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U.S. teens using tobacco less, report finds

LAUREL — To high school students across the nation who are using tobacco less, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. Teen smoking hit a new low last year of 9.2 percent and the use of cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff also declined. Tobacco products put an unnecessary burden on the pocketbooks and health of their users. Unfortunately, the report notes that teen use of e-cigarettes tripled and they’re just a new nicotine delivery method.

OUR VIEW: Billboard is too much, too soon


While it is understandable for police officers to rally around a fellow officer, the billboard featuring officer Pablo Torres proclaiming “Thank you for your support, Kenosha” is inappropriate at the moment.

The billboard actually helps to make the point that outside investigations of police shootings are necessary. Such investigations are the law now, but the Kenosha police officers union decided not to wait for the results before expressing support.

OUR VIEW: Celebrating Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, the 45th anniversary of the event founded by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis, in 1970.

Earth Day isn’t a holiday; it’s a day often celebrated with work projects, such as the Pike Creek cleanup at the Gateway Technical College’s Kenosha campus. That project will be’s being held from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. today, starting from the Pike Creek Horticulture Center.

Local Columnists

How old is too old for police?


I admit it. I have a suspicious mind. I attribute it to the New Yorker in me, but when the story broke about the death of Eric Harris in Tulsa, Okla., by a reserve police officer who mistook his Taser for his gun, my first thought was that “I was confused” is the new “I felt threatened” excuse for police to kill black men.

As more details have become available, I began to consider a different reason as the cause of this tragedy. As the debate swirls about how much training officer Robert Bates received, the Tulsa County sheriff insisted it was a tragic error and nothing more. The sheriff was quoted by one outlet as saying, “How many errors are made in an operating room every week?”

MONEY&POLITICS: Blue Jean Nation offers a choice for the ‘politically homeless’

By Bill Lueders

For 15 years, Mike McCabe headed Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the state’s foremost — and feistiest — sentinel of the role of money in politics. He brought equal amounts of anger and optimism to the group’s nonpartisan mission, skewering Democrats and Republicans alike and sounding a clarion call for reform.

“I loved that job,” McCabe says wistfully. “I could have very easily done it for another 15 years.”

MARTY PITTS and DAN TENUTA: Key facts about charter schools

By Marty Pittsand Dan Tenuta

Education Leaders of Kenosha is a professional organization comprised of about 100 principals, supervisors, and technical staff in the Kenosha Unified School District. Providing our community with accurate, nonpartisan information pertaining to educational issues is included among our objectives.

The issue of converting public schools to independent charter schools is one that is at the forefront of legislative debate. In recent months, numerous misleading articles and editorials have been printed on this subject.

Syndicated Columnists

Obama’s Nixon doctrine: Anointing Iran


This is the new Middle East. Its strategic reality is clear to everyone: Iran rising, assisted, astonishingly, by the United States.

Obama’s initial Middle East strategy was simply withdrawal. He would enter history as the ultimate peace president, ushering in a new era in which “the tide of war is receding.” The subsequent vacuum having been filled, unfortunately and predictably, by various enemies, adversaries and irredeemables, Obama lighted upon a new idea: We don’t just withdraw, we hand the baton. To Iran.

Homeless man toils in Senate


In the basement of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, 63-year-old Charles Gladden works alongside some of the nation’s most powerful people.

For eight years, he has greeted senators, staffers and lobbyists in the hallways and the cafeteria, at exclusive banquets and special functions. He reflects fondly on some of the warmer colleagues who he says got the boot too soon.

ROBINSON: Strikes against morality


Drone strikes, by their nature, are bound to kill innocent civilians. It is all too easy to ignore this ugly fact — and the dubious morality of the whole enterprise — until the unfortunate victims happen to be Westerners.

Only then does “collateral damage” become big news and an occasion for public sorrow. President Obama acknowledged Thursday that a January strike in Pakistan against a suspected al-Qaida compound killed two men who were being held as hostages by the terrorist group — Warren Weinstein, an American, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian.

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