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    Newsmakers: Learn more about a potential indoor athletic facility

    We talk with Matt Ten Haken of the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau about a potential indoor athletic facility.

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    Democratic candidate for governor Burke talks about her run against Walker

    On Thursday we talked with Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke about her campaign and the issues.

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    State Sen. Michael Ellis was a leader on campaign finance reform and legislative ethics. Post-Crescent Media

    Ellis was Legislature's go-to reformer

    The sudden speed with which it knocked him out of Wisconsin politics after 44 years in the Legislature was shocking enough.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Public pensions will be burden for us all

    America is sacrificing its future to pay for its past. Promises made to public pension plans have become impossible to pay for by government entities across America and the problem continues to escalate.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  1. Letters: Ryan unfairly given Thumbs Down

    Post-Crescent editors gave a Thumbs Down to the results of a Casey Foundation survey revealing that Wisconsin ranks last in African American child achievement and commented, 'It's a tremendously complex issue with no easy solutions and probably few diff

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Letters: State's economy headed in right direction

    Under the leadership of Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in the Legislature, Wisconsin's economy is improving.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Letters: Special-interest groups polluting politics

    I can appreciate that Sen. Mike Ellis wants to combat special-interest groups.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Craig Ferguson jokes about the latest on the political front. Getty Images for USC Shoah Found

    Punchlines: Late-night comics joke about latest in politics

    So does former Florida governor and member of one of the most powerful political families in the U.S., Jeb Bush, still have a chance at the presidency in 2016? Does he want it?

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    State Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, disagreed frequently with fellow Democrats in recent years and isn't running for re-election. AP

    Sen. Dale Schultz exits, shaking his head

    Dale Schultz tells a story he heard about a recent meeting of Republicans in the state's 6th congressional district.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    'Wicked' leads to second thoughts about good, evil

    Back in mid-February, when I got a phone call from Maya, my wife, that we had won the 'lottery,' I was thrilled. My first thought was, 'What am I going to do with more than $300 million?' In all honesty, quitting my job was foremost on my mind.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Letters: Appleton liquor ordinance should be strengthened

    It's disappointing that some elected officials and civic leaders are promoting the relaxation of ongoing regulation of liquor licenses.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Letters: Need compromise on bike-lane issue

    This is in response to a letter by Josh Dukelow, criticizing my commentary on the Appleton bike lane controversy.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Letters: Walker following Thompson's footsteps

    A quick lesson in Wisconsin history: Does anyone remember Scott McCallum? He was Tommy Thompson's lieutenant governor and, when Tommy went off to be the federal secretary of health and human services, he became Wisconsin's 43rd governor.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Craig Ferguson jokes about a British company's invention of an ice cream with Viagra. Getty Images for USC Shoah Found

    Punchlines: Late-night comics joke about Viagra ice cream

    Who knew that eating ice cream could improve your sex life?

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Editorial: Be aware of state withholding change

    It's April 15 the deadline for filing your state and federal income-tax returns and we hope you already have that taken care of, or that you will by the end of the day.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Smarter military spending needed, not more

    If you're among the taxpayers who are just getting your taxes done today, you might be wondering where all that money goes.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Letters: Contact representatives about spearfishing

    According to a report in the Wisconsin Outdoor News, the six Chippewa Indian tribes have announced they intend to spear more than 63,000 walleye this spring.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Letters: Gender status not newsworthy by itself

    I don't want to read stories about any Appleton alderperson's sexual or gender status in the newspaper, unless that somehow affects the person's work on the council.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Letters: State should raise limit on capital losses

    If Wisconsin wants to show some permanent real tax relief, it should do something about the absurd limit of $500 on capital losses for state income tax purposes. At a minimum, it should match the federal allowance, which is $3,000.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Punchlines: Late-night comics joke about religion

    The producers of 'Noah' couldn't have released the movie at a better time. It hit theaters just weeks before Easter. And it seems people can't stop talking about what has become one of the most lucrative and controversial religious movies in years.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Jimmy Fallon jokes about the equal-pay debate. AP

    Punchlines: Late-night comics joke about equal pay for women

    Last week marked several moments in the struggle to get women equal pay for equal work: The GOP and President Barack Obama bickered over taking action, with Obama pushing for the public to put pressure on the GOP to pass legislation.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Reader Reaction Forum: Do Americans have a right to health care?

