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home : opinions October 20, 2014


Quinn failed in duties as mayor
I agree with last week's letter in The Rice Lake Chronotype: candidates for elected office should be judged neither by irrelevant personal issues nor found guilty by association with felons. So it seems the best way to judge a candidate's fitness for an elected office is to examine his or her performance in any past elected office.
​​If ​you are considering voting for Romaine Quinn for State Representative to the 75th Assembly District, you owe it to yourself to do some research into how he handled the job of mayor of Rice Lake from 2010 to 2012.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Be informed, be part of debate
Just as everyone with the right to vote should vote, so too should everyone who votes be well-informed before entering the ballot box. Citizens have a prime opportunity to learn about the issues and the candidates for the 75th Assembly District seat on Tuesday, 2 weeks before the Nov. 4 election. Current Assemblyman Stephen Smith, D-Shell Lake, and his opponent, Rice Lake Republican Romaine Quinn, are featured in a political debate Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the fine arts building at UW-Barron County.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
A lifetime of servce
On the mornings I leave my little one with his grandparents and drive to work, I am comforted in knowing that he is safe, his needs will be met and above all that he is loved and cherished. Though I cannot be with him all day I know he will be nurtured and instilled with values that my parents taught me. Values that I carry with me everyday in each of my roles and all of my relationships. As I drive, I also think about the complexity...Cortney Tripp, Shell Lake
Monday, October 13, 2014
Pay inequity no longer exists
In our mail today was an ad from a candidate with the statement that he believes that his daughters should receive equal pay with men for equal work. I agree with him. Indeed I agree with him one hundred per cent. But I don't see that as a reason to vote for him, or to vote for Democrats in general. Who says women don't get paid equally for equal work? The argument always comes down to statistics ...Brian Rude, Rice Lake
Monday, October 13, 2014
Debunking Wasserman Schultz & Burkes lies about Scott Walker
When Debbie Wasserman Schultz came to Wisconsin a few weeks ago to campaign for Mary Burke, she made some very derogatory remarks about Scott Walker that are completely false. She compared Scott Walker's political measures to domestic abuse of women. Apparently she didn't do her homework. Governor Walker signed several bills into law protecting victims of domestic violence ...Sharon Johnson, Conrath
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Beach makes Rice Lake better
The City Council's eventual decision on the proposed swimming beach at Narrows Park may determine not only the fate of the beach project, but also the Council's dedication to placemaking efforts in the city. At its last meeting, the council accepted a $152,575 grant to help fund the project. But Council enthusiasm has waned since voting to pursue the grant in September 2013, especially with the estimated project cost increasing from $250,000 to $305,000.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
It's not the garbage that stinks so badly
This letter is in regards to the person who is using our garbage service for their free benefit.
We live on Hwy. M on Long Lake and someone in the area is putting their white garbage bags in our can on Mondays. We know it's someone in the area because the bank deposit slip in the last bag was from Dairy State Bank. If you can deposit that amount of money-pay for your own service!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Scott Walker's $700,000 Bribe
Surprise! surprise! There is now strong circumstantial evidence that Gogebic-Taconite Mining gave Scott Walker and his Republican cronies a $700,000 bribe in exchange for Act 1 (N.Y. Times, 8/31/14). Act 1 is the new mining bill that will allow the mine owners to blatantly destroy a vast swath of Wisconsin's beautiful north woods. Think of the largest open-pit iron mine in world (possibly up to 21 miles long) with thousands of tons of toxic waste washing into our pristine wetlands and rivers... John See, Cumberland
Monday, October 6, 2014
Tempest in teapot
The so-called plagiarism scandal surrounding Mary Burke is a desperate invention that should backfire on Republicans. Instead, it seems to be working in their favor. Why am I not surprised?
If Burke's jobs plan constitutes plagiarism, then so does Walker's legislation, because here's how it works:
Eric Schnurer, a consultant to Burke's campaign ...Cheryl Barker, Rice Lake

Monday, October 6, 2014
Purge the law; not the notes
A little-known law recently enabled a Cumberland man's fifth-offense drunken driving charge to be reduced to a noncriminal charge of first-offense drunken driving for the purposes of sentencing. That's the difference between serious prison time and just a fine. To understand how something like that could possibly happen isn't easy.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014


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