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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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    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.

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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.

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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
  4. 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
  7. 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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    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
  9. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
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    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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    Editorial: Eat better, move more to fight obesity

    Look around you. Of the first three people you see, one of them will be obese if you live in Northeastern Wisconsin. (And if you're not reading this while participating in a triathlon.)

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    These are products that are free of bisphenol-A or BPA as well as phalates. File/USA TODAY

    Guest commentary: BPA is not harmless

    Your March 31 guest commentary, 'Mandating BPA food labels could hurt taxpayers,' was authored by Mattie Duppler, a member of the Americans for Tax Reform group, a well-known right-wing organization founded by Grover Norquist.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    The consensus is: earth is warming

    Nobody wants to have cancer. But if you went to 100 doctors and 99 of them told you that you had cancer, would you deny it or get treated?

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    No mention of concealed carry in crime story

    Regarding the article: 'Crime takes a Beating' on March 26, I was surprised that no mention of passage of concealed carry in Wisconsin was made as contributing to the across-the-board drop in crime.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  18. After losing a site on Cherry Street, organizers have chosen this vacant downtown building for a proposed daytime center to serve the homeless. File/Press-Gazette Media

    Approve permit for daytime resource center

    Headlines can never tell the whole story and 'Neighbors question homeless center location' (April 3) is no exception.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    President Barack Obama walks back to the Oval Office with Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday after he delivered a statement on the Affordable Care Act at the Rose Garden of the White House. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

    Another view: Health reform's unfinished business

    Every devastating story about a family that went bankrupt for lack of health insurance starts the same way: We were healthy; our lives were stable; we thought we'd be OK.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    Construction crews work on St. Norbert College's Gehl-Mulva Science Center, which will also house the Medical College of Wisconsin's Green Bay campus, which is slated to admit its first students in July of 2015. File/Press-Gazette Media

    Guest commentary: Medical college expansion addresses many issues

    In a few short months, an exciting new chapter in Northeastern Wisconsin will come a step closer to fruition. The Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay will begin accepting applications for the class of medical students to begin their studies in 2015.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    First Amendment column: Are 'religious viewpoint' laws needed in public schools?

    Remember the hue and cry last fall when a Tennessee teacher told a fifth-grader that she couldn't write about God as the person she admired most?

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    Thank you, Ashwaubenon voters

    We simply want to thank the Ashwaubenon community for weighing in on our April 1st community facilities referendum.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  20. A memory garden was a part of the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Wisconsin's annual Memory Walk held in Fish Creek. File

    Women face higher risk of developing Alzheimer's

    The Alzheimer's Association released its 2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report highlighting that women are the epicenter of Alzheimer's disease making up the majority of both people living with the disease and caregivers.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  21. Ashwaubenon Public Safety Department officer Aaron Dufek, center, was part of the task force conducting an online child sex sting operation at the Brown County Sheriff's Office. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

    Editorial: Help your kids be safe online

    The recent arrests of 20 men accused of using the Internet to arrange meetings with children for sexual purposes underscores the need for parents to know what their kids are doing online.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
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    Ryan AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

    Memo to GOP: Poverty isn't just about race

    Why does so much of our talk about race and poverty leave us Americans spinning our wheels? One big reason is etiquette. What is said often matters less than who says it.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  22. Projects included in the referendum include $6.7 million at Washington Middle School to update heating and cooling systems, remove asbestos, replace flooring and create a new office. File/Press-Gazette Media

    Thank you, Green Bay schools voters

    Dear Green Bay community, on behalf of the board of education and administration, we wish to extend our sincere thanks for your support of the Green Bay School District and its students by overwhelmingly passing our referendum on April 1.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
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    Roses left for shooting victims are seen during a news conference near Fort Hood's main gate. A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide. AP

    Military must study mental illness issues more closely

    Let's stipulate that no amount of security can guarantee an end to shootings like the one Wednesday at Fort Hood, Texas. A motivated attacker, especially one able to get inside the perimeter, will inflict damage.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
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    Guest commentary: Address state problems; don't suppress voters

    On the state Assembly's last day in session, the Republican majority took the shameful step of eliminating weekend voting as an option for Wisconsinites.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  23. A Delta jet is de-iced before departing Austin Straubel International Airport. File/Press-Gazette Media

    Flight's inability to land in Green Bay a waste of money

    Wednesday night (March 26) I was on a flight from Detroit to Green Bay that had been delayed by weather in Omaha, Neb.

    • Apr. 5, 2014
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    Governor, GOP keep us on boom-and-bust economic cycle

    Just so everyone understands: outside interests need more time to funnel money to candidates but voters apparently have too much time to exercise their franchise. What about all of those jobs you promised, Gov.

    • Apr. 5, 2014
  25. Tim Weyenberg, chairman of Foth, a multifaceted organization that provides client solutions for companies in a variety of fields, is the chairman of ABC's leadership team. File/Press-Gazette Media

    Editorial: Achieve Brown County's 'collective impact' has great potential

    If you have not heard of Achieve Brown County yet, don't worry, you will.

    • Apr. 5, 2014
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    The bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, contains a raft of provisions, most of which are not controversial. For instance, it would spare campaigns that submit electronic filings from also having to submit paper reports. AP

    Money & Politics column: Lobbyist bill draws sharp reactions

    It's sometimes said that a legislative outcome criticized by opposing sides has struck the perfect balance. By that standard, Senate Bill 655 is a triumph.

    • Apr. 5, 2014
  26. Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt

    Mayor didn't bow to Freedom From Religion group

    Shame on the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation for passing judgement on Green Bay's mayor for inviting the pope to visit here.

    • Apr. 5, 2014
  27. Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan, right, and Kentucky head coach John Calipari shake hands after a joint news conference for their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Dallas. Wisconsin plays Kentucky on Saturday, April 5, 2014. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

    #Trending Topics: The Badgers' long road back to the Final Four

    The last time the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team reached the Final Four was the year 2000.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
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    Charles Krauthammer column: Kerry's folly rolls on in Mideast

    When has a secretary of state been involved in so many disastrous, self-initiated negotiations? First, John Kerry convenes against all advice and holding no cards Geneva negotiations to resolve the Syria conflict and supposedly remove Bashar al-Assad

    • Apr. 3, 2014
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    Clean up after your pooch

    In a recent online poll question, 'What is the scourge of spring?' the reply, 'All that dog poop in the yard,' came in second at 25 percent. Why should that be?

    • Apr. 3, 2014

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