Today's Opinion

Low-cost parking lot security

How much security does a parking lot need?

At a minimum, a parking lot needs enough security to keep out people who aren’t supposed to use it so the people who are supposed to use it have enough space. How much to spend to achieve that level of security is another question.

Listen to the newcomers

The newbies have something to say.

Sunday’s Kenosha News featured interviews with several newcomers about what drew them to Kenosha. Their responses were probably reassuring to the city officials and others who are trying to focus attention on Kenosha’s downtown and the lakefront.

For most, April 15 isn’t a deadline

It’s tax day. Do you know where the stamps are?

Don’t worry. Taxes can be filed electronically, and that’s the way 75 percent of income tax filers send in their tax forms, according to a recent McClatchy-Marist poll. Only about 25 percent of the poll respondents said they sent in their forms through the U.S. Postal Service.

Local Columnists

Hidden cameras here and there

By Steve Lund

Hidden cameras have been in the news too much.

It’s time to get serious about Asian carp

By Marc Wendt and Ezra Meyer

Lake Michigan, beware.

Among all the bugs, plants, fish and critters that find their way into the Great Lakes from afar, Asian carp are swimming hard up the threat list. They typically eat 40 percent of their body weight every day in vegetation, plankton and the eggs of native species. Worse yet, these outsiders have virtually no predators to put their alarmingly rapid spread in check.

Am I Illinois-ing you?

By Glenn Hager

I have a confession. Brace yourself. I live in Illinois. There, I said it. Please, don’t stop reading.

Even though I’m from “south of the border,” it’s only by a block and a half. And that’s how I explain to people where I live, a block and half south of Wisconsin.

Syndicated Columnists

From Manhattan to Washington, Indians get snookered

By Leonard Pitts Jr.

Twenty-four dollars.

That, supposedly, was the price Gov. Peter Minuit paid American Indians for the island of Manhattan in 1625. It’s a tale historians find suspect.

Erasing the race card


One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe.

The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens.

Return of Soviet empire is Putin’s pipedream

By Georgie Anne Geyer

Most Americans, supposing that they even live in a part of the country where they get foreign news, would now rather expectedly believe that Russia and Ukraine had broken out into the first phases of war.

After the unprovoked attack by Moscow on Crimea — “Surprise, surprise! We’ve decided we want you again!” — war clouds have shrouded the sunlight and poisoned expectations for the future. Russian troops have now attacked Eastern Ukraine, with its Russophile population and its riches in industry, gas and minerals; and in small towns along the ancient break lines between the two countries, the far smaller Ukrainian army is preparing to take out after the Russian bear.

Politics in Video

Voice of the People

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