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home : opinions : your opinions August 1, 2014


Better education standards needed
The opinion of the editors (July 23) that opposition to Common Core education standards is political is partly true, because everything involves politics, although, to borrow a quote, the editors see through the glass but darkly.
For instance, longtime National Education Assn. lawyer Bob Chanin, in 2009, said that the most important NEA function was union power through union dues. That dues has formed the basis for Democrat election campaigns for decades.
Most of the many changes in education seem to have not ... Phil Henkel

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tax dollars squandered
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/264113781.html) reports results of the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages-the government's most reliable source of employment data and the one Walker endorsed as the authoritative measure of job trends at the state level-as follows:
*Instead of 250,000 new private-sector jobs, as Walker promised, the state is on pace for less than half that many in Walker's first term;
*Wisconsin ranked 37th of 50 states in private-sector job growth in 2013. Wisconsin averaged 1.3% in annual ... Jeanne Larson, Phillips

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Wisconsin's newest version of ethical hunting
Black bears should no longer feel solely terrorized and persecuted by hound hunters in training activities; the Gray Wolf has now joined their ranks. Here's how hound training on both bears and wolves works: Bear baiting begins April 15th, 111 days longer than the six other states still allowing pre-season bear baiting. Gallons of sweet treats ...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mandley has right stuff for Assembly
After reading last week's letter by Karen Shroeder, "Republicans build economic stability," I found myself frustrated-not because of the topic, but because she neglected to include another conservative Republican candidate, Ken Mandley, who, along with Romaine Robert Quinn, is running for the 75th District Assembly seat. I can understand and accept that she is perhaps a supporter of Quinn, but in talking about the Republican Party and what the party has to offer I would like to have seen Ken Mandley included in the list of conservative Republican candidates running in the August primary.
I have known Mandley for the past 10 years and have had the privilege of sitting with him and discussing many things. His credentials: Wisconsin native, ... Arvid Moin

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
ATVs in Barron County
Recently i have followed responses to Rice Lake adding some atv routes to allow riders access to shopping, fuel & food establishments. I feel atvs are being viewed so negative. Issues i take is noise, speeding & enforcement of 10 mph. Anyone who has ever ridden true atv trails in woods will find 15 mph is about max. Also ...Bruce DeLawyer, Washburn

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The season of spin
Both political parties are adept at spin speak, so let's just say G is a governor who wants to be re-elected. That's why G's website claims his property tax relief bill is decreasing property tax on a median valued home an average of $170 per year.
The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau studies the tax relief bill, along with the biannual budget, both of which determine our tax burden. From this, the LFB has ...Cheryl Barker, Rice Lake

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
ATV routes not in residents' interest
It's interesting to see how the powers-that-be of Rice Lake are trying to convince city residents that it is in our interest to allow ATVs on our city streets (see "Rice Lake tourism commission likes ATV route idea," July 9 Chronotype). It will bring tourists to the city, we're told. That's fine, but what about those of us who live here?
First we were told don't worry, the speed limit will be 10 mph. And who is going to enforce that? If you believe ATVs will jog along at 10 mph, then I've got a bridge I'd like to sell you.
Then we were told don't worry, it's only a few streets. But Mr. Russell Schneider of the Rice Lake Snow & Dirt Club admits that this is only an opening ploy-he hopes to open all the streets of Rice Lake to ATVs.
I live on Cora Avenue; it's a snowmobile route. The only good thing I have to say about that is that the snowmobile season ... Judy Barisonzi

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Court rulings fit spirit of July 4
This Fourth of July felt pretty special to this American and it was all because of what happened at the beginning of the week. While there are many definitions of freedom I've come to believe just having a choice is freedom. I'm sad to say my choices as an American, as a business owner and as a Christian have been disappearing time and again over recent years. But this week was cause for real celebration.
The First Amendment of our Constitution guarantees me the ability to freely live out my faith in every area of my life. On July 1, the Supreme Court recognized that Americans do not lose their religious freedom when they run a family business. Business owners will not be required to violate their faith or pay severe fines to the IRS for not complying with the HHS mandate. I'm grateful Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood were willing to pay the price of representing many like myself to whom it is a violation of our faith to include abortion in the health plans we provide our employees.
Then the Supreme Court ...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Legislation will suppress voters
After hearing from senior citizens and older veterans of both parties expressing concern about the attempts of voter suppression, I feel compelled to comment.
Those of us who grew up during and after WW II recall being taught that voting was a privilege and also an obligation of all Americans due in part to the sacrifices of so many to preserve the Constitution and democracy we as Americans enjoy. When going to the polls, if you were rich or poor all Americans were equal.
A little history, Republican President Dwight Eisenhower championed the Civil Rights Law in 1957. The Voting Rights Bill was passed under President Johnson in 1965, and was extended by four Republican presidents, Nixon in 1970, Ford in 1975, and Reagan in 1982 and in 2006 President Bush signed it into law.
Now, sadly and to the demise of American democracy, as many of us knew it, modern day Republicans are attempting to suppress votes by requiring voter ID and other restrictive measures under the false, unproven pretense of voter fraud.
In Wisconsin voter suppression ... Bard Kittleson

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Amish law brings to mind Obamacare
I am undecided about whether or not to favor the proposed law described by Kathleen Vinehout in last week's paper. The idea of making religious accommodations is well-established in American life. We expect good people to make many accommodations in dealing with people with whom they disagree.
Indeed accommodating to the other person's religious beliefs seems the motivation of our non-establishment clause in our bill or rights. So on first thought exempting the Amish from at least some aspects of building codes seems the obviously right thing to do. I'm glad ... Brian Rude

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


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