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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.
  • (Sean) Duffy wore black and red plaid logging shirts and let his history of logging competition known. You might ask yourself what’s wrong with that? It is a deceptive attempt to capture votes from uninformed voters through identity association.
  • I saw an intriguing introduction on a Wisconsin news station this week. It’s vertical farming.
  • We deserve so much more … but also need to work so much harder. What would happen if we insisted that elected governmental representatives were serious about listening to their entire constituencies? That they researched, debated, listened and arrived at consensus while legislating?
  • I recently read part of a speech given by Victor David Hanson, the Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College in?Michigan. His speech was titled “American Citizenship is Eroding.” He made such powerful and important points that I thought others should be aware of his emphasis.
  • Call it a sneaky, hoodwinking, old-fashioned land grab. Or consider this taxation without representation.  Perhaps it is both. Either way, something is going awry that Northwoods, which shared property owners and public officials must pay attention to.  
  • Our family wanted to share our deepest gratitude to the staff at Howard Young Medical Center, particularly the Emergency and Critical Care departments.
  • For some, the prospect of greater democracy is alarming. In The Lakeland Times, Richard Moore and Gregg Walker recently complained at length about an advisory referendum concerning nonpartisan redistricting. Many local towns are approving it as a ballot initiative in the April election. 
  • I am urging everyone in Wisconsin’s 7th congressional district to support Tricia Zunker for congress. Tricia Zunker is a Democrat running in a special election to fill the vacancy left by Sean Duffy who chose to resign.
  • Hats off and Hip, Hip Hoorays to our city and county road crew “first responders.” That last snow storm was a ball-buster and would have left many communities staggering — larger cities for certain. Your gallant efforts and timely attention to fallen snow was greatly appreciated.
  • Bravo Hannah Dana. Her letter in the Dec. 24 Lakeland Times entitled “During this season of compassion” is probably the absolute best synopsis of Donald Trump’s presidency that I have ever read. 
  • This past July (2019), while vacationing in the Lakeland area, I had a “heart attack,” which led me to use the services of Howard Young Medical Center ER, Ascension-Spirit Medical Transport and a Oneida County Medical Unit. 
  • As I?sit here and read the (Dec. 17, 2019) Lakeland Times article about Lake Tomahawk sending the Lake Tomahawk’s ATV/UTV clubs request to the planning commission, all I can think is here we go again. 
  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) executive director Bob Egan for his years of service to the community. Bob will soon be stepping down from that position and starting a new role as a VCEDC board member. 
  • The attempt by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce to ban lobbying by groups such as county and towns associations is the textbook definition of chutzpah. While WMC claims to be advocating for the interests of taxpayers, it is patently obvious that the real intent is to clear the field of competition so that business groups can more easily work their will with legislators.
  • I was surprised to read the truth to say the least. It seemed like a good idea so why isn’t it working. Apparently we jumped the gun without evaluating its efficiency, successful applications and economy.  
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