• By John W. Eyster
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Monday was John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK)'s 100th birthday! My reflections were enriched by the fact that I was studying and living in Washington, DC during JFK's presidency from January 20, 1961 through his assassination on November 22, 1963 and funeral.

  • By John W. Eyster
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Meaningful opportunity to share conversation with Milton High School seniors who participated on the 8th annual Discovering Democracy field study in Washington, DC as they present their portfolios and research papers from 7-9 p.m. this Thursday (5/25) in the Library at Milton High School! I …

  • By John W. Eyster
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Take confidence in our future!  I've frequently expressed my concern that the spotlight focuses on youth who are having problems with life.  I want to shine the spotlight on young citizens who are healthy persons maturing to healthy adulthood as U.S. citizens.  Within the last month, I've ha…

  • By John W. Eyster
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Parker High School in Janesville was added to the prestigious “America's Most Challenging High Schools” published by the Washington Post and developed by Jay Mathews this year!  As Jay reports in his feature article about the list announcing in his feature article, “America's Most Challengin…

  • By John W. Eyster
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Very disappointed by the undermining of our American democracy by Republican candidate for U.S. President, Donald Trump, repeated again last night during the Presidential Debate.  I've read, studied, watched the 2016 Presidential Campaign with amazement and disappointment in both candidates.…

  • By John W. Eyster
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Watching for the reports about the private meeting between SPEAKER PAUL RYAN (R – WI #1, Janesville) and PRESUMPTIVE GOP NOMINEE DONALD TRUMP scheduled today.  I see this as a very significant meeting with very high stakes possibilities.

  • By John W. Eyster
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Listening and reading the debates and town halls meetings and candidate speeches, I often think, “That’s not true.”  Do YOU too find yourself thinking, “That’s not true.”  Other times, I have a question-mark in my mind.  You too?  I’m grateful for the development of quality FACT-CHECKERS who…

  • By John W. Eyster
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One week from today, WE THE PEOPLE of WI vote in our Spring Election which has the VERY SIGNIFICANT election of a Justice to our WI Supreme Court for a 10-year term as well as our Presidential Preference vote.  YOU can vote TODAY if you wish.  Early in person absentee voting continues throug…

  • By John W. Eyster
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Knowing the history of “President's Day,” I oppose having this “holiday.”  Growing up, I learned and we celebrated the birthdates of the FIRST President of the U.S., GEORGE WASHINGTON on February 22 and the SIXTEENTH President of the U.S., ABRAHAM LINCOLN on February 12.  I am PROUD to remin…

  • By John W. Eyster
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I share the high interest watching the outcome of the NH US Presidential Primary Election today.  We know the outcome will have a very significant role in the winnowing & sifting (special WI phrase ala UW system) of the candidates active in the 2016 US Presidential campaign.

  • John W. Eyster
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Thursday marks U.S. Constitution Day, the 228th anniversary of the adoption/signing of our U.S. Constitution. The date is the official “U.S. Constitution” and “Citizenship Day” which is a combined date as outlined by Time and Date website. Check this website for more information.

  • John W. Eyster
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What do YOU remember of TUESDAY, the 11th of September 2001? I know I was watching morning news on TV. I know I saw the first live TV report on WMTV, Madison – the NBC affiliate – at 7:51 am WI time. IF you want to see the summary of first news reports on TV, you can watch via YouTube: https…

  • John W. Eyster
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The THUMBS DOWN item published by The Gazette this week remind us all that there is a lack of foster parents in Rock County. It reminds us that the need for foster parents is increasing. I was quite surprised by the numbers: As of August 3, there were 134 children in foster care. That compar…

  • By John W. Eyster
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The 4th of July 2015 – is the 239th anniversary for our Declaration of Independence and I am privileged to celebrate the 6th anniversary of this “WE THE PEOPLE” community blog changed to opinion column this year with The Janesville Gazette.  As a community opinion columnist, I have no formal…

  • Andrew Reuter
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The Gazette publishes a lot of news in a week. Combine that with all the distractions a weekend brings, and that means there's a good chance you might have missed some important stories. Here's a look at of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so: 

  • By John W. Eyster
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Regular readers of my WE THE PEOPLE blog know that I’ve had a growing list of topics/issues for blog posts.  I have not posted because of time.  Like all other persons, I have only 24 hours/day and only 7 days/week.  I have had to invest my time in other priorities.

  • John W. Eyster
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I have appreciated the face-to-face inquiries asking, “Where have YOU been?” and “Are YOU still posting on YOUR 'We the People' blog?” I realize that I have NOT posted on my WE THE PEOPLE community blog since September 3 when I expressed concern about a “Father's fight against heroin hits ho…

  • John W. Eyster
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I was shocked to learn this week that the $4 million annual increase the Blackhawk Technical College is asking WE THE PEOPLE of the district to approve in the REFERENDUM on Tuesday, August 12, is a PERMANENT—NEVER-ENDING INCREASE in property taxes for the technical college district! Yes, NO …

  • John W. Eyster
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I HOPE that WE THE PEOPLE of the USA will be AWARE OF the SIGNIFICANT MEANING of the 4th of July as we celebrate this weekend. CELEBRATION is truly appropriate, but it is ENRICHED if we are aware/mindful of its REAL REASON, the official ratification of the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE on the …

  • By John W. Eyster
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Last Monday, June 16, WI Governor Scott Walker is reported to have asserted that Democrat MARY BURKE who is running for Governor needed a lesson in “Government 101.”  Consider this report from the Racine Journal Times, “Burke said Monday that Walker is waffling on whether he believes gay cou…

  • John W. Eyster
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The research fair presented by the 33 students who participated on the fifth annual Discovering Democracy field study led by founder/director, Val Crofts, AP US government & Politics teacher @Milton HS, offers the general public a special opportunity to learn about significant public pol…

  • John W. Eyster
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The research fair presented by the 33 students who participated on the fifth annual Discovering Democracy field study led by founder/director, Val Crofts, AP US government & Politics teacher @Milton HS, offers the general public a special opportunity to learn about significant public pol…

  • By John W. Eyster
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TODAY is the 200th anniversary of the NORWEGIAN CONSTITUTION which is being celebrated world-wide by NORWEGIANS and persons of NORWEGIAN genealogy!  I assume that readers of WE THE PEOPLE blog already are aware that this weekend is the HUGE SYTTENDE CELEBRATION in STOUGHTON, WISCONSIN.  For …