    YOU BET: Our rights as citizens of the U.S. are not inalienable rights. We've found that, regardless of what the Constitution says, the Supreme Court can overrule rights. It also can rule us some new rights. Case in point, the Affordable Care Act.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Koch brothers will be poster boys for 1 percent

    Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular 'demon of the right' has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Democrats are misusing bill on equal pay

    Here's a radical notion: It's simultaneously possible to believe that women are entitled to equal pay and to not support the Paycheck Fairness Act.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Letters: Thanks to voters for Appleton council spot

    Thank you, District 2 voters, for the honor of choosing me to serve on Appleton's Common Council. Running for office is the best way to get to know your community and meet all your neighbors.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  12. Sen. Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, announced Friday that he won't run for re-election. AP

    Editorial: We can't let sleazy tactics define politics

    This this garbage is what our politics have become.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Write, for all the right reasons

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    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    State taxes take bigger bite from poor, middle class

    As April 15 approaches, taxes are on a lot of people's minds. We all need to work to make our tax system fairer. Wisconsin does better when we all do better.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  13. Letters: US can't afford to be world's policeman

    I agree with Lyle Boggs' commentary regarding U.S. policy as the world's policeman. We're trying to fill a role that might have worked in the past but doesn't apply anymore.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    Editorial: Thumbs Up and Down

    Thumbs Up: To Rep. Reid Ribble and Rep. Mark Pocan, for their bipartisan approach to federal medical research funding.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Court ruling sets new low for campaigns

    There's more than one way to demolish a wall, physical or legal. Go at it with a bulldozer, or weaken its foundations and await the collapse.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Silver Pen letter: Learn more about autism this month

    April is Autism Awareness Month. I hesitated in writing this because I don't define my children by this fact, though others have. Just as the expression states, 'I am not fat.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Some form of health care is a right

    Supporters of Obamacare are celebrating that the law is not an unmitigated disaster, just a mitigated one.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  15. Letters: Political contributions should be taxed

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed unlimited spending by people who buy influence with our politicians. One could argue the transfer of large sums of money to the politicians is nothing more than legalized bribery.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Letters: Constitution guarantees free exercise of religion

    In her recent letter, Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation promotes the tenor of the New Atheist movement, which contends that 'religion should not simply be tolerated but should be countered, criticized, and exposed by rational arg

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  17. Mary Beth Nienhaus has given her Winagamie Golf Course to the Appleton Education Foundation. Dan Powers/Post-Crescent Media

    Editorial: Nienhaus' gift continues stunning generosity

    Even in an unusually giving community like ours, Mary Beth Nienhaus' generosity is rare.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    New Orleans isn't the usual spring-break place

    Life sometimes seems so surreal. You can be standing in your kitchen at 7 a.m., eating a bagel and watching the 'Today' show, and then six hours later be sitting at a cafe in New Orleans listening to jazz music while munching on a crawfish po' boy.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Letters: Rule of Gold taking over nation

    As a nation, we pride ourselves in our belief in the Golden Rule. Even when we make mistakes, we do so in an attempt to 'improve' the human condition.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Newsmakers replay: Kaukauna High School senior discusses election to school board

    NEWSMAKERS: Kaukauna senior and newly elected school board member was our guest: (April 10, 2014)

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    David Letterman has some fun with the latest in drug news of the weird. Getty Images

    Punchlines: Late-night comics joke about drug news of the weird

    Well, if the anti-pot crowd didn't have enough evidence that legalizing the drug was a bad idea, the story about a woman who called the cops because her dealer sold her bad pot might help to tip the scales in their favor.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  19. Fox Valley Technical College is including a body farm as part of its new Public Safety Training Center. Wm. Glasheen/Post-Crescent Media

    Editorial: FVTC should have publicized body farm, grave site before vote

    Most voters in the 2012 Fox Valley Technical College referendum probably didn't even know what a body farm is, much less that it was included in FVTC's expansion plans that are being funded by the successful vote.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    Underrated literature? Try gothic

    Gothicism is a genre of literature often underestimated in its importance. It was the gothic that gave rise to such subgenres as science fiction and horror, which stand among the most popular of fiction.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  21. Letters: Support for middle class rings hollow

    I'd like to add a thought or two to Leonard Pitts' recent about poverty. The conservative extremists love to trot out examples of abuses as evidence the system is 'broken,' casting the dark net of guilt over anyone who has ever been in one of these

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    Letters: Menasha voters fail elementary students

    It was a very disappointing morning in my house. I had to wake my three children and tell them that their community doesn't value their education enough to spend $20 to $50 a year to educate students in a world language program.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    Big money backfires in northern Wisconsin local races

    One day before the U.S.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    Shopping with my wife is a real trip

    Shopping with my wife is an adventure, but a bit complicated, filled with points and precautions. We each have our own style of perusing and strengths in procurement that aren't always compatible, but usually entertaining.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    Letters: Lifetime of cycling brings no need for bike lanes

    I'm 65 years old. I love bikes. Between my wife and I, we own seven bikes. I love to ride them in the summer her, not so much.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  24. Letters: Cars breaking through ice is sign of spring

    Just like most others living in this climate, even after a mild winter, to say nothing of a winter like the one just experienced, I look forward to spring.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    Letters: Menasha voters waste opportunity for kids

    I'd like to extend my sincerest thanks and congratulations to Menasha voters for defeating the foreign-language referendum. My 4-year-old son no longer has the looming burden of compulsory foreign-language education to dread over.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    Punchlines: Late-night comics joke about NCAA championship game

    To borrow and slightly modify a phrase from one of late-night's later comics: It's a great day for the University of Connecticut, everybody!

    • Apr. 9, 2014

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