Today's Opinion

Burglary task force can help solve crimes

LAUREL — To leaders of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, Kenosha Police and Pleasant Prairie Police for forming a burglary task force, which should allow the departments to communicate better and solve crimes more quickly. These offices have also invited agencies in Racine and Walworth counties in Wisconsin and McHenry and Lake counties in Illinois to join. Given the recent rash of home invasions in Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth put it well when he said those crimes change “how you feel about being in your home.” Solving crimes like this quickly can ease the fears of everybody in the region.

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.

Local Columnists

Four Oaks at midnight

By Dave Klimisch

My wife deployed to the war zone in March, 2003. On St. Patrick's Day, she enjoyed a green MRE as part of the medical staff onboard the USS Tarawa. At the same time, I was managing as Mr. Mom with two youngsters and a baby, having recently moved from D.C. to Florida. New to the area, I was still developing relationships, changing diapers and worrying constantly about my wife.

For spring break, I loaded the kids and drove 10 hours back to D.C. Around midnight, after a brief ship-to-shore satellite call with my bride, our seven-month old threw up all over his clothes and car seat. The retching sound and pungent smell woke the other kids, filling my minivan with very tired cries.

International community shows strength after Flight 17 tragedy

By Arthur I. Cyr

The criminal destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine has been compounded by de facto desecration of the remains of those killed. The crash site has also been severely contaminated.

Sloppy treatment of both the human remains and the aircraft wreckage confirm that committed thugs and killers cannot be trusted to carry out either humane or forensic tasks. We already knew that.

Taking lead in manufacturing


The Kenosha News and I go way back — to the times my grandparents used it to help me learn reading on their farm in Randall Township.

In fact, if you’re the grandparent/parent/aunt/uncle/ or sibling of someone learning to read, the paper is still here to help. It works both ways: people who read the paper support it and keep it going; and Kenosha is lucky to have a paper the caliber of the K News. When you travel to other places, check out their local papers (if they still have them) and you’ll see what I mean.

Syndicated Columnists

Me Inc. offers dividends


“Checked the tax code,” wrote a friend who’s engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. “Unfortunately, marrying [my fiancee] does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big US companies are getting. Thanks for nothing IRS.”

This got me thinking. Maybe we’ve been looking at this whole corporations-are-people-too foofaraw the wrong way. Critics complained when the Supreme Court granted companies rights to freedom of speech and religion under the legal fiction that corporations are people. But perhaps this precedent is good news for flesh-and-blood people like you and me (aka People Classic).

Outsourcing is necessary in today’s economy

By Tom Still

The increasingly curious exchange between incumbent Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke over the “outsourcing” of jobs illustrates how political campaigns and economic realities seldom mesh.

Outsourcing is not a four-letter word. It is a part of how many companies — large or small, foreign or domestic — do business in the modern world.

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.

Politics in Video

Voice of the People

Southshore Realtors endorse Sheriff Beth
Watercolor show is a local treasure

Wanggaard deserves support in primary
Common Core editorial came up a bit short

Pets do not belong at outdoor events
Gerrymandering only benefits the politicians

A great sheriff, Beth is also smart with money
Wanggaard has right experience for job
Take a closer look at outsourcing jobs