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Wonders what Great Britain thought of Gov. Scott Walker’s visit to England

Anybody happen to catch our Governor Walker’s performance in the press conference from London, England? The press in Britain were trying to figure out how we in the colonies pick our candidates for president. To say his performance was lackluster would be a gross understatement at best. The questions begged for even a glimmer of understanding of international concerns. What they got was the “Artful Dodger.” He even dodged a last ditch question on evolution. We can be so proud how he represented Wisconsin.

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
Says faith, love, hope are on display; wishes others could find the same joy in life
Posted: March 04, 2015

I have believed in a Creator since I was a child and my parents took me to church.

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Ladysmith fire brought back memories for reader, says nephew helped fight blaze
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 10:41 am

When I saw that terrible fire in the paper, I had to write a letter. So, here it goes.

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Says landscaping worked successfully in her community to control Canada geese
Posted: March 04, 2015

I read with interest the article in the Jan. 15 issue about the Ladysmith Common Council meeting regarding the problem with geese in the O. J. Falge and Memorial Parks. David Ruid’s suggestion about habitat alteration is a very good one.

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Local reverend calls for an end to stereotypes, name-calling; seeks mutual respect
Posted: March 04, 2015

I found neither Mr. Johnson’s comments on religion (2/19) nor Pastor Jerry’s response (2/26) very helpful.

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Dismayed by what is happening to Rusk County 4-H, says program teaches much
Posted: March 04, 2015

I am dismayed to hear that Rusk County is considering ending its tradition of support for the county’s 4-H clubs. Members of 4-H clubs learn invaluable skills that they pass along to their own children.

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Wednesday 02/25/2015
Says college students should pay for education; not looking to taxpayers for help
Posted: February 25, 2015

Last night I received a very nice telephone call from UW-Eau Claire. I fearfully answered thinking they were calling to protest Walker’s budget cut to the UW system. Imagine my surprise when the lovely student invited me as an alumnae to visit the campus to see all the new buildings and improvements that have been added recently, i.e., new Davis student center, new education building ( from which to teach Common Core). I was supposed to be thrilled about how wonderful these new additions, paid for by my tax dollars and maybe some donations, have improved the campus.

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Offers words of wisdom after reading letter to the editor in last week’s newspaper
Posted: February 25, 2015

Here are a few biblical words of wisdom, which I thought might be worth sharing, especially after reading Mr. Johnson’s letter in last week’s paper.

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Responds to last week’s letter, asks where else would all of nature have come from
Posted: February 25, 2015

Mr. Johnson: May I address your letter of Feb.19 directly?

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Wednesday 02/18/2015
Calls 4-H an investment in the future, a family activity that teaches leadership
Posted: February 18, 2015

I was saddened by the recent headlines about the future of 4-H in Rusk County. This program has had the greatest impact on my life outside of my family. I frequently reflect on the lessons and skills I gained and shared as a member of the Cloudwalker’s 4-H Club in Sheldon. The phrase, “4-H is more than cows and cooking” is certainly true. While we were learning to knit around a kitchen table or judge cows in a neighbor’s barn after milking, we were also forming friendships and connections for a lifetime. Parents shared skills and knowledge as well as examples of leadership. This generous sharing of time has never been forgotten.

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
Wonders what Great Britain thought of Gov. Scott Walker’s visit to England
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 10:43 am

Anybody happen to catch our Governor Walker’s performance in the press conference from London, England? The press in Britain were trying to figure out how we in the colonies pick our candidates for president. To say his performance was lackluster would be a gross understatement at best. The questions begged for even a glimmer of understanding of international concerns. What they got was the “Artful Dodger.” He even dodged a last ditch question on evolution. We can be so proud how he represented Wisconsin.

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Says faith, love, hope are on display; wishes others could find the same joy in life
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 10:43 am

I have believed in a Creator since I was a child and my parents took me to church.

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Ladysmith fire brought back memories for reader, says nephew helped fight blaze
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 10:41 am

When I saw that terrible fire in the paper, I had to write a letter. So, here it goes.

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Says landscaping worked successfully in her community to control Canada geese
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 10:40 am

I read with interest the article in the Jan. 15 issue about the Ladysmith Common Council meeting regarding the problem with geese in the O. J. Falge and Memorial Parks. David Ruid’s suggestion about habitat alteration is a very good one.

