On Why are policy issues in state budget?
Maybe they didn't realize that policy issues were in the mix. We cannot assume this was a deliberate attempt at social engineering can we? Is it right to argue that it has been done before so let's continue doing it? Isn't the Wisconsin electorate getting tired of politics as usual? Oh well, who will show up to vote next time?
On Rock County foreclosure filings fall to lowest point in years
The foreclosure rates may be down but that doesn't mean the problem has been overcome. Look in the back 2, 3 or 4 pages of the Gazette over the last 4 years and tell me that the problem has gone away. To say what has been said here tends to marginalize reality to the average reader. After a fire, there is no sense in blowing smoke where it doesn't belong. But I do continue to hope that the local market will "catch fire."
On Badger hunting in Wisconsin
Mrsjoe has a valid point. That is why policemen, judges, legislators, lawyers, teachers, doctors, morticians and preachers will always have well- paid occupations.
In this state we can justify killing almost anything. We shoot white-tailed deer, mourning doves and, now and then, Holsteins and Brown Swiss cows. On occasion an errant hunter might shoot a water spaniel by mistake. We also can kill muskellunge (muskies) if we don't believe in catch and release. We slaughter great amounts of our state grain, corn. We trample and even pull (illegal) pesky wood violets in the margins of our well-manicured lawns. We cut down sugar maples because they are not the hybridized beauties they ought to be. We are driving honey bees to extinction in a number of ways. We harvest prodigious numbers of our state fruit, cranberry. The only things we can't kill are the state soil(Antigo Silt Loam), the state mineral (Galena - lead ore), the state rock, Red Granite and the state fossil (Trilobite) which is not too common around these parts. If we can solve the hunting dilemma I will be happy to put on my State Tartan and dance a Polka while hoisting a cold fresh glass of Milk around Capitol Square. Otherwise, please don't Badger me about this issue.
On US hospitals send hundreds of immigrants back home
The AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs is probably wise to choose an approach which will not bind medical practice up in courts for months or even years for every illegal alien.
On Janesville School District's WKCE scores exceed state averages
Could Wisconsin schools spend less time testing and more time teaching? What is the real cost of standardized mediocrity? Are the publishing companies that manufacture the tests paying taxes in Wisconsin or some far-off place like Texas? If we want meaningful local control why can't we do the job as well or maybe even better?
On Utilities agree to clean up coal plants
Is it cheaper to just pollute and pay a fine later? It seems that polluters are never willing to do the right thing without seeing what they can get away with first. But I guess that's human nature and company executives will receive handsome bonuses. Either way, the costs will be borne by us, the consumers.
On Taking time to smell the roses
Are roses, apples and pears related? If my neighbor's pear tree is related to a rose, I won't be sniffing it any time soon. It smells like a school of dead fish. Are all pears like this? But I do enjoy most flowers, even many weeds. It is good to reflect on nature now and then.
On "Was this the worst week ever in USA history?”
It seems that there are plenty of "worst weeks" depending on one's vantage point. Maybe we would be better off listing some "best weeks ever." It might be wiser not to dwell on history, it can't be changed, but we can learn from it. A positive outlook might be our best alternative in America today.
On Considering Earth Day
I met Gaylord Nelson several times when I was young. No one can doubt his sincerity or care for the future of our planet. We need more senators and congressmen like him. The current congressmen and senators are truly standing on the shoulders of giants.
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