Writer rejects 'fake news' label, questions sanctuary proposal|
To the Antigo Daily Journal:
I would like to make a few comments on the article that Leonard Boltz wrote.
First, do we really want to promote the narrative of "fake news" that some in power use to create fear and distrust and suspicion so that they can't be held accountable by anything the press says? I've read the Antigo Daily Journal my entire life and though there are times I don't agree with how something was reported, our local paper is not "fake news.'' Yes, there are times they have a bias on an issue. We all do that. It is part of being human. But I read most of their editorials and they range from conservative to liberal. The very fact that the Journal published an opinion criticizing their own paper should cause people to question the accusation that they are "fake news.''
Secondly, to take a shot at our universities and those that graduate from them is unwarranted and unproductive.
I graduated from college and even took a journalism class. I think that class helped me become more thoughtful and equipped to try to see the world as less black and white. I have a son working on his doctorate at Madison. He brings
The life of Gary Hartl addressed in eloquent letter from his brother
Actions matter Tuesday, and there's no excuse not to vote
|To the Antigo Daily Journal:|
The Hartl, Bradley and Stieber families wish to express our gratitude to the people of Antigo and Langlade County for the outpouring of condolences and support on the death of Gary Hartl, beloved of his wife Eileen and his children Erin and Bret.
I'm Dan Hartl, Gary's older brother, and I made a few remarks at his funeral that a number of people have asked to be printed as part of the permanent written record of Gary's life and his contributions to Antigo and Langlade County. The Antigo Daily Journal has graciously agreed to make this possible.
The last time I spoke in public in Antigo was when I was in high school. Sixty years later I was asked to speak in Antigo once again at Gary's funeral. In these 60 years I've learned a thing or two. I make no claim to wisdom, but I'm wiser now than I was then (I hope), and what I've learned has helped me to put Gary Hartl and his legacy into perspective.
My profession took me away from Antigo. Since leaving I have been privileged to have met about 2,000 brilliant and accomplished people, most of them scientists and educators, including 25 or 30 Nobel Pri
A very casual family photograph of Dan and Gary Hartl and their wives.
We admit it. Even we self-professed news junkies have had it with this election. The constant barrage of negative and misleading television advertisements, complete with unflattering video and photos, have caused a massive headache, and not of the ice cream variety. Wednesday can't come soon enough.
It would be easy to turn offâ€and go aheadâ€but don't tune out.
Voting is a sacred honor we often take for granted. Witness the lengths people went to recently to purchase a $1 billion lottery ticket, with about the same odds of winning, but who will say Tuesday they can't be bothered to stop by a polling spot on the way home from work. Whose the real winner in that situation?
We would never presume to tell our readers how to cast their ballots. We have too much respect for the intelligence of those who read the newspaper.
Instead, we have shared information fairly, accurately and without bias. We have published letters to the editor, including well-crafted and thoughtful missives from folks such as Terry Brand and Phil Valitchka, and now, we leave the decision with our readers.
Political pundits of all persuasion has postulated that
Time to reconsider decision on city's weather sirens
What cost is the city of Antigo willing to incur in order to save a few thousand bucks?
Thats the question aldermen are facing today, after some in the community complained that they did not receive notification that a tornado was approaching the area Sunday.
The city decommissioned the sirens—which were creaky and showing their age—a few years ago in favor of Everbridge, a warning system that sends out alerts over telephone land lines and cellular text messages. Its high-tech and, in theory, blankets the county instead of relying on audible warnings from sirens that not everyone can hear.
But we received several calls Monday from readers saying the system did not provide the needed notification. And with more and more organizations using cellphones to send out messages about everything from coming events to missing children, fewer and fewer people are glancing at their text messages every time their phones buzz.
And—we know some people may find this hard to believe—not everyone is glued to their cellphones.
When aldermen were debating the issue, officials said the cost to replace the sirens and ensure audible coverage across the
Hearing Monday to eye licenses for non-motorized boats
The Wisconsin Fish and Game hearings will be held here and 71 other counties across Wisconsin Monday evening, with the events a mere shadow of earlier sessions.
Fewer people are attending, those who do visit come to check their ballot books and then department without hearing a word or sharing a word during the hearings.
Whether that condition is due to bureaucracy, the scope of the items to be considered or the fast-changing world of electronic can certainly be debated. Administrative rule changes over the years have taken away much of the hearings teeth.
But this year may be different. The list of questions and proposals contain gems far more interesting than demanding certain muskie-catch lengths on selected Vilas County lakes along with other regionalized and technical issues.
Just a glance at the hearing book Thursday brought out a Conservation Congress proposal to license non-motorized boats, including canoes and kayaks, along with a raft of proposals to undo some of the regulatory easing for mines, and ban lead shot and fishing tackle.
We will let the participants decide on the mining and lead issues without comment, but we can