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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.

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?

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.

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?

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."
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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"!)
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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.
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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.


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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."
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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

When did it become too much to ask for civil behavior at college graduations?
To the Editor:

After reading Nick Sabato's attempt ("Schools at Fault for Graduation Protests," June 2) to deflect blame for recent abysmal behavior at graduation ceremonies away from the students - where it squarely belongs - to those who invited the non-conforming speakers, I can only ask: Did he watch the video of the Bethune-Cookman ceremony?

Friday, June 9, 2017

'Leadership example'
To the Editor:

I would like to commend Bob Mott for standing up for Oneida County and for the health of our incredible lakes. It is what a county board supervisor is supposed to do. Too many supervisors are willing to roll over and play dead on this issue. Our lakes are more important than that.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

'Reality' shows
To the Editor:

Turn on your television, you find all sorts of "reality" shows. Entertainment that is supposed to make us believe that people actually live like that or people actually act like that. Truth be told, reality television is just a way to get cheap entertainment to take your mind off of everyday events or maybe sometimes it is a bandage that makes our lives seem not so bad. No matter what the reason people choose to watch this nonsense, there needs to be a reminder that these people, places and things are not real.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

'How is that possible?'
To the Editor:

Bush's wars became Obama's wars, became Trump's wars; all share commonality. For 16 years America's military has been killing and maiming the peoples of the Middle East and trashing their nations as our presidents pass a bloody baton from one to another.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Things to consider when carrying concealed
To the Editor:

What most people are not aware of is that policemen carry a high amount of liability insurance and hopefully disability insurance. This is usually provided by their employer. Most people that carry entertain a heroic synopsis or vision of success. When is the last time everything went as expected?
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Poppy distribution appreciation
To the Editor:

It is with deep and sincere appreciation we extend to the general public, both local and visitors to the Lakeland Area, for their generous support and contributions to the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 89 of Minocqua Poppy Fund Program this past Memorial Day weekend.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A word from Laura Mendez
To the Editor:

Minocqua voters who know me, know that writing in defense of my work ethic, integrity, and reputation shouldn't be necessary. For Minocqua voters who do not know me and may be forming opinions on my job performance as town treasurer based on supposition and conjecture, I'm hoping to set the record straight.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Thank you
To the Editor:

The Community Food Pantry in Boulder Junction would like to thank all of the postal workers for another successful "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive.

Friday, June 2, 2017

'Trash writers'
To the Editor:

When I read columns written by Joe Conason or Robert Reich, it's plain to see what a pair of trash writers they are.

They have no true facts concerning President Trump.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Living mission statements?
To the Editor:

What a shame if this second "hospital" (within a mile/minutes of an already existing one) gets OKed, while around the world and even here in the United States, people are struggling to obtain even minimal health care.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Support for supervisor Mott
I saw supervisor Mott's and supervisor Holewinski's interview with Channel 12 WJFW Wednesday night online and have read the articles in the newspapers. I wholeheartedly support Bob Mott's stance
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Unwelcome
To the Editor:

It was encouraging to read in the May 16, 2017 issue of The Lakeland Times that plans to rebuild a retirement center are moving along. However, in describing the plans for the new center, Brian Nerdahl, president of the Lakeland Retirement Foundation, disclosed that many of us in the Lakeland are would not be welcome at the new facility.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Having babies in Germany: cheaper and better care
To the Editor:

After growing up in Minocqua (1980-1998) I moved to Germany in 2002. During my years in Stuttgart, Germany, I have been using the German Health Care System. Besides yearly check ups, issues with the children, a few out-patient surgeries, I mostly used the German Health System to have babies. I have had three.

Friday, May 26, 2017

'We are Wisconsin'
To the Editor:

What is best for Minocqua, Woodruff, and the surrounding area? Howard Young Medical Center has a very rich history in the community that started back in 1977 and historically has been an integral part of the area.

Friday, May 26, 2017

True patriotism
To the Editor:

We all like to think of ourselves as patriots, but what does patriotism mean? The dictionary tells us it is love of and loyalty to one's country, but what does that entail?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Obamacare Taxes Are Dangerous to Your Health and Wallet
In many ways, the Affordable Care Act was a massive tax increase masquerading as a health reform plan.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Collusion
To the Editor:

I believe Hillary Clinton colluded with Donald Trump to deliberately lose the election. She was obviously paid off handsomely, by billionaire Trump, to take a dive.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Self-pity can be politically fatal
In polls of American historians conducted over the past 17 years by C-SPAN, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt have consistently ranked - along with George Washington - among the three best U.S. presidents. Yet President Lincoln was vilified in life, referred to in print as "the Illinois ape," "the Ourang-Outang at the White House," a baboon, a gorilla, a murderer and a traitor.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Security is ruining the Internet
Another major cyberattack has me thinking about European ruins. Those medieval fortresses and castles had walls 10 feet thick made of solid stone; they were guarded by mean, heavily armored men. The barbarians got in anyway.

Security is overrated.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

'The little hospital that could'
To the Editor:

Howard Young gave us "the little hospital that could" and our population of mostly people over the age of 65 were grateful. Many people retired here, aware also of its excellent staff.

Friday, May 19, 2017

'Fix this mess'
To the Editor:

"Everyone step up and make a change."

What a nice letter from Mrs. Mleko. I expected to see 25 more letters?

Please don't stop; let's fix this now and keep Mrs. Blank.

Friday, May 19, 2017


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