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OUR VIEW: Billboard is too much, too soon

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While it is understandable for police officers to rally around a fellow officer, the billboard featuring officer Pablo Torres proclaiming “Thank you for your support, Kenosha” is inappropriate at the moment.

The billboard actually helps to make the point that outside investigations of police shootings are necessary. Such investigations are the law now, but the Kenosha police officers union decided not to wait for the results before expressing support.

OUR VIEW: Celebrating Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, the 45th anniversary of the event founded by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis, in 1970.

Earth Day isn’t a holiday; it’s a day often celebrated with work projects, such as the Pike Creek cleanup at the Gateway Technical College’s Kenosha campus. That project will be’s being held from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. today, starting from the Pike Creek Horticulture Center.

Alternative courts show promise

For several years, the Kenosha County court system has been at the forefront of efforts in Wisconsin to develop alternative courts. There is Drug Court, Veterans Court and Behavioral Health Treatment Court.


Local Columnists

MONEY&POLITICS: Blue Jean Nation offers a choice for the ‘politically homeless’

By Bill Lueders


For 15 years, Mike McCabe headed Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the state’s foremost — and feistiest — sentinel of the role of money in politics. He brought equal amounts of anger and optimism to the group’s nonpartisan mission, skewering Democrats and Republicans alike and sounding a clarion call for reform.

“I loved that job,” McCabe says wistfully. “I could have very easily done it for another 15 years.”

MARTY PITTS and DAN TENUTA: Key facts about charter schools

By Marty Pittsand Dan Tenuta


Education Leaders of Kenosha is a professional organization comprised of about 100 principals, supervisors, and technical staff in the Kenosha Unified School District. Providing our community with accurate, nonpartisan information pertaining to educational issues is included among our objectives.

The issue of converting public schools to independent charter schools is one that is at the forefront of legislative debate. In recent months, numerous misleading articles and editorials have been printed on this subject.

STEVE LUND: How big is 109 acres?

By Steve Lund


slund@kenoshanews.com

That 109-acre clearing in the middle of Kenosha needs to be redeveloped, but as what?

Syndicated Columnists

ROBINSON: Strikes against morality

By EUGENE ROBINSON


Drone strikes, by their nature, are bound to kill innocent civilians. It is all too easy to ignore this ugly fact — and the dubious morality of the whole enterprise — until the unfortunate victims happen to be Westerners.

Only then does “collateral damage” become big news and an occasion for public sorrow. President Obama acknowledged Thursday that a January strike in Pakistan against a suspected al-Qaida compound killed two men who were being held as hostages by the terrorist group — Warren Weinstein, an American, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian.

GEYER: Shifting alliances

By Georgie Anne Geyer


Allies are a wonderful thing to have when you’re fighting your way around the world. We would never have won our Revolution without France’s support, for instance, and World War II showed what was then formally called “the Allies” could do when working in union.

But somehow, as our aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt steamed valiantly through the waters off Yemen to join other Yankee ships to intercept Iranian arms destined for the rebels there, the disturbing thought hit me that our allies today seem to have radically changed.

DIONNE: Government investments

By E.J. DIONNE JR.


Let us now praise Newt Gingrich. Yes, Newt Gingrich.

There he was, the scourge of Big Government, on the op-ed page of The New York Times Wednesday calling for a doubling of the National Institutes of Health budget. “It’s irresponsible and shortsighted, not prudent, to let financing for basic research dwindle,” he wrote, noting that government investments in preventing and curing disease could save the government money in direct health care costs.




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