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Local reverend calls for an end to stereotypes, name-calling; seeks mutual respect
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 10:42 am

I found neither Mr. Johnson’s comments on religion (2/19) nor Pastor Jerry’s response (2/26) very helpful.

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Dismayed by what is happening to Rusk County 4-H, says program teaches much
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 10:42 am

I am dismayed to hear that Rusk County is considering ending its tradition of support for the county’s 4-H clubs. Members of 4-H clubs learn invaluable skills that they pass along to their own children.

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Wednesday 02/25/2015
Says college students should pay for education; not looking to taxpayers for help
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 9:28 am

Last night I received a very nice telephone call from UW-Eau Claire. I fearfully answered thinking they were calling to protest Walker’s budget cut to the UW system. Imagine my surprise when the lovely student invited me as an alumnae to visit the campus to see all the new buildings and improvements that have been added recently, i.e., new Davis student center, new education building ( from which to teach Common Core). I was supposed to be thrilled about how wonderful these new additions, paid for by my tax dollars and maybe some donations, have improved the campus.

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Offers words of wisdom after reading letter to the editor in last week’s newspaper
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 9:29 am

Here are a few biblical words of wisdom, which I thought might be worth sharing, especially after reading Mr. Johnson’s letter in last week’s paper.

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Responds to last week’s letter, asks where else would all of nature have come from
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 9:29 am

Mr. Johnson: May I address your letter of Feb.19 directly?

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Wednesday 02/18/2015
Calls 4-H an investment in the future, a family activity that teaches leadership
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 3:35 pm

I was saddened by the recent headlines about the future of 4-H in Rusk County. This program has had the greatest impact on my life outside of my family. I frequently reflect on the lessons and skills I gained and shared as a member of the Cloudwalker’s 4-H Club in Sheldon. The phrase, “4-H is more than cows and cooking” is certainly true. While we were learning to knit around a kitchen table or judge cows in a neighbor’s barn after milking, we were also forming friendships and connections for a lifetime. Parents shared skills and knowledge as well as examples of leadership. This generous sharing of time has never been forgotten.

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Says wolf hunt should have warned Wisconsin now shocked by governor’s agendas
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 3:35 pm

The past three years, with upwards of 750 wolves taken legally and illegally in the wolf hunt, should have warned those seemingly “shocked” by the recent anti-environmental developments in Scott Walker’s budget. Such irreversible travesties, such as the prohibiting of the Department of Natural Resources from purchasing land through Stewardship programs to protect natural areas in Wisconsin from development until at least 2028 , removing any science based decisions from their wildlife and environmental policy decisions and even removing ways for citizens to have input in DNR policy and practice with the removal of the Natural Resources Board are also a direct result of the same politics that caused our wolves to be killed in such barbaric and extreme ways, in a unsustainable fashion.

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Says the sole purpose for the existence of the church is its self-aggrandizement
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Does God exist? A family of Neanderthals cowering in a cave, terrified by the lightning and thunder outside, could be forgiven for believing that some all powerful entity is messing with their heads. Fully 80 percent of humanity believes in some form of deity, but one cannot demonstrate, with any degree of certainty, the existence or nonexistence of any god.

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Wednesday 02/11/2015
Suggests a mediator is needed for Rusk County Board, UW-Extension officials
Updated: February 11, 2015 - 10:38 am

I was very saddened to read in the News that our County Board is seriously considering eliminating support of the UW-EX programs including the 4-H and Youth Program.

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
Appreciated recent news article on Hawkins gun seller, calls shop owner a patriot
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 1:19 pm

I appreciated the great article pointing out just one more angle of attack from the far left anti-gun administration zealots.

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Says if not for military, intelligence professionals U.S. would not exist as we know it
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 1:20 pm

Regarding the recent Mikunda and Johnson letters, nothing is more hypocritical than Socialists pontificating on peace, when their political philosophy is responsible for countless wars and immeasurable human misery. Yes Ms. Mikunda, I dare preach to Sr. Cecilia based on a lifetime of experience countering Communism. If not for our military and intelligence professionals, the United States would not exist as we know it, nor would Sr. Cecilia’s vocation. No one desires peace more than a military member who has experienced war.  Respect their sacrifice, because without them Europe would have been a Muslim country centuries ago, and Mr. Johnson would have grown up with that false religion shoved down his throat. We might also be National Socialists speaking German, or a Third World country like Cuba under Russian domination.

