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Drawing attention to human trafficking

LAUREL — To Hope Run Kenosha for holding an event that explored the causes and symptoms of human trafficking. Sheriff David Beth told attendees “we need to make the community more aware and know what to look for.” He added that “they’re already crying for help, and we just have to be able to identify them and deal with them before they become a victim.” A Homeland Security official said Kenosha is well situated for prostitution and labor exploitation because of its proximity to Milwaukee and Chicago. Drawing attention to this abuse is a step in the right direction.

OUR VIEW: A step toward healthier food

Once social scientists and others worried that the world’s population would outstrip the ability to produce food, which would have meant there would be natural cap on the number of people the planet could support.

Something quite different happened. Both population and food production have soared. There is plenty of food produced by agriculture to feed everyone. It just doesn’t get to all the hungry people — estimated at 870 million — for a variety of reasons, some technical and some political or economic.

OUR VIEW: State should budget more for local roads

Potholes in the streets of Kenosha are a local problem, but they aren’t a unique local problem. Local roads all over the state are in bad shape, according to a study by the organization 1,000 Friends of Wisconsin.

In southeastern Wisconsin, 32 percent of the roads are in poor condition according to the study. Roads in the rest of the state are that bad or worse, according to the study, which is based on data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Local Columnists

MY TURN: The age of goodbyes

By Glenn Hager

I never thought about Leonard Nimoy dying, even after he was recently admitted to the hospital suffering from COPD at 83 years of age.

He was Mr. Spock for Pete sake! As Mr. Spock, he just got cooler as he got older. The wrinkles added character to his face. The increased raspiness of his already fascinating voice made him seem all the more authentic.

ARTHUR I. CYR: The legacy of Singapore’s leader Lee Kwan Yew


“The Four Tigers” is a shorthand label for the dynamic economies of East Asia that achieved strikingly rapid growth from the 1960s into the 1990s — Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

The passing of the dominant leader of one of those countries is a good time to discuss all of them. On March 23, Singapore leader Lee Kwan Yew died at age 91. For over a half century, he and his organization have controlled government in the city-state of Singapore.

Go green with spring cleaning


I was in a home improvement store the other day and saw a display of a large, probably gallon-size, “green” (as in environmentally friendly) all-purpose cleaner at a price of $9.98.

All I could do was chuckle. I make my own all-purpose cleaner with equal parts of vinegar and water, which I shake up in a plastic spray bottle. It’s nontoxic, great for just about anything except marble and granite (upon which I believe vinegar has a dulling effect)…and it costs just pennies to make.

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Revising pitch to aid youth


Many older Americans may not like — or at least empathize with — Kids These Days. But there are selfish reasons to spend more taxpayer money on the young all the same.

This is the framework I wish Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam had emphasized in his new bestseller, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.” He intersperses tear-jerking anecdotes with hard-nosed statistics to illustrate how children from poor families today have fewer chances for upward mobility than their counterparts from yesteryear. Poor kids and young adults, he argues, are the innocent victims of a widening “opportunity gap.”

DIONNE: Cruz challenges Walker as the alternative to Bush


Sen. Ted Cruz is a decided underdog for the Republican presidential nomination, but he understands where his opening lies. And this, in turn, tells us a lot about the shape of the contest and the fight the GOP is about to have.

It is no accident that Cruz began his campaign at Liberty University — founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell — by asking evangelical conservatives to consolidate their support behind him. The most important sentence in his speech was this one: “Today, roughly half of born-again Christians aren’t voting,” Cruz said. “They’re staying home. Imagine instead millions of people of faith all across America coming out to the polls and voting our values.”

ROBINSON: The mark of terror


We don’t need to know the political or religious views of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Gunter Lubitz to call his crashing of a crowded airliner into a mountainside an act of terrorism. And we don’t need any further evidence to recognize a cruel irony: Legitimate fear of potential terrorist attacks apparently made this tragedy possible.

Imagine the final moments of Flight 9525 as it hurtled toward oblivion. Passengers were screaming. Some, I am certain, must have been praying. According to French prosecutor Brice Robin, the pilot, who had stepped out of the cockpit for a moment, was pounding on the door, trying desperately to get back in.

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Justice Bradley is independent, fair
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Justice Bradley serves the public well

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