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OUR VIEW: Clerk should do her job or quit

Despite every court she’s approached rejecting her appeals, a county clerk in Kentucky refused Tuesday to issue a marriage license to a gay couple.

In June the U.S Supreme Court ruling affirmed that gay couples have the constitutional right to marriage, and the governor of Kentucky ordered county clerks to comply with the ruling. Since then, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, citing religious objections to gay marriage, has refused to issue any marriage licenses.

OUR VIEW: First day of school is a big event

Schools are open today across Kenosha County.

The actual first day may not have quite the impact that it once did, because some important school activities — all the fall sports, for example, — have been going on for weeks, and some elementary schools in Kenosha are on a year-round calendar. Those students have been in class since Aug. 17.

DARTS&LAURELS: Downtown restaurant scene still growing

LAUREL — To Paul Campagna for investing in an extension of his Sazzy B’s restaurant in downtown Kenosha. The Buzz, at 5623 Sixth Ave., will offer an espresso bar, wines and local craft beers, plus cheese pairings and charcuterie. On busy evenings, the new space will provide overflow seating for Sazzy patrons. And Mike Cholak, who already owns Mike’s Chicken and Donuts, is planning another eatery along Sixth Avenue. Downtown Kenosha is thriving, with a booming restaurant and bar business along Sixth Avenue and beyond. If the next mayoral administration can provide a vision for bringing more jobs downtown and revitalizing some of its empty buildings, the city’s core could share in the growth occurring near Interstate 94.

Local Columnists

TOM STILL: Another look at state’s higher education

By Tom Still

A working group of Republican lawmakers in the Assembly is examining whether the state’s technical college system should be merged with the University of Wisconsin’s two-year campus network, mainly as a way to save money.

On the surface, the question is worth asking. With 13 two-year campuses within the UW System and 16 technical college districts running nearly 50 campuses or centers, is there cause to believe Wisconsin taxpayers are spending too much to educate people who are working toward something less than a baccalaureate degree?

MY TURN: Doing things the hard way

By Amy Robleski

Once, when I was pushing my son in a shopping cart out of the grocery store, a man remarked that I was taking the long way around — I could have used the door near the cash registers and saved myself some walking. I just smiled and nodded at the time, but what I was thinking was that “taking the long way around” is part of my character.

I usually find ways to make life harder for myself, mainly because I want to make everything myself. Sometimes that’s a good thing, but there are definitely times I wish I could just take the easy way out.

ARTHUR I. CYR: North and South Korea agree on stabilizing steps

By Arthur I. Cyr

The 38th Parallel dividing North and South Korea is less tense thanks to a sensible new agreement. Pyongyang has expressed regret over land mines injuring South Korean soldiers. The South will curtail loudspeaker broadcasts. The confrontation led to artillery fire.

This limited but significant step indirectly endorses the policy of patience of South Korea President Park Geun-hye. Her election in December 2012 represents a major step forward in one of the world’s most remarkable national success stories.

Syndicated Columnists

PITTS: If Sandy Hook is ‘bearable,’ what’s not?

By Leonard Pitts Jr.

You frequently find fortune cookie aphorisms, yes, but it’s not often that you find searing insight within Twitter’s 140-character confines. Which is why a June tweet from one Dan Hodges — his profile describes him as a British political commentator — stood out.

“In retrospect,” wrote Hodges, “Sandy Hook marked the end of the U.S. gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.”

ROBINSON: Trump’s practical pledge


Now we’ll see whether the magic works inside the Republican Party’s big and unruly tent as well as it did outside.

Donald Trump’s decision to sign a GOP loyalty oath — pledging to support the party’s eventual nominee, even if it’s someone else — was more practical than partisan. But does it make the ultimate outsider look like, pardon the strong language, just another politician?

YORK: It’s personality, not policy

By Byron York

Conservatives who oppose comprehensive immigration reform are delighted Donald Trump has brought the issue to the fore in the GOP presidential race. They want to believe it’s Trump’s stand on immigration that is driving his popularity.

But talks with people who came to a recent Republican event in South Carolina are a reminder that voters, when evaluating candidates, are usually looking for a set of personal qualities more than a position on any single issue. If those qualities are there, they believe, the issues will work themselves out later.

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