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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.


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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.

Improving Kenosha streetlights

BY ROBERT DONNELLY


Ideas come from everywhere. On Oct. 8 I woke up a little earlier than usual to watch the lunar eclipse. It was pretty spectacular, and I was glad that we had a clear night to watch it since the last eclipse happened on an overcast night.

Before the eclipse started, I noticed how, as on many full moons when the sky is clear, it’s as though the moon is the planet’s nightlight. I noticed that while you could see the sidewalks, streets, and lake clearly, there was no glare.

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Warren makes the case

By EUGENE ROBINSON


The Massachusetts Democrat has become the brightest ideological and rhetorical light in a party whose prospects are dimmed by — to use a word Jimmy Carter never uttered — malaise. Her weekend swing through Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa to rally the faithful displayed something no other potential contender for the 2016 presidential nomination, including Hillary Clinton, seems able to present: a message.

“We can go through the list over and over, but at the end of every line is this: Republicans believe this country should work for those who are rich, those who are powerful, those who can hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers,” she said Friday in Englewood, Colo. “I will tell you we can whimper about it, we can whine about it or we can fight back. I’m here with [Sen.] Mark Udall so we can fight back.”

Sex and the poor

By Catherine Rampell


America has decided: Sex is for rich people. Non-procreative sex in particular.

How else would you explain the trap we’re laying for poor people who deign to get it on?

State is on a venture capital roller coaster

By Tom Still


The good news: Venture capital dollars invested in Wisconsin through the first three quarters of 2014 is already double all venture investments last year, and the number of deals is approaching an all-time annual high for the state.

The sobering news: Wisconsin still lags 23 other states in deals reported during the third quarter of 2014, and falls behind 25 states in total dollars invested during those three months.




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