Today's Opinion

The retirement savings deficit

It’s a little bit surprising that more than one third of Americans have no retirement savings, but it might only be surprising because the soaring stock market has overshadowed other news about the economy., which publishes information on personal finance, released a survey Monday that indicates 36 percent of Americans have saved nothing for retirement. Among them are 14 percent of people who are of retirement age, 65 or older.

What about repaving 27th, 28th streets?

DART — To the Kenosha City Council, Mayor Bosman and the Somers Town Board for failing to reach an agreement yet to repave 27th and 28th streets, which border both communities. The city is finally spending more than $200,000 to resurface 104th Avenue, which leads to Aurora Medical Center and sits on the Kenosha-Somers border. But 27th and 28th streets bring vehicles to Bullen Middle School and Bradford High School. Both roadways are washed out in some places and filled with potholes in others. The city seems willing to move forward with these additional streets, but Somers is slow to share in the cost. These roadways cannot survive another winter. Get a deal done!

States should reconsider death penalty

It was a botched execution in Kenosha that led to Wisconsin banning capital punishment.

Other states may have had other reasons for ceasing to use the death penalty, but in Wisconsin there was a direct link between a gruesome public execution and the Legislature’s decision to ban capital punishment.

Local Columnists

Love, running, and the meaning of life

By David Chrisinger

Once we got to the 36-mile mark, we entered uncharted territory. Neither one of us had ever run so far, and neither one of us knew how our bodies would respond. With every stride, we were redefining what was possible for us.

But with that exhilarating sense of accomplishment also came the realization that we still had 14 miles to go. “I think I’m burning my matches,” I told Brett. There’s an old adage in ultra-endurance racing that each athlete starts a race with a book of matches. It is said that whenever you put out an effort that exceeds the maximum effort you can sustain evenly from start to finish, you burn a match. There are only so many matches you can burn, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. “Grin and bear it,” Brett told me. “Just grin and bear it.”

An ongoing war on black males


Just days after shaking my head at the discussion on political talk shows about the Democratic Party’s “war on whites,” (a term coined by a congressman from Alabama), I was saddened to wake up on a recent Sunday morning to a familiar but disturbing news story: A young, unarmed black man had been shot to death by a white police officer, this time in the small (population about 20,000) city of Ferguson, Mo., 12 miles outside of St. Louis.

The story is still unfolding as I write this, and details are few. It is in the hands of the St. Louis County Police (who have taken over from the Ferguson Police). I feel better knowing that the FBI is also involved.

Almost no surprises

By Steve Lund

Wow, talk about predictable! If you thought something surprising might happen in Tuesday’s elections, the results were pretty disappointing.

Syndicated Columnists

Rand Paul’s bogus outreach


Why should Republicans engage in outreach to African-Americans, even though the level of suspicion is so high and the yield in votes is likely to be so low?

Even among some reform-oriented conservatives, what might be called the Kemp project — after the late Rep. Jack Kemp, who spent a career engaged in minority outreach — is viewed as a secondary concern. They consistently pitch their approach toward the middle class — in part to distinguish it from previous iterations of compassionate or “bleeding heart” (Kemp’s phrase) conservatism. The cover of the reform conservative manifesto — “Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms for a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class” — features a lawn mower on fresh-cut grass. The conservative rebirth will evidently spring from suburban yards on a lazy Saturday morning.

Workforce development requires mix of strategies

By Tom Still

Workforce development means different things to different people — which is why the term carries emotional and political weight across Wisconsin, from its small towns to its major cities.

It also explains why policymakers must aspire to devise a balanced approach to meeting Wisconsin’s diverse workforce needs.

Commercial drones coming


Oh no! The United States is falling behind in yet another big area —commercial use of drones. (Those things that buzz around and gather information and drop bombs overseas but don’t yet deliver Amazon packages.)

Although drones seem to be in wide use elsewhere, the Federal Aviation Administration is nervous about letting U.S. skies fill up with them, citing safety and privacy concerns.

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