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  1. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker attends an event Monday to announce the expansion of Family Care, a state-administered program that provides long-term care to disabled and elderly residents under Medicaid during an event at Options for Independent Living in Green Bay. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media

    Editorial: Family Care expansion here is good news; now make it statewide

    For years, Brown County taxpayers have been helping fund a state program that they've been unable to take advantage of despite bipartisan lobbying from this corner of Wisconsin.

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    Another view: Obama puts politics ahead of Keystone XL approval

    That metallic sound you hear is President Barack Obama again kicking the politically tough decision on the Keystone XL pipeline down the road.

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    'Global warming' is political theory

    I am a believer in the science of climate change. Each year the big light in the sky that rises in the east gets farther north and the earth warms for spring and summer.

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  3. Mary Burke

    Burke offers job plan that will help stalled growth

    I implore everyone to work hard to learn the facts of the upcoming elections outside of the campaign literature framed for us by the respective campaigns.

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    Pastor's column criticizes Jewish community

    I was shocked by the recent column of a local pastor who disparaged the Jewish community in the time of Jesus, calling them 'mockers' who 'clung to ritual and tradition' instead of recognizing Jesus as messiah.

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    President Barack Obama is taking a week-long trip to South Asia. Getty Images

    Guest commentary: Big challenges await Obama in Asia

    President Obama touches down Wednesday in Japan where he starts an important week-long trip that will also take him to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Inside the First Amendment column: Wake-up call — Anti-Semitism is alive in America

    'I hate all Jews' was Frazier Glenn Miller's mantra, repeated time and again by the well-known white supremacist at rallies, in publications and on the Internet over a period of many years.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Another view: Drone use will heighten privacy issues

    It’s simple to explain Google’s and Facebook’s sudden, intense interest in drone technology: An estimated 65 percent of the world’s population today lacks Internet access, and flying robots probably can connect those 4.5 billion potential users to the rest of us.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Editorial: Teachers honored for excelling in the classroom

    Press-Gazette Media this week is honoring the recipients of the 21st annual Golden Apple Awards. The six educators and one teaching team who will be honored were whittled down from 1,100 nominations that were sent in this year.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Clarence Page column: Race card season again?

    After years of mostly hedging any suggestion that racism has anything to do with President Barack Obama's ferocious opposition, there's a new racial etiquette in town. Top Democrats are slipping off the kid gloves.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Boy Scouts were wrong to remove leader

    The recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to remove 49-year-old Seattle Scout leader Geoffrey McGrath (an Eagle Scout himself) because of his sexual orientation is unfortunate and wrong-headed.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  7. Test score article buries info on voucher schools

    “Green Bay schools see dip in math, reading,” reads the news story on the front page April 9. The math dip referred to is a seven-tenths of 1 percent drop in reading and a 1.5 percent drop in math scores from last year. These differences, unless based on a very large number of students, can best be attributed to chance. The number of students tested is not stated.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Another view: Is UW System really awash in money?

    Those of us on the outside looking in at the state Capitol and the UW System’s cash-flow are eager to learn more about whether the latter is sitting on $1.7 billion in extra money or if lawmakers are simply jumping on an election-year opportunity to announce a second straight two-year tuition freeze.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    Pro-Russian activists sit at a barricade in downtown Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine on Friday. Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest. AP

    Another view: World watches while Putin ravages Ukraine

    Vladimir Putin's violent rule and detachment from reality are menacing the globe, but much of the world doesn't recognize it yet.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  8. Schmechel

    Guest editorial: An Easter message of redemption through Jesus Christ

    This Easter, I've been reflecting on the story in the Bible of the two guys walking along the road to a small village called Emmaus, about a seven-mile walk from Jerusalem. What caught my eye was Luke 24:13,

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    Asian bighead carp. File/AP

    Guest column: Let's get serious about blocking invasive species

    Lake Michigan, beware. Among all the bugs, plants, fish and critters that find their way into the Great Lakes from afar, Asian carp are swimming hard up the threat list.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    State Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center

    Money & Politics column: State Sen. 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. 20, 2014
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    Don't buy, sell illegal fireworks

    With the weather getting warmer, those who thumb their nose at state laws and local law enforcement will be advertising the sale of illegal fireworks.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  10. Daytime resource center, downtrodden rejected

    Congratulations, fellow Christians of Astor Park. We have successfully repelled the invasion of the downtrodden. Jesus himself would have manned the barricades against the threat of lower property values, if he lived here.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  11. St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, 411 St. John St., Green Bay File/Press-Gazette Media

    Center rejection sends homeless on a 'forced march to nowhere'

    After the Green Bay City Council voted to delay the permit for a daytime resource center for homeless on Mason Street, we now learn that it will no longer be opened at all.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    A Boston police officer pauses on the finish line during a tribute in honor of the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Boston. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

    Trending Topics: #BostonStrong rallies nation

    On Monday, the Boston Marathon will be run for the first time since the bombings that killed three and injured 264 near the finish line for the race.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Charles Krauthammer column: Zealots win again, ruin full disclosure

    The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Legislators fail to toughen drunken-driving laws

    The Legislature of this great state of Wisconsin has gain failed to put teeth into the drunken-driving laws, thanks to money from the liquor lobby.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Fox News is not real news

    It is disturbing/distressing that the Press-Gazette now contains commentary in op-ed section from people employed by Fox News (Kirsten Powers, Jan 16; Charles Krauthammer).

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Businesses can't afford increase in minimum wage

    According to Anne Ranft's letter on April 1, the minimum wage should be $15.50. Why not $20, or $30?

