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Guest commentary Working to mobilize a caring community

October 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm

UNITED WAY Blackhawk Region's annual fundraising campaign launched in September though we work year-round to engage public and corporate support. What's more important than the campaign is why we work so hard to mobilize our caring communit...

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Why Cross wants UW institutions to merge

October 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm

FOR MORE than a year, University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross and System administrators looked at options for the 13 two-year colleges that help anchor smaller communities like Rice Lake, Baraboo, Richland Center and Marshfield.T...

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Democrats displaying their cultural extremism

October 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - What would America's abortion policy be if the number of months in the gestation of a human infant were a prime number - say, seven or eleven? This thought experiment is germane to why the abortion issue has been politically to...

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Faith and Culture Finding the peace that people pray for

October 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

AS THE dust settles from the 12th annual Values Voters Summit last weekend in Washington, D.C., an inconvenient truth lingers in the air: The values that are supposedly the subject of these and other initiatives by white evangelicals have l...

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Hidden messages in Obama conspiracy theories

October 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm

CONSPIRACY theories about Barack Obama have not gone away in his post-presidency. But they have inspired a new book of fictional short stories that subtly raises an intriguing question: Why are there so many outlandish conspiracy theories a...

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Guest commentary Wisconsin deserves better on transportation

October 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm

By Craig ThompsonThe Wisconsin state budget was finally signed into law on September 21st. The spirited debate over how to solve Wisconsin's well-documented transportation funding shortfall held up passage for nearly three months.After all ...

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An administration too soiled for scrubbing

October 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump's poodle. Now comfortably leashed, he deserves the degradations that he seems too sycophantic to recognize as such. He did Trump's adolescent biddi...

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Report finds Hwy. 29 economic fault line

October 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm

STATE Highway 29 runs from Prescott on the Mississippi River to Kewaunee on Lake Michigan's shoreline.Here's how those who love and live along the 300-mile route describe it:"You traverse hills along the St. Croix River Valley, brush by sev...

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For auto industry, the future is unknown

October 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm

DETROIT - Bending metal, slapping on chrome and marketing an empowering product and status marker that mesmerized 20th-century America, the automobile industry typified the Old Economy, of which General Motors was emblematic. As was its ban...

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Wisconsin's stake in the tax-code fight

October 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm

JANESVILLE'S own Congressman Paul Ryan, speaker of the U.S. House, said this last week about the tax-reform package President Trump and Republican leaders like him hope to pass by the end of the year:"For fixing our broken tax code, what is...

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