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America overdue for Lehman-like episode

August 21, 2018 at 10:13 am

WASHINGTON -- Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), the author and broadcaster, said he was a pessimist about tomorrow but an optimist about the day after tomorrow. Regarding America's economy, prudent people should reverse that.This Wednesday, accord...

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First vote to pay drug-abuse costs loses

August 21, 2018 at 10:13 am

DRUG addiction and abuse costs - largely methamphetamine - has decimated the operating budgets of the Ashland County sheriff, district attorney, clerk of courts and Health and Human Services Department. So county officials last week asked r...

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Guest commentary Tax-funded lobbyists advocate higher taxes

August 20, 2018 at 10:54 am

Your taxpayer dollars are hard at work right now pushing a series of biased referenda questions on the fall ballot around Wisconsin, including southern Wisconsin, that ask you to vote in favor of higher taxes.Quite literally, local governme...

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Report: Climate of hostility increases threats to free press

August 16, 2018 at 9:55 am

Threats to media increased during the Obama administration, which brought a record number of whistleblower prosecutions.President Trump's verbal attacks on the media have worsened a hostile climate to the press.Journalists' ability to repor...

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Your Right to Know Finalists' names should be made public

August 13, 2018 at 10:13 am

When the Oconto Police and Fire Commission said in April that it had interviewed two finalists for the open position of chief of police, Kent Tempus of the Oconto County Reporter asked who the finalists were.It was a simple request, made un...

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Steve Walters: Mike Ellis - Deals, barbs, facts, fiction

August 07, 2018 at 7:07 am

THE legendary lawmaker Mike Ellis will be honored tomorrow in Neenah, where he was born 77 years ago and whose values he championed every day he came to the Capitol from 1970 until 2014. Ellis died on July 20.Any column on the former Senate...

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Klett: Tourism is big business for Wisconsin

July 31, 2018 at 11:24 am

By Stephanie KlettTourism SecretaryWhen you're having fun, we're having fun--this sentiment is deeply rooted in our Midwestern hospitality and our sincere desire to make sure each visitor to our state has a memorable vacation. We call it Ge...

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Walters: ACLU adds political activism to toolkit

July 31, 2018 at 11:24 am

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin officials say Wisconsin is a textbook example of the ACLU's new emphasis on political advocacy."The ACLU has built a reputation for legal work, and that's still really important to what we ...

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Will: Learning about socialism from Trump

July 31, 2018 at 11:24 am

WASHINGTON -- For three months in 1917, Leon Trotsky lived in the Bronx, just south of the congressional district where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently defeated a 10-term incumbent in a Democratic primary. Because she calls herself a demo...

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George Will: Protectionism proves evidence is unpersuasive

July 25, 2018 at 11:03 am

WASHINGTON -- If you are not collateral damage in the escalating trade wars, the bulletins from the wars' multiplying fronts are hilarious reading. You are collateral damage only if you are a manufacturer, farmer or consumer, so relax and e...

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