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Japan’s bomb in a bottle

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

March 30, 2011

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan was a controlled atomic bomb in a bottle. Then the ground shook, a tsunami hit, and the bottle cracked. Recent disasters around the globe have reaffirmed the need for an increased expansion of green, renewable energies and a reduction in our dependence...

Recycling burden shouldn’t be on municipalities

Steven Cornils, Staff Writer

March 30, 2011

It’s about time someone had the guts to cut the recycling out of our state’s local municipalities budget. The fact that local municipalities were mandated to hold a recycling program is absurd. Recycling is not our government’s problem. The beverage industry’s containers are designed to be taken...

Sarah Blaskey, Managing Editor

March 30, 2011

Ladies watch out. We are under attack again. If you are a female in your twenties you are a prime target. If you are an ethnic minority as well as a young woman, consider yourself public enemy number one. This year, politicians have waged war against women’s rights at both a state and federal level...

Behavior of leaders during budget battle leaves bad taste

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

March 9, 2011

“To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making,” Otto von Bismarck, the first chancellor of the German Empire, once said. So have been the past few weeks in Madison and we’ve not been able to look away. The behavior of the state’s Republican leadership and legislature,...

Letter to the Editor: Students will be hit hard by governor’s plan

Benjamin Oertel, Student

March 9, 2011

Dear Editor, I am a student and a parent. I do not agree with Gov. Scott Walker and the ideas he is putting forth. He is going too far in this so-called budget repair bill and the fiscal budget itself.  Gov. Walker seems to be on a mission to destroy the government of Wisconsin and everything good...

Leaders fail to unite people by playing political games

Greg Kuper, Staff Writer

March 9, 2011

In only 235 years, our country was born, grew, flourished and now is dying. America’s upswing was because of great people who united and led Americans to greatness and freedom. The death of this country will be due to greedy people and leaders who divide. It’s not just the Republicans and big corporations,...

It’s money vs. people in battle between big business and unions

Jon Mack, Staff Writer

March 9, 2011

This is war. It has been for years. Only this time, it didn’t go down how it was supposed to. The middle class fought back. The obscenely wealthy and their Republican henchmen have gotten so used to stealing our lunch that they were beyond shocked when we landed a surprise punch square to their jaw. Wisconsin...

Letter to the Editor: Rushing plan prevents analysis of impact

Association of Career Employees

February 23, 2011

Dear Editor, The Association of Career Employees (ACE) has served as a voice for civil service employees for nearly 30 years. ACE is not a union, but works to insulate the civil service from political involvement in retaining and compensating employees. The Wisconsin civil service system celebrated...

Letter to the Editor: An end to fairness, public education

Bob Curry, Vice President, Part-Time Teachers Union

February 23, 2011

Dear Madison College, One and All, This week illustrates with 100 percent clarity that labor is the very lifeblood of education in this country. As labor goes, so goes education. Every job in this school, every computer, every book …  hangs in the balance here. If we are not 100 percent together...

Letter to the Editor: A week of protesting

Luciano Vignali

February 23, 2011

Dear fellow students and teachers of Wisconsin,   It’s an amazing thing to see all these people from different parts of the country come together and lend a hand. I have been at this protest since Tuesday and slept in the Capitol every night so far. It has definitely been an experience...

Worker, student takes a stand against dictatorial governor

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

February 23, 2011

Governor Scott Walker's so called “Budget Repair Bill” is the harshest attack yet on worker’s rights and recognizable as that of a dictator. It calls for increased contributions toward pensions and health insurance by state employees as well as ending most bargaining rights held by the state’s...

WikiLeaks hype about assault not world issues

Hayden Marx, Staff writer

February 9, 2011

Outside of the hyperbole, not much is being discussed about WikiLeaks. The 39-year-old Australian founder, Julian Assange, is at the center of the spin zone, but for the wrong reasons. If recent articles are any indication, most people are more interested in the details of his personal life than the...

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