Editorials

Maybe the issue is management

January 13, 2020 at 9:25 am

Often, behind runaway legal costs, is a culture of operational disarray.COMPARATIVE NUMBERS for legal costs in the School District of Beloit and several other systems across Wisconsin are, to say the least, shocking.Comparing the 2018-2019 ...

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Apply reason, not emotion

January 13, 2020 at 9:26 am

Founders expected more from Americans than blind partisanship.CHEW ON THIS: A Pew Research Center survey finds about two-thirds of Americans use social media to get their news. Of that number, nearly half go to Facebook.News organizations, ...

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Don't get sucked into another war

January 06, 2020 at 10:04 am

It's easy to start conflict over there, and hard to get out.THE QUESTION, similar to years ago when the despot Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq, is not whether Iran's top general Qasem Soleimani is a bad man the world is better off without.The ans...

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Still the most unfair of taxes

January 06, 2020 at 10:04 am

Wisconsin should find better ways to reduce burdens, especially on vulnerable seniors.ON THIS PAGE readers will find a column the paper regularly publishes written by Steve Walters, a knowledgeable veteran newsman with decades of experience...

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Enjoy. These are the good times.

December 30, 2019 at 10:50 am

A good year should be followed by another one in the Stateline Area.THERE WAS A TIME, not all that long ago, when folks around these parts looked ahead to the next new year with trepidation.From economic doldrums as plants and shops closed ...

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Mr. Jefferson is right again

December 30, 2019 at 10:50 am

Another example of why there is no religious test in the Constitution.THOMAS JEFFERSON WROTE, in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802: "I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declar...

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So, who made those mistakes?

December 23, 2019 at 10:10 am

Accountability applies with boards and administrators, if a culture of responsibility is the goal.THE SCHOOL DISTRICT of Beloit spends somewhere in the vicinity of $100 million a year, so the $115,000 involved in an administrative wage disp...

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Want reform? Empower people

December 16, 2019 at 10:08 am

Party in power will always swat away change if it smells like a threat.BELOIT STATE REP. Mark Spreitzer, along with Sen. Mark Miller, want Wisconsin to switch to what is called ranked-choice voting - sometimes called Instant Runoff Voting.B...

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The sanctity of the vote

December 16, 2019 at 10:09 am

See the partisan fight for what it is, scheming for control.WHILE WE'RE ON the topic of how political parties connive to thwart the will of the people for their own benefit, let's look at the Wisconsin dispute over purging voter rolls.Offic...

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Promoting work is never wrong

December 09, 2019 at 10:31 am

Foundation of social safety net should be helping people become independent.IN THE LARGER context of things, a savings of $5.5 billion over five years by tightening some rules for food stamps is all but irrelevant to a federal budget of mor...

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