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12:08 PM, Jun. 6, 2014  |  Comments
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Alter the schedule

As students begin their 12-week summer break, I'd like to suggest shortening that break while adding others. As all parents know, by the third week of summer vacation kids are already complaining, "I'm bored!" Teachers know students forget a lot of information, necessitating two months of reteaching before new material can be introduced.

During a typical year, students have about 15 weeks of vacation. I propose the following breaks: Four weeks for the December holidays, four weeks for the spring holidays, four weeks at the beginning of summer, and three weeks at the end of summer. Parents will still have the same number of childcare days needed, but will gain more flexibility with family vacations (and less headaches from the kids' whining from boredom). Teachers and students will gain learning time, improving students' educational outcomes.

Carla Halvorson

Mishicot

Deserve better

Some 400,000 disability claims were pending in 2009, by 2012 that figure grew to 918,000. Backlogs in claims have increased as more soldiers came home from two wars that Obama inherited. Also adding to the backlog was the largest proposal that would make it easier for Vietnam vets with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson's disease, and hairy-cell leukemia to receive benefits.

"It's an antiquated system that has been underfunded for years, really needs to get into the 21st century," said Paul Rieckhoff, director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The VA has been broken since the 19th century. Our veterans deserve better.

Jerome Bolle

Whitelaw

Change the ads

Personally, I don't like cranberries. They're a little too tart for my taste. The growing of cranberries is a big industry in northern Wisconsin, and I'm sure the people who own the bogs are of above average intelligence. Multi-million dollar industries are, as a rule, not run by those with subpar intellects.

If I were a cranberry grower, I'm quite sure I'd be challenging my ad agency to come up with a better campaign. I don't like the present campaign that features two men standing in a bog acting like buffoons.

Les Graebel

Manitowoc

He had to go

It is with great sadness that we see the resignation of Jay Carney, the president's press secretary. The job of all presidential press secretaries is to make their bosses look good, but few have had to work so hard at it or had so little to work with.

For example, Jay had to try to convince us that lies were not lies (You can keep your plan, period!), that scandals were not scandals (IRS, fast and furious, Benghazi) and diplomatic failures were not failures (Red line in Syria, Crimea, the nuclear deal with Iran). After all these years of defending the indefensible he had to go, he had no credibility left.

Don Hallwachs

Two Rivers

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

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Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
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I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1018 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1272 votes

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