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  1. Op-ed: Liberals attack female fighting misogyny

    War on women alert: One of the most forceful fighters against misogyny in the modern era is under attack.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  2. Guest editorial: Wisconsin 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. 18, 2014
  3. Tom Herzing: Curse word shifts from vulgar to trite

    People sometimes ask me where I get my ideas for columns and I usually reply, 'other people suggest them.' My main inspiration is my wife, but even my eldest daughter has kicked in, pleading for me to write an article on the prevalence of the F- word.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  4. Op-ed: What awaits at the Ivy League

    Kwasi Enin is the New York high-schooler who was recently accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. His accomplishment has generated a lot of publicity and some well-deserved praise.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  5. Guest editorial: Health care law shows wins, losses

    Yes, you pretty much could have made yourself sick contemplating all the problems in approving and rolling out the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  6. Ruth Marcus: Kerry's determination no delusion in Mideast

    The line between determination and delusion can be obscure. Sometimes, the distinction emerges only in retrospect, like a Polaroid image slowly appearing.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  7. Letters to the editor: Marijuana vote shows time to end war on drugs

    Madison residents voted April 1, over 63,000 of them, by a two to one margin to advise the state to legalize marijuana. This reflects the nature of sentiment state wide and it's time to end the war on drugs.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  8. Letters to the editor: Take time to learn more about living with autism

    April is Autism Awareness Month. I hesitated in writing this because I do not define my children by this fact, though others have.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  9. Guest editorial: New tests for teachers only a beginning

    Raising standards required for becoming a teacher is a laudable goal, but making it tougher to enter the field won't by itself improve educational outcomes in Michigan. Our problems are bigger than that.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  10. Leonard Pitts: From past to present, Indians get snookered

    Twenty-four dollars. That, supposedly, was the price Gov. Peter Minuit paid American Indians for the island of Manhattan in 1625. It's a tale historians find suspect.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  11. Op-ed: What does Stan Mack have to hide?

    In reading several articles (recently) in The Northwestern, I could not but become concerned that Stan Mack, our local School Superintendent, has become overly defensive when questions were raised about his money management in the District.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  12. Kathleen Parker: Erasing the rapidly flying race cards

    One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  13. Charles Krauthammer: The zealots win again: Lists chill free speech

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

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  14. Guest editorial: 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. 17, 2014
  15. Bill Bollom: Pursuit of knowledge in an age of information overload

    I recently read that classes in speed reading are making a comeback. In the 1960's, when I was working on college degrees, they were very popular, but I find it hard to believe they are now making a comeback.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  16. Gabrielle Giffords: Make us safer or get sent home

    A year ago, the United States Senate failed us.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  17. Guest editorial: County's commitment to early voting welcomed

    At a time when jurisdictions in numerous states are making it more difficult for voters to go to the polls before Election Day, the Washoe County Registrar of Voters Office deserves praise for keeping the polls open as they have in recent years, including

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  18. Dick Harron

    Dick Harron: Get help for bullying victims, bullies too

    Teasing and humor at another person's expense is not humor, it is mean bullying. Bullying has become a social ill in our schools and a problem to be addressed.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  19. Op-ed: Give Millennials good reasons to read the Bible

    Just in time for Passover and Easter, an annual survey by the American Bible Society reveals that regular reading of the Bible has remained about 19 percent of American adults since 2011. At the same time, 19 percent are now '

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  20. Guest editorial: Vaccine opt-outs put public health at risk

    Measles, which once killed 450 children each year and disabled even more, was virtually eliminated in the United States 14 years ago by nearly universal use of the MMR vaccine.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  21. Tom Herzing: Beer is proof history runs in circles

    All of history runs in circles. I have proof this is so, contrary to all those TV whiners who tell you we are heading to perdition on skis. Beer proves my thesis.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  22. Op-ed: Kickstarter tried to censor abortion film

    Last week brought a chilling reminder of how mercilessly some liberals will work to silence and marginalize people who hold views with which they disagree.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  23. Guest editorial: Declining northwoods 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. 14, 2014
  24. Op-ed: Under GOP, less local control, diminished services

    Do more with less…..road conditions. Rural schools….suffering consequences of funding. I know that the road issue was dealing with lack of salt for our road crews. But substitute the salt issue with cuts in the funding for our municipalities.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  25. David Hayford: A few changes in 50 years at Dominican High School

    I recently received a 'save the date' notice for my 50th high school reunion. Yes, the 50th. There was a temptation to say it 'seems like yesterday' I walked across the stage to receive my diploma. But that would be a lie.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  26. They said it: Quotes for the day

    “The stark, simple truth is this: The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago.” — President Barack Obama, accusing Republicans of using voting restrictions to jeopardize ballot box access for millions of black Americans and other minorities.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  27. Guest editorial: Fort Hood lesson (again): Guns, mentally ill don't mix

    Almost every mass-shooting incident in the U.S. seems to become a launching point for a debate over the availability of guns.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  28. John Carroll: Belief in God, science not incompatible

    I've been watching '

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  29. Rutgers AD is a PR nightmare

    Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann recently told a Rutgers journalism class that she's hoping for the death of the Star-Ledger, which recently laid off 167 staffers.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  30. Bethany Lerch

    Bethany Lerch: Merkel's diplomacy still favored at home

    There is a German tradition I particularly enjoy and its name is Kaffee und Kuchen, coffee and cake. I have been wasting away my afternoons in Koblenz with my good friend and grandfatherly figure, Rudy.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  31. Letters to the editor: Professor made a difference, leaving state

    It’s unfortunate for Wisconsin that other universities are willing to offer more resources for quality professors like Dr. Brown. In the end, it damages the university and its potential students. I regret that future students of the UW Oshkosh’s Social Work Department will never set foot in his classroom. I wish the best for Dr. Brown and I know how valuable he will be to his new students and how much they will appreciate those long discussions in his office.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  32. Letters to the editor: This year's Winnebago ice rink was the last

    I purposely allowed more than 2-½ months to pass by to allow my emotions to cool off because my anger has been building up over the past 55 years.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  33. Guest editorial: Lawmakers lost focus on jobs

    The state Legislature has ended its session for the year and, while its work will continue, all the bills that are going to be passed have been passed. Publicly, it'll be a relatively quiet time until campaigning picks up this summer.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  34. Leonard Pitts:…and this is the Overkill News Network

    Enough, already. Please, for the love of Cronkite: Give us a break from the missing plane.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  35. Letters to the editor: Gunboat diplomacy won't bring peace

    The Gold Stars of WW2 were still in our windows when America invaded Korea; a handful of years later we invaded Vietnam followed by Lebanon, Somalia and Iraq.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  36. Charles Krauthammer: Thought police stifle debate and discourse

    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
  37. Guest editorial: At UWM, it boils down to one thing: money

    The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is once again looking for a new leader. But that's not the biggest problem on campus. The school has scored three times in a row with chancellors — hiring Nancy Zimpher, Carlos Santiago and Mike Lovell.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  38. Kevin McGee: Walker's job creation record a total and utter failure

    Ever wonder where Gov. Scott Walker's promise to create 250,000 jobs came from?

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  39. Guest editorial: Racism tag easy way to avoid key issue

    Janesville Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is fending off allegations that he is a racist after his recent remarks about pervasive urban poverty even as we near the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of President Lyndon Johnson's '

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  40. Op-ed: Carnage a corporate tradition

    The product safety disasters just keep coming.

    • Apr. 9, 2014

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