Today's Opinion

Thanks again, Joe Mangi


In addition to congratulating and extending best wishes to Sue Savaglio-Jarvis, the new superintendent of the Kenosha Unified School District, there’s one more thing that needs to be said: Thanks again, Joe Mangi.

Mangi stepped in again as interim superintendent in December after Superintendent Michele Hancock announced her retirement. He stayed on the job until Savaglio-Jarvis was selected.

Court cases muddle Obamacare’s future

The press release from a health organization that opposes President Obama’s health care reform turned out to be ironic:

“The administration’s willful violation of the law has been made clear by the courts,”said Twila Brase of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom in a statement applauding a decision by the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. The court said only states that set up their own exchanges could offer federal subsidies. If the ruling holds up, it is a serious blow to Obamacare.

A car show that could only happen here


Some of the participants in this week’s American Motors Homecoming events may be in for a shock. In the three years since the most recent AMC Homecoming, all the Chrysler-AMC buildings in the middle of Kenosha have been torn down.

There are 109 acres of vacant property where Kenosha’s biggest employer used to be. The city of Kenosha owns the property.

Local Columnists

The state of politics

By Steve Lund

There is a reason very few politicians at the state and federal levels try to build bridges with members of the other party: They can be punished for it.

Traveling makes Kenosha look better

By Marissa Harrison

Within the past year or so I went from almost never traveling (besides road trips to the Wisconsin Dells) to traveling somewhat frequently for both work and leisure. By the time each trip ends I cannot wait to return home to Kenosha.

I have heard many people comment that the Kenosha area is not very exciting, but traveling has definitely made me appreciate the area more, and made me realize that it is often taken it for granted.

It only happens in the movies


Movies have always been a big part of my life. I’m the youngest of five, with my siblings ranging between five and 10 years my senior. That feels like half a generation when you’re 6 or so. But somehow, when we would gather around that huge (the console itself, not the screen, which was actually only about 15 inches), old television set in my youngest brother’s room (where it was relegated after my parents purchased a smaller, more contemporary Zenith for the living room), the years separating us melted away.

We watched youth-oriented programming, cartoons and those silly situation comedies. Believe it or not, in the early 1960s three of the five of us were not allowed to stay up late enough to watch the No.1-rated program, “The Beverly Hillbillies,” which came on at 9 p.m.

Syndicated Columnists

Losing the moral high ground


The civilian death toll in Gaza from Israel’s latest incursion is appalling. The right to self-defense is inalienable, but it is not free from moral constraints.

As of this writing, nearly 750 Palestinians have been killed since the Israeli assault began, including dozens of children. On Thursday, a compound housing a United Nations school — crowded with Gaza residents who had fled their homes to seek shelter — was shelled in an incident still under investigation by the Israeli Defense Forces. Palestinian officials said 15 people were killed and scores injured.

The vacant presidency


The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.

Regarding Ukraine, his detachment — the rote, impassive voice — borders on dissociation. His U.N. ambassador, Samantha Power, delivers an impassioned denunciation of Russia. Obama cautions that we not “get out ahead of the facts,” as if the facts of this case — Vladimir Putin’s proxies shooting down a civilian airliner — are in doubt.

A world held hostage

By Martin Schram

We live in a world of populations held hostage.

We are not talking here about unfortunate captives who are held hostage by rogues, thugs and tyrants. We are talking about the many millions who are being held hostage by their own failures.

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