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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.

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

Weak party makes weak claims
To the Editor:

President Trump's proven tweets were once again vindicated today (May 5). The most frivolous contention from the short-sighted liberals is the odd claim of Russian hacking of the election. Honestly it would be far better sensationalism if the fake news would just come all-the-way out and say it was Edward Snowden who hacked the election.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Suggestions
To the Editor:

Let there be peace on earth and let it ... happen in Minocqua with the two medical groups who at present are working together within an already existing facility.

May the leaders show young people of the area, that adults can sit down and compromise to make one great medical facility ... instead of spending millions of dollars to end up with duplication of facilities and services, within minutes, (less than a mile) of each other!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

'The care they deserve'
To the Editor:

It is a national shame that an average of 20 veterans die from suicide every single day. That's nearly a quarter of all suicide deaths among U.S. adults.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Eliminate Bureaucracy within DNR
To the Editor:

I appreciate Laurie Groskopf's letter regarding inefficiencies at the DNR. I am hopeful that the Joint Finance Committee will help the DNR, and the Northwoods, by eliminating bureaucracy within the DNR.

Friday, May 12, 2017

'Thank you'
To the Editor:

Thank you, Congressman Duffy, for voting for the AHCA, the Ryan healthcare bill, May 4.

Thank you to the voters for voting for Donald Trump and Congressman Duffy on Nov. 8.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Guzzling beer at the White House
To the Editor:

On May 4, Donald Trump, Rep. Sean Duffy and other Republican representatives guzzled beer at the White House to celebrate their "victory" in passing Trumpcare. I wonder what they think they were actually celebrating. All I can come up with is that they celebrated their ability to get something, anything, no matter how heinous, through the House of Representatives.
(2 comments)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Increasing efficiency
With Joint Finance considering the state budget this week, what efficiencies have been implemented within the WI DNR? The DNR has been working for months on a redesign of duties. In the last budgets, funding was seriously cut. It would seem efficiencies and cuts in middle and upper management would have resulted from these changes.
Friday, May 5, 2017

'Shame on all of you'
What a shock! This could cause an accident on 51.
Friday, May 5, 2017

Reader responds to Moore news analysis
Rather than clarifying the issue of what Wisconsin law states on deer feeding and baiting Mr. Moore again choses to obfuscate, blur, muddle, confuse and overcomplicate a court decision with rationalizations that fit his "News Analysis" opinion.
Friday, May 5, 2017

'They failed'
Confused, frustrated, and speechless. These are the feelings I personally had after attending the AV-W School Board meeting on Monday, April 10.
Friday, May 5, 2017

'Like everyone else'
During a recent town electors meeting, the subject of ATV/UTV usage was brought up. I mentioned that there were several violations to the opening dates of driving on the town roads.
Friday, May 5, 2017

Preserve the T-Bird Bridge
To the Editor:

A dedicated group named "The Friends of the T-Bird Bridge" has been formed with the goal of relocating the iconic "T-Bird Country Bridge" (front panel of the bridge only) to the front entrance of the Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Those inconvenient deer
To the Editor:

One of the charms of living in a healthy, wooded area, like Minocqua, is the animals that share the area with us. Being able to see deer, eagles and various other animals is a wonder to many of us. We take great pride in the fact that we can live here and be able to enjoy the beauty of the area as well as all that nature provides.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

'Heartbroken'
To the Editor:

Our family was heartbroken, to read the news, about the non-renewal of AV-W teacher, Lori Blank. We have known Lori since she started at the old school, and was known as Miss Rushton. I had two boys that were fortunate enough to have had her for a teacher. I feel the school district made a huge mistake in this decision. Good teachers are easy to find, awesome teachers are a rarity. AV-W will be losing an awesome teacher. Lori, thank you for all that you have done, and best of luck to you. You will be greatly missed.
(1 comments)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Reader weighs in on AV-W teacher issue
To the Editor:

Wow. I was actually shocked to read the paper on April 14.

I have a million things to say but first I want to again praise the "school board" of Mercer. They go above and beyond what a school board does. They attended the all day conference for Wisconsin Association of School Board Members in Madison to advocate for issues in their school districts. Way to go!

Did AV-W send any board members? Hell no!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Trump fails his voters
To the Editor:

During my run for Congress, voters in the 7th Congressional District told me why they planned to vote for Donald Trump - jobs. If we were to believe Trump's tweets, we might think he was making good on his promise. But, 100 days into his presidency, facts show President Trump's job creation plan is failing.

Friday, April 28, 2017

'Do not approve this duplication of services'
To the Editor:

As a lifelong resident of both Lac du Flambeau and Arbor Vitae, which Howard Young and Marshfield Clinic serves, I am very concerned about the future of important health care services in the community where I live.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tropical Night thank you
To the Editor:

We would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to the community for coming together to support the fundraiser, Tropical Night in the Northwoods, to benefit the rebuilding of the Lakeland Senior Center. It was an amazing evening of fun, laughter, information and good food.

Friday, April 28, 2017

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.
(1 comments)

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.
(1 comments)

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.
(1 comments)

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


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