on the ACA, but all Americans who have health insurance, would be eliminated. My friend in Eagle River questioned both my knowledge and judgement.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

'Witch-hunting sore losers'
To the Editor:

The witch-hunting sore losers continue to do what they do best. For the Democrats in Congress that means full time relentless undermining and obstructionism of President Trump and his cabinet. They have no interest whatsoever in doing the work they were placed in office to so for the American people.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

'Pros and cons of Affordable Care Act'
To the Editor:

There is much discussion about the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act, which the republicans have vowed to repeal, and the American Health Care Act. There are good and bad aspects to both. They are free market based systems and that, in my opinion, is their major flaw.
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Concerning the Marshfield Clinic
To the Editor:

This letter concerns the recent construction Marshfield Clinic is proposing. As a public health nurse educator for the past 45 years, having experience in both large cities and in smaller communities, I do not see the value added to our community with this addition of a mini-hospital when we have a highly rated hospital in place-one that is consistently adding top-notch services to the community.

Friday, April 14, 2017

'Something needs to change'
To the Editor:

Our country owes its veterans the best quality care, but they are not getting it. Delays and confusions and the resulting frustration are common. Something needs to change.

Friday, April 14, 2017

March for Earth Day
To the Editor:

Scientific progress, by which I mean, research into how things work, how to modify them, and how to predict the future, is fundamental to America's greatness, our economic progress, and our free spirit. It is what has sustained this country as the world leader in peace and war. We ignore the findings of science at our peril.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Support for the clinic
To the Editor:

I have followed with interest Marshfield Clinic's request for a Conditional Use Permit to authorize the Clinic to add certain hospital services to the Clinic's Minocqua Center. It is unfortunate that a project with so much potential to greatly enhance the area's health care community has been met with so much controversy. I personally support the Clinic's expansion and trust that the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee will support the Clinic's application.

Friday, April 14, 2017

'My two cents'
To the Editor:

Recent articles in the Lakeland Times concerning Plum Lake ambulance requesting more participation in the way of money from the St. Germain ambulance services prompted me to include my two cents.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Trump's budget - cuts that weaken
To the Editor:

President Trump's budget hammers the poor and forward-looking programs in order to increase military spending and build a wall, but not roads and bridges. Trump proposes to cut sources that keep us strong inside and outside our borders while building up an arsenal for more conflict, and hopefully not war.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Who gets to pollute - for free?
To the Editor:

Good question. The answer should be "no one." We can't dispose of our sewage in the lake, toss our garbage along the roadside, or drive a car that belches dirty exhaust - at least not without consequences.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Trump healthcare benefits the wealthy and young
To the Editor:

Donald Trump promised Rural America he would repeal and replace Obamacare with something "terrific." He kept his promise. The American Health Care Act is terrific for the wealthy and young. For the rest of us, it is a financial nightmare. As many as 11 million Americans are about to lose their healthcare.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

'Irresponsible'
To the Editor:

House Leader Paul Ryan is attempting to rush the American Health Care Act (AHCA) through committees and Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act before the public and lawmakers have a chance to analyze the Congressional Budget Office report on the bill's projected effect on consumers, healthcare providers, insurance companies, and the federal budget.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

No positive impact on residents
To the Editor:

I've been an associate of Ministry Health Care, part of Ascension, for almost three years. I was employed at Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield for over 15 years. I have deep respect for both organizations and I worked under the leadership of, in my opinion, the best executive director Marshfield Clinic ever had - Frederick J. "Fritz" Wenzel.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Thank you
To the Editor:

The members of Island City Masonic Lodge # 330, in Minocqua, would like to extend thanks to all those who made our annual Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner such a success. Thank you to Calvary Lutheran Church for once again allowing us to use their kitchen and Fellowship Hall.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Careful what we wish for with August school ban repeal
To the Editor:

I read with interest the article (March 7) describing our local educators' push to start school in August rather than the state-mandated beginning of September - right up until the end when Northland Pines superintendent Mike Ritchie' said: "They [the hospitality industry] shouldn't be using our students as the main source of their employees."

Friday, April 7, 2017

Fighting for Wisconsin
To the Editor:

Like many other states, Wisconsin depends on the health of the Great Lakes for its economic, recreational, and cultural well-being. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is a multi-state program that is vital to the continued integrity and vitality of our Great Lakes.

Friday, April 7, 2017

'A waste of money in the long run'
To the Editor:

I have been a resident of the Northwoods since 1974. During that time, I served as a lay professional at Ascension Lutheran in Minocqua and as pastor of Prince of Peach Lutheran Church in Eagle River. Since my retirement, I have served on the Howard Young Hospital Board (now a Regional Board of Ascension).

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The heart of a community is its strength
To the Editor:

Today the news is filled with what is best and most needed for the nation's healthcare. Woodruff/Marshfield Clinic know how to keep pace with national news, however we are a much smaller populace and unlike the division we see in our county, we have a strong community with a heritage that speaks of a powerful legacy.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Competition! Really?
To the Editor:

The Lakeland Times articles of March 3 and 10 regarding the proposed new $30 million dollar hospital facility were very interesting reads regarding "competition" in the health care industry. Buzzwords such as "state of the art," "integrated care," "cost effective care," "drives quality," and "mission critical," all placed in front of the reader as marketing words to lead us to a conclusion that this facility will lower our costs and improve our healthcare.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

'Fact checking'
To the Editor:

Fact checking Charlie Spencer's campaign flyer received by voters this week in Boulder Junction, the current issue of Time Magazine's cover "Is Truth Dead" proves timely to local issues indeed:

Friday, March 31, 2017

'Reelect Mike Timmons'
To the Editor:

The town of Woodruff is about to undergo some major changes with the resignation of both our long time town clerk and our town treasurer. There are also three of the five supervisor positions up for reelection including our long time town chairman Mike Timmons and of these five positions only one other has served longer than one term.

Friday, March 31, 2017

'What is best for the children'
To the Editor:

While I don't live in Milwaukee, I grew up there, went to school there, we started a family there. But now it has changed.
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Friday, March 31, 2017

'Tough questions'
To the Editor:

I want to thank the League of Woman voters of the Northwoods and the library for hosting the Boulder Junction Candidates forum. I would also like to thank all the candidates for coming and answering some pretty tough questions. We had a great turnout and hopefully people will be able to answer the big question "who should I vote for."

Friday, March 31, 2017

Boulder Junction election
To the Editor:

Our decision in last fall's national election was a tough one for some people.

Our decisions in this spring's election in Boulder Junction are tougher. How can we vote for any of the incumbents that are running for re-election? It's like they are determined to ruin our town through their ignorance and ineptness. Please give your vote a lot of thought for the good of Boulder Junction.

Friday, March 31, 2017

'Calm, steady leader'
To the Editor:

George DeMet is doing an excellent job as town chair of Lake Tomahawk.

He is a calm, steady leader who resolves problems proactively in their early stages. His quiet good sense keeps our town running well and on budget.

Friday, March 31, 2017

'Tony knows'
To the Editor:

I am supporting Tony Evers for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Tony is a dedicated supporter of public education who successfully convinced Governor Walker to allocate more dollars for public schools. Tony Evers does not support sending public money to voucher schools.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Please vote
To the Editor:

The government you elect is the government you deserve, Thomas Jefferson.

Town board elections are on Tuesday, April 4. When so many voters only make the effort to vote in state and national elections because they believe these elections are the most important, it is vital for everyone to remember our due process begins at home. Boulder Junction has been fractured by personal objectives being placed above our town needs. In the past year, only one voice on our town board has spoken out for us, the majority of Boulder Junction.

Friday, March 31, 2017


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