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Bryce for 21st Senate District

The 21st Senate District is a rarity among legislative districts in southeastern Wisconsin in the 2014 election: Voters there have a choice.

Vote ‘yes’ on transportation referendum

There are numerous referendums on the ballot Tuesday. The number varies from place to place (See story, page A5), but there is one binding statewide referendum. If voters approve, the state constitution will be amended.

The question on the ballot is, “Shall section 9 (2) of article IV and section 11 of article VIII of the constitution be created to require that revenues generated by use of the state transportation system be deposited into a transportation fund administered by a department of transportation for the exclusive purpose of funding Wisconsin’s transportation systems and to prohibit any transfers or lapses from this fund?”

Parkside plans for the future

Generally there is more talk about planning than actual planning, but the University of Wisconsin-Parkside may be the exception. The university actually has a master plan.

Parkside Chancellor Deborah Ford unveiled the latest update to that plan Monday, saying the university needs to make changes on and off the campus to adjust to education in the digital age.

Local Columnists

Casino is the forgotten issue of the election

By Steve Lund


Remember the casino?

Politicians live the dream

By David Klimisch

“Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe”

— actual 2011 quote from a political-boss redistricting training

Classic movies — outdoors


In the beginning the night was as big as God. It was filled with magic and mystery; a time to ponder the greater cosmos, a time that played by its own rules with its own special creatures and rhythms. Night was a time to dream, a time to breathe the good night air in stillness that made it all seem unreal.

Scientists and blowhards who pretend to know science continue to shrink our divine mysteries. Light pollution diminishes the magnificence of the night, each new luminous particle dogging it like a gadfly. Noise pollution defiles the holy night as if mocking the grave.

Syndicated Columnists

Moderate thunder out of Kansas


Yet the results of the tea party rebellion four years ago have led these civic-minded, middle-of-the-road Kansans to a quiet but fierce determination to take their state back from those who once talked incessantly about taking their country back.

What brought them together earlier this week was a visit from Paul Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor. Davis has generally been running ahead of Republican incumbent Sam Brownback in what is one of the country’s most consequential showdowns on next Tuesday’s ballot.

More partisanship, please

By Jonah Goldberg

What day is it?”

“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.

Ben Bradlee: The whole story


It was the fall of 1979. The Washington Post, which I considered the greatest newspaper in the world, was considering me for a job covering the District of Columbia’s new mayor, an interesting character named Marion Barry. I knew that a couple of Post editors were going to take me to lunch. What I didn’t know was that the great Ben Bradlee was coming along.

I ordered what turned out to be the driest roast beef sandwich ever made — we’re talking cardboard and shoe leather — and Ben noticed that I was having trouble choking it down. He waited until I had a big mouthful, then leaned in and said: “City Hall is a tough job, kid. Are you tough?”

Politics in Video

Voice of the People

Time for a change from Ryan, Walker
Choose Burke, Zerban for quality education
We need to do better — make sure to vote
Walker is not good for our state
Walker was right not to take ‘free money’
Democrats candidates are better for our state
Burke will seek common-sense solutions
We’re going to pay twice for transportation
Walker deserves another term
Mary Burke doesn’t deserve a pass

The masses are losing financial ground

Burke’s policies would be job-killers
Vietnam veterans should attend Van Bendegom service
Walker deserves blame for failing to create jobs
Uline, Amazon see good things happening
Justice Ginsburg returns to eugenics

Silver Lake’s expenses will rise
Silver Lake should vote for change
Crowded buses aren’t safe for students
KSO’s Beethoven program was spectacular
Allowing ATVs on roads would be good for Salem

Statement urges action against poverty in Wisconsin
Democrats should ask questions about Burke