Editorials

Holding office, keeping secrets

July 02, 2018 at 10:03 am

For too many officials, covering one's behind trumps transparency.A FEW WEEKS AGO a group of African American citizens including Dennis Baskin, a former Beloit School Board member, brought a protest to a board meeting and laid out a list of...

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Just another political stunt

July 02, 2018 at 10:03 am

Unproductive bickering is no substitute for sensible immigration policy.CONGRESSMAN MARK POCAN, who represents the Beloit area, is pushing a bill that would abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. He says, following a trip t...

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Politicians should do the right thing

June 25, 2018 at 9:21 am

Justices provide a pause to give partisans a chance to act appropriately.HERE'S OUR TAKE on the unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gill v. Whitford, the Wisconsin legislative redistricting dispute.The justices are sending a message to...

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It's politics. It's not war.

June 25, 2018 at 9:21 am

Opponents are not mortal enemies. They are friends and neighbors.POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENTS often are over-dramatized, frequently mean-spirited and seldom exhibit reluctance to shade the truth - or flat-out lie.Think that's an exaggeration? W...

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Critical reform for impartiality

June 18, 2018 at 9:29 am

Limit the stain of money on decisions by the justices.THE LAST TIME Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson was a candidate for election the opposition considered it essentially a lost cause, since her record of easy victories st...

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FBI fumbled; it did not cheat

June 18, 2018 at 9:29 am

Watchdog report shows errors. It does not show a 'deep state' conspiracy.THE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S report on the FBI supplies needed clarity, but did nothing to support political talking points for any side.Fired FBI Director James Comey was ...

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When government favors businesses

June 11, 2018 at 10:02 am

Vacuuming up taxpayer dollars does not always serve citizens' best interests.THE WORD USED most often by decision-makers in the public sector is "incentives."But let's call it what it is - corporate welfare and, often, crony capitalism.When...

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Setting the stage for wild swings

June 04, 2018 at 10:00 am

In modern era, one-party control is the equivalent of ideological bullying.THE SIGNATURE INITIATIVE from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's two terms in office is Act 10, which severely limited government employees' collective bargaining options...

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Property rights ought to matter

June 04, 2018 at 10:00 am

Is the Foxconn bet worth running roughshod over private ownership?ABOUT A DOZEN property owners in southeast Wisconsin have gone to court to oppose eminent domain being used to take their land to accommodate the big Foxconn Technology Group...

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Four decades serving state

June 04, 2018 at 10:00 am

Abrahamson broke through many barriers to serve Wisconsin citizens.SHIRLEY ABRAHAMSON, the longest-serving Supreme Court justice in Wisconsin history, was often revered or despised depending on one's political viewpoint.The first woman to s...

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