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home : opinions : your opinions April 16, 2014


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Respecting one another
 I am a long time reader; first time writer.  Stating my opinions publically doesn't come very natural to me.
I can understand that we don't all have the same political party affiliations, not to worry, it's your choice.  And freedom of choice is very important to me.
I guess I'd say that I am a tight-lipped, left-wing liberal.  I've always felt that family relationships and personal friendships are more important to me than discussing and/or arguing my value system... Wanda Johansen, Rice Lake

Monday, April 14, 2014
Guide urges vote against trolling
At our upcoming Conservation Congress meeting on April 14, one of the questions asks if the people would favor motor trolling on all Wisconsin waters with one line per angler in some counties and three lines per angler in other counties. I urge you to vote no on this proposal as it is likely to put undo additional pressure on our prime fisheries.
Last spring, there was a trolling proposal on the Conservation Congress ballot and it was voted down by the majority statewide. However, the proposal was still discussed at the Natural Resources board meeting in Madison in May. At that meeting, the Natural Resources board chose to come up with the "compromise proposal" that we will be voting on April 14.
I addressed the board at that meeting and personally spoke with one of the members who didn't even understand what the difference was between position fishing and outright motor trolling. However, this individual still voted on presenting this proposal ... even though she clearly didn't completely understand the issue. This was disturbing to witness.
This so-called compromise proposal . . . John Dettloff

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Don't play politics with the deer herd
Over the past few years it had become very apparent that there needed to be some drastic changes made in the management of deer in Wisconsin.  The Department of Natural Resources had tried to do the job, but it was clear that the task had become too much for them to handle.  The answer was determined by our esteemed governor and his legislative cronies to be turning the management of the deer herd over to a more knowledgeable group.
"Dr. Deer," James Kroll, was brought in from Texas to set things right as far as the future of whitetail deer in Wisconsin.  To really do this right, they should develop a catchy slogan to get people excited.   Why not combine the common post deer season lament of many deer hunters, "There are no deer left." with the Bush education plan No Child Left Behind. Voila!  We have our slogan-"No deer left behind."  
The management team's first task will be to restore confidence in the hunting public.  To do this they will need to make sure that everyone sees lots of deer, and almost always gets a deer or two.  In order to ensure this they will have to address the causes of nonhunting mortality, which are predation, starvation, disease, and collisions with vehicles.
To address the predation problem, the management team would call for the immediate eradication of all bobcats, coyotes, bears, wolves, cougars, bigfoots or is that bigfeet, and any other animal that could harm a deer at anytime during its life.
The second item to be tackled . . . Ron Weber

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
False preachers
Recently Pastor Harger was alarmed I labeled preachers who preach that baby baptism and confirmation saves, as false preachers. This gospel is false and those who believe it have a false hope and will perish. This is a man made system of salvation. It was never taught by Jesus Christ or the apostles in the Holy Scripture. As a Lutheran Pastor I rejected it...Pastor Stephen Brown, Rice Lake
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Fat cats get fatter
Former US Labor Secretary Robert Reich's "Inequality for All" is a humorous, enlightening movie on America's widening income gap.
Some facts Reich notes:
*The US has by far the most unequal income distribution of developed nations.
*In 1978 the typical US male worker's income was $48,000, adjusted for inflation, while someone in the top 1% made $390,000. In 2010, a typical male worker made $34,000 while someone...Jeanne Larson, Phillips

Monday, March 31, 2014
Anthem performer made us all proud
We were awestruck, thrilled and very proud when Jessica Buchman walked out on the floor at the Kohl Center for the boys basketball  championship game to sing our national anthem.
Wow!  One . . . The Kleusch family

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Solving the deer problem
Over the past few years it had become very apparent that there needed to be some drastic changes made in the management of deer in Wisconsin. The DNR had tried to do the job, but it was clear that the task had become too much for them to handle. The answer was determined by our esteemed Governor and his legislative cronies to be turning the management of the deer herd over to a more knowledgeable group. Dr. Deer, James Kroll, was brought in from Texas to set things right as far as the future of whitetail deer in Wisconsin. To really do this right,...Ron Weber, Weyerhaeuser
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Straight is the gate
I am writing in as a concerned follower of Christ. What I see is how God's children have become lost from the straight and narrow path so readily in this day and time. How much more now than ever do we need our spiritual leaders to point to the way of the cross?!
How can they hear without a preacher? And if they do hear a preacher, does the preacher actually know?
Is salvation something that can be sprinkled on an infant's head?  We've come to a place in our churches where now these age old traditions are practiced without the people questioning why or how it applies to their life. People come to church to have their babies sprinkled or baptized ...Michael C. Spurgeon, Cameron

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Don't label others as false preachers
In regard to the Rev. Stephen Brown's letter regarding the "Narrow Gate," I would urge him to think again before he labels others as false preachers. He condemns baby (infant) baptism as a false practice, but what was Jesus' command but to "make disciples of all nations." Is anyone in a nation excluded? No! That is, if you think infants are still part of our nation.
And then Jesus continues in that same passage from Matthew 28 with the method that we are to use, namely, "baptizing and teaching them all things." Notice that baptism is included with teaching as a way of "making disciples." Furthermore, there is the question of how infants or small children make it through that narrow gate of which he makes mention. Are infants without sin? . . . The Rev. Burton Harger

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Better management needed for plows
The city snow removal crew has done a wonderful job this winter! Yes, there are situations that could be better but, short of hiring more people and buying more equipment, I feel that the few inconveniences this year are worth keeping the budget low.
That being said, I do see opportunity for better management with the plows. I live on East Coleman Street and, frequently with 1-inch snows the street does not get plowed. I call this prudent good management but, with this last 5-inch snowfall, Coleman has been plowed four times.
On the third pass I went out . . . The Chronotype

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


 






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