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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.

OUR VIEW: Education needed with voter ID law

In the four years since Wisconsin passed a bill making a photo ID a requirement to vote, judges’ rulings have been all over the map, in favor of it and against it.

Now the U.S. Supreme Court has given what appears to be the final word on the issue, and the law will be allowed to go into effect. The top court announced Monday that it decided not to hear a challenge to the law.


Local Columnists

PETER BARCA: Harmful state budget needs major changes

By State Rep. Peter Barca


While Republican legislators may claim to soften the blow of Gov. Scott Walker’s harmful state budget, they cannot divorce themselves from this disastrous budget and our state’s economic mess.

Republicans lit our fiscal house on fire and they should not be applauded for running back into that house and rescuing just a few of the many Wisconsin treasures at risk.

PAUL RYAN: Strengthening Medicare

By U.S. rep. Paul Ryan


Medicare is going broke, but we have a chance to start fixing it. And we can do it — with bipartisan support — by repealing a clumsy payment system that has threatened seniors’ access to care and vexed Congress for nearly two decades.

Here’s the problem: In 1997, Congress tried to put a lid on Medicare’s costs by capping doctor payments with a formula called the “sustainable growth rate.” Under the law, if Medicare spent more than the cap in one year, it would have to compensate by cutting doctor payments in the next.

LINDA BEVEC: Housing program helps people become homeowners

By Linda Bevec


This year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development celebrates its 50th anniversary. In 1965 HUD was created as a cabinet-level agency to serve the housing needs of America’s low-income families. Today more than 1 million people are served in HUD-supported emergency, transitional and permanent housing programs each year.

While the number of families who still experience homelessness may be high, it’s nice to hear about the success stories of individuals and families who have received housing assistance while working hard to gain independence and homeownership.

Syndicated Columnists

ROBINSON: The mark of terror

By EUGENE ROBINSON


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.

RAMPELL: Ted Cruz’s irrational war on the IRS

By Catherine Rampell


Sen. Ted Cruz says he wants to get rid of the Internal Revenue Service. This is a phenomenally bad idea, one so obviously wrongheaded it’s hard to believe he really means it.

In his presidential bid announcement Monday at Liberty University in Virginia, Cruz asked his audience to imagine, John Lennon-style, some of the various idyllic scenarios that would come to pass should the country choose him as its next commander in chief. “Imagine in 2017 a new president signing legislation repealing every word of Obamacare,” he said. Likewise, “imagine a federal government that works to defend the sanctity of human life.”

ROBINSON: The Republican contenders

By EUGENE ROBINSON


With Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas becoming the first A-lister to throw his hat in the ring for president — in his case, I’m picturing a Napoleonic bicorn rather than a fedora — it’s time to handicap the race for the Republican nomination. I see it as Jeb Bush vs. the field, and I’m not ready to put my money on Bush.

Some may write off Cruz’s candidacy as a potentially entertaining sideshow, given his negligible showing in the polls. But that would be premature. Whatever anyone thinks about Cruz, even his critics agree that he’s smart.




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Voice of the People


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Bradley is the choice for an independent court


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We should try to learn from tragic accident
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Ann Bergo set a good example
IRIS program helps people be independent



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