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Cites a surprising spokesperson for those with position aligning church and state
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 1:19 pm

I offer two comments on some of what Mr. Anderson had to say in his “Letter to the Editor,” as printed in last week’s Ladysmith News.

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
Says city should discuss ways to support geese, find creative ways to co-exist
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 11:35 am

In a recent article in the Ladysmith News, Jan. 15, 2015, it was reported that the Ladysmith City Council heard a presentation on ways to deal with the city’s geese in O. J. Falge Park and Community Park. The article indicated that the resident geese are not welcome in the city. As I read the article, I began to wonder what other species may become unwelcome due to some inconvenience to the city or its residents.

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Ladysmith resident writes about America, our past glory and our future demise
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 11:34 am

France has just suffered a terrible terrorist attack. Their nation mourns for the dead and wounded. Several western nations gathered in Paris to show their support for France, and to stand together with them against terrorists. Heads of State were there from Britain, Germany, Israel and others. But where were American leaders? Where was Obama, John Kerry, or Joe Biden? Is this attack unimportant to them? The media didn’t dwell on this much, but the police in Washington D.C. have beefed up their security forces, because Isis threatened to kill our police and soldiers and civilians.

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
Expresses appreciation for those who purchased lights on the Love Light tree
Updated: January 14, 2015 - 11:16 am

The Partners of Rusk County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary would like to applaud everyone who purchased lights for the Love Light Tree this holiday season.

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Asks readers to post this letter on the refrigerator and wait to see who is right
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 11:16 am

There is a core group of religious fundamentalists, breathlessly awaiting the End Times.  For them, I have good news.

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
Says 1 percent uses wealth to buy politicians, enact laws benefiting a plutocracy
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 10:40 am

I would like to express my appreciation to Mr. Kurz and Sister Cecelia Fandel for their exemplary service to humanity. These individuals have personal histories of waging peace in this world and deserve recognition. Mr. Kurz and Sister Cecelia have effectively removed Mr. Bratina from his “comfort zone.” Warmongers have a very different psychological structure than the peacemakers and thus Mr. Bratina is driven to attack and vilify them. Dick Cheney and various sadism apologists have recently been in the news defending CIA torturers; doing their best to ensure that torture continue as a tool of United States foreign policy.

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Writing about the railroad, says good corporate neighbor will go the extra mile
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 10:42 am

The question is not “what the city should do” about the traffic jam and delays caused by the trains but what Canadian National plans to do.

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Says Peace Corps, others who chose peace instead of war deserve appreciation
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 10:41 am

Last week’s paper printed George Bratina’s letter revealing “the real story” about El Salvador. He dares to preach to Sister Fandel, who has spent her entire life serving the poor, sick and under privileged, and not in the service of large multi-national corporations as he has. He proves this when he suggest the three nuns and a lay missionary tortured, raped and murdered in El Salvador deserved it because they tried, of all heinous things, to organize a union. American investors were reaping billions of dollars of profits in Central America. Allowing a union would have been disastrous. Certainly encouraging people to join together to better their lot in life must be a sinister communist plot. The Jesuit priests were murdered because they ministered to the peasants suffering from the war. The priests opened their door to the government soldiers and invited them inside, hardly the actions of someone hiding guns.

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Tuesday 12/30/2014
Says liberals out of comfort zone will call you hateful, mean, selfish, prejudiced
Posted: December 30, 2014 - 9:48 am

Take Liberals out of their comfort zones, and they will brand you as 1) hateful, 2) mean, 3) selfish or 4) prejudiced. A case in point is Mr. Jim Kurz’ refusal to acknowledge the majority of males in the Peace Corps during the Vietnam War were avoiding military service. His comment that peace is better than war is trite and belongs with “good is better than evil, because it’s nicer,” both naïve, inadequate sentiments when faced with butchers such as Stalin, Mao, Hitler, and Ho Chi Min.

