ON-Lion Letter

"Anyone that owns a cabin or lives in the beautiful northwoods of Wisconsin knows that there is no place like it on earth," begins an October article by Nick Novak -- director of communications at the MacIver Institute, which is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.  "The densely-wooded forests are great for sportsmen during deer hunting season.  The snowmobile trail system is amazing in winter.  And the pristine lakes are perfect for fishing and water sports alike.

"While a great many of us enjoy the northwoods in all seasons, complicated and burdensome regulations have hurt property owners for years," however, according to Novak.  "Instead of making it easier to enjoy the bountiful natural resources our state has, rules passed down by the state, counties, towns and others have severely infringed on the rights of property owners.

"Thanks to a provision in the recent state budget, changes to the state's shoreland zoning rules have made it easier for Wisconsinites to manage their property the way they see fit -- while still ensuring we protect the natural resources that all of us enjoy so much," he continues.

Now, "[i]nstead of relying on sometimes arbitrary rules set by who knows which government agency, property owners can rest easy knowing there is one statewide set of rules for shoreland zoning enforced by the Department of Natural Resources," Novak writes.

"Any effort to take away the rights of property owners in Wisconsin should be quickly seen as just another attempt to give government more power," he concludes.  "And I think we can all agree that bigger government is not the answer."

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