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    Watch the replay: How can we address the burden of high student loan debt?

    In advance of a town hall meeting tonight in Stevens Point, Rep. Katrina Shankland and representatives from the One Wisconsin Now Institute sat down with the Gannett Central Wisconsin Media Editorial Board to discuss high student loan debt and ways to address the problem. Watch the replay below:

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Find your way to celebrate Earth Day: Other View

    Wisconsin is blessed with incredible natural treasures. Of course, we have the lakeshore that we all love, and, we have much more nearby, including Horicon Marsh and the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Letter: Licensing escorts is sure to work, right?

    EDITOR: So the Wausau Public Heath and Safety Committee is considering the licensing of escorts. That's a fine idea. Next we can ask the burglars and drug dealers to get licenses also.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    A parking meter shows no time left as a car is parked in the space the meter is for in downtown Wausau, Monday, September 24, 2012.

    Letter: Wausau should pick up tab for parking

    EDITOR: I can shop, eat or meet at any establishment in Rib Mountain, Schofield, Weston, or Rothschild and do it all with ample and free parking. In my humble opinion, I think Wausau's tagline of 'Welcome Home to Wausau' should be changed to

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    A leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine, calls for all Jewish people over age 16 to register as Jews. The leaflet demanded the city's Jews supply a detailed list of all the property they own or else have their citizenship revoked. The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism

    Letter: Horrified by Jewish 'registration' story out of Ukraine

    EDITOR: Friday's edition of Daily Herald Media included a USA TODAY report on leaflets in eastern Ukraine ordering Jews to register.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Letter: U.S. economy is on a downward spiral; loss of Wausau Paper is only a symptom

    EDITOR: I agree with the Daily Herald Media Editorial Board's assessment that Wausau Paper will soon no longer exist.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Letter: Rep. Sean Duffy is fighting for accountability for financial bureau

    EDITOR: Leaders of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups and the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group recently wrote a column critical of U.S. Rep.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Letter: Wausau City Council has time for meddling but not for financial oversight?

    EDITOR: Wisconsin statutes provide that the City Council shall have the management and control of the city finances, yet with our city spending millions of dollars each month it seems that the council is the last to know what is going on. Whether itís the improper purchases of houses along Thomas Street or improper contracts, some city employee is always blamed.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    94 years ago: On the proper reasons to purchase overalls

    Each Monday, we turn to a day in the newspaper's history for a look at what the Editorial Board found worthy of comment. We will preserve the punctuation and capitalization of the original editorial column.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    A terminal glacier on spectacular Glacier Bay - Credit: Aramark Parks & Destinations Cruise Glacier Bay in Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska)

    Column: Get past fake debate on global warming

    'What We Know.' That is the matter-of-fact title the American Association for the Advancement of Science gave its recent report on our climate crisis. AAAS is the world's largest general science organization.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    Wausau Center mall should embrace change and think creatively about what it could become. Robert Mentzer/Daily Herald Media

    Mall closures can spur a transformation: Our View

    It is way too early to write an obituary for Wausau Center mall. The downtown shopping hub remains well-trafficked and mostly full with a variety of different types of shops. It's a good mall, and ought to be with us for years to come.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    In this April 17, 1984 file photo, Frazier Glenn Miller, then leader of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, holds a news conference in Raleigh, N.C. Miller is charged with fatally shooting two people April 13 near the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and a third person at a retirement community where he shot a third person. AP Photo/The News & Observer, File

    Vile racist, accused killer and writer of letters to the editor: column

    Frazier Glenn Miller knew I was Jewish.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    State Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, disagreed frequently with fellow Republicans in recent years and isn't running for re-election. AP

    Lueders: Sen. Dale Schultz exits, shaking his head (column)

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

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    Richard Cordray is director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which Rep. Sean Duffy calls a 'toxic agency.' H. Darr Beiser/USA TODAY

    Like the NSA, but less transparent: Rep. Sean Duffy on the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

    The federal government has long been in the consumer protection business. It is a noble cause and one I support.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    Torri Bradley, education director at Central Rivers Farmshed, waters some plants inside the organization's greenhouse in Stevens Point. Stevens Point Journal Media file photo

    Lassa: Springtime brings fresh, local food (column)

    After a long winter, many of us are anxiously looking forward to fresh, locally grown food.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    Jobs and clean water are not opposing forces. A new consortium aims to highlight the way clean rivers help business. Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

    Wisconsin's economy needs clean water: column

    In Wisconsin, clean water and strong business is old business.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    Van Hollen: Help stop the spiral of addiction. 'Take back' unused prescription drugs (column)