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Obama presidency has been an ongoing debacle of Executive Branch power abuses
Posted: December 30, 2014 - 9:47 am

According to Mr. Steffen’s recent letter, anyone who disagrees with President Obama must do so because they are a racist.

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Retired USAF Lt. Col. says his enhanced military training was not torture
Posted: December 30, 2014 - 9:46 am

When an Air Force captain and combat crew member  stationed  in Germany in the 1950s I like all combat crew personnel were required to undergo an Escape & Training program.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Says nothing can change your life more than one phone call; move over, slow down
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 1:52 pm

On the morning of Oct. 20, 2014 we received “that” call. That “dreaded call” told us that our son Nate was dead.

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Says things have improved under President Obama, doesn’t deserve disrespect
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 1:51 pm

While it may be true that some things are better off left unsaid, others cry out for the light of day. There are times when silence is not an option. Right now the silence is deafening.

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Learning issues from War in Central America, create just policies and practices
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 2:10 pm

November and December are months in which people of faith recall the martyrs who were assassinated during the U.S. supported Central American War that drug on through the 1970’s and 80’s: in El Salvador, Archbishop Oscar Romero- Mar. 24, 1980, U.S. missionaries Sr.  Dorothy Kazel, Sr. Maura Clarke, Sr. Ita Ford, and Jean Donovan  from Ireland - Dec. 2, 1980, and six Jesuit Priests and their housekeeper and daughter - Nov. 16, 1989, and in Santiago, Atitlan, Guatamala, Fr. Stanley Rother,  July 28, 1981 brother of my dad’s relatives in OK and whose site of martyrdom I visited in 1996. Thousands of catechists, labor leaders and indigenous peasants were massacred, assassinated, murdered, tortured, and disappeared during the 1980’s .

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Compares presidents starting with Herbert Hoover and ending with Barack Obama
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 2:10 pm

Pres. Herbert Hoover, Republican, presided over the crash of 1929. The unemployment rate was 25 percent, those lucky enough to have a job, faced 50 percent wage cuts. Farmers could not afford to plant or feed the animals and lost their farms. Ex-millionaires dove out of windows.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
Says to contact Gov. Walker if you believe minimum wage should be increased
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 10:31 am

UW-Milwaukee Professor Marc Levine’s Center for Economic Development October 2014 study, “Is Wisconsin Becoming a Low-Wage Economy? Employment Growth in Low, Middle, and High Wage Occupations: 2000-2013,” uses Bureau of Labor Statistics data to illustrate low-wage jobs are growing much faster than middle- or high-wage occupations.

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Reader offers what he calls a ‘small correction’ to recent letter to the editor
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 10:35 am

I was surprised that Mr. Bratina’s little fountain of hate spews over even to Peace Corps volunteers, apparently because he thinks that we volunteered in order to escape the draft.

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Tuesday 11/25/2014
Rejects recent writer’s recommendation that liberals listen to Limbaugh, Levine
Posted: November 25, 2014 - 10:19 am

I am going to strenuously reject Mr. Martin’s recommendation that we Progressives “start listening to Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levine” in order to correct our “extreme perverted beliefs”. It seems to me that becoming a Dittohead would require substantial psychological sacrifice on my part; an enormous loss of intellectual and spiritual freedom. Accepting Rush as my personal guru means accepting Rush’s conclusions, his judgments, his concepts on the nature of reality, truth, God, or whatever we choose to call it.

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Calls on younger veterans to get involved in their local Legion, VFW, DAV posts
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 10:20 am

November is the month of Veterans Day.

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Says a war with radical Islam would be the result of president’s poor judgement
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 10:19 am

Mr. Barrie Johnson’s latest letter is an emotional travesty.  His quote from Shakespeare should have read “Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.”  A more appropriate use of the Baird might have been “The devil damn thee black, thou cream faced loon, where got’tst thou that goose look,” to describe Mr. Johnson when he learned the results of the midterm election.  (Another line, which should not be wasted, is “Alas, but for those vile guns, I would myself have been a soldier,” an epitaph for both former Democratic President Bill Clinton and Peace Corps members who served during the Vietnam War.) But I digress.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Says Republicans swept election because of effective strategy, good candidates
Posted: November 19, 2014 - 10:21 am

Barrie Johnson’s letter contained some interesting points on the purpose of government and its role in the lives of its citizens. However his characterization of Republicans as traitors is simply incorrect, and decreases the legitimacy of his earlier comments. Republicans swept the elections because of an effective strategy, good candidates, and focusing on economic issues as well as a few contrived issues, namely the nonsense that Democrats were out to take your guns.

