Editorials

An MLK message: We can do better

January 22, 2019 at 10:28 am

Current events pose the question: How far have we really come?REP. STEVE KING represents a district in northwest Iowa that includes Sioux City, so he's a Midwesterner like us and folks in Wisconsin ought to care what he says and does. In fa...

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The death penalty, when it truly fits

January 22, 2019 at 10:28 am

Some evil deserves society's ultimate sanction.WARNING TO READERS: We are preparing to beat a dead horse one more time, so longtime suscribers may feel free to skip the argument.Jake Patterson admits it. He plotted to take a 13-year-old gir...

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For politicians, the pay goes on

January 22, 2019 at 10:28 am

Proposition: Better policies would follow if officials had to live by their own actions.AS THE FEDERAL government shutdown continues, this rubs salt into the wounds for the hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed involuntarily without p...

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Take close look at Constitution

January 14, 2019 at 11:07 am

Presidents are supposed to wield limited authority. Or so the Founders believed.THIS IS ON CONGRESS. It has been a long time in the making. And those who profess fealty to the Founders, and particularly to the United States Constitution and...

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Time to rethink 'War on Drugs'

January 07, 2019 at 10:16 am

Decades of failure have impacted society in destructive ways.THERE'S AN OLD spiritual called "Dem Bones" and it goes like this: "Toe bone connected to the foot bone, foot bone connected to the heel bone, heel bone connected to the ankle bon...

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Our solid base for a good year

December 31, 2018 at 9:34 am

Greater Beloit remains well positioned to sustain momentum into 2019.DOWNTOWN BELOIT - a place once marked by decay and vacant storefronts - has become a vibrant showplace, a foodie destination and home to dozens of eclectic specialty shops...

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Question: Do leaders reflect who we are?

December 24, 2018 at 9:23 am

If America wants to be great, America and its leaders must be good.AS THE YEAR draws to a close, let's consider three stories from the past week and give some thought to how we, as Americans, may want to conduct our lives.1. From Fox News: ...

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Pie-in-the-sky? Not any longer

December 17, 2018 at 10:06 am

Beloit's long-delayed casino proposal has momentum.AT THE RISK of being herded among the eternal optimists, after a couple of decades, we will say this:Beloit has never been closer to seeing the proposed casino-resort complex actually happe...

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Show courage, veto a bad bill

December 10, 2018 at 10:36 am

Raw power play is an insult to voters' rights and historic precedent.SUDDENLY, ON NOV. 7, when Wisconsin awoke to news that voters had elected Democrat challenger Tony Evers and ousted incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker, leaders of the ...

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Wisconsin needs this powerful tool

December 10, 2018 at 10:37 am

Citizens should be able to force binding referendum votes.CITIES AND COUNTIES in Wisconsin have been worked up over what is called the "dark store loophole" in calculating property taxes for businesses.It goes like this. Business interests ...

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