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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, February 8, 2019 7:30 AM
I write this letter today to address some concerns I have with information that could be construed as “misleading” or information that is missing from an article in the Tuesday, Jan. 29 issue of The Lakeland Times, pertaining to the updated SPS 330 rule that governs firefighter safety in the State of Wisconsin.
  • There is a dying breed of men in this country. With the rise in questionable morals, political corruption, political correctness and the feminization of men, this will be the end of that man. This breed of men is called a Man’s Man. There are many other gender noted combinations, man’s woman, woman’s woman, or woman’s man and others. But nothing else represents or defines a Man’s Man.
  • This last Saturday was not what you would call a banner weather day in the Northwoods. As I drove down Highway K towards Boulder Junction early that morning, the outside temperature read 38 degrees. There was a blustery, gusty wind and steady rain that varied from “semi-freezing drizzle” to “Biblical deluge.” 
  • As parents and physicians, we were alarmed and dismayed by Kimberly Drake’s commentary in the March 8, 2019, Lakeland Times. The headline of her story was “Vaccines and Autism — A Firestorm of Debate.” The article contains a great deal of misleading information that might lead some parents to hesitate before vaccinating their children. 
  • I am writing to invited everyone to visit the Minocqua Public Library Wednesday, May 22. The library and Fiber Friends are hosting an open house in the Community Room from 1 to 4 p.m. 
  • Oneida County Treasurer’s office, in conjunction with the Wisconsin County Treasurers’ Association, and supported by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, is declaring the week of May 13 through May 17, 2019, as Lottery and Gaming Credit Awareness Week.    
  • A recent opinion piece in the Washington Post caught my attention. The article, “It’s Time for Us to Have an Unapologetic Atheist in the Oval Office,” written by conservative Max Boot, laments the reality that atheists are effectively precluded from participation in the American political system. Atheism may well be the final frontier of political exclusion.
  • I recently had the opportunity to view a National Geographic video, “Paris To Pittsburgh.” Although the concern throughout the world has been focused on climate change and why aren’t we doing anything about it, this documentary actually gives multiple examples of what cities and states across the country are implementing to do their part to meet the goals of the Paris accord. 
  • At the joint finance meeting in Green Bay on Wednesday, April 23, 2019, there were over 200 citizens pleading for better ways to spend our tax money. There was a great cry from scores of people to provide more money to the schools for special education students.
  • Nearly all of the 20-plus Democrat presidential candidates have called President Trump a threat to “our democracy.” The phrase is one of the favorite figures of speech of the left and many lazy Republicans. 
  • The Mueller Report is in, and despite Democrat claims of proof of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to rig the election, there was no collusion.
  • Thank you Lakeland Times, and thanks also to Mr. Kenneth Pride, for telling about his experiences in Vietnam (April 26, 2019 — “The scars you can’t see.”) That could not have been easy for Mr. Pride
  • First it was $7 million for a new community center and after that failed about 4:1, then it was a $3.5 million community center and that failed about 3:1. 
  • On July 13, 2018, I paid Oneida County Court $343.50 for feeding the deer.
  • Just a little addendum to Jordan Smedberg’s excellent story on Kenneth Pride in Vietnam (April 25, 2019) — it’s about the personal side of this veteran’s life.
  • Having been a resident of St. Germain since 1939, I feel I can safely say St. Germain has been one of the most progressive townships in Vilas County, except for the town’s failure to provide adequate facilities for our elected officials and a secure location for all of the town’s official records.
  • We are grateful for the letter Dr. George Anast recently wrote, “The Struggle,” published April 12, 2019. We couldn’t agree more with his observations of how things have changed over the past 40 years and how we are planning for the next 40 years. 
  • A “yes” vote on May 9 means that the electors of St. Germain see the need for town offices and meeting rooms. A “yes” vote on May 9 also means that the community center remains available for other town functions.
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