    Like many Wisconsin parents, Julie never thought it could happen to her child.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    A concept drawing of the planned Thrive Eatery restaurant in Wausau. Contributed art

    Don't look now, but Wausau is getting a food scene: Our View

    Wausau is not quite an internationally recognized culinary capital ó yet ó but we are seeing a handful of cool developments that the city's foodies are enjoying, and we like the direction we're seeing. A few highlights:

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Shelter manager Liz Friedenfels kneels with Fiona, a pit bull mix, at the Lincoln County Humane Society's animal shelter in this 2013 photo. Daily Herald Media file photo

    Help Lincoln County Humane Society meet the need for a new animal shelter: column

    Several years ago, before I became the manager at the Lincoln County Humane Society, I arrived at work one sunny day and was told: 'There may not be enough money in our account for payroll next week.' The moment is frozen in my mind.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Letter: Does cellphone ban really make driving safer?

    EDITOR: We are all making our best efforts to comply with Wausau's new cellphone ban. However, to use a phone hands-free in your car via Bluetooth, you still need to look at your phone to find numbers, to dial, etc.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    New rating by citizen watchdog group shows improvements in transparency in Madison. AP Photo/File

    State government improves transparency; more work needs to be done: Other View

    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. 17, 2014
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    Letter: Secession platform shows how radical Wis. GOP has become

    EDITOR: Some members of Gov. Scott Walker's political party seem to want Wisconsin to secede from the U.S. I think the citizens of Wisconsin should make the final decision on this issue by referendum.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Wausau West Head Hockey Coach Pete Susens announced his retirement. Daily Herald Media file photo

    Letter: Pete Susens was a great hockey coach, but to me he was also a great teacher

    EDITOR: I'm sure everyone will be congratulating Pete Susens on his wonderful coaching career at Wausau West, but I would like to take a minute to thank him for being a wonderful teacher as well.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    State laws make it too easy for parents to opt their children out of lifesaving vaccines. Gannett News Service file photo

    Vaccine opt-outs put public health at risk: Other View

    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. 17, 2014
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    Watch the replay: GOP Reps. John Spiros, Scott Krug, Bob Kulp talk about the legislative session

    Gannett Central Wisconsin Media interviewed state Reps. John Spiros, R-Marshfield, Scott Krug, R-Rome, and Bob Kulp, R-Stratford, about tax cuts, job training initiatives and much more from this year's legislative session. Watch the replay here:

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Letter: U.S. political parties allow theft of elections

    EDITOR: What is the difference between what is going on in Crimea and what happened here in America during the last two presidential elections, when ACORN and groups like it were accused of stealing our one-person-one-vote system? The only difference I se

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Letter: Rothschild Pavilion is full of history and Blues Cafe carries it on

    EDITOR: Congratulations to Mike Tatro and the Great Northern Blues Society for their 15th annual 'Blues Cafe' presentation at the Rothschild Pavilion last month.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Fresh focus on entrepreneurship debate: Wisconsin Technology Council column

    Two fresh statistics from the U.S. Labor Department underscore the importance of small business creation to the American economy. The feds reported last week that 192,000 jobs were added nationwide in March; meanwhile, the U.S.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Remembering the winter of 2014.

    Mentzer: Dear future grandkids, this is what the winter of 2014 felt like (column)

    I feel like I am going to be telling my grandkids about the winter of 2014. If so, this is some of what I will tell them:

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Tom Petri is sworn in as Wisconsin's Sixth Congressional District representative by House Speaker Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill of Masschusetts at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on April 9, 1979. AP file photo

    Rep. Tom Petri served 6th District with quiet distinction: Other View

    Growing up in Fond du Lac during the 1950s, Tom Petri's days were not unlike those of countless other boys living in the city: He delivered newspapers for the Fond du Lac Commonwealth-Reporter and, among other odd jobs, painted houses and shoveled snow.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Retiring state Sens. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, left, and Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, hold a public hearing addressing nonpartisan redistricting reform in Madison in February. File photo

    Former GOP state senator: Partisanship is poisonous. We need redistricting reform.

    EDITOR: Wisconsin politics will be even more partisan and contentious with the departure of four moderate state senators, who will likely be replaced by more ideological lawmakers. The retirements of Democratic Sens.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Not all dog owners show care for their animals, in this writer's experience.