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  15. Editorial: City needs to find site for daytime homeless center

    Finding a location for a daytime drop-in center for the homeless in downtown Green Bay is proving difficult, and unpopular.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Wisconsin Sen. Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, will not seek re-election this fall, following the release of a secretly recorded video in which he discusses an illegal campaign finance scheme. Ellis' spokesman Scott Kelly confirmed Friday that Ellis was dropping out, marking the end of a 44-year legislative career. AP

    Another view: Don't let sleazy tactics push moderates like Ellis out of politics

    This — this garbage — is what our politics have become.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Guest commentary: Ashwaubenon deer population should not be killed

    We are deeply saddened and disappointed that the Ashwaubenon Village Board is considering killing off many of the approximately 125 deer currently residing within village limits.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Packers ticket prices are too high

    I love the Packers. Ticket prices are too high, including other teams. We feel that goes for all members of the Packers making $2 million or more. Anyone making over $2 million should take a 20 percent drop in pay.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Climate change a fact, not a belief

    Recently there was a letter to the editor ridiculing a belief in global warming and climate change.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Shaun McCutcheon (center), plaintiff in a case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, leaves the Supreme Court on October 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. Getty Images

    Inside the First Amendment: 'Money talks,' even in political campaigns

    There's little question that 'money talks' as long as you can pay a bit more for a better service at a top restaurant or to get a first-class seat while traveling — but there's an ongoing First Amendment battle over how loudly it should speak in politics.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Take time to learn about autism

    April is Autism Awareness Month. I hesitated in writing this because I do not define my children by this fact, though others have. Just as the expression states, 'I am not fat, I have fat,' my children are not autistic, but people living with autism.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  19. Downtown Green Bay already has a grocer

    I don't know what all the fuss is about getting a grocery store downtown. There's a nice store on Dousman Street called Save-A-Lot.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Editorial: State government improves transparency; more work needs to be done

    We believe our public institutions should be transparent. We want to know how our elected lawmakers vote, how workers in public office carry out their duties, how much our federal, state and local government spend and what they spend that money on.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    In this July 2, 1964, file photo, President Lyndon B. Johnson reaches to shake hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. after presenting the civil rights leader with one of the 72 pens used to sign the Civil Rights Act in Washington. File/AP

    Clarence Page column: Could LBJ wield as much clout today?

    Fifty years later, it's hard to imagine the enactment of the Civil Rights Act by today's polarized Congress. Maybe, as the old saying goes, today's fighting is so vicious because the stakes are so small.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Carbon tax, dividend needed to fight global warming

    Advocates for action on climate change should seriously consider a carbon tax and dividend.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  22. Rendition of proposed street sign for proposed Walmart store on Broadway in Green Bay. Provided by Walmart.

    Walmart supports city growth

    Walmart's Broadway proposal is concise and offers long-term city benefits. A view of the proposal highlights the scope of its contributions to Green Bay.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Another view: Declining northwoods population numbers a concern

    If you like to vacation in Wisconsin's northwoods, the latest census estimates showing that 14 of Wisconsin's 16 northernmost counties lost population the past three years can be seen as a positive.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    Guest commentary: Tax deadline and no reform in sight

    The annual tax filing deadline, which comes Tuesday, provides a good opportunity for tax reform advocates to decry the current law's increasing complexity and inequities, and to urge enactment of a simpler, fairer system.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    Van Hollen

    Guest commentary: Stop the spiral — take back unused prescription drugs

    Like many Wisconsin parents, Julie never thought it could happen to her child. The mother of four from Menomonee Falls lost her 25-year-old son in early 2012 to a heroin overdose.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    Redistricting responsible for divisiveness

    Wisconsin politics will be even more partisan and contentious with the departure of three moderate state senators who will likely be replaced by more ideological lawmakers. Those retirements do not bode well for harmony at our State Capitol.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  24. State inspectors reported numerous violations at Longview Terrace I, 3136 Longview Lane, Suamico. File/Press-Gazette Media

    Editorial: Assisted-living patients' needs must come first

    When you're in the business of caring for others, you face high expectations from the client, his or her family members, the government and society in general.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    Money & Politics column: Big money backfires in local races

    One day before the U.S.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    Don't glorify teen pregnancy

    Why, oh why, would you choose to glorify teen pregnancy on the front page of the paper? The headline blared out that more funds have been granted to support teen pregnancy.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    ALEC agenda doesn't favor middle class

    Several Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature are members of ALEC, which is a cabal of several large corporations and legislators who secretly draft model bills that profit corporations. Gov.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    This May 4, 2011 image from video released by CBS shows host David Letterman, left, shaking hands with fellow talk show host Stephen Colbert of 'The Colbert Report,' during a surprise visit on the 'Late Show with David Letterman,' in New York. CBS on Thursday, April 10, 2014, announced that Colbert, the host of The Colbert Report, will succeed David Letterman as the host of The Late Show. AP Photo/CBS, Worldwide Pants Inc.

    #Trending Topics: Colbert moves into 'Late Night' desk

    The #CancelColbert hashtag-tivists have won — 'The Colbert Report' will be canceled.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Charles Krauthammer column: Nation's thought police still on patrol

    Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Washington Post demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  27. U.S. has a process for guest workers; use it

    Duane W. Maatz's March 30 Guest Commentary warning of food shortages and threats to food safety unless we grant what would be the eighth amnesty to illegal aliens since 1986 is more of the '

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  28. A Delta jet is de-iced before departing Austin Straubel International Airport. File/Press-Gazette Media

    Austin Straubel not in business of turning away flights

    Regarding Tom Groenfeldt's letter

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  29. Senate Majorirty Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) Getty Images

    Democrats destroying jobs

    In response to Donald Vineburg's March 18 letter, the Koch brothers didn't balance our state's budget, create the $900 million surplus, or put over $200 million into the rainy day fund. Gov. Walker's policies did and he will be re-elected.

    • Apr. 9, 2014

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