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OUR VIEW: Saturday a big day to ‘shop small’

With the price of gas so low, many shoppers may be tempted to travel longer distances this weekend on their shopping trips.

But Downtown Kenosha Inc. and the Kenosha Convention and Visitors Bureau are urging people to think about shopping close to home and to pay special attention to small businesses.

OUR VIEW: Garbage day returns to Brighton

One of the things Americans should be thankful for — on Thanksgiving Day and every day — is this nation’s democratic tradition.

And few places have demonstrated the wonders of that democratic tradition than the town of Brighton in western Kenosha County, which will revert to the old-fashioned style of garbage collection this Saturday. That means everybody drops off their garbage at the Town Hall. From there it is taken to a landfill.

OUR VIEW: Strengthening business-education links

The county government, working with the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, has a program, known as Strive, to get businesses, government and non profit agencies more involved with education. The aim is to improve education and workforce development.

The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce has a Business and Education Partnership Program, an after-school program that aims to expose more local students to business and career opportunities.

Local Columnists

STEVE LUND: Reasons to be thankful

By Steve Lund


Maintaining the attitude of gratitude that’s especially appropriate on this holiday is easier if you have reasons to be grateful. Here are a few.

Time for nominations for Person of the Year

Kenosha News Staff

Every year as the holiday season begins, the Kenosha News solicits nominations for a special award known as Person of the Year. It’s a tradition that began in 1955.

Although the newspaper names the Person of the Year, and we take care of various administrative details, it’s the community’s award. We recruit judges, but the judges are independent. The community is responsible for the most important part of the process: the nominations.

TOM STILL: Understanding millennials

By Tom Still

Ian Abston, the energetic young co-founder of NEWaukee, began his presentation to Sauk County’s economic development leaders by confronting head-on the question of how people view the millennial generation.

Words such as “lazy,” “entitled,” “spoiled” and even “useless” flashed across the screen as Abston talked about perceptions of his generation, roughly defined as people who came of age at the turn of the 21st century. Some call them Generation Y; others prefer Net Generation; and particularly harsh critics sometimes grumble about The Worst Generation.

Syndicated Columnists

GOLDBERG: Carson hasn’t done his homework

By Jonah Goldberg

A little over a year ago, when Ben Carson was gearing up to run for president, I questioned in this space whether he was ready for what lay ahead. We now have our answer: No.

Carson had a great number of things going for him: his amazing life story, charm, professional accomplishments, eloquence and courage. I had only one major concern: “While he speaks eloquently and passionately about the importance of doing homework in his own life and for children everywhere, it’s not obvious he’s taken those lessons to heart when it comes to politics.”

ROBINSON: Republican Party’s wound is self-inflicted


As the leading Republican presidential candidates rant and rave about deporting 11 million immigrants, fighting some kind of world war against Islam, implementing gimmicky tax plans that would bankrupt the nation and other such madness, keep one thing in mind: The party establishment brought this plague upon itself.

The self-harming was unintentional but inevitable — and should have been foreseeable. Donald Trump and Ben Carson didn’t come out of nowhere. Fully half of the party’s voters didn’t wake up one morning and decide, for no particular reason, that experience as a Republican elected official was the last thing they wanted in a presidential candidate.

KRAUTHAMMER: Obama’s mistakes helped create Syrian refugee crisis


The Syrian refugee debate has become a national embarrassment. It begins with a president, desperate to deflect attention from the collapse of his foreign policy, retreating to his one safe zone — ad hominem attacks on critics, this time for lack of compassion toward Syrian widows and orphans.

This, without a glimmer of acknowledgment of his own responsibility for these unfortunate souls becoming widowed and orphaned, displaced and homeless, in the first place. A quarter-million deaths ago, when Bashar al-Assad began making war on his own people, he unleashed his air force and helicopters. They dropped high explosives, nail-filled barrel bombs and even chemical weapons on helpless civilians. President Obama lifted not a finger.

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