    Letter: I'm appalled at the way some of my neighbors treat their dogs

    EDITOR: I recently moved into Wausau from the town of Stettin where neighbors were less closely populated and noise as well as activity generated more by nature than by people. So maybe I just have to get used to things here in the city.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    The city of Wausau gave $650,000 to new business O-Motion to open in the former Fiskars building in Wausau's industrial park. Daily Herald Media file photo

    City needs context to decide business incentives: Our View

    What is the line that separates positive, job-creating policies from government playing favorites and doing favors for insiders?

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Richard Cordray runs the financial protection bureau H. Darr Beiser/USA TODAY

    Why Rep. Sean Duffy is wrong to fight consumer protection bureau: column

    Since July 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been doing its job of protecting consumers and establishing rules and guidelines so that our free markets will work in an open and fair way.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Letter: Wausau needs to clean up its act or lose more residents like it lost me

    EDITOR: With the Spring election behind us, Wausau legislators need to change their focus from walkways, bike trails and the downtown area to issues more important. Wausau doesn't need to spend more money to hire another layer of personnel to '

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Senator Ron Johnson Wednesday, June 1, 2011 talking with editorial board at The Post-Crescent. Sharon Cekada/The Post-Crescent

    Letter: Why didn't Sen. Ron Johnson report sexual assault allegation against Rep. Bill Kramer?

    EDITOR: So, let me see if I have this correct. According to reporting by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and his chief of staff knew three years ago that one of his staff was sexually assaulted by state Rep.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Xai Kha/Wausau Daily Herald Photo of Wausau's City Hall Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.

    Letter: Audit Wausau city government

    EDITOR: The statements below are my personal views. This dear land was created by private citizens uniting. We the people; everybody is somebody. We are the government! The people control the authority to elect by a majority vote.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Letter: Blame Marathon County Board for bad policy on stray cats

    EDITOR: Hooray for the recent guest column 'Held hostage by stray cats,' which was well-thought-out, straightforward and easy to understand.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Letter: Christian conservatives are using Obamacare objection to impose their religious values

    EDITOR: The recent letter by Dorothy Giallombardo, 'Obamacare violates religious freedom,' was a poor attempt to spin the real reason behind opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Jennifer Connelly, left, and Russell Crowe in a scene from 'Noah.' (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Niko Tavernise) AP

    Letter: Go to the Bible for the real story of 'Noah'

    EDITOR: The movie 'Noah' is making the rounds of theaters these days and is apparently making the producers a lot of money. Too bad that it is an inaccurate portrayal of the account in Genesis 6-9.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Wisconsin tax system favors the rich: column

    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
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    39 years ago: How to deal with drunken driving offenders

    The future of the Wisconsin drunk driving law is a red hot topic in Wisconsin since a recent state Supreme Court ruling which held that all drivers convicted of drunk driving must lose their licenses for at least 90 days.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Primatologist Jane Goodall sits near a window while a chimpanzee eats in its enclosure at Sydney's Taronga Zoo in this 2006 photo. AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

    Jane Goodall: Technology can help save the environment (column)

    It is hard for me to believe that I will have lived on planet Earth for 80 years as of this Thursday. I was born on April 3, 1934 and the world has changed in almost all ways possible.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Military equipment and armored vehicles such as this one purchased by the Fond du Lac Police Department are increasingly common even in small-town America. Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

    Small town America shouldn't resemble war zone: Column

    Something potentially sinister is happening across America, and we should stop and take notice before it changes the character of our country forever.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Under pressure from investors, Wausau Paper sold its mill in Mosinee, pictured here, and closed its Brokaw mill in 2012. Daily Herald Media file photos

    Hedge fund rolls over Wausau Paper: Our View

    Some day soon, Wausau Paper will be no more. There is no sense anymore in pretending otherwise.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Wisconsin deserves better than 35th place: column

    No matter who you are or where you come from, everybody deserves the freedom to pursue and achieve the American Dream. The American Dream begins with the ability to obtain a family-supporting job if you work hard and play by the rules.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Coldwater Creek announced closures of all its stores Friday, including downtown Wausau's. Daily Herald Media file photo

    Downtown will need support through transition: Our View

    The news of Coldwater Creek's closures nationwide is a shock, and without a doubt a development that will hurt business in downtown Wausau.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    A gold pendant commemorating this year's Trivia 45 lays across a 45 rpm record, which is the inspiration for this year's Trivia contest. Contributed photo

    Trivia 45 a test of teams' mettle: Our View

    What comedian was once a member of the soul group Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers? What college set the national record for consecutive losses by a women's basketball team at 55? What was the name of the character revealed to be the nearly mythical Russia

    • Apr. 10, 2014

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