Editorials

'No gain' for rich? Don't believe that.

October 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Tax reform is a worthy goal, but details and benefits matter.IN BELOIT THIS WEEK Congressman Mark Pocan, the Madison Democrat who represents this area in the nation's capital, called proposed tax reform "the biggest lie" he's seen in Washin...

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Call it leadership, American-style

October 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Is punishing the poor a salve for bruised political egos?SIX MILLION PEOPLE. That's the estimated number of Americans whose health insurance premiums are subsidized under the Affordable Care Act, and who stand to be unceremoniously tossed o...

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Endangering the people of Illinois

October 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Seriously, could Illinois politicians do worse if they tried?THIS IS HARDLY NEWS to anyone who has been paying attention, but the ghastly government finance stories just continue to escalate in Illinois.The issue is getting very close to ho...

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Again, a powerful man behaves badly

October 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm

In America, a fat checkbook can bestow a sense of being bulletproof.THE YEAR IS 2017. And we're still talking about this kind of stuff? How depressing.Hollywood super-producer Harvey Weinstein apparently has been sexually harassing (or wors...

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Making civility part of education

October 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Setting limits on bad behavior is not an assault on free speech.WE ARE UNAPOLOGETIC defenders of the First Amendment - free speech, free press, freedom to assemble and ask the government to redress grievances, and religious freedoms.We also...

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Always be wary of their motives

October 09, 2017 at 4:00 pm

There are ways to address concerns without closing blinds on records.LET'S REMEMBER: The nationwide push for police body cameras originated because bad - sometimes fatal - behavior by a few officers was captured on camera and broadcast acro...

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Protect voters, or politicians?

October 06, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Unintentionally or not, chief justice identified the key question.THE QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS that clearly had U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts agonizing are not frivolous."The whole point is you're taking (redistricting) issues...

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A deeper question about our society

October 04, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Has erosion of a shared sense of right and wrong made us vulnerable?BEFORE THE GUNSMOKE cleared in Las Vegas the public conversation took a predictable turn - politicians and pundits arguing over gun control measures.It has become a recurri...

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Tax reform, yes, but remain wary

September 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Don't just trust the politicians to have everyone's best interests in mind.FEDERAL TAX REFORM. Sounds terrific. But even more than with most things, the devil's in the details.And at this point, details are harder to find than virtue at a b...

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Just try not stoking anger

September 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Yes, most Americans object to the kneeling. But must people always be daggers-drawn?WHEN IT COMES to President Trump's take on professional athletes declining to stand during the playing of the national anthem, he's right. And he's wrong.An...

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