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It seems to me we are living in a politically polarized society in which no one has any desire to find common ground. Both of the mainstream political parties are becoming more and more extreme and less and less tolerant of anything different.

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I just watched the nightly news. I see the president now wants to ban flavored e-cigarettes because recent deaths presumed to be due to these products have been kids of the same age as his son. He states it’s become personal.

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Our country already had a famous president referred to in history as the Great Emancipator, acclaimed for his statesmanship and noteworthy accomplishments. I have come to the conclusion that we now have a president who will be remembered in history as the Great Destroyer.

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A 2005 pre-football game debate between analysts Steve Young and Michael Irvin centered around the possible decline in Brett Favre’s passing ability. The discussion concluded with Irvin’s iconic comment, “Only Father Time is undefeated.”

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Kenosha garbage disposal is rude and unprofessional. The garbage man for our home took a used box of kitty litter, (that we had on our can for disposal), and dumped the litter and feces onto the road.

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Community development is always an exciting topic to me. I had a vision of an Environmental Education Center. It could serve those purposes — community development, housing and homeless needs.

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I would like to express my gratitude for your recent coverage of our Laborfest celebration on Labor Day. The article concerning the selection of two women as Labor Persons of the Year provided a detailed description of the recognition given to them at Laborfest, as well as the speeches made …

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Last week I heard very sad news. The Bartley House announced it will soon close its doors. On Friday, Sept. 20, they will serve their last meals. That will be over 60 years of providing excellent food and service to local citizens and the many others who came to enjoy Missie’s great menu ite…

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After reading the article about the car show fundraiser for wounded veterans being cancelled for future events, I was disgusted beyond words at the city officials.

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Recent mass shootings, once again, bring everyone to attention, and there is a flurry of calls for action. If history follows, soon President Trump, Congress, and the public will fade in their support for gun control, funding for mental health services, and/or campaigns to educate the public…

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I commute via Sheridan Road. As most know, this road turns into Alford Park Drive near Carthage College and the lake. During both the a.m. and p.m. commute, Alford Park Drive can be mayhem. The speed limit is 35 mph.

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A few weeks ago I was scheduled for jury duty. I reported when asked, to the courthouse. As I drove around to find a parking place, I realized that the only place I could find was in the parking ramp.

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My home is on a “widows corner.” That is when the men with their factory jobs have died, leaving widows and their reverse mortgages behind — fair game for the savvy developers to realize the profit and new factories move in.

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The recent editorial on our supposed overreaction to limiting the use of plastic straws seems completely unnecessary. So what if plastic straws only contribute a tiny portion to overall plastic pollution — is it not better to encourage a very simple change that almost all of us can easily make?

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America wouldn’t have a gun violence epidemic if it weren’t so easy for paranoid fanatics and those with violent tendencies to score as many guns and as much ammunition as they think they need for whatever purpose they think they need it for.

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No matter a person’s age, it is important to stay mentally and physically active. Our Kenosha community offers stimulating wellness programs that provide that to us.

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You may have caught us dancing all in white around a Maypole at HarborMarket in the spring. Maybe you remember us as witches dancing in downtown during Trick or Treat or caught us during our annual Halloween Pub Crawl.

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The reality of climate change is upon us. Those who stick their heads in the sand saying the climate always changes are not listening to the experts. It’s time we started listening.

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Not very long ago newspaper and television reporting was viewed as a fair, unbiased and an accurate source of information. Today, politicians decry the media as purveyors of “fake news” which falsely sensationalizes or distorts news events.

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As a follow up to my August 6 VOP regarding the Ty’Rese West shooting, it has been pointed out to me that the body camera video I referenced as having seen on Fox 6 news was in fact not video of the West incident, rather it was video of an unrelated officer involved shooting.

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It is with some sadness that I am writing to lament the passing of an era. Not to over dramatize the cancellation of a softball tournament, but it’s hard not to notice a change in leisure preference.

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Our senators and representatives are on “vacation” for five weeks. Congress rarely meets for more than 95 days in a year, irrespective of the urgency or volume of the nation’s business.

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For many seniors there comes a time when they don’t need a nursing home, but do need help with certain things to remain living independently. In those instances, an assisted living center often becomes the best choice.

I grew up on a barstool at the Bartley House. My parents were both busy, working professionals and as a teenager, I spent a lot of family dinner time in local restaurants.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Moustakas hit his 35th home run of the season, Lorenzo Cain also went deep and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Tuesday night to keep up their playoff push with their 11th win in 12 games.