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Vietnam war veteran recommends letter writer start listening to Limbaugh, Levin
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 10:23 am

The recent letter by Mr. Johnson stating, “that aiding and abetting the overthrow of our government is treason” smacks of an angry and bitter delusional individual that should seek immediate medical help before he hurts himself or some innocent person who doesn’t agree with his twisted political philosophy.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Saddened to hear last week of the passing of very good man who will be missed
Posted: November 12, 2014 - 1:40 pm

I was saddened to read last week of the passing of one very good man.

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Letter writer says aiding and abetting the overthrow of our government is treason
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain. Several southern states had large numbers of uninsured that signed up for Obamacare and were happy with it. They still voted Republican.

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California fifth-grader is learning about the great state of Wisconsin at school
Posted: November 12, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Dear people of the great state of Wisconsin,

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Wednesday 11/05/2014
Believes political debates ought not be moronic, citing mailings in Assembly race
Posted: November 05, 2014 - 10:58 am

Today I received two glossy posters from Jobs First Coalition, Inc. out of Brookfield Wisconsin.  One shows a little girl crying with the caption: WHAT’S NEXT? TAKING CANDY FROM BABIES?  On the back side a picture of Richard Pulcher holding a large lollipop with the title: Richard Pulcher has a record we simply can’t trust.  

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Moved here to escape oppressive taxes; loves Wisconsin, supports Gov. Walker
Posted: November 05, 2014 - 10:59 am

There are so many ads on TV telling me how bad things are in Wisconsin under Governor Walker. If you agree with those ads, then let me tell you my story.

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Says we need new, fresh ideas; cooperation in the system to educate children
Posted: November 05, 2014 - 10:58 am

For those of you intending to vote for the current governor, I hope you have no children in the public education system in Wisconsin.

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Backs writers of letters to the editor; says Gov. Walker has done a lot of good
Posted: November 05, 2014 - 10:57 am

In response to recent letter tos the editor.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Expresses appreciation for Ladysmith Police Department K-9 unit, and its officers
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 11:00 am

As the Ladysmith Police Department K-9 program closes, and the County K-9 program reconfigures, we would like to express appreciation for K-9 Officer Matt Bach and K-9 Elmo, and their dedicated years of service to our community.

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Claims we had a proud tradition until release of report on general well-being
Posted: October 29, 2014 - 10:58 am

A very recent, very interesting report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development evaluated all 50 states plus the District of Columbia based on nine factors of general well-being; health, safety, housing, access to broadband, civic engagement, education, jobs, environment and income.

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Says recent letter shows writer is ignorant of the Constitution, Bill of Rights
Posted: October 29, 2014 - 10:58 am

Mr. Barrie Johnson’s usual answer to world problems is more free condoms; however, it’s a questionable solution, because there always seem to be more Democrats with their hands out for more free condoms.

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Friday 10/24/2014
Liked what Gov. Walker was doing so couple moved to Wisconsin
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 10:43 am

There are so many ads on TV telling me how bad things are in Wisconsin under Governor Walker. If you agree with those ads, then let me tell you my story.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Calls for a Republican vote in Nov. 4 election to keep moving Wisconsin forward
Posted: October 22, 2014 - 11:23 am

Listen to Governor Walker talk about Wisconsin and you can sense his confidence about the future. There is good reason for that: We are in the midst of a Wisconsin Comeback. Just last week 8,400 private sector jobs were added to our economy proving that our state is continuing to grow. We have 110,000 new jobs since Governor Walker took office and implemented his vision to fix what the previous democrat governor did to us.

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Says democratic candidates have a sense of integrity, honesty others are lacking
Posted: October 22, 2014 - 11:23 am

As reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (Feb. 15, 2011), in 2011 Scott Walker returned a $23 million grant to the federal government that was to be used to boost high-speed Internet service in 380 Wisconsin communities, including 385 libraries and 82 schools.

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