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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. John Carroll: Belief in God, science not incompatible

    I've been watching '

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Op-ed: Carnage a corporate tradition

    The product safety disasters just keep coming.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  21. Tom Herzing: One man's junk is another's TV treasure

    'One man's junk is another man's treasure,' my mom always said, usually as I was throwing out something. Now it looks like junk has disappeared. Oh, there are things called 'recyclables' and '

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  22. Guest editorial: Retire Fannie and Freddie

    Since the financial crisis of 2008, nearly all institutions that got federal bailout money have paid it back. Taxpayers even turned a profit.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  23. Op-ed: Love the individuals, bash hate

    Following revelations that Brendan Eich supported California's no-gay-marriage Proposition 8, the Mozilla CEO is out.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  24. Letters to the editor: Sex offender clusters recipe for disaster

    How can our community members feel safe when we have clusters of sex offenders living in our inner city? I feel this is a recipe for disaster. This is unnecessary and these sex offenders should be more evenly spread across the entire city.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  25. Letters to the editor: Demand lawmakers end political robocalls

    Robocalls are irritating as hangnails and hemorrhoids. Presently one can stop telemarketer advertising by notifying the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and the Federal Trade Commission and be put on a do-not-call list for two years.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  26. Guest editorial: Barra's challenge is to remake GM's corporate culture

    Ten weeks ago, she became the most powerful woman in corporate America.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  27. Kathleen Parker: Billionaire brothers demonized by Democrats

    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. 7, 2014
  28. Letters to the editor: Let's unite to change Citizens United ruling

    It has been sometime since the United States Supreme Court has decided on Citizens United. Their decision based mainly on the fact that corporations are people.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  29. Letters to the editor: Random act of kindness unexpected, appreciated

    About a week ago on a Monday evening, I was completely taken aback by a most generous act of kindness. Here is how it unfolded:

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  30. Guest editorial: Why are Democrats quiet on reform?

    OK, where is the 'party of the people' when it comes representing the rights of the people?

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  31. Charles Krauthammer: John Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

    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. 4, 2014
  32. Letters to the editor: Missing plane exposes ocean pollution

    Have you taken notice of all the discarded waste discovered while searching the Indian Ocean for the missing plane.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  33. Letters to the editor: Truly historic meeting between president, pope

    President Obama, the first black US President, will visit Pope Francis I, the first South American Pope, and the first Jesuit Pope.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  34. Ahmed Khan: Peace must never be compromised

    If you look at the headlines of any newspaper today, you will notice at least one of them being about Russia.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  35. Guest editorial: Tear down trade walls for Wisconsin

    Twenty years after the controversial North American Free Trade Agreement took effect, the United States is negotiating two new major trade pacts.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  36. Leonard Pitts: The real face of poverty in America

    'We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.' — Rep. Paul Ryan

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  37. Bee Lee: My Hmong Center presidency marked by service and success

    (Editor's note: There is a dispute over who heads the Hmong Service Center.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  38. Op-ed: Be wary of health apps

    Patients in my clinic increasingly use health apps on their mobile devices. Many of these apps track health metrics, such as weight or calories eaten, while others go a step further and help patients make sense of their symptoms or suggest diagnoses.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  39. Guest editorial: Tennessee is a political test tube for Koch brothers

    By the time this session of the Tennessee General Assembly comes to an end, Tennesseans understandably should feel a little like the animals used in laboratory experiments – at least the ones that survive.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  40. Bill Bollom: Optimism the essence of 'American Dream'

    Our president has begun a major initiative, My Brother's Keeper, to aid young Black and Hispanic males to be successful in our society; to share in the American Dream. A ton of money will be spent to come up with some solutions.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  41. Op-ed: Yoga pants ban doesn't encourage rape culture

    This is what feminism has come to: fighting for the right to wear yoga pants and leggings to middle school.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  42. Guest editorial: High-frequency trading corrupts markets

    You know something is wrong in the way stocks are traded when trading firms spend billions on new fiber optic cable routes that shave off a few miles, and a few milliseconds, from one electronic exchange to another.

    • Apr. 2, 2014

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