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    Screen grab of an ad for e-cigarettes featuring Jenny McCarthy. E-cigarette companies are advertising on TV, something forbidden for cigarettes for more than 40 years. AP Photo/Resound Marketing

    E-cigarette sellers take a page from Big Tobacco: Other View

    Just when smoking has finally lost its glamour, along come electronic cigarettes and an avalanche of sexy new ads that promote 'vaping.'

    • Apr. 23, 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. 23, 2014
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    Letter: Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists all guilty of discourtesy

    EDITOR: A recent letter to the editor stated that Marshfield is not a pedestrian-friendly city.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker answers questions from reporters on April 16, 2014, in Madison, Wis. Liberal rocker John Mellencamp wants conservative Republican Gov. Walker to know he supports union rights and says Walker should think about that before using his songs on the campaign trail. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer) AP

    Letter: Gov. Scott Walker's GOP voting on secession rights

    EDITOR: In an interview with CNN on Sept. 27, 2010, Gov. Scott Walker claimed 'I was the original Tea Party in Wisconsin.' Now we have the Republican Party looking to vote to secede at their state convention in a few weeks.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Bruce King, former superintendent of the Marshfield School District, was employed as a consultant for the district for more than two years after his retirement, apparently without knowledge of Marshfield School Board members. News-Herald Media file photo

    Demand transparency, accountability from Marshfield School Board: column

    The recent revelation regarding the continued employment of former Marshfield School District Superintendent Bruce King is an interesting development regarding school district policy.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Take closer look at UW tuition freeze: Other View

    Another billion-dollar University of Wisconsin System surplus calls for another two-year tuition freeze. At least that's the view taken by Gov. Scott Walker.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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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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    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. 22, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Brittany Lueth speaks about the Leadership Project with her group during the 2013 class News-Herald Media file photo

    Class unites Marshfield's civic-minded leaders: Our View

    The participants in the 2014 Leadership Marshfield class brought a number of different types of skills and professional backgrounds, but they are united by a desire to make the community a better place.

    • Apr. 18, 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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    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. 18, 2014
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    Letter: Medicare Advantage helped me beat cancer

    EDITOR: Every senior wants to leave the next generation better off than the current one.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Give Millennials good reasons to read the Bible: column

    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. 18, 2014
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    Letter: Medicare Advantage helped me beat cancer

    EDITOR: Every senior wants to leave the next generation better off than the current one.

    • 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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    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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    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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    People flocked to the ice caves in the winter of 2014. Robert Mentzer/Gannett Central Wisconsin Media

    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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    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: Other View

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

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Letter: It's important to recycle

    EDITOR: I recall, as a state, Wisconsin was among the first to recycle.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Letter: Marshfield is not safe for pedestrians

    EDITOR: Marshfield is not a pedestrian-friendly city.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    I'll name my new pet 'Fluffy.' AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz/File

    Mentzer: Want to buy a rhino? In Wisconsin, it's allowed (column)

    I have a couple of aging cats at home, but for my next pet I am thinking about getting a leopard, or maybe a grizzly bear or, if I'm feeling ambitious, a couple of elephants.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Trim Medicare Advantage subsidies: Other View

    Here we go again. Insurance companies and members of Congress are trying to scare seniors with dire warnings that new spending cuts will hurt the popular Medicare Advantage program, forcing beneficiaries to pay more for less.

    • 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. 14, 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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    Public health helps us live better lives: Naturally Proud

    This week was National Public Health Week, and it's a good time to appreciate the work local public health professionals do in our community every day.

    • 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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    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

    Health reform's unfinished business: Our View

    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. 9, 2014
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    Students protest smoking Gannett Central Wisconsin Media file photo

    Letter: Keep up pressure in war on smoking

    EDITOR: This week is National Public Health Week, and that is a good opportunity to remind people that tobacco is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the U.S.

    • Apr. 11, 2014

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