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Downtown Wi-Fi still on the agenda

The Kenosha City Council, which is usually cooperative with Mayor Keith Bosman, has found something to disagree with him about — public Wi-Fi downtown.

The mayor hasn’t shown much interest in the Kenosha County proposal to add free public access to the Internet along the lakefront from 35th Street to 65th Street. The plan proposed by Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser also includes adding Wi-Fi to Kenosha County parks.

Does Kenosha need another stadium?

A committee has recommended the Kenosha Unified School District hold a referendum to support new sports facilities in the district, including a multi-sport stadium at Bradford High School and upgrades to various fields at all three comprehensive high schools.

The committee recommended new facilities and renovation projects totaling $16.7 million. Taxpayers could be asked for permission to spend the money in a referendum in April 2015. The School Board is expected to consider the proposal at its regular meeting next week.

Signs point to low-turnout election

All signs point to the election on Nov. 4 being a low-turnout event.

That’s discouraging because it reflects a disengagement from politics that isn’t healthy for a democracy.

Local Columnists

Turnout sweeteners

By Steve Lund


I voted early.

Rental properties make having a pet difficult

By Marissa Harrison

Some would consider me a crazy cat lady. This is probably due to the fact that I have two cats that I like to talk about often, and also that I own various cat-printed items. I am aware of my obsession and don’t mind the title as I really am quite proud of my awesome and hilarious cats.

Although I definitely might like them too much, I know that there are many other pet owners who also love their critters. Owning a pet can be very rewarding and can create many happy memories. However, it is not always easy to have pets if one is renting. Many rental places around Kenosha do not allow pets, or if they do, often only one cat is allowed. I recognize an unmet demand that owners of rental properties should jump to fulfill. Rental properties should make it easier for their residents to own pets. This would enable more people to enjoy pet ownership and hopefully help save an animal through adoption.

Leon Panetta’s memoirs reflect bad judgment

By Arthur I. Cyr

Leon Panetta, after 20 months as Secretary of Defense and before that two years as director of the CIA, has brought forth memoirs. The volume is blunt in criticizing others, including President Barack Obama. This imitates Robert Gates, Panetta’s immediate predecessor at the Pentagon.

Cabinet members, including defense secretaries, have published memoirs but not while the administration in which they served was still in power. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has also brought out a book. However, her committee document is more diplomatic, calculating and careful in distancing herself from the president while simultaneously expressing loyalty.

Syndicated Columnists

Barack Obama, bewildered bystander


The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in The New York Times last Saturday.

There’s only one problem with this pose, so obligingly transcribed for him by the Times. It’s his government. He’s president. Has been for six years. Yet Barack Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration.

Offshore oil rigs help the environment for ocean life

By Jonah Goldberg

In a 15-year study, researchers found that the ecosystems that build up around artificial rigs host 1,000 percent more fish and other sea life than natural habitats such as reefs and estuaries.

Now, as a big fan of artificial reefs, I think this is exciting news. There are many who oppose the idea of improving on God’s — or, if you prefer, Gaia’s — design. This strikes me as crazy, given the fact that virtually all of the food we eat and the clothes we wear are the products of human innovation. When humans ran out of gazelles or bison to hunt, they had the great idea of catching a few and raising a renewable supply.

Ebola, pandering and courage


You read that right: An investigation by The Boston Globe found that unlike politicians who go to great lengths to puff up their military backgrounds, Moulton, as the paper’s Walter Robinson wrote, “chose not to publicly disclose that he was twice decorated for heroism until pressed by the Globe.”

It took Robinson’s reporting to discover that Moulton had won the Bronze Star and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal for valor during the battles for control of Najaf and Nasiriyah.

Politics in Video

Voice of the People

The math doesn’t work in Ryan’s health plan
Walker’s not perfect, but we can’t afforde Burke
Stockholders, union workers used to live in harmony
County’s Wi-Fi plan isn’t really ‘free’
Spooky Sprint didn’t mark up the pavement

Governor can’t take credit for national rebound
Israel isn’t permitted to join coalition

Recall process slowed state’s economic growth
Faster action is needed on homeless shelter
Elected officials should work together
Worried about the future? Worry about Burke
Stimulate the economy by raising minimum wage

We can’t afford war in the Middle East
Walker was there when we needed him
Blame the Democrats for the KKK and Ebola?