Opinion

Candidates should focus on real needs

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:Is there are anyone left in America that still wants to know what Hillary Clinton thinks of Donald Trump? Is there anyone left in America that still wants to know what Donald Trump thinks of Hillary Clinton? I doubt it.I think a lot of folks would like to know when we are going to ...

West Nile in the neighborhood

Editorials

A crow in northern Wisconsin has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first bird found to have the mosquito-borne disease in Vilas County for 2016."The positive bird means that residents of Vilas County need to continue to be careful in their efforts to prevent mosquito bites," said Gina ...

Packers fans stay on even keel, except when they lose

Columns

There are a lot of Green Bay Packers fans out there, including me. In fact, we constitute one of the biggest subgroups on Reddit (more than 33,000 followers), and about 360,000 Packers fans can even consider themselves part-owners of the team. (Sadly, not including me.)When I think about ...

Tale of the empty fish stringer

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:My father and I enjoyed fishing together on the Menominee River. We were going fishing for some larger northerns to give to a friend of my father's in '58 or '59. My father, being a skilled fisherman and having won a walleye and northern tournament in Minnesota at a young age, was a good ...

Olympic athlete goes the distance

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:It was the great abolitionist and clergyman Henry Ward Beecher who said "We should not judge people by their peak of excellence, but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started."At this summer's Olympics, the javelin thrower from Kenya, Julius Yego, taught ...

Migratory bird protections took off with treaty

Editorials

A noteworthy event was celebrated Tuesday: the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty.Congress two years later passed the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to formally put in place the treaty's provisions and prohibit the taking of any part, nest or egg of migratory birds by any ...

Take steps to avoid exposure to lead at home

Editorials

Iron Mountain got some good news Monday - recent tests at 20 sites throughout the city showed little to no lead in the local water supply.The city is fortunate its water pipes are made of copper and galvanized metal, without the lead found in older systems in other municipalities such as ...

What the past can teach us

Columns

While we shouldn't live in the past, we can certainly learn from it. We are not the first humans to walk the Earth and yet too many, especially the young, suffer from the conceit that history is just a boring subject in school.PBS is rerunning episodes on its award-winning series "American ...

Making a better case for seeking a tax increase

Editorials

They say the third time's the charm. But it didn't exactly work that way for Dickinson County government leaders seeking voter approval to raise the property tax rate for its operating levy.It was the county's second attempt to add .75 mills, or 75 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value, to ...

Consider hosting an exchange student

Editorials

Guest editorialIn this time of ongoing turmoil, student exchange is good medicine for a world torn by terror. We want to invite the families of the Niagara, Wis., area to help us combat international fears and prejudices by welcoming a foreign teen into their homes and hearts.In recent weeks, ...

Time for Obama government to go

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:When is the payment for hostages not a ransom? When the Obama Administration says so. The Wall Street Journal says the State Department tried to spin a $1.7 billion settlement the U.S. reached with Tehran in January under the nuclear deal was finalized and Iran released five American ...

Chocolay did right in OK’ing livesaving stations

Editorials

Action taken recently by the Chocolay Township Board was a move in the right direction and may even result in saved lives.The panel OK'd placing a trio of lifesaving stations at three separate scenic turnoffs along M-28.The action followed the addition of three lifesaving stations at Little ...

Illinois exemplifies fiscal foolishness of government

Columns

CHICAGO - Seated in his office here, wearing neither a necktie nor a frown, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is remarkably relaxed for someone at the epicenter of a crisis now in its second year and with no end in sight. But, then, stress is pointless when the situation is hopeless. Besides, if you ...

Talk to kids about tobacco products

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:It's that time of year again. If they haven't already, many parents will soon be taking their kids shopping for new clothes and school supplies or making plans afterschool activities.One more item for parents to think about is how they can help their kids stay tobacco and nicotine free ...

County board should heed vote

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:The people have spoken again. Hope the Dickinson County Board has finally accepted the no tax increase vote.Perhaps suggestions from the taxpayers themselves would be helpful if the board would just listen. Or the wait-and-see attitude after the November election would be a better ...

State warns peak season for rabies

Editorials

Rabies might seem like something from a bygone era or fiction - think "Cujo" or "Old Yeller."But unlike the unfortunate creatures that contract the disease, rabies remains alive today.Despite having a vaccine for humans and pets, rabies continues to circulate among wildlife. And now is the peak ...

Only candidate with true solutions is Donald Trump

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:This letter was composed and sent to Reince Priebus, Republican Committee chairman, before the Republican National Convention. Copies also were sent to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -There are many issues we feel very strongly about. It is our ...

Need to find cause for level of hatred

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:Recently, after the horrific shootings of the police officers in Dallas, political and civic leaders right away voiced the same old rhetoric of what is always spoken when such a tragedy happens: "We all must come together in peace and love for one another." Fine words.The problem is it ...

No ill effects from mosquito spraying

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:I was in the U.S. Air Force for three years. During the half-year wet season, the whole area and Albrook Air Force Base in Panama was fogged on a regular basis.I suffered no effects, zero, zilch from the spraying. It caused the Air Force, Army and Navy no trouble at all.Spraying in ...

Getting ready for the return to classes

Editorials

The summer break is winding down, with public schools in the region set to start classes in only about three weeks.The hunt is on for those back-to-school specials, to stock up on supplies and get those latest fashions.The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department is reminding families not to ...