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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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    A sign informs voters in the town of Linwood Tuesday morning February 21, 2012 the proceedures under the new state voter ID law before they can vote in the spring primary race for Portage County Supervisor, District 19, only race in the county. Voters in the town of Plover also voted in that race. (DOUG WOJCIK/STEVENS POINT JOURNAL)

    Letter: Voter ID advocate had facts wrong

    EDITOR: In a recent letter in the Daily Tribune, Al Ose argued that voter IDs should be mandatory.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Letter: Join us for 5K9 walk/run/bike event

    EDITOR: On May 10, the South Wood County Humane Society will be hosting its annual 5K9 Annual Walk Run and Bike. This event is held rain or shine and will be taking place at the Humane Society at 3621 64th Street North.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Letter: Make sure your infant sleeps safely

    EDITOR: Choosing a safe place for a baby to sleep is one of the most important decisions a caregiver will make during the first year of an infant's life.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    This photo taken June 12, 2013 shows occupational therapist Ally Evelyn-Gustave, right, speaking with Alberta Hough, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, in Hough's home in Baltimore. Hough struggles to feed herself a snack, her arms shaking badly from Parkinson's disease. Days earlier, the 84-year-old fell while eating, sliding off her kitchen chair. The rest of Hough's day isn't much easier to navigate. She wobbles into a bathtub with no grab bar. Her feet catch on damaged floor tiles. Part of the banister she needs to steady herself on the stairs has pulled out of the wall. And, at the back door, a rickety wooden ramp no longer supports the scooter that helps her get around. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) AP

    Letter: Get informed about Parkinson's disease

    EDITOR: April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. In the U.S., between 50,000 and 60,000 people are newly diagnosed with Parkinson's every year, adding to the 4 to 6 million people who are already living with Parkinson's disease.

    • Apr. 23, 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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    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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    Letter: Many are banning CAFO practices

    EDITOR: A recent NASA-funded study found the health costs associated with ammonia emissions from agriculture exports to be $36 billion a year equal to about half of the revenue generated by those same exports.

    • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Health care conflict for Wisconsin Rapids mirrors what many employers face: Our View

    Two stories that ran adjacent to one another in Friday's print edition point to a big part of what has caused all the fighting about health care and its reform for the past five years.

    • 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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    Letter: Donate books for this fall's community sale

    EDITOR: Spring is just around the corner (we hope), so it's a great time to clean out and retrieve those well-loved books that you have enjoyed all winter and bring them to the Moravian Church, 310 First Avenue South.

    • 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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    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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    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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    Rep. Scott Krug: I've fought for a balanced budget and jobs for central Wisconsin (column)

    In my first term as your representative, I made a promise not to take reimbursements for any expenses when I was in Madison, and I honored that pledge.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Letter: Gov. Scott Walker should endorse liberty candidate Ken Van Doren for Congress

    EDITOR: U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, has been Wisconsin's Third District representative for 18 years. He coauthored Obamacare, which has become a liability for re-election.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Bill Leichtnam: Thanks for election support

    EDITOR: A big thank you to all of my supporters, for your help and your vote in this spring's Wood County supervisor race. I will do my best to represent you and be a spokesman for your concerns throughout my term in office. Again, thanks!

    • Apr. 16, 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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    Marlin Schneider: Rep. Scott Krug shows hypocrisy on per diem payments (column)

    The Bible tells us that you should not bear false witness against your neighbor. In other words, you should not lie.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Letter: Appreciate all teachers do for community

    EDITOR: The week of May 5 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Every day, in classrooms across Wisconsin Rapids, teachers are making a positive difference in the lives of the children and families of our community.

    • Apr. 16, 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 professionals help community: Our View

    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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    A recent guest columnist was too hard on school voucher programs, letter-writers argue in their responses. Getty Images/fStop

    Letter: Parents right to seek alternatives to public schools

    EDITOR: Mark Holbrook's recent guest column opposing school vouchers did not address the core issues. Per the information below from the Friedman Foundation, we've grown school personnel much faster than student growth.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. wrote, 'We have made clear that Congress may not regulate contributions simply to reduce the amount of money in politics.' Getty Images

    Court puts more money in elections: Other View

    The danger in the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week about campaign contributions comes not so much from the case in question but from the door the court's majority opened with its decision.

    • 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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    Aerial photos o fthe Riverview Hospital complex taken in August 2009. (Courtesy Riverview Hospital Association)

    Letter: Thanks to all who do volunteer service

    EDITOR: This week marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 by President Richard Nixon as a way to recognize and celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Letter: School vouchers would succeed if politicians let them

    EDITOR: There are so many misconceptions in Mark Holbrook's recent column against vouchers, it's hard to know where to begin.

    • Apr. 11, 2014

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