Today's Opinion

Settle on a plan to close achievement gap

The achievement gap between white and minority students in the Kenosha Unified School District is a serious issue.

It’s a problem all around the state, as a Department of Public Instruction report last week documented. The introduction to that report says, “The achievement gap has major implications not only for individual students but also for our state’s social and economic future.”

Rights and wrongs under Eric Holder

Housing will help revitalize downtown

LAUREL — To the developer putting together plans to remodel the former Kenosha Youth Foundation Building in Library Park. Plans call for 29 apartment units at affordable rates and 16 at market rate, adding to the downtown housing stock. This comes on the heels of approval for a 150-unit apartment project on the former Frank Wells Co. manufacturing site at 5821 Fifth Ave. Additional housing will add to the viability of downtown and contribute to interest from others who may be considering an investment in our city’s core.

Local Columnists

Mars spirit of success should animate Earth

By Arthur I. Cyr

Mars has two new alien visitors.

MAVEN, the latest U.S. space vehicle to reach the planet, entered planned orbit on Sept. 21.

Aging well? It depends

By Joan Voss

I don’t know exactly when it began, but I’ve been running into cranky older people a lot. I never used to notice them very much until I started visiting the grocery store on Sunday mornings. Boy, you will find some surly ones there. It’s right after morning church services; they’ve been singing “Ave Maria,” but now it’s time to take off the white gloves.

You try to pass them and say, “excuse me” and not hit them with your cart, but they pretend they can’t hear you. I’m like, hey, over here — you with the Coke-bottle glasses and the Bozo shoes, quit trying to read the ingredients on the side of that box of cheesecake. I know they’re pretending, because the same guy who was in my way last week tried to run me over with his cart when the clerk said, “I’m open here on register four.”

Health care battles roil


Last winter, Virginia’s Republican legislative majority blocked Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to extend Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians without medical insurance.

Afterward, McAuliffe vowed to take executive action but discovered legal restrictions limited him to adding 25,000 people to the rolls, mostly those with mental illnesses, though he included funds to encourage 160,000 more to enroll in private insurance.

Syndicated Columnists

This war is not authorized


President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate.

Do your jobs, everybody.

Obama sends mixed messages on war

By Jonah Goldberg

It’s funny how President Obama is always talking about “I” and “me” whenever it makes him look good, but suddenly it’s “they” and “we” when mistakes are made..

For instance, for years Obama boasted about how he ended the Iraq war and how he withdrew American troops. “You know I say what I mean and I mean what I say,” he boasted on the campaign trail in 2012. “I said I’d end the war in Iraq. I ended it.”

Two cheers for President Obama, not three


It is a long, long way from the “JV team” to the “network of death.” It is even longer from the arguments of President Obama’s 2014 West Point commencement address — which ridiculed “tough talk,” criticized a “military solution” in Syria and ignited various straw men of military adventurism — to the substance of Obama’s 2014 United Nations address. It is the remarkable shift between the speeches — separated by four months and many ideological light-years — that is historic.

Conservatives who obsessed about the reference to Ferguson, Mo., in Obama’s U.N. remarks managed to miss a herd of charging, trumpeting elephants